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Dr Mariana Brocardo

 NSW Central Coast - Kariong

Scientist Turned Educator: Passionately Teaching Spanish and Culture

NSW Central Coast tutor in Spanish

Hello and welcome, My name is Mariana and I am a Spanish Teacher certified by the Cervantes Institute. I have been living in Australia for twenty years. Originally, I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Spanish is my first language. I have a professional background as a biochemist working in different research Institutes which allowed me to be fluent in English. This transition is not just a professional shift but a personal passion project. I am committed to inspiring a new generation of Spanish speakers and fostering a deeper appreciation for the language and its cultural heritage. I look forward to the challenges and rewards that come with this new focus and am excited to share this journey with all of you.
Availability: Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 am to 19:00 pm. Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Contact details: brocardomariana@gmail.com.
First and second lessons: free. There is a discount for seniors.
First FREE lesson: the aim of this lesson is to understand student's needs and assess the level of Spanish to organize an engaged plan.
Second FREE lesson: It is a trial lesson, it means an example of my lessons.
Then, we can organize a package. Please, before thinking of hiring a package of classes send me a message, if you can, explaining your learning situation. If it is a kid, the first lesson is a connection class between the kid, parents or caregivers and me to get to know each other and understand what the kid needs from the language.
Meeting place: I moved to Central Coast five years ago and this is a Spanish undertaking to support all those that wish to start or continue a Spanish learning adventure in Central Coast. For different reasons many people living on the Central Coast do not have access or time to commute to the city or they prefer face to face lessons. This is a journey and call it: Why not Spanish for everyone? I can visit a student's home or close the library, school, etc. It is always possible to arrange the location. The lessons can be also online by ZOOM, TEAMS.
Focus: all ages with a special emphasis on SENIOR GROUPS. Please, do not buy books. I will provide the material. Once again, the lessons are customized according to the student's needs. Feel confident to contact me, never it is too late to learn.


Preferably, my lessons are focused on a Level A1 and A2; this is a classification given by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Marco Común Europeo de Referencia para las lenguas) and it means that
the classes point to students without Spanish acknowledge or those with a Spanish background (i.e: they took some Spanish lessons, work or relative environment with Spanish background, or simply they love to learn the language) I also had the experience to learn a second language and one of the motivating factors to learn a language is the feeling of inclusion, not to experience isolation because we cannot communicate in the language of the environment. This is called linguistic anxiety and it occurs in both adults and kids. For this reason I developed a deep interest in transmitting Spanish to seniors groups and kids older than 8 years old. The learning method for kids is based on games, focuses on activities that encourage action and includes topics such as the person, the society, the music, the arts, and mathematics. It aims to provide tools to the kid to face a new language.
The lessons that I offer have two characteristics: 1) customized because they adapt to individual interests and goals. 2) communicational because to speak a language is a communication tool that allows us to socialize and reach aims.
The structure of my lessons has three sections:
the first one is based on vocabulary and grammar content that will be used in that lesson; the second one is to put into practice the first section with cultural and communicational examples and the third section is focused on the revision with extra-activities to give the opportunity to the student to reflect and secure what was learnt during the class and also give me the chance to offer feedback at the beginning of the following class. There is a connection between my lessons to allow that the learning of the language is integrative and gradual. By experience, we learn a language by repetition and integrating concepts and sentences.
In summary, my lessons are the result of interplay between the student and myself as teacher and they will depend on what the student wishes to reach, why the student needs it and how the student wishes to do it.

This is all, if you want to learn Spanish or improve from an initial level, adult or kid, I will be waiting for you in my classes. Never give up.

See you soon.
Mariana

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Experience

I am thrilled to announce a new chapter in my professional journey as I transition to focus on teaching Spanish. This decision marks a significant shift from my previous research endeavors, and I am eager to bring my passion for the Spanish language and its rich cultural tapestry to the forefront of my work. After certified as a teacher by Institute Cervantes in Sydney, my experience is based on given Spanish lessons working with different platforms such as: Preply, Tutoroo, Superprof : these are an online language learning marketplaces where expert tutors and interactive classes make each lesson a personalized learning experience at student own Pace. (Lessons are offered face to face Superprof or on line Preply)

Qualifications

Spanish tutor certified at Cervantes Institute in Sydney I have taken several courses and graduated at the Cervantes Institute in Sydney:
1) Acreditación de Tutores AVE (Aula Virtual Espanol) Global. This course gave me the training and accreditation to teach Spanish in accordance with the CEFR's (Common European Framework of References for Languages) for levels A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1. The course is based on real teaching scenarios in which the multifaceted cultural and linguistic features of both Spain and Latin America are being addressed.
Methodology: Cervantes Institute in Sydney gave me the tools to started giving private lessons and more important gave me the background to prepare individual lessons using a methodology that adapts to the needs of the student. I used multiple material and books to respond to different levels according to the Common European Framework of References for Languages for levels A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1.
2) Jornadas Didácticas de Español en línea para profesores de español. Australasia. Este es un Webinario para Profesorado de Español, Cómo crear materiales de forma fácil y práctica con herramientas digitales, organizado por la Consejería de Educación en Australia, Filipinas y Nueva Zelanda y la Junta de Castilla y León.
3)"HACU Spanish Language Training Platform. Prestigiando la lengua española en Estados Unidos

Rates

$40 per hour

Working With Children Check

Yes, I'm cleared to work with children in New South Wales until 30-Nov--0001 (details available on request)

Gender

Female

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Joined Tutor Finder on 13-Mar-2024 (updated profile on 20-Jul-2024)
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Language

Spanish (Introduction, Intermediate, Advanced)
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