Rosa María Acajabón García

listen and observe each student during our lessons to understand their learning style. After I have begun to know the student, I then will make a recommendation for a program of study and use appropriate teaching tools. Some students learn best orally by listening to explanations, reading aloud, having discussions on a specific topic, like listening to music, etc. Others learn best through “personal experience” so we might talk about their travels, hobbies, sports, or their work. Some students prefer to study by asking direct questions, writing assignments, compositions, analyzing examples, reading stories, etc. Some students are visual and find reading, crossword puzzles, games and graphics are the best forms of learning. I encourage students to find the learning method that will help them to best express themselves and understand others in Spanish.

I want to create a personalized program for each student and will happily teach in a method that works best for them.

Teaching Experience

Since 1997, I have had the opportunity to work in different prestigious Spanish academies in Antigua, Guatemala, such as the organization Dream VolunteersI have taught Spanish online through Speak Shop, and now Pronto Spanish, since 2008.

Education

In 2000 Bachelors Degree in Teaching Castilian as a Foreign Language from Rafael Landivar University. 

Degrees/Certificates/Courses Completed for Teaching Spanish

  • 1999 – Basic English I, II and III, Centro Educativo de Antigua
  • 2000 – Bachelors Degree in Teaching Castilian as a Foreign Language, Rafael Landivar University
  • 2002 – Teacher of Spanish as a Second Language,  Oficinas de Información Turística (INGUAT)
  • 2005 – Principles of Teaching – Learning, FUNDESA–Development Foundation of Guatemala
  • 2008 – Medical Spanish for Foreign Students, Spanish Academy PROBIGUA

Personal Information

I like reading about a variety to things including: medical items (plants, properties of fruits and vegetables, diseases, organ function, etc.), butterflies, customs and traditions of the Maya, Guatemala legends (especially to practice preterite and imperfect), religion (saints, the Catholic catechism, the Bible, etc.). I like to give my time and companionship to young girls and women who have disabilities and were abandoned, as well as children with physical and mental development disabilities. On Sundays my husband and I attend the Catholic Church. We also attend cultural activities such as Corpus Christi, concerts, marathons, processions during Lent and Easter, fairs, and parades. During these events we also enjoy the food! I also teach salsa dancing for exercise.

Student Testimonials

“I have been a faithful student of Rosa María Garcia for several years now. I try to never miss a single week. When I began, my Spanish was halting, stumbling. She has been very patient and very helpful. Now, when I go on vacation in a Spanish speaking country, I feel confident enough to strike up a conversation and chat with whomever I meet, and enjoy the experience. In addition, it makes me very happy to know that I have a good friend in a foreign country. It makes me feel more like a citizen of the world. I hope that you give it a try, too.

Bob M.

I have been studying with Rosa Maria for a little over four years. During that period, I have not only found her to be a good teacher but a friend as well. Rosa Maria has all of the good qualities of a wonderful teacher. She is very patient and is well versed in Spanish grammar. Living in the States (Taos, New Mexico) as I do, I have been exposed to many different Spanish accents, including our local one. Rosa Maria has a very clear accent, one that could be understood in any of the many Latino countries. This is an important point as understanding the teacher is of paramount importance to Spanish learners at all levels.”
Sara H.
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