||English, Spanish, French
||Kids (8y+), Youth, Adults, Groups
||Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
|Lessons Take Place
BC and CELTA-certified teacher of English, Spanish & French with professional experience teaching children, teens & adults (up to age 70!). I have studied, worked & volunteered in Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, France & Peru. I design custom material to meet your goals & have an array of materials that align with the new BC curriculum in Spanish, French & ESL (plus Social Studies/social science courses). I incorporate relevant art projects into lessons with kids & teens. I love meeting new people & spreading my passion for learning, languages, literacy & cultures. English is my mother tongue. I have a C2* level in Spanish, C1 in French, B1 in Portuguese, A2 in Italian and A1 in Hebrew. *European Common Framework: basic to fluent: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2. B or C levels are required for Canadian government jobs; B2, for European Union/UK post-secondary institutions.
Education / Certificates
BA Honours ('13: International Relations, Spanish, French). BEd (UBC, '16: Secondary French, Spanish & International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, IB MYP). I also have experience/training for IB DP. CELTA (International House Vancouver, '12: Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, through University of Cambridge). I have taken numerous professional development workshops for teachers & have offered two. 1-year university study abroad program in France (2011-2012; courses at B2, C1 & C2 levels). 1-year language/cultural Rotary Youth Exchange in Mexico (2008-09).
3-yrs' experience as BC certified secondary school teacher (Spanish, French, ESL, Social Studies, Career Life Education), including successful student completion of Rotary International Youth Exchanges & immersion program at La Universidad de Salamanca (Spain). 10-yrs as private tutor & teacher of Spanish, French & ESL to children, secondary/university students and private, non-profit organizations and government-employed professionals. My students have successfully passed internationally-recognized exams (TOEFL, Cambridge, IELTS, CELPIP, IB DP) in Canada, France & Peru. 2-yrs as university Spanish laboratory/conversation teacher. 1-yr as Spanish Research Assistant. 2-yrs as a Literacy, Environmental Ed. and Art teacher for non-profit organization in Peru. 6-yrs as translator/live interpreter of variety of content in English, Spanish, French; contact me to discuss pricing.
I prepare and adapt content, pace and activities according to your goals (to sit a standardized exam, excel in a course, build specific skills, enjoy a trip abroad, etc.). I focus on establishing a solid base of vocabulary and grammar through reading, listening and conversation. Culture, history, song lyrics and current events are incorporated to suit your interests and expose you to authentic language.
Contact me; times/days may change. I currently have several students in Victoria and 3 in Vancouver and Peru (via video call). I charge $40 per 1-hour private one-on-one lesson (higher hourly rate for pair/group lessons); this includes my time to prepare personalized materials prior. I offer a sliding scale at my professional discretion; if you are someone with a recognizable need (refugees or immigrants, single parents, low-income), contact me about reduced lesson costs.
Mutually agreeable library/café/your non-profit organization or company office. Private home is an option if you have young children or limited mobility, and at my discretion.
Listed 3 years, Updated 1 month ago | Seen Active - 3 days ago
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1 week ago
I want to thank Ciera for all she did this summer to get my daughter ready for grade 5! She was patient and encouraging and really helped to get my daughters confidence level up. Ciera has a gift for understanding different learning styles and we are very grateful for her assistance! Highly recommended.
3 months ago
Ciera D. has made me improve Spanish so much. Not only are the classes interesting, she has also made me enjoy the Spanish language. She is a very educated person and has helped me build up my confidence in Spanish.
Excellent teacher - great attitude!
1 year ago
Ciera D. is a fantastic tutor. I enjoyed our lessons very much. Not only is she a wonderful French teacher, she is very educated and world travelled. This gives her a lot to draw from for teaching purposes and makes her a delight to talk to about people and world events. Nelson