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Miriam V
Tutor in Edinburgh, Scotland

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£45.00 / hour

Inspiring teacher and a passionate translator.

Teaching became the foundation and passion of my life since the day that, more than 20 years ago, I taught my first lesson.
In a world where borders are constantly changing and competition for global working opportunities is becoming fiercer by the day, there has never been a more important time to learn a foreign language, which will give you a competitive edge.

Who am I?

An inspiring, creative and passionate French and Spanish teacher and translator with more than 20 years of international experience. I have worked in numerous places around the world: Universities in Cuba, France, Italy and China, Government Institutes as Cervantes Institute, High Schools as Collège Français Bilingue de Londres, Corporates and Training Centres.

How do I teach?

In my courses I incorporate the four language skills simultaneously such as reading, writing, listening, and speaking using literature, music, cinema, theatre and a ludic approach to the grammar.
I have experience in all levels from beginners to advanced in both languages and I have worked with children, teenagers, university students and adults.
Your lessons with me can be done face to face if you are based in or around Edinburgh. If you prefer I have also had a lot of success using video conferencing which has the added benefit of you being able to do your course in the comfort of your own home or office and with more time flexibility.

My added value

Working internationally for many years has given me the possibility to teach students from different cultures which has helped me understand different key issues that different cultures have with the language, thus this vast experience has helped me improve my teaching methods and techniques.

A Language Club

There are many ways to practice and learn a language, so as either a supplement to your courses with me or also as an alternative The Language Club will start at the end of April. Each week we will meet at a different cultural locations, where you will practice and consolidate your language skills through different initiatives, and at the same time meet other like minded people.
Learning a language doesn't need to be boring, in fact it should be fun and interesting. A whole new world of discovery is waiting for you.

Reviews and References

There are 19 reviews or references for Miriam.

Written by Paul S

Outstanding Teacher

Miriam was an amazing Teacher as she inspired me to study. During our course she helped me develop confidence with my language skills and thanks to her approach and method, today I can walk confidently into most situations requiring me to communicate in French.

I never imagined that I would be able to speak a foreign language.

Thanks Miriam
Subject:
French
Outcome:
Excellent results.
Written by Sara C

An excellent teacher!

A very professional and experienced teacher.
It was a pleasure to have active classes with her!
Subject:
Spanish
Outcome:
Excellent! Perfect Spanish grammar!
Written by Jorge M

She loves their subject and have excellent subject knowledge

I have had the pleasure of having Miriam Villafuerte as a french teacher. Miriam is energetic, enthusiastic and friendly. He makes excellent use of praise; the praise he gives is carefully considered, well placed, and motivating. She is very professional. I strongly recommend Miriam for french teaching.
Subject:
French
Outcome:
I passed my exam with good grades
Written by Federica C

If only all teachers were like Miriam

I needed to prepare for a language entry test, level B1, for the faculty of law of a Spanish University and I had no previous experience with Spanish. Thanks to Miriam, I could reach it in 6 months: I successfully passed the exam and got accepted to the university program. But the language teachings went beyond the academic needs, as Miriam focuses a lot on the conversation part, and I could immediately and easily integrate with my Spanish classmates, being prepared on the everyday language too.
Subject:
Spanish
Outcome:
Miriam is probably one of the best teachers a student can have: she's competent, extremely interesting and nice, patient, flexible.
Written by F Eacute Lix R

Inspiring teacher

I needed to have some bases in French to be able to read and understand medical literature and to write short reports. After two years of hard work with Miriam I could reach my objectives and I could acquire solid knowledge and have the desire to continue studying a difficult language such as French. I have very good memories of my course because Miriam is the kind of teacher that listens, asks, creates enthusiasm and demands a high levels of performance of students. You always want to go back to see what interesting things you will explore and discover each time.
Subject:
French
Outcome:
Miriam stacks the deck so that students have a reason to learn. The knowledge becomes permanent and cherised rather than illusory and irrelevant.
Written by Andrea S

Excellent teacher and brilliant woman

Miriam is a professional and multilingual teacher. Thanks to her wide culture, she can transfer her knowledge in an unusual and smart way. Her teaching in not based just on grammar or generic exercises but always in stimulating dialogues on many topics such as politics, art, literature, music. As a result of such creative and interesting lessons, pupils feel totally involved and improve quickly.
Subject:
Spanish
Outcome:
A good level of Spanish. Capacity to speak quite fluently in formal and informal situations.
Written by Michele P

A good teacher

Miriam Villafuerte Martín has been my teacher for one year at the Instituto Cervantes in Milan.
Subject:
Spanish
Outcome:
With her I improved a lot my knowledge of the spanish language
Written by Adis P

A great teacher!

