Laura began teaching Spanish language courses and about Latin American culture at Expanish this year.She is from the neighborhood of Caballito in Buenos Aires. Caballito is in the geographical center of the city and contains the “English District”, which is filled with beautiful British architecture, the old “Mercado de Progreso”, and the Italian and Portuguese Clubs amongst many other points of interest.Laura enjoys sharing her passion for the language and culture of Argentina with her students studying abroad in Buenos Aires and was happy to answer some questions for us.
How did you initially become interested in teaching?
Laura: It is something that I’ve always liked to do.Teaching is a way of sharing knowledge.I’ve always found it very important because you learn while your students are learning.
What do you enjoy the most of teaching Spanish to non-native speakers?
Laura: Well, I love to see the way they are progressing as time goes by.
What are some activities you like, or would like, to do with your students?
Laura: Watch movies. The matter is that Argentine movies speak very fast… so maybe movies from Mexico or Columbia.That would be great! Listening to music also is very good.
What is the most rewarding aspect of teaching for you?
Laura: I think that learning the language of a culture is very important to understand the culture itself. I think that I’m helping people to understand Latin America and Argentina.
If you could teach any subject, what would it be and why?
Laura: Besides Spanish, music.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Laura: She was a literature teacher that I had when I was in my third year of high school. She was so dynamic! She could explain the most boring aspects of linguistics to a group of kids. You know how kids are..they can be very restless. We would all be very stunned with everything that she said. I think that’s an accomplishment!