My name is Mariana Díaz and I am a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I have formed my own company, PrekSpanish, which offers teaching and education consulting services to schools, private institutes and individuals.
I am also a mother of two girls, Manuela and Zahra, who are completely bilingual.
My university formation was very traditional, I got a degree in Language and Literature, with a major in Classic Languages (yes, I know Latin and Classic Greek).
Shortly after my graduation I started teaching Spanish in secondary schools, and as a private tutor.
Soon, I realized that the approaches traditionally used for teaching foreign languages, based on grammar and translation, weren't satisfactory, and realized the importance of getting my students more involved; specifically, getting them to produce as much actual speech as the alloted class time permitted.
So I started to intensively study more pedagogical methods and teaching techniques focused on foreign language acquisition. I became a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and attended many of their excellent courses and seminars, I took Art and Acting workshops, I read every Language Teaching book I could lay my hands on, and obtained even more material online. In particular, the material by Ana Lomba, a teacher, mother and businesswoman who developed specialized material on language education for childen, steered me in the right direction when creating my own curriculum.
Of every new piece of material I studied, I was able to extract what I found valuable, and apply it to my daily teaching experience. Not every new approach worked: I was very fortunate that my employers, both institutional and private, were patient enough to let me experiment new things in my classes. That way, by actual trial-an-error through my professional experience, I was able to shape a set of methods and techniques that produce the best results when teaching a foreign language. I have to also give credit, in general, to American schools and institutes, for the degree of freedom they traditionally give to their teachers about how they teach a language, as long as measurable results are achieved.
Licentiate Degree in Spanish Language and Literature - with specialization in Classics
2000 - University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Professional Development Seminars
2004 - Nashville, Tennessee, USA Tennessee Foreign Language Institute
Seminar on ADD - AD/HD syndrome detection (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
Nashville, Tennessee, USA - 2003 - College Heights Christian Academy
Teaching English as a Second Language
Tennessee Foreign Language Institute - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - 2005
Seminar and Workshops - ESL
Nashville, Tennessee, USA - 2006 - American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Seminar and Workshops - Creative Teaching Strategies for the Spanish Classroom.
San Antonio, Texas, USA - 2007 - American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Workshop - Accelerating Proficiency in your foreign Language Class using TRRS Strategies.
Accelerating Proficiency in your Foreign Language Classroom Using TPRS - 2015
Online training offered by the Bureau of Education and Research. www.ber.org - 2015
Professor Diploma for Education in High School, College and Special Needs.
University of Buenos Aires, Argentina - 2015
Indiana Teaching Certification
Indiana Department of Education - 2016
International Baccalauraeate Educator Certification
Butler University, Indiana, USA - 2016
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