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Mr Neil Orchard

 Melbourne

Online, classroom-based or at home Spanish classes

Melbourne tutor in English, Spanish

(3 student reviews)

Hello to Spanish students of all ages and levels!
My name is Neil, and I have been speaking Spanish at an advanced level for ten years. I have lived and worked in Latin America for three years, and majored in Spanish at an advanced level at university. I currently teach Spanish to adults and high school Students at a Spanish language school in Melbourne University, Hawthorn Campus. I am also the organiser and co-creator of 'Language Swap', an interest group of over 1, 500 Spanish and English bilingual students (local and international) whose primary interest is cultural and linguistic exchange. I speak Spanish probably as much as I do English during my day-to-day activities.

The above experiences have led me to speak the language to a native level, with a couple of differences. While many native speakers are amazing teachers, some offer tuition based on the fact that they are from a Spanish-speaking country, yet while many
appeal to students based on the idea that their linguistic roots and 'authenticity' validate their teaching abilities, ask yourself: how well do you understand the mechanics of your own language? Would you expect all of your English-speaking friends or relatives to know what a verb, an adjective or a pronoun is?
Many native speakers who offer tuition do not understand the structure and grammar of their mother tongues very well, but as one who has extensively studied the language, I can offer accurate and effective tuition with regards to all facets of grammar and general speaking such as:

-Fluency of communication and pronunciation
-Vocabulary
-Punctuation -Ser and Estar (and other confusing verbs)
-Verb conjugation in indicative and subjunctive modes
-Direct and indirect object pronouns
-Verbs like 'gustar'
-Reflexive verbs
-Other grammar-related themes

Moreover, teaching is also a question of understanding the native language of the one being taught (in this case usually English). My knowledge of English allows me to understand the way that an English speaker thinks when learning Spanish, and as a result, I am able to empathise with my students, understand their learning processes better, as well as effectively translate phrases, expressions and words from English to Spanish.

Teaching is also a question of understanding the native language of the one being taught (in this case usually English). After all, your Spanish class will actually be primarily given in English, and don’t you think a teacher should have a knowledge of English which allows them to understand the way that an English speaker thinks when learning Spanish? Shouldn’t they be able to empathise with their students, understand their learning processes better, as well as effectively translate phrases, expressions and words from English to Spanish? Will your native speaker have near-perfect English in addition to perfect Spanish? If a teacher’s
second language is not up to scratch, then can you really trust their ability to teach you a second language?

Finally, in a more general sense, teaching takes a certain level of skill and communication, and is not related to linguistic descent. Will your teacher be able to engage you and capture your interest? Will they know what it takes to motivate you and inspire you to excel? I would encourage you to take all of the above into account when seeking someone who can effectively teach you Spanish.

I do not generally tutor in other areas. Spanish is my passion, and all of my efforts have been poured into this skill over the years. I would love to hear from you soon.

Please contact me on the number below anytime. I am a fully registered business which complies with all the relevant legislation to offer an official and high quality service.

Phone: 0412 835 307
Email: neilorchard@ymail.com
Website: http://www.travellingkoalaspanish.com
ABN: 76 680 962 026

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Experience

-Nine years of teaching and tutoring.
-Owner and manager of Spanish language school.
-Spanish teacher at various institutes and community centres.
-High school Spanish teacher.
-Organiser of 'Language Swap', a group of English and Spanish speakers whose
primary interest is cultural and linguistic exchange.
-English teacher at private companies.

Qualifications

-BA (Hon), in Latin American Studies (with advanced Spanish units) and
anthropology.
-Numerous language courses in Latin America.
-Working with Children (police check)

Rates

$60 per hour in total for two students.
$40 per hour online (Skype, Zoom etc.)
No travel fees

Working With Children Check

Yes, I'm cleared to work with children in ACT until 22-Feb-2022 (details available on request)

Gender

Male

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Joined Tutor Finder on 21-Sep-2010 (updated profile on 04-Dec-2020)
Tutoring Location
  • Online Tutoring
  • Phone Help
  • Tutor's Place in Melbourne
  • Home Visits within 10 kms
  • Private & Group Tuition

English

English (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary)

Language

Spanish (Introduction, Intermediate, Advanced)

"I recently had to stop my classes with this tutor, because I am going overseas, but Neil was an excellent tutor, he was very clear, enthusiastic and dedicated. He has a very good grasp of what he is teaching."

Diane    
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