EducationUniversidad de Carabobo, Licenciado en Educacion. Venezuela.
Saint Michael´s College, Colchester, Vermont. TESl.
Universidad Santa Maria, Doctorado en Educacion. ABD. Venezuela
• Candidato,2005. Given by The National Commision for the academic benefit . (Comisión Nacional para el beneficio académico), Caracas,Venezuela
•Profesor Meritorio, 2005.Given by The National Commission for the recognition of merit to teachers of national schools. (Comisión Nacional del sistema para el reconocimiento de méritos de las escuelas nacionales). Caracas, Venezuela
ExperienceChoosing the most efficient listening, speaking, reading, and grammar exercises is very important. The vocabulary is elicited from the students during the exercises and then, it is reinforced through basic to advanced practice.
What do my students say? Please, Take a look at their reviews here! Gracias.
My services include:
Spanish classes in Groups.
Sunday Basic / Intermediate SPANISH GROUP CLASS. Advanced students are welcome!
Students roll their Rs while practicing en ESPAÑOL at NEW MOON CAFÉ, Burlington Sundays, 2:45-4:30 pm. $ 15 each Sunday session.
Spanish for Homeschoolers, High School and College students, as well as adults. Any level.
English/Spanish -Spanish/English Translator
HobbiesCooking Venezuelan and Spanish food is one of my hobbies. Having reunions with my Spanish students and Spanish speaking friends where we share food and dance and have fun conversations. I love walking too. I also enjoy drinking coffee or tea with my students while we speak Spanish.
I work with Venezuelan shelter dogs.
Writing prose poetry in Spanish.
Cooking and selling Venezuelan food.
Teaching Latin dancing.
Client Reviews (16)
Maigualida is a great, patient teacher! Her passion for teaching and language comes out in her fun, adaptable and consistent lessons. I've been meeting with Maigualida for about 2 months now and already feel a definite increase in my confidence and ability to speak spanish. I'm very grateful and feel honored to be learning from Maigualida and have her as a teacher.
Learning Spanish with Maigualida is fun! She was very willing to meet me where I was with my stumbling Spanish, and take it from there. I really improved my conversational Spanish.
I consider myself lucky to have found a tutor as experienced, knowledgeable and people-oriented as Maigualida Rak. I was an “emergency” client who was soon to start a job that required Spanish. There was only ONE problem -- I hadn’t spoken a word of Spanish in 30 years! I had forgotten the most basic elements of Spanish, and I was almost incapable of getting a word of Spanish to come out of my mouth. Maigualida was wonderful! She was so encouraging and supportive as she took me through the forgotten basics of Spanish. And she was also very resourceful in coming up with exercises and role-play situations that kept the ball rolling. It was especially helpful that Maigualida is familiar with both the Spanish of Madrid and of Latin America -- she had grown up in Venezuela, the daughter of a family originally from Madrid. And she had spent quality time in Madrid. This gave me a wonderful basis for work in my new job where I might meet Spanish-speakers from many countries. Working together, we conquered my panic, and my confidence grew. In addition, Maigualida was a wonderful resource for the rich culture of Latin America – movies, fiction, art. These are things that make life on the job very do-able. Gradually I realized that I would fit in at my new workplace – not because I was the best talker (that would come later …) but rather because I had made a connection with Latin culture through our tutorial sessions. Thanks Maigualida. You can work miracles!
Mauigualida is wonderful! With a lengthy resume of teaching behind her, both in Spanish and English languages (Spanish being her native language), she is an extremely qualified tutor of Spanish. I studied with Maigualida for 3 months before moving to Mexico with my fiance. With her welcoming and charasmatic approach to learning, she helped me reach far beyond my high school Spanish in just three months. She has the ability to engage the student with her many years of language teaching and kind demeanor. She also has an endless amount of patience, which is key when considering learning a new language can be very frusterating. She makes learning fun, each class with Maigualida was like a visit with a friend rather than a task. I recommend Maigualida to anybody, whether you're a very basic level spanish speaker or fluent and just need to brush up your skills. You will be amazed at how much you learn with Maigualida!
Maigualida gives very good one on one attention. She is able to prepare classes for the length of time you desire. Don't worry if you are struggling as she is friendly an patient during the classes. I would recommend her, especially if it has been years since you last spoke or used Spanish.
I worked with Maigualida for a short time while I was in the Burlington area. She is a wonderful tutor and very friendly. We spoke in spanish whenever we were together which was great for me. She pinpointed areas where I needed practice and gave me exercises and writing assignments to strengthen my skills and we practiced the skills I was working on in conversation. I feel my grammar has improved in the short time I had with her and only wish I were able to continue with her.
