I obtained a diploma both in Communication and Business Management and in English Teaching as a Foreign Language at Instituto Superior Angloamericano in Cuernavaca, Mexico. I also studied Spanish Teaching as a Foreign Language and Literature from Latin America in Universidad Internacional.
I also have a published Spanish translation of Aidan Storey’s book Angel’s of Divine Light, published in 2015 by Atria, Simon and Schuster, New York.
Having taught English and Spanish to hundreds of students of different ages and levels in Universities, companies and school classrooms for many years, provided me with a desire to achieve a more efficient way for my students to learn and for me to teach the language.
While I understood that different resources, techniques and materials are a must for a dynamic class environment, I also realised how grammar is an essential pillar when learning a language, especially when total immersion of the language is impossible.
I observed a constant trend where students who understood the grammar structures and applied their knowledge to their communicative skills, had better accuracy and reached a proficiency level much quicker than the ones who rejected grammar.
I also found that contrary to common belief, grammar helped students who were in very basic stages. Many times students experienced a-ha moments when they understood why sentences were structured in a certain way, and they would never forget that structure again. They immediately accessed a deeper understanding of the language which gave them confidence and encouragement as they saw their own progress improve.
They no longer depended on set sentences given by a book. They had the key in their hands to structure their own sentences and by doing that, they gained freedom, making language learning a personalised experience and therefore, more enjoyable.
Based on these experiences, I decided to condense the most important grammar elements in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Irish and English as a second language, that any student would need to know from a basic to a higher level in one card. Key words and time expressions were also included so students could create complete sentences.
The card provides students with all the information they need in one place, and it saves teachers time from writing the charts on the board. The cards are visually attractive with a colour coded system to allow students see the patterns the language follows.
I created these cards based on my teaching experience and my students’ success stories.
I wish you good luck in your learning and teaching endeavours, and I hope that with the use of these cards your experience will be enjoyable and successful as well.