(SECUNDARIA ONLINE ONLY see below)
In the first place, welcome to my web-page!
This is now in its sixth year, as I really needed to move with the times and embrace all this new technology! To be honest, I’m not a complete illiterate as far as technology is concerned: I have a personal computer, a laptop, an iphone/ipad, a projector, and a web-cam.
For those of you who are visitors to this page and not (or not yet) students of mine you will not be able to access all the videos and documents that are uploaded here. However, if you check out the home page you will find a short presentation video and a sample of one of my themes (number 40, dealing with communication strategies).
Let me tell you a few things about who I am, what I do and how I do it. Apart from my other studies, back home in England and here in Spain, I have a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and both CELTA and DELTA qualifications (Certificate and Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults).
I am a huge football fan and have been a season ticket holder at Manchester City for many years (long before the money arrived!). I am also a founder member and sponsor of Unionistas de Salamanca CF, a club which we formed (in memory of UDS) after the sad disappearance of Unión Deportiva Salamanca in 2013, and which has had a meteoric rise since we first started to compete (in the Provincial League) in the 2014-2015 season. In only our fifth year we are now established in Segunda B.
I have lived in the beautiful cultural city of Salamanca for many years and I set up my own Language School in 1993. My ‘speciality’ has always been high-level university subjects like Gramática Inglesa, Fonética y Fonología, or Morfosintaxis, although I have also taught children, teenagers and ‘normal’ adults (non-filólogos/as, that is!), preparing all sorts of exams (Cambridge, Escuela Oficial, Trinity College, TOEFL and others).
For the last ten years or so, however, I have devoted my time to just one thing: the preparation of our wonderful system of ‘oposiciones’ (competitive exam, or whatever you want to call it in English). It was proving difficult to combine other courses with the preparation, so I finally decided to specialise, even though I had first started preparing ‘opositores’ back in the 1990s.
Unlike other large organisations, I do not feel that it is necessary for me to go around blowing my own trumpet claiming to have an incredible percentage of passes. My record speaks for itself and I have hardly ever had to go around publicising myself and looking for new students; word of mouth has always worked for me. I have ex-students working all over Spain, in regions as far apart as Andalucía, Galicia, Asturias, the Comunidad Valenciana, Navarra, Murcia, Cantabria, Aragón, the Canary Islands, Madrid, Castilla La Mancha, Ceuta, and obviously Castilla y León. I still keep in touch with the majority of them, and it is a great source of pride and gives me a fantastic feeling of satisfaction when one of my students passes the exam and obtains a place (or, if not, some sort of ‘interinidad’ or substitution).
I cover all the different parts of the exam. I have my own ‘temario’ and have always made a conscious effort to produce themes which are student-friendly; by this, I mean themes that are simple to study and understand, in an easy-to-follow format, making life less stressful for the poor overworked ‘opositor/a’. Look at the sample theme here on the web-page and you will see what I mean. It goes without saying that I dedicate plenty of time to showing students how to produce coherent written versions of the different types of themes to keep the examining board (‘tribunal’) happy.
I also dedicate a great deal of time to preparing, explaining and correcting all the possible types of practical exams that you might be faced with in the different communities and regions.
Naturally, I deal with the design and defence of the didactic programme, as well as the production, design and presentation of teaching units.
I am a very demanding ‘preparador’, but I feel that if you are serious about your preparation then you need someone who takes things seriously. I pride myself on my work capacity, even though at times it can be quite difficult to keep up with everything! I have had no complaints yet, though!
My rates are, as far as I know, probably the lowest in the country. I do not charge any sort of ‘matrícula’ and all the information, material, correcting and assessing, replying to your emails and solving your doubts is included in the monthly charge. Apart from access to this web-page, we have our own WhatsApp group and a ‘closed’ Facebook Group page, and I am in constant individual contact with all my students.
Should you require any further information for the 2019-2020 course you can contact me:
- by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
- by WhatsApp or phone on (00 34) 620 337371
Be quick, though, because I already have quite a few potential students signed up! Next year’s course starts in September.
For the academic year 2019-2020 I will only be offering the ‘online’ option. Allow me to explain why:
I have decided to close the school down, as I am not prepared to pay so much money (rent, retentions, electricity, phone, Internet connection and more) if I only set foot in the premises once or twice a week.
To be perfectly honest, the ‘online’ option is much better for all of you. Everything I record is uploaded to the web-page immediately, and you can then watch the videos as often as you want/need to. In my case, I only have to go through and explain things once, instead of doing this once, twice or three times in different classes, and then once again for ‘online’ students. I know that some people consider that it is better to have ‘clases presenciales’, but I can assure you that you will be amazed at the amount of information, material and videos that I will provide you with. As I have written elsewhere in this message, I am extremely demanding, but you will certainly get your money’s worth if you sign up for the course!
It is impracticable for me to use SKYPE or any other sort of application, due to the difficulty in getting everybody available at the same time.
One thing that we need to pay attention to is that there is still some uncertainty surrounding the ‘temario’ for 2020 onwards. We have a ‘borrador’ of 75 new themes (originally produced by PP), but it remains to be seen whether any new government will introduce this, continue with the old one, or produce a ‘temario’ of their own. If things do change, then I will need to dedicate an incredible amount of time to preparing all the new themes for you.
I will be finishing this year’s course at the end of May, and – to be honest – I am mentally and physically exhausted. I have also had serious problems with my eyes over the last few months (desgarros en la retina, amongst other things, and I have required laser surgery), although things have improved a lot.
I will continue to keep in touch during the whole process with my students who are taking the exam in Baleares, Galicia and the Comunidad Valenciana, but I really need a short break before getting stuck into the 2019-2020 course.
Anyway, if you are interested in the online preparation for the 2019-2020 course I hope to hear from you!