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Tara is terrific and connected well with my daughter. Her performance in Spanish class has already been positively impacted. More importantly, my daughter is feeling so much more confidence in herself in being able to tackle a difficult subject versus giving up when the going got tough. I'm very pleased.Feb 12, 2016Verified
Tara is great! While this is only my first class I appreciate her approach to teaching Spanish and look forward to improving as I continue through the next class.Nov 23, 2015Verified
The class was great! Very interesting and interactive. I enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to signing up for additional classes with Work-Life Spanish.Nov 25, 2015Verified
Tara is very thoughtful and dedicated to her students. She adapted all lessons to my necessities and to my level and we continue adapting the course along the way. She delivered me creative and funny classes, that helped me stay focus during a two hour lesson. With her help, I got accepted in a high ranked university.Dec 1, 2014
I took an intermediate Spanish course with Tara and I liked her from the minute I met her! The class was total immersion with only Spanish spoken, which was very helpful. I can't even remember how many times I went off on tangents during the class, but Tara was very patient and would always creatively turn it into a teaching moment. The class always had a basic structure but Tara was very flexible with the content. I could tell she spent a lot of time on her presentations and materials (we learned words related to clothing/shopping by dressing up Obama paper dolls; we translated a Bon Jovi song written from the viewpoint of a guy lamenting the loss of his love and then we had to write a response back from the fictional woman's standpoint) and she is definitely the most creative teacher I've had so far. For our final project, we got to pick a topic of our choice and present it in any format we wanted (pictures, slideshow, article, comic book). I did a presentation on a recent trip I took and afterward, we corrected any grammatical mistakes and talked about how the sentences could have been worded differently. If I had taken this class with anyone else, it definitely wouldn't have been as enjoyable. Tara is very friendly, approachable, and engaging. As far as Spanish teachers go, she's as good as it gets.Nov 12, 2014
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Classes through Work-life Spanish can be taught online or in-person to individuals and groups alike. And with class prices as low as $10.00 an hour our prices can't be beat!
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Private sessions begin with a preliminary class to assess the student's level and needs assessment. The student and the teacher will then work together to create a customized lesson to meet the specific needs of the client. Classes can be purchased a la carte or in bulk and are scheduled through our online scheduler on our website.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am very interested in teaching to both sides of the brain and actually wrote my masters thesis on this very topic. In doing this, I incorporate a variety of teaching methodologies into my lessons, primarily Communicative Language Teaching, Total Physical Response/the Gouin Method, the Grammar-Translation method and a variety of web 2.0 tools. By incorporating words and pictures, physical movements and patterns, music and poetry to my teaching, both sides of my students' brains are activated and individuals of all learning styles show tremendous progress in their language abilities. My classes are communicative but most lessons also incorporate all four language skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening.