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Vivian
« Deadly! Carito is an excellent Spanish teacher. She is very professional. She is super charismatic, patient and enthusiastic and her classes are very enjoyable and full of fun. Highly recommended! »
€30/h
1st lesson free!
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Response Time 5h
Lessons offered by Carolina
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Spanish
  • Oral expression - Spanish
  • Vocabulary - Spanish
  • Oral comprehension - Spanish
  • Accent reduction-Spanish
  • DELE
Levels
  • All Levels

Native and certified Spanish teacher from Colombia.12-year experience teaching languages.

Methodology

I love motivating my students to communicate and learn from mistakes. I also like to conduct my teaching as much as possible in Spanish so that the students can have more contact with the language. Students can be immersed in the language from day one. I also use body language, visual images, intonation and gestures which all play an important role in communication.

Sometimes if the student wants, I can also clear up confusing points using one of the foreign languages I speak.

My experience as a teacher has allowed me to develop my creativity when planning lessons and explaining the language in a meaningful way. I like to use games for the beginner level students as it helps them to be more confident when using the language as well as allowing them to have fun while they are learning.

I also use the communicative approach so that from the first day, students can use the language they are learning. I not only teach the language, but I also like to promote cultural exchange.

I use a variety of media and materials in my teaching such as:

▸ Games

▸ PowerPoint presentations

▸ PDF files and text documents

▸ Images and videos

▸ Quizzes adapted to what the students have learned in the lessons

▸ Flashcards

▸ Homework assignments

▸ And much more!

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Carolina is one of our best teachers. A high quality profile, verified qualifications, quick response rate and loved by students!

Experience

I have experience as a Spanish teacher at the university and language institutes. Teaching is my passion and I thoroughly enjoy being a language teacher. In the years I have been abroad, I have worked with students in one-on-one lessons. I have lived in Hungary, Brazil, England, Germany, and Norway.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia) and a diploma in Teaching Spanish Grammar as Foreign Language from Instituto Caro y Cuervo in Bogota. I also made an exchange in Brazil to learn Brazilian literature, grammar, and pronunciation of Portuguese in the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP).

Besides, I have a Master’s degree in outdoor education called Transcultural European Outdoor Studies (TEOS). This master's degree was awarded by Erasmus Mundus. I studied at the University of Cumbria (England), the University of Marburg (Germany) and the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (Norway).

Rates

Rate for online lessons : €30/h

Details

I can give you the first lesson for free, so I can explain you about my methodology. We can discuss your goals and preferences. I can assess your Spanish level and together we can decide the best learning path for you.

Lessons offered by Carolina
Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Spanish
  • Oral expression - Spanish
  • Vocabulary - Spanish
  • Oral comprehension - Spanish
  • Accent reduction-Spanish
  • DELE
Levels
  • All Levels

Carolina's CV

EDUCATION

September 2015 – August 2018
Master´s programme in Transcultural European Outdoor Studies
University of Cumbria, England, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway, University of Marburg, Germany
The master’s programme focused on the importance of outdoor environmental education for self-development, teamwork and sustainability. This was an Erasmus Mundus master, with a semester taking place in England, Norway and Germany.

March 2013 - June 2013
Diploma in Spanish Grammar Teaching as Foreign Language
Instituto Caro y Cuervo, Colombia
The course explained how to teach grammar for those people whose first language is not Spanish and highlighted the most common grammar difficulties. The course also taught how to plan lessons.

February 2007 - October 2012
Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages
Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia
The Bachelor focused on didactics, methodology and pedagogy to teach languages.

January 2011-July 2011
Exchange Student
Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil
Six-month experience taking courses about Portuguese grammar and literature.


RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

January 2009- Current
Private teacher
I have taught Spanish and English in one-to-one lessons to Colombians and people from different nationalities.

September 2014–August 2015
Spanish teacher for foreigners
Sergio Arboleda University / Colombia
I was responsible for the preparation and implementation of Spanish courses in multicultural classrooms.

May 2014 - July 2014
Spanish teacher for foreigners
Learn More than Spanish / Colombia
I was responsible for the Spanish courses. I created and adapted the material to the needs of students.

February 2012-June 2012
French teacher
Escuela de Armas y Servicios (EAS) – (Language Learning Department) / Colombia
I was in charge of a French course. I prepared and implemented different activities to help students in the learning of foreign languages.

October 2011-December 2011
English teacher
KOE (English Learning Institute) / Colombia
I was in charge of implementing the Fast & Easy activities proposed by KOE and preparing different and dynamic lessons to help students learn English. I also gave feedback relating to language performance at the end of each activity.

July 2010-December 2010
Language Department Assistant/ Colombia
Javeriana University
I worked in the Language Department collecting information to assess the viability of creating a postgraduate study in Translation English-French-Spanish at Javeriana University.

9 reviews on Carolina
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
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Vivian

Deadly! Carito is an excellent Spanish teacher. She is very professional. She is super charismatic, patient and enthusiastic and her classes are very enjoyable and full of fun. Highly recommended!

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David

Deadly! She helped me to study many languages, my experience was very good, I really enjoyed the lessons. I recommend Carito, she is always doing her best.

H
Hui

Deadly! Carolina is a very nice and structured tutor, she always prepared for the lesson. My son enjoys studying Spanish with Carolina. I definitely recommend her as Spanish tutor. 

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Kristine

Deadly! I can only give my warmest recommendations to Carolina as a Spanish teacher. The classes are active, she knows her material really well and she is good at engaging her students.

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Joost

Deadly! Carito is a highly professional and efficient Spanish teacher. I took three weeks of daily private classes with Carito and my Spanish improved rapidly. She also speaks fluent Portuguese which was a great asset in my case. She was able to quickly understand and correct the mistakes I made as a Portuguese speaker. Carito is also a wonderful and warm person who shares a lot about Colombian culture and history. I could not recommend her more!

4 recommendations

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Richard

Carito is an excellent teacher. She is professional and she always gives more than expected. She makes the lessons productive and friendly. She is always willing to clear the doubts of her students demonstrating interest to achieve the objectives set. 100% recommended!

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Débora

Carolina, or "Carito", is one of the best Spanish teachers out there. She's very dedicated to her work, she loves what she does and her pedagogy leads you to learn fast, in a chill and lighthearted manner. Look no more, you have found your Spanish teacher!

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Miriam

Carito is a very passionate Spanish teacher! She's fun and kind and it is her top priority to make sure her students learn the language. She likes doing research to make sure her students get the most out of the classes. And also, she has a Colombian accent which is perfect and clear for understanding Spanish pronunciation if you're only beginning or in intermediate level. Have fun learning Spanish!

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Eliska

Highly recommend! Carito is very passionate about language teaching and makes a great and encouraging conversational partner! Also very good at explaining the subject matter in an understandable way. Her easy going personality also makes the classes fun and speaking the language feels very natural with her so you will be looking forward to your classes rather than fearing them!

Interview with Carolina

QUESTION 01 | 08
Do you speak this language fluently because of your origins or because a teacher inspired you to learn?
Carolina — I speak and teach Spanish because it is my mother tongue. But it was my French teacher who motivated me to study Modern Languages. I have studied Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. I love what I do because it lets me share my passion of teaching and learning languages, meeting people from different nationalities and sharing culture.

Despite the fact that Spanish is my mother tongue, I like to keep up with courses about grammar and language teaching methodologies. I also like speaking with my friends in Spain and from different countries in Latin-America because it lets me see the diversity in vocabulary and cultures.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Can you name a living, historical or fictional character that you think is the emblematic representative of the language's culture?
Carolina — Roberto Gomes Bolaños was a Mexican, comedian, actor, screenwriter director, producer and one of the most beloved comedians in Latin America. He also was known as "Little Shakespeare" or "Chespirito".

Several generations have grown up watching "Chespirito". From my grandmother, my mother, me and my nephews. It was suitable for people of all ages, socioeconomical strata, and for all the countries in Latin America. He was able to play with the body language and the words in such a way that was funny. We have had fun with the series. Roberto Gomes Bolaños mixed the idioms and play with words that have two meanings, or with words that sound really similar in Spanish. He also plays with the sentences in such a way that makes us laugh.

For example, one of the funniest moments I remember was when the main character called "El Chavo" (who is a kid who does not know how to read well) starts reading a letter to another person and he says similar sentences from the ones that are in fact written on the paper. When the other person reads the sentences that are written, they are completely different, but the funny thing is that what "El Chavo" reads makes perfectly good sense.

For example el Chavo reads "Papá, voy a llegar casada con el viejo" (Dad, I am going to come back married to an old man) when in fact it was written "Papá, voy a llegar cansada con el viaje" (Dad, I am going to arrive tired from the trip). We can notice how Roberto plays with the words casado (married), cansado (tired), viejo (old) and viaje (trip).

