ENGLISH LANGUAGE COACH
SPANISH CONVERSATION COACH
ONLINE (SKYPE) OR IN PERSON
Group Sessions & Workshops in:
Elaine Van Staalduinen
Born in Canada.
Toledo, Spain (2002-2012)
Now living in
in a creative way
is my passion.
Think about it.
A different culture.
A different perspective.
I am a Canadian Certified TEFL instructor and Spanish Certified Life Coach. I juggle various hats as an English Language Coach, a Spanish Conversation Coach, and Art Coach and Artist.
Spanish language coaching' is for people who are wanting to learn conversational Spanish and for those wanting to maintain the level they already have. The sessions are designed to 'whet your appetite' for learning in a stimulating and creative way that incorporates your interests and meets your needs.
The Learning Process
As a beginner, you will notice a lot of progress because it is easy to see that you now know something that you didn't know before - still, it will not be long before you will start to feel quite frustrated. You have experienced the joy of being able to communicate something and, at the same time, you will be feeling a variety of unpleasant feelings because you are hitting the limits of your own knowledge.
As you begin to gain skill, and others begin to acknowledge your ability, you will feel more and more comfortable. You have reached the intermediate and it has been a big jump. Even though fear can exist at any level, it is here, I believe, by thinking that people expect more of you than you think that you are capable of doing, that fear becomes the main obstacle for you. You are experiencing a stress similar to that of someone who is constantly writing exams.
When you reach the advanced level, you have fewer problems in expressing yourself. Others will comment on your ability and not only just to encourage you; however, you may continue to make the same mistakes - bumping into the same obstacles for different reasons (laziness, lack of motivation, the inability to organize your time etc.) because you don't want to push yourself that last little bit. If you do continue learning, you may sometimes feel discouraged because progress is more subtle and therefore more difficult to notice. You are at a point where the freedom to express yourself without any 'hang-ups' is within your grasp; you just don't understand yet how close you are to reaching your full potential.
You will be encouraged to observe yourself during the Spanish Language Coaching sessions because self-awareness creates the change in perception that lets you feel confident, strong, motivated, and in control of your own learning process. It also enables you to fast forward your progress if you already know some Spanish but want to improve.
'English language coaching' es para aquellos profesionales que buscan contacto con una nativa experimentada en el campo de la enseñanza del inglés. Las sesiones, diseñadas a la medida de cada uno, son hechas para captar la imaginación. Son sesiones para encender la chispa y mantenerte motivado.