Where to begin…Maigualida is great and I’m so happy I found her. I’ve been in pursuit of learning Spanish for the last few years but due to my learning disabilities that affect my hearing and processing, languages have always been a weak skill. I’ve taken a couple Spanish classes and tried a bunch of language apps, but nothing is as fun and worth my time as Maigualida’s sessions. The attention and knowledge she has and offers cannot be found in a classroom. She is kind, fun, understanding, and responds well to her students. I’ve been meeting with Maigualida a few times a week in preparation for my semester abroad in Spain, and she has taken my fear out speaking a foreign language. She has shown me that when learning another language, you are bound to make mistakes and that’s ok! If you are serious about learning Spanish, I highly recommend working with Maigualida! She clearly has teaching experience, and you don’t have to worry about having 25 other students judging your progress. It’s just you and Maigualida, learning while also cracking jokes. Meeting with her is always a joy and I wish I found her years ago. I hope my host mom is half as warm-hearted, perceptive, and gifted as Maigualida is.
I was tutored by Maigualida Gomez in Spanish language skills for three months during my 2014 summer vacation. She is a truly excellent tutor. She manages to combine serious learning with some fun approaches that keep the learning interesting. She knows how to reach students with the appropriate technique that makes each student feel special. I would recommend Maigualida as a tutor for a student at any level from beginner to advanced. She will find the right way to meet each student's needs - and she does this in an enjoyable manner. I am grateful to have learned a lot in a short time due to her great tutoring skills. Bob Hoffman
Maigualida is an excellent tutor! I moved out of the area but hope to keep Skyping with her in order to practice my Spanish on a regular basis. She is easy-going, has a great sense of humor, and became a wonderful friend. She is extremely knowledgable about second-language acquisition and is able to shape her lessons to fit each student's learning style. Highly recommend!
I highly recommend Maigualida's Spanish lessons. Either in private lessons or groups, you will learn Spanish!
I took an advanced level conversational class with Maigua. She was fantastic! I loved our conversations, and her creative use of various multimedia. I was sad that circumstances changed so that we could not continue! I highly recommend her.
Excellent tutor! I highly recommend Maigualida, her lessons are always thorough and on target. I would suggest Maigulaida to anyone interested in learning Spanish and/or furthering their studies.
Maigualida is wonderful and cares about her students. She is easy to talk to and patient! I recomend her for one on one classes and to have someone to practice Spanish with.
Absolutely fantastic teacher in every way. - She knows the best ways that helps you comprehend Spanish. She is flexible time and is very nice around working with your schedule. She also has a lovely personality! Five stars!
Ms. Maigualida Gomez Rak has been tutoring me in Spanish for several months, then I took her Spanish class in a local college. Under her expert direction I have made quick progress from beginner to almost fluent reader and competent speaker. Maigualida is a native speaker of Spanish and a skilled and experienced language teacher. Her method, approach and personality make her an excellent tutor. As a professional translator, I have had many teachers of several languages over many years, so I have an adequate frame of reference against which to evaluate her teaching skills very highly.
I hired Maigualida as a tutor six months ago when I found out I would be going to Nicaragua for an internship. I did not speak a word of Spanish before I met with her, and had never studied the language at all. Within two weeks, I was able to sign up for a high-beginner class at a local university, and found that I was way beyond this level of comprehension. I was amazed at how much I had acquired in just two weeks of studying with her. After continuing lessons with Maigualida for four more months, I am now close to a high intermediate level and am confident I will be able to communicate during my internship. What has amazed me about Maigualida's methods is that from the very beginning, I have never struggled to understand Spanish. My listening comprehension skills far surpass what I had expected, and my ability to recall things she has taught me is also very quick. Many others have said that my ability to pick up Spanish is a reflection of a “gift for languages,” but I studied French for over five years and my skills in this language don't even equal my Spanish skills. I can only attribute this success to my tutor. I think her accomplishments stem from the fact that she chooses to speak Spanish with her students from the very beginning, from the first question she asks you. She creates a total immersion experience that is so necessary to language learning. She is also very encouraging because by not speaking English, she allows you to see that you can understand, and you can respond in another language even if you may be hearing something for the first time. I truly believe that if more students were taught in the way Maigualida teaches, language acquisition would be easier, as well as more fun. I have sent many friends to Maigualida, and would be thrilled if more people were able to benefit from her teaching.
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