Article in Mooresville Tribune Newspaper
By Megan Sprague
Published: June 15, 2011
Angela Sendler is living out her dream of teaching by sharing what she knows best -- her native tongue.
Originally from Peru, Sendler has lived in Mooresville for eight years, working much of that time as a real estate agent. That’s how she first discovered a need in the Lake Norman area for more
“When I was dealing with clients and trying to make transactions, I found that the buyer and seller often couldn’t communicate and mistakes would be made due to a language barrier,” said
“I was able to be in the middle, translating for both parties and help them to reach a deal. Because of that experience, I wanted to offer a unique opportunity to Lake Norman and give Spanish
instruction to kids, adults and businesses.”
Sendler left the real estate world to start Learn Spanish NC, a language tutoring business that offers private and group classes to all ages. She is certified with the American Tutoring
Association and says she is excited to “share her passion” with local residents.
Her own children, ages 6 and 8, are fully bilingual and she encourages parents to start early if they want their children to speak a foreign language.
“If you expose your children to Spanish around 4 years old, they’re like a sponge and they learn so quickly,” she said. “I have four-year-old students who can speak Spanish and are already
learning to write in it. At a younger age, they pick it up so fast -- and by 5 or 6, they will be able to speak very well.”
To make it fun for the children, Sendler uses different techniques to keep the kids interested and engaged.
“I’ll put on music, we’ll play games and use flash cards,” she said. “I also do story time in Spanish, we play with maracas, dance the salsa and really have fun learning.”
Over the summer, she teaches a special immersion program for children 4 to 8 years old.
“It’s a two-hour class on Mondays and Wednesdays, and as soon as they come in the door, we begin speaking Spanish,” said Sendler. “We do stations with art, play pretend games like being on a
safari and naming the animals in Spanish and really wake up the kids’ curiousity.”
With adults, she uses varying methods depending on their needs and why they are learning another language.
“With high school students, I know I am tutoring them because they need help for a class or exam,” Sendler said. “We’ll work on grammar, pronunciation and tenses. If they’re adults with specific
needs, like a dentist or lawyer who wants to learn key phrases for their field, we practice that.
“If someone wants to learn for travel or fun, I try to teach them about the culture and some basic conversation phrases. I can alter the lesson according to what the individual needs are.”
Businesses can also use Sendler’s services to connect with the Hispanic community through marketing and advertising.
Students decide if they’d rather learn privately or in a group setting.
“Some students start out with private lessons until they feel more confident and have reached a level where they can carry on a small conversation and some like to start in a group right away,”
said Sendler. “It’s all in what you’re comfortable with.”
Classes vary in price, but Sendler says she tries to make it affordable, especially for parents with multiple children. She also added that she tries to be flexible with the hours she is available
to teach, and encourages parents and interested adults to contact her for more information.
Most classes are taught in Sendler’s home because she has young children, but she is willing to travel in certain cases to teach a class upon request.
For more information on class times, prices and availability, go to learnspanishNC.com or call 704-902-5156.