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Spanish from Scratch - Spanish Language Tutoring
Spanish from Scratch - Spanish Language Tutoring

Spanish from Scratch - Spanish Language Tutoring

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Introduction: 1. I am well-recommended by previous students and parents (see my reviews and website). 2. I have over 8 years of experience with the language; both in the classroom and in Spanish-speaking countries. I also have experience teaching English and I love to help others acquire new languages. 3. I was formerly a High School Spanish teacher at the St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts. This opportunity allowed me the chance to hone-in on my teaching skills. 4. I am flexible with your schedule. I aim to help students learn efficiently while engaging them in the material that produces results. All students learn differently, and I have been trained to modify my lessons based on each students’ needs. I love meeting those needs and helping students reach their goals in a more efficient way.

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7 years in business

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Excellent 4.9

11 reviews


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Ken A.

Spanish Lessons

Mark has a great approach to language learning, focusing on practicing with good habits right from the get go, and setting a good foundation for fluency
Spanish from Scratch - Spanish Language Tutoring's reply
Thanks for the review Ken. You have been an awesome student and I love to see how you have grown in this language so fast. I can't wait to see you make improvements in the grammar stage!
Apr 23, 2017
Scott H.

Spanish Lessons

I decided after talking with Mark to have my daughter join us for the lesson. We walked away feeling like we found our guy and we could actually do this, learn Spanish! I'd recommend him without hesitation, you can tell he's passionate about what he's doing and he has so much to share. Awesome experience and we retained our lesson from the first day's "free" lesson. Thanks Mark, you're a God send!
Spanish from Scratch - Spanish Language Tutoring's reply
Thanks for the quick review Scott! I'm excited to see how you both progress with the language. It's fun to hear similar aspirations to live and work in other countries, and I love being a part of that.
Sep 11, 2016
Rachelle Z.

Spanish Lessons

English isn't my first language. Even though I've learned English in school. I really finally learned English through everyday conversation by putting words into context. So when I decided I wanna learn Spanish, I wanted to find a tutor who can help me do the same. And I found Mark. I had zero exposure to Spanish. Mark really helped me get familiar with the language. He tailored the classes to exactly what I need. Every session he teaches me enough so that I can make a progress, but not too much to overwhelm me. He incorporates songs and pictures to help me remember as well. He is phenomenal.
Spanish from Scratch - Spanish Language Tutoring's reply
Thanks for the kind words Rachelle! It is fun to teach Spain-Spanish to my students when I have the chance, which isn't very common here in the U.S. Keep working hard and you will see results!
Aug 23, 2016
Carina L.

Spanish Lessons

My sister and I both really liked that he comes prepared with materials, resources, and a lesson plan. His teaching style doesn't waste time and is very explanatory. We feel confident in learning a new language from him as well as excited to continue lessons!
Spanish from Scratch - Spanish Language Tutoring's reply
It has been fun to work with students like you both that really desire to learn the language. It makes my job really fun when you both are practicing every week. Keep working hard - speaking to native Spanish speakers is not as far-fetched as it seems!
Jul 27, 2016
Craig W.

I chose Mark because of his three-step format. Mark is very positive and encouraging. He has great suggestions and instruction videos to support me in my lessons. He is a great motivator!
Spanish from Scratch - Spanish Language Tutoring's reply
Thanks Craig. You're an inspiration to me and I love to see how motivated you are to learn every week.
Apr 15, 2017
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Mark Hannasch


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    See Mark for details

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    My main process of learning any language for everyone is as follows: 1. Learn and perfect the sound system (pronunciation) 2. Recall and use common vocabulary with mnemonic devices (not memorizing or reviewing) 3. Teach and guide student in basic grammar practice After assessing the students level of language-competence, we then brainstorm together as to what goals they want to meet. Once we have our goals, I make customized lesson plans to achieve those goals based on the 3 points listed above (in order). Some students want help with their classwork while others want to have complete fluency. Each individual lesson will look a little different based on the goals that we want to meet. But but these three goals always stay the same.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    –8 months abroad in Spain and Guatemala -1 year service commitment (Americorps) at the Latino Economic Development Center as an Employment Counselor (teaching and speaking primarily in Spanish. Full-time day-job) –B.A. in Spanish Studies, from Iowa State University, with a minor in Linguistics –Over a year of experience in tutoring and teaching Spanish (see above for references and reviews) –Tutored college-level Spanish courses at Iowa State University (Academic Success Center) -Coursework in education and teaching curriculum: Grades 7-12 Classroom Technology, Early Field Experience, and Introduction to ESL literacy –Language Tutoring Certificate – (Minnesota Literacy Council)

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