After working as a Language and Culture Assistant and English Communication Skills teacher at both a public and parochial school on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca for the Spanish Government’s Ministry of Education, I felt compelled to continue my role as “cultural ambassador” when returning to the U.S. What better way to continue bridging the gap between English and Spanish speaking communities than to pursue a career teaching Spanish as a second language? Since returning from Spain and earning my Masters, I sought to impart my acquired language skills with the next generation of Spanish speakers.
In Mallorca, I noticed that complete immersion in both the language and culture accelerated my acquisition of Spanish.
Therefore, I strive to replicate such an immersion experience for students in the second language classroom while using culture as the content which drives acquisition. Culture is an ideal entrée into the Spanish speaking world because it allows students to draw connections between what is familiar to them and what is considered “the norm” for other language communities. In this way, students become globally engaged by relating what they already know with a new way of looking at the world. When this gap is bridged, the second language becomes more significant and meaningful for students.
Additionally, students understand how their role relates to the whole as they become not only linguistically competent but culturally fluent as well.
In conjunction with teaching language and culture through authentic resources such as newspapers, magazine articles, museum websites, Instagram Live interviews and dialogues in Spanish, literary texts and connecting with pen pals from the Spanish speaking world, I advocate comprehensible input to aid students in making and negotiating meaning from the messages to which they are exposed. Dr. Steven Krashen noted that “the best methods are therefore those that supply ‘comprehensible input’ in low anxiety situations, containing messages that students really want to hear.” While providing students with ample opportunities to read and hear Spanish in the classroom through complete immersion and simulated, real life scenarios, learners acquire the language in much the same way they internalize their first language. These authentic resources and stories, which are embedded with culture and cater to students’ interests, are ideal forms of input that accelerate the acquisition process.
I love sharing my knowledge of Spanish speaking cultures and language communities with students. Also, my work allows me to continously pursue professional development opportunities and travel to Spanish speaking countries in order to better serve my students.
I enjoy empowering students to speak Spanish proficiently and confidently.
Caroline Mooser is a fun and engaging teacher! My son really enjoys learning Spanish with her. She is very organized and easy to work with. I highly recommend her.
Very patient and explains things in different ways so it clicks. Already highly recommend to others.
I highly recommend Caroline for Spanish tutoring. Caroline engages well with students, caters lessons to their specific interests and plans interactive and fun classes that hold learners’ attention. She can teach all levels and makes learning a language accessible and fun.
Caroline has a fantastic grasp on the language with experience of the Spanish language from all over the world. The teaching style is very effective, and I have learned more from her in a few short weeks than the 3 years of high school "Spanish class". Most importantly, her patience is very welcome for a struggling beginner like myself.
I have taught Spanish as a second language for four years at the high school level. I also taught conversational English for four years in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. I received a B.A. in Spanish from Santa Clara University and an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College. As an undergraduate student, I studied abroad for one semester in Salamanca, Spain, and another semester in La Habana, Cuba. I also hold a certification as a professionally licensed tour guide from the International Tour Managment Institute.
I normally meet with students twice a week Monday-Friday for 30 minutes or 1 hour lessons.
I first started teaching in college when giving English lessons to Spanish speaking day workers in California. After graduation, I moved to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, where I taught English as a second language as a Culture and Language Assistant for the Spanish government's Ministerio de Educación. After four years, I returned to the United States and began teaching Spanish at the high school level.
I have worked mostly with high school students.
A recent event I am fond of was when I gave a speech in Spanish about the connection between leadership and improv comedy. I am a member of the Hispanic Business Network Bilingual Toastmaster Club, which has given me the opportunity to continually hone and practice my public speaking skills in Spanish.
I would advise the student to work with a teacher who caters to their particular learning needs. Does the student have any special interests the teacher should incorporate into the lesson? As a student, if you are having fun during the lesson and the activities are engaging, that's a sign you are also learning. Also if you take risks and are not afraid to make mistakes, that means your teacher is creating a a safe, comfortable learning environment that promotes language acquisition.
It is helpful for students to be resourceful and to try to seek solutions independently if they are confused about something. However, after doing the homework and consulting their notes, students may still need help, and this is normal. At that point, students should initiate contact with the teacher and reach out for help.