My teaching style is based on aspects of grammar, phonetics and writing since I drew up a personalized plan focused on goals and needs of each student because everyone has different goals.I am very flexible! So the student can participate in the development of this plan. I like to take into account their views.
Besides the grammatical points, I like to emphasize in conversation, reading and vocabulary, all this so that students can see their progress and that motivates him to continue with his studies.
Ability of individual and group communication, comprehension skills, creativity to develop the class, individualized planning, communication skills with basic English, ability to adapt to each.
Teaching Experience: I started teaching Spanish in 1988 and became s a Spanish tutor at the Spanish immersion school PROBIGUA in 1996. I have taught Spanish online via Speak Shop since 2007. I was voted “Tutor of the Year” in 2007 by my students in Speak Shop. I have basic knowledge of English.
Education: I am accredites by the Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala. Additionally I have taken workshops grammar and I have participated in other workshops related to history of Guatemala and Latin American literature, tourism, and medicine. Here is my Curriculum Vitae
Degrees/Certificates/Courses Completed for Teaching Spanish
- 1997 – Techniques of Teaching Spanish as a Second Language for Foreign Students, Spanish Academy AmeriSpan
- 1997 – International Conference Professional Development Languages Teachers, AmeriSpan Unlimited
- 2000 – The History and Culture of Guatemala, Guatemalan Literature and Spanish American Literature, Spanish Academy PROBIGUA
- 2001 – Bachelor´s Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language to Foreign Students from Rafael Landivar University
- 2002 – Conference ¨Tourist Culture¨, Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo INGUAT
- 2008 – Medical Spanish for Foreign Students, Spanish Academy PROBIGUA
Personal Information: I have worked as a Spanish instructor from 1.988 and during this time I have had the opportunity to meet many people of different ages, countries, cultures, professions and religious beliefs.
It has been rewarding for me because in addition to teaching the Spanish language and through what students share me, I have been able to know how is their country and their culture and that has been very interesting because I have always liked the story especially when I can share about my beautiful country of Guatemala and so the conversation is more natural and I try to use the student-level vocabulary.
Schedule: I am usually available:
- Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm CST
- Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm CST
Note: Guatemala is one hour earlier during Daylight Savings Time
"I have found Mayra to be a very patient and encouraging teacher with a good sense of humor. Even though I lack confidence in my basic spanish, she has always made me feel comfortable. Mayra displays a genuine interest in the student, and their progress."
Speak Shop Student
"Mayra is a wonderful, patient tutor. With her help, I was able to get a passing score on the (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) test. Although I began our first conversation somewhat panicked and stumbling over my words, thanks to Mayra's calm, encouraging demeanor, I soon found myself chatting comfortably with her. It was fascinating to compare cultures and to discuss a variety of other topics."
Speak Shop Student
To give you a better understanding of how Mayra teaches online and who she is, we've included some galleries of her instructional materials (flashcards, text books, etc.), Spanish text books she might use during her lessons and some personal photos.