Please meet Tati!
Tati Serpas was born in the Land of Volcanoes, El Salvador. She is a Spanish professor who discovered her passion for teaching very early: “Sharing with others what I know is something that I have always enjoyed, so at the age of 16, I decided to become a teacher”. Her first student was a new friend from Israel, and she has been teaching Spanish for over eight years now
What's your story about becoming a teacher?
As a teenager, I decided that I wanted to be a teacher. However, I wanted to teach English back then, even though Spanish was my native language.
While travelling for volunteer work, I met a girl from Israel who wanted to learn Spanish. I told her I had never taught it before but could give it a try. She speaks Spanish fluently now, and we are both friends. That's when I decided to start teaching Spanish. I’ve been teaching Spanish for more than eight years now.
What is your niche?
"I teach Spanish to anyone that wants to learn, and even some that don't want but their parents made them to! I teach Primary kids, homeschooling, GCSE, IGCSE, A-level, University, and independent adult learners (curious about the language or because they want to go on holidays to Spain or they have a second home)... As for nationalities, I taught people all over the world, which is fun as I get to know many people and have many interesting conversations."
What's your favourite thing about being a teacher?
It makes me happy to see my students achieve their goals.
How would you describe your teaching style?
I like to help my students create their own learning path, so I always encourage them to research and study independently. In my lessons, I always use a communicative approach.
Can you think of a unique story or experience you lived because of being an online teacher?
I have worked with people from Europe for quite a while. Most of my students are from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, etc. though I am not there presently with them, I have heard first-hand how the war has affected them personally. Through kind words, and Bible scriptures, I have been able to provide them with some comfort.
What are valuable tips and tricks you've learned from your experience teaching online that changed how you're approaching classes now?
I once read about the “i+1” theory. It basically encourages teachers to make their classes not too easy so that students get bored and not so complicated that they get frustrated. They need to be appropriately structured so that students enjoy them. I also constantly give them rewards and a sense of achievement to keep them motivated in the lessons.
Do you have any creative ways of using our Virtual Classroom features for your classes?
I use almost all LearnCube features. I use many images, PDFs, videos, and audio in class. I also use lots of text and the little yellow stars to reward my students.
Gracias, Tati, for sharing your story with us!
If you want to reach out to Tati, you can visit her website: Spanish with Tati
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