Patricia, a fully bilingual Spanish speaker from Colombia, holds a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Marketing from the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá, Colombia.
Prior to joining SpanishBlackbelt, Patricia worked as Spanish tutor, Marketing and Customer Service Representative, and Radio broadcaster for a Colombian radio station.
Patricia currently teaches adults, teens and organizations.
Areas served include: Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Distance Learning, Riverside, Coconut Grove, Downtown, Edgewater, Crescent Lake, Hyde ParkWhy are our Spanish tutors in St. Petersburg unique?
All of our Spanish tutors are cream of the crop. They are highly educated, carefully screened and extensively trained in the science and art of tutoring Spanish with our method. They are also energetic, enthusiastic and strongly passionate about teaching and sharing their culture.
Almost all of our tutors are native Spanish speakers. In special situations, though, we may invite a non-native Spanish speaker to join our team of tutors provided that they prove to have a level of fluency similar to that of a native Spanish speaker. A non-native Spanish speaker can develop this level of fluency by studying the language extensively and living an extensive period of time in a Spanish speaking country.
If for any reason you consider that your Spanish tutor and you are not a good fit, you will be able to request a change of Spanish tutor without any extra cost. We do recommend, however, if you think your Spanish tutor is not paying attention to your needs, to point that to her so that she can adopt any necessary changes in her teaching approach.
All of our tutors teach mainstream Spanish, that is, Spanish that all native Spanish speakers from Latin America and Spain have in common. The "Ceceo" (increased use of "Z" sounds when speaking, typical of Spain), for example, is something nice that will come handy when you are in Spain but also something that is not necessary for you to fit into their culture or be understood. It is something that you will adopt naturally after spending some time in Spain.
Upon request, though, your tutor could also teach you the idiomatic expressions that may be specific to his/her region. There is no significant difference in the Spanish spoken in South America, Central America and Spain. You can get an idea of their differences by establishing a parallel to English spoken in Great Britain, US and Canada.
If you are totally new to the language, please note that there are many things you need to learn first, such as structure and vocabulary, before you start learning all about the subtle variations in pronunciation or jargon observed among different Spanish-speaking countries. At an early stage, it is therefore not that relevant to study from someone from a specific country. What is most relevant is to find a tutor with the best possible teaching technique and track record. Note too that we do our best to only have on board Spanish tutors that speak with clear diction and without strong regional accents.
Prior to paying for a package of classes up front, you can purchase a reduced-priced 55-minute sample session for $39. This sample session will allow you to meet your Spanish instructor and get familiar with his/her teaching style. You can let us know of this preference on your application.
You can include a note on your application indicating that you are particularly interested in having your Spanish sessions with a specific Spanish tutor or with a tutor with a specific nationality. We will do all what is in our hands to consider your preferences on our response.
Keep in mind, though, that all of our tutors share similar characteristics, such as passion, compassion and knowledgeability.
Observe as well that most tutors have an unbelievably high rating of 4.5 stars or more. This is a real-time rating that is not filtered or manipulated. There are very little chances of finding tutors with low-quality reviews in our school simply because:
(1) we only hire the best tutors available,
(2) we train tutors to be effective in the implementation of our methodology, and
(3) we monitor and take corrective measures when needed.
Be aware as well that tutors with a higher number of reviews are not necessarily better than those with less. It may just mean that they have been working longer with us or that they simply work a higher number of hours per week.
All of our Spanish tutors have been carefully selected and rigorously trained in our methods and the art and science of tutoring Spanish. They are certified by our Spanish school but not by third party accredited organization or government agency. If in need of a Spanish teacher certified by a third party accredited organization or government agency we would encourage you to register for a Spanish class at a university or college. Most language institutes do not require their tutors to be independently certified. In our experience, independently certified teachers are normally rated much lower that tutors who do not carry certifications. We hire Spanish tutors based on their ability to make sure students learn as opposed to on their ability to force students to follow a specific method regardless of their effectiveness.
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