Despite being a Mexican series, it touches the hearts of different Latin-American generations, it was even translated into Portuguese. The series also taught different values we have to keep in mind as a society. I think the most important values were sharing, helping and caring about others.
QUESTION 03 | 08
Is there a typical word, phrase, tradition or behavior in the language that you particularly like?
Carolina — Hacer Vaca - Hagamos Vaca!
When we come to idioms or popular expressions most of the time they do not make sense in other cultures, even for natives when they are children and they are learning the language. When I was a child, and I heard people saying "hagamos vaca" (let´s make a cow). I was actually imagining they were building a cow. However, I did not know what for. I thought maybe it was a game. However, adults explained to me that this was an expression used to collect money in a group to buy something like food, drinks or other things.
QUESTION 04 | 08
Why does speaking this language matter to you?
Carolina — Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. It is the official language in 21 countries: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain and Equatorial Guinea. Spanish is spoken by more than 390 million native speakers.

Learning Spanish can open up new opportunities for you as you can communicate when travelling to Latin America, Spain or Equatorial Guinea. Spanish can also help you if you want to establish new businesses in Spanish speaking countries.

Even today in this global world, some people simply learn Spanish to be able to communicate with the family of their partner or to communicate with a Spanish speaker via internet.

Whether it is for pleasure or business, I love helping my students to reach their individual language goals. I tailor my lessons to you.
QUESTION 05 | 08
What is the main difficulty in learning this language and what can help the process of learning?
Carolina — I think grammar is one of the hardest things because there are some structures that do not exist in other languages. I love to use the communicative approach to teach grammar. After having increased the vocabulary of my students, I give them the context and a specific topic where they can use what they have learned. This creates a safe environment that lets my students feel confident as they are working with the vocabulary we had learned in previous lessons and also it lets the student communicate with confidence using the new grammar structure.

For me learning a new language is like knitting, first we learn a new topic and then we relate it with what we have learned in our previous lessons. Each lesson is interconnected 😊. I also give some helpful tips to improve pronunciation and to remember the vocabulary and grammar in a funny way😉.
QUESTION 06 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your language learning or your days at school.
Carolina — In my personal experience, it is interesting to observe how most of my students make the same errors. I think mistakes are wonderful because we can always learn from them. Sometimes, I am surprised because I have never been aware of these common mistakes before starting to teach. For example, some of my students confuse "hambre"(hungry) with "hombro" (shoulder) or "hombre" (man) or "caballo" (horse) with "cabello" (hair), "rodilla" (knee) with "rodillo" (rolling pin) among others. Some students also say "la vestido" because it is piece of clothes for girls but in fact it is a masculine word with a masculine article "el": el vestido. Another interesting example is when they translate literally from English as in: Yo soy 19 años (I am 19 years old) or ¿Qué es tu número de télefono? (What is your telephone number?). The correct way to say these phrases are: Yo tengo 19 años, o ¿Cuál es tu número de teléfono?

There are a lot of interesting things I have also learnt from my students in all these years teaching Spanish. I can say I have also learnt about my mother tongue and culture thanks to them.

Another interesting fact is that I remember one of my students told me it was the first time he felt someone was really listening to him, and it is because I actively listen to my students and work as hard as my students for them to improve their pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. I also like to correct my students in a way in which they can correct themselves. Most of the time with a gesture or a sound, they know they made a mistake, and they correct it. Actually, they have fun doing this 😊
QUESTION 07 | 08
How has travel or a specific trip helped you to increase your skill and knowledge of the language?
Carolina — I have had the opportunity to live in different countries and to travel in different places. I love to share my experiences and what I have learned from different cultures. I love sharing what I know about my culture and about Latin America. So, at the same time we learn the language we learn about culture. Sometimes I feel like a guide tour as I can share with my students my experiences of different places, festivals, museums, myths, history, legends, and more.
QUESTION 08 | 08
What makes you a Superprof in language?
Carolina — I think what makes me a Superprof is my charisma and creativity. I design most of my lessons and I love to receive my students with a smile a welcoming attitude. I also enjoy the lessons as much as my students do. I have fun teaching, and my students have fun learning. I think that being motivated and enjoying a lesson is crucial to the learning process. I give my best so that my students feel comfortable, confident, motivated and most importantly happy in their pursuit of learning a new language.

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