Welcome to my web-page!
This is a relatively new venture (now in its third year), but I needed to move with the times and embrace all this new technology! To be honest, I’m not a complete illiterate: I have a personal computer, a laptop, an iphone/ipad and a web-cam, but I have always had my students in front of me in the past, as it’s probably easier to explain things and it’s much better when you need to criticise them (constructively, of course!).
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 from each class. However, if you check out the home page you will now find a sample video, together with a WORD and PDF file, on tips to help you improve your phonemic transcriptions. The video was recorded in class last year, and should give you an idea of how ‘online’ explanations can work perfectly.
Let me tell you a few things about who I am, what I do and how I do it. Apart from 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 have lived in the beautiful cultural city of Salamanca for over 20 years and I set up my own Language School in 1993. My ‘speciality’ has always been high-level university subjects like Gramática Inglesa, Fonética 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 few years, 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 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, the Comunidad Valenciana, Navarra, Murcia, Cantabria, Aragón, the Canary Islands, Madrid, Castilla La Mancha 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.
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 easy to study and understand, in an easy-to-follow format, making life less stressful for the poor overworked ‘opositor/a’. Naturally, 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 practical exams that you might be faced with (this part was not included during the ‘acceso transitorio’ period while the LOE was being introduced, but now it’s back).
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, 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 ‘secret’ Facebook Group page, as well as a WhatsApp Group, and I am constant contact with all my students.
Should you require any further information for future courses (not 2016 – 2017, as I am now completely full), you can contact me:
- by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
- by phone (or WhatsApp) on (00 34) 620 33 73 71