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Speak Shop Announces 2009 Online Spanish Tutor of the Year

 

Rebeca Gonzalez Recognized for Exceptional Online Spanish Instruction 

Portland, OR — February 10, 2010— Speak Shop, http://www.speakshop.com, the first and only registered B Corporation (for benefit company) offering online Spanish lessons via webcam, is pleased to announce Rebeca Gonzalez as the 2009 Tutor of the Year.

Speak Shop tutors are micro-business owners, setting their own hours and rates. Most have a minimum of five years experience teaching Spanish to foreigners, and Speak Shop trains them on the technology and business skills required to be strong online instructors.

Speak Shop offers new concept in Spanish lessons

The Beaverton start-up is making strides in social entrepreneurship

By Christina Lent

The Beaverton Valley Times, Nov 29, 2007, Updated Oct 30, 2009

Clay and Cindy Cooper are pioneers in creating a new online language teaching industry.

It’s been two years since the Beaverton couple launched Speak Shop, a unique online company that offers fair trade Spanish lessons via Web camera with professional tutors in Latin America.

Their mission is two-fold: provide language teachers in developing countries with a way to launch their own mini tutoring businesses while offering people of all ages around

Learn a Language for Good

Untours Catalog, Fall 2009

Clay Cooper had always struggled to learn Spanish. It wasn’t until he studied in Guatemala at age 31 that he finally succeeded.

Untours Catalog Fall 2009

During that trip he also learned that hard work and education did not always pay off. With limited opportunities in Guatemala, even his university-educated tutor lived in poverty. That experience inspired (www.SpeakShop.com), an online fair trade language tutoring business Clay founded with his wife, Cindy Cooper.

Speak Shop gives language tutors the training and technology to become micro-entrepreneurs, reaching

Oregon firm offers lecciones de español via Skype video

Skype Blog, April 13, 2009
by Howard Wolinsky

Back in 1998, Clay Cooper took an immersion Spanish class in Antigua, Guatemala.  He was impressed with the effectiveness of the method.

But he told me he was stunned to discover that his tutor, a university-educated man, lived in poverty. He told me that the tutors were paid low wages and had few students in the off-season.

Cooper told the Miami Herald: “I felt that the only thing preventing him from earning more money was just not enough [year-round] demand for his services.”

Cooper and his wife Cindy, of Portland, Ore., decided to set up an

Interactive web-based language courses provide extra income for Guatemalans

Ode Magazine, April 2009
By Jill Replogle

Twice a week, Margo Griffin, who lives in Denver, Colorado, has a one-on-one Spanish lesson with her teacher, Mayra Juárez, who lives miles and miles away, in Antigua, Guatemala. Both attend from the comfort of their homes via the Internet, a webcam and an innovative socially responsible business called Speak Shop.

Mayra Juárez earns extra money by offering Spanish classes over the internet.

Antigua draws thousands of international students each summer to its Spanish schools. But in the off season, many teachers are out of work.

Friendship grows from online lessons

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

BY JOSEFINA LOZA

Once a week Steve Milhollin meets his Spanish tutor, even though they’re thousands of miles apart.

He lives in Carter Lake, Iowa. The tutor, Claritza Morales, is in Antigua, Guatemala.

They connect online through Speak Shop, a California-based [sic, Oregon-based] firm that offers tutoring to students worldwide and employs teachers in impoverished countries.

Milhollin liked the idea of connecting with a native speaker online. But little did he know that his Spanish lessons would blossom into something more – a friendship.

Milhollin signed up with the

For tonight’s lesson, a trip to Guatemala

Boston Globe, March 26, 2009
by Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Video technology links students, native speakers

This article was originally posted at http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/mcas/articles/2009/03/26/for_tonights_lesson_a_trip_to_guatemala/?page=2

When Jackie Spinos entered her senior year at Burlington High School’s evening academy this year, Spanish II was a top priority.

The 19-year-old needed the class to graduate this spring, but the school couldn’t afford to hire a Spanish teacher.

Jackie Spinos, a student at the Burlington Evening Academy, learns from a Guatemalan tutor via

Speak Shop links tutors, students around globe

The Miami Herald, March 09, 2009
By Jill Replogle

Twice a week Margo Griffin, who lives in Denver, Colo., has a one-on-one Spanish class with her tutor, Mayra Juárez, who lives in Antigua. Both attend the class from the comfort of their own homes via Internet, webcam and an innovative business called Speak Shop. Offering quality tutoring to students around the globe, the small U.S.firm employs struggling teachers in Guatemala. ’’I love the fact that our money is going to support that kind of program,’’ Griffin said.

Griffin schedules her classes on Speak Shop’s Web page, pays online and

Speak Shop links tutors, students around globe

The Miami Herald, March 09, 2009
By Jill Replogle

Twice a week Margo Griffin, who lives in Denver, Colo., has a one-on-one Spanish class with her tutor, Mayra Juárez, who lives in Antigua. Both attend the class from the comfort of their own homes via Internet, webcam and an innovative business called Speak Shop.

Offering quality tutoring to students around the globe, the small U.S.firm employs struggling teachers in Guatemala.

’’I love the fact that our money is going to support that kind of program,’’ Griffin said.

Griffin schedules her classes on Speak Shop’s Web page, pays online and

‘Five places’ shares tips on language learning

San Francisco Chronicle, February 22, 2009
By Susan Fornoff

This article was originally posted at http://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Five-places-shares-tips-on-language-learning-3170643.php

Judging from comments on last Sunday’s “Five Places” list of oceanfront hotels, readers want cheap options. “Outside of a campground for not-so-rich weirdos, where can you stay by the ocean for under $79 a night?” one asked. Another reader commented: “I know a really good seaside place that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, but I’m not telling you where it is. So there.”

Now children.

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