Violeta Quintana, M.A Spanish/B.A. Education, is a native of Burgos, Spain, with more than 20 years of experience teaching Spanish in the United States.
She has taught beginning to advance Spanish at High School, College, and University levels, bringing an interesting combination of academic rigor and practicality to her work.
Violeta has traveled extensively, gaining rich cultural experiences in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. She offers the experience gleaned from a lifetime of intercultural work and academic research to students who wish to truly amplify their knowledge of the Spanish language and its cultures.
In addition to her work at Seattle Central, Violeta offers two programs abroad -- Las Fallas de Valencia and Spanish Studies in Valencia, Spain -- which are very much enjoyed by her international friends, colleagues, and students every year.
Violeta's Teaching Style & Approach
I believe that learning takes place in a variety of ways.
In my experience, I have always found that students learn best when they feel free to express themselves in a safe environment; that leads to their progress, which is based on the level of comfort they feel when mistakes are seen as opportunities to learn and improve rather than as judgment or punishment.
Adopting flexible means to encourage students to start producing language at their own levels of comfort contributes to their natural academic progress and ultimately to their language acquisition.
While teaching learning strategies to students is one of the primary goals in all my courses, spontaneous class participation, attitude and improvement by the students are the essential elements needed for the expected success throughout the learning experience.
This success will depend on daily exposure to the language in and outside the course structure.