Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. I think that language learners need to find someone who not only has competent linguistic skils but a teacher who truly feels and has lived the language. Additionally, while it is important that a teacher has knowledge, it is even more important for a teacher to be able to transmit that knowledge to the learner through active and meaningful interactions - conversations, activities, games, songs, cooking, and being about to recount cultural stories.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. The "insider secrets" to language learning are that a student needs:
1. the deep desire to learn,
2. the willingness to feel silly, frustrated, or confused, and
3. the time to spend studying outside of class.
If a student doesn't have these, then a student will struggle with becoming functional in a language (even if a teacher were to dance the can-can on the table!).
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. There are many qualities to my teaching that set me apart from others: my enthusiastic and engaging methods, my sense of humor, my ability to turn everything into a learning experience, my stories about my personal experiences throughout the world, and my custom teaching materials - games, songs, and mnemonic techniques. All of these come together to make for a truly enjoyable and memorable learning experience.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love meeting people, getting to know their stories, and helping them attain their dream of language proficiency.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Clients always ask me why I haven't written a book about all of my international adventures. I always ask: "Do you know a publisher?!
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. One of my favorite stories is from when I was team teaching. The other teacher was teaching '-er' verbs that day, and she told me that when the students heard about "er" verbs, they said: " 'Kimber' is an '-er' verb for teaching enthusiastically!" Then, they all proceeded to conjugate my name in Spanish:
Kimbo (I teach enthusiastically)
Kimbes (You teach enthusiastically)
Kimbe (S/he teaches, you teach enthusiastically)
Kimbemos (We teach enthusiastically)
KimbÃÂÃÂ©is (You 'guys' teach enthusiastically)
Kimben (They, All of You teach enthusiastically)
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. We are passionate about our subject matter, and we genuinely strive to service the needs of our clients. We love what we do!
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Teaching chose me, and I'm glad that it did!
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I recently was hired by a student who was struggling and who had not had success with a former tutor. Since my arrival, my student has been receiving straight A's.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I am actively involved in professional development for online courses.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. My services have different prices per hour vs. per course. The more hours and the longer the course gives a more beneficial price per hour. Additionally, pricing is more advantageous when a group purchases a class. For pricing, a student must tell me what type of course they want.