When I think how a teacher should be, I think about Miriam.
She is patient and she really enjoys teaching.
During her lessons we had fun and we learned at the same time. She is an inspiration for her students.
Subject:
Academic
Outcome:
Spanish C1
Written by Rossella B

Very good teacher

Miriam has taught me spanish at Cervantes Institute in Milano. She helped me a lot to improve my level.and I loved her deep knowledge of the language and her way of teaching.
I strongly recommend her.
Subject:
Spanish
Outcome:
I reached spanish C1 level
Written by Marc L

Learning more than a langage

I met Miriam some years ago as I was managing a department of Research and Development in Europe and was looking to upgrade my spanish in order to properly deal and create a team out of the one R&D center which was located near Barcelona. I took one to one classes and could see week after week the progresses in was able to make in reading , understanding and listening but the most stricking has been her ability to understand the psychological context I was in and to build the tuition accordingly. Through her questions and her dedicated attention and patience she was able to build some sense through the langage out of the behaviours of my spanish collegues . More than words, I was learning the spirit of a culture behind the langage and was able to better understand it. I want to advocate her human sense of teaching and this search for completeness in transfering knowledge. I recommend her firmly.
Subject:
Spanish
Outcome:
I have been able to exchange, though at a fair level, with my spanish collegues with a totally different consciousness and therefore have been able to avoid misundersantding and tensions . Kind regar
Written by Nicoletta I

A wonderful teacher

Miriam has been my Spanish teacher for years. When I started I knew no Spanish at all, so we began from the basic notion and then little by little my knowledge of the language grew thanks to her. Miriam is an outstanding teacher and taught me not only the grammar but also the Spanish way of thinking. I work in an administrative office, so I learnt all specific terms connected with administration and credit collection. If I now speak and write Spanish fluently I owe it all to her.
Subject:
Spanish
Outcome:
The result was brilliant. I warmly recommend Miriam as a teacher.
Written by Armando Gonz Aacute L

Amazing learning experience.

I could never thank you enough for your passion, dedication and commitment to the learning process in your role as an excellent teacher, Ms. V. Merci beaucoup pour votre travail.
Subject:
French
Outcome:
Significantly improved my fluency in French.
Written by Mirella F

A SOLID TEACHER WITH EFFECTIVE STUDENT COMMS

I highly recommend Miriam Villafuerte Martinez as a candidate for Tutorfair.
As a student of Instituto Cervantes in Milan I had the pleasure to have Miriam as my two-year course teacher.

Miriam resulted as a driven and well-organized person, who could easily connect and develop good relationships with us students.

Miriam could effectively teach us simple concepts as well as more advanced topics.

She has also got excellent written and verbal communication skills with both students and other teachers.

I noted how well Miriam accomplishes all tasks with great initiative and positive attitude.

I am happy to recommend Miriam and wish her good luck for this application. Should you have any further query on her background or qualifications, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours truly,

Mirella Fraquelli, MD PhD


Subject:
Spanish
Outcome:
I past DELE Examination
Written by Chiara S

Excellent teacher

Miriam is a great professional who has a full command of her skills. She can easily understand each student’s needs and abilities, and this allows her to adjust her teaching method in order to provide a successful learning experience. She never puts pressure on her students but encourage them to find a learning strategy that suits them.
Subject:
Spanish
Outcome:
As a result, her students become very familiar with the chosen foreign language (Spanish), both in speaking and in the understanding of the grammatical rules. She provides the right syntactic and lin
Written by Massimo D 039 A

Friendly, experienced and professional teacher

Miriam has been my Spanish tutor for 2 years. She has highly developed teaching skills, and above all is encouraging, friendly, and very easy to get on with.She transmits the desire to know more about Spanish and Cuban culture and literature
I would definitely recommend her
Subject:
Spanish
Outcome:
Vast improvement. With her help I got my DELE
Written by Andrey K

A professional teacher, an inspiring person

Three words to describe my French teacher: professional, highly learned and motivating.
Subject:
French
Outcome:
Knowledge for life.
Written by Silvia G

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I went through a positive experience when I was taking one-to-one classes with Miriam. She is a tremendous thinker who prepares her class very well. She helped me a lot with my assignments and helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses in my way of learning. She had a clarity of discussion and explanation so that even the more difficult topics were easy to memorize.
Subject:
Spanish
Outcome:
I highly recommend her tuition.
Written by Silvia V

Cours B2 at Istituto Cervantes in Milan

Miriam is a very good teacher. Clear and exhaustive when explain, enrich the lessons with extra material like newspapers, films, interviews and so on. She has an extensive knowledge end this give lively and never banal all lessons.
Subject:
Spanish
Outcome:
At the end of her course my spanish was fluent, I wrote easily and I was reading all.
Written by Gabriella G

A teacher that became a friend

Miriam was my spanish teacher for several months in Milano. I used to go to her place for the lessons and she was always very welcoming. What I needed most was to practice my spoken spanish, and Miriam is an excellent conversationalist, therefore during our classes I had the chance to improve both my listening and speaking skills. In the end talking to her (while practicing my spanish) was like talking to a friend!
Subject:
Spanish
Outcome:
Improved listening and speaking skills
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Education and Qualifications

Miriam's education and qualifications are listed below.

University

Institution
University of Havana, Cuba
Degree
Degree in French Language, Literature and Civilisation.
Institution
La Sorbonne, France
Degree
Master in Spanish Language, Hispanic American Literature and Civilisation

School

Other Qualifications

DELE Examiner accreditation for Spanish as a foreign language.
Qualified examiner for all language levels A1- C2.

Subjects

Subjects taught by Miriam are listed below.

  • A-Level, Advanced, AS, Beginner, Degree, IB, Intermediate
  • A-Level, Advanced, AS, Beginner, Degree, IB, Intermediate

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