To get my students on the right track to becoming fluent, I prioritize the learning of the 1,000 most common words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, pronouns) in the target language. Regardless of the activities that the student prefers or needs, focusing on this specific set of vocab words will expedite the process of learning. I use a frequency dictionary of Spanish for this task. My students decide what kinds of exposure to the language they want to have, whether that is primarily oral, written, or a combination of those modes. I tailor my teaching style and materials to the students' needs (school assignments, work-related language skills, personal goals, etc).
I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina and I learned English as an adult. I moved to the US in 2011. I later earned a Bachelor's degree in linguistics from Rutgers University. I've tutored Spanish since 2004. I am in love with the English language so I feel like I never studied English for one single minute. Learning a language should be fun, including the challenges whether they be pronunciation, syntax, semantics, or pragmatics.
I studied with Carlos from 2004 to 2016. He took me from San Diego restaurant Spanish to teaching Spanish to my children. He is passionate about learning the core fundamentals of grammar, speaking and writing. I always enjoyed my lesson because Carlos is very personable and has a creative way that he crafts his lessons. Carlos is highly recommended!
It's impossible to speak with Carlos without experiencing his brimming enthusiasm for language and linguistics. He loves a healthy discussion or debate, and his passion is infectious.
While incredibly knowledgeable, he is also very good at breaking down complex concepts for people who are less familiar, and makes learning very accessible.
I can't recommend Carlos enough. I hope you get the privilege of working with him!
Conozco a Carlos desde hace muchos años. Es una persona muy amable y respetuosa. Siempre buscando aprender y mejorarse. Como profesor es excelente, con mucha predisposición y paciencia para enseñar, brindando ejemplos completos en sus explicaciones. Recomiendo a Carlos para cualquier posición por su gran compromiso, profesionalismo, calidad humana y conocimiento.
I've known Carlos for many years. He is a very kind and respectful person. Always looking to learn more and improve himself. As a teacher he's excellent, with a lot of enthusiasm and patience, giving thorough examples. I strongly recommend Carlos for any position, based on his professionalism, warmth and knowledge.
As Director of Latinas Unidas Program, YWCA Princeton, I had the pleasure of working with Carlos over the time he worked as ESL Instructor, and I was always impressed by his teaching and classroom management skills.
He is a truly gifted educator, he quickly develops a good rapport with his students, establishes solid routines and employs consistent and fair practice in his classroom.
Carlos is a hardworking, well organized committed teacher who has given much to our ESL students.
Carlos is an excellent teacher. As someone who began lessons knowing virtually no Spanish at all, he has been incredibly patient. Carlos tailors each lesson to my evolving level. He has a really encouraging teaching style and challenges me to continue to take risks. He can quickly shift teaching styles to try out new methods that meet my individual learning needs. He takes time to design and tailor each lesson to his students interests. I work in a school and he has helped me craft sentences that I frequently need to use in order to communicate with my students families. Lessons are fun, and filled with interesting facts about the Spanish language, and language in general (he speaks multiple languages). I've tried more traditional Spanish classes in the past, and I can confidently say that I have learned much more through my lessons with Carlos. I would highly suggest working with him!
Carlos and I have been friends for 7 years. From day 1 all we talked about was language, linguistics and language instruction. He always impressed me with the ability he has for capturing complex concepts and explaining them in simple sentences using examples that everybody can relate to. He is a good active listener who cares about how you interact with language.
I am a fluent Spanish-speaking attorney and Carlos played an integral role in helping me to master my Spanish skills early in my career. He is an amazing teacher, makes learning enjoyable, and I cannot give him a higher recommendation as an instructor. Not only is he incredibly talented at effectively teaching the specific Spanish skills needed for individual students, but he is fun, energetic, and I can honestly say that after several weeks of training with him, I consider him a friend to this day. If you are looking for a Spanish instructor, Carlos is the best I have ever met after years of taking Spanish lessons. Es la verdad!
I highly recommend Carlos. Great personality and sense of humor, keeps things light which makes learning Spanish fun. I have been tutored by Carlos for almost three years. He explains things in such simple terms which has made it easy for me to learn. His understanding of grammar and vocabulary is outstanding. He's made it easy for me to think and speak in Spanish. Lastly, he adapted his style to fit what was best for me.
I was a Spanish language beginner when I started to work with Carlos to improve my language skills so that I could undertake my business in Argentina more effectively. He tailored the lessons to include the basics needed to build a proper understanding of the language but also added vocabulary and phrases that I would encounter in business discussions. I cannot recommend Carlos's talents more highly.
Carlos has been my tutor in Spanish since 2004. Carlos is fun, personable, and focused on teaching you grammatically correct Spanish. Extremely creative and passionate is how I would label his teaching style. Since 2004 I have become very proficient in speaking, reading, and some writing. When my wife and I had children I started speaking only Spanish with them before they started bilingual school. With pleasure it can be said our children are bilingual and it started with Carlos.
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