I am a Denver native and I am fully bilingual in Spanish and French, and I am also conversive in Catalan and Dutch. I know a lot about language acquisition! I learned these languages through both formal study and by simply living where it is spoken (Dutch). This formal and informal language learning informs my teaching methodology. I believe in using conversation, props, visuals, and activities in order to provide context and make language acquisition both relevant and fun!
I have a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Latin American Studies from Claremont McKenna College, a foreign language teaching certification and a Spanish translation certification from Cambridge, and a Master’s degree in International Education from the School for International Training, located in Brattleboro, Vermont. I have lived studied and worked in Spain, Argentina, Ecuador, and the Netherlands and traveled to over 30 countries.
Music Lingua classes use music, movement, storytelling, drama and art to present thematic concepts and key vocabulary. The emphasis is on hearing the spoken language, learning the songs, and in the process, learning target vocabulary and responding to commands.
Each student receives great take-home materials including a link of downloadable songs, a bilingual music activity booklet and a storybook. The activity booklet contains all of the lyrics in both the target language and English, as well as pictures to color and other fun activities that go along with each song. We also do crafts at the end of each class!
Each 10 to 12-week session has a unique theme, such as “Life in the Ocean”, “Life at Home”, “African Safari”. The classroom activities and all take-home materials revolve around the common theme. Parent/child classes typically meet 45 minutes per week