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Orville F.
San Diego, California
Start speaking spanish like it was your first language with an experienced teacher of 19 years
You can expect to begin speaking in Spanish from our very first lesson! My classes are student-centered, offering you a focus on your interests and goals, which is very different from a group class. So, by the time you travel or apply for a job with perks for bilingual people, you'll have plenty to say! I help adults increase their adventure (travel) or improve job security by becoming more fully fluent. For children, I've tutored both private and public school students. I look forward to helping parents have a break from the stresses of parenthood! During my classes of 30 minutes or a full hour, parents can rest/talk to a friend/decompress! Ask me about options (45-minute classes, in-person classes on a patio or at a park) or for references!
About Orville F.

Hi, I'm Orville! I bring the world to you by teaching Spanish Class and ESL! Both subjects are offered as online lessons. I like to ease your (or your child's) transition to better language skills! Adults benefit from better résumés for job searches and children/teens get higher scores on speaking and writing in English or Spanish. I have 19 years of experience in both private and public schools, with the last 11 years being focused on helping people enjoy languages.

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Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2002

Education

Translation & Interpretation; Extension Courses

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Teaches ages 5+

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Speaks English, Spanish

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Orville F.
San Diego, California
Start speaking spanish like it was your first language with an experienced teacher of 19 years
You can expect to begin speaking in Spanish from our very first lesson! My classes are student-centered, offering you a focus on your interests and goals, which is very different from a group class. So, by the time you travel or apply for a job with perks for bilingual people, you'll have plenty to say! I help adults increase their adventure (travel) or improve job security by becoming more fully fluent. For children, I've tutored both private and public school students. I look forward to helping parents have a break from the stresses of parenthood! During my classes of 30 minutes or a full hour, parents can rest/talk to a friend/decompress! Ask me about options (45-minute classes, in-person classes on a patio or at a park) or for references!
About Orville F.

Hi, I'm Orville! I bring the world to you by teaching Spanish Class and ESL! Both subjects are offered as online lessons. I like to ease your (or your child's) transition to better language skills! Adults benefit from better résumés for job searches and children/teens get higher scores on speaking and writing in English or Spanish. I have 19 years of experience in both private and public schools, with the last 11 years being focused on helping people enjoy languages.

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2002

Education

Translation & Interpretation; Extension Courses

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English, Spanish

Speaks

Has background check

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Orville is friendly, easy to get along with, and his lessons flow naturally and are a fun fit into life. The questions we have that come up as we learn Spanish are talked about verses just following along in a book. He is a great teacher! We are enjoying learning with his help.

Posted Feb 22, 2022
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I am incredibly happy with my instruction. Orville has done an excellent job preparing materials for our lessons. He clearly has mastered teaching as well as spanish.

Posted Jun 16, 2021
Online

Orville makes learning Spanish a fun experience. An engaging teacher, he combines his love of teaching with humor and insights on the culture. I’m enjoying both studying a new language and working with Orville - it’s like learning with s good friend.

Posted Feb 21, 2021
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Certified Medical Interpreter
Oct 2021 - Present
Orville Fitz-Henley
In addition to teaching, I interpret (translate the *spoken* word) for doctors and patients to provide understanding between them. It's a dance between English and Spanish - and it blends well with my language teaching (see below)!
Spanish and English Teacher; International Tour Guide
Mar 2010 - Present
Orville Fitz-Henley, Certified Language Instructor
Students say classes are fun and that I'm patient and encouraging. My travels and living abroad lend a depth and breadth to the lessons: experience Spain, Mexico, Panama, and more with me!
Bilingual Substitute Teacher
Sep 2002 - Jun 2021
San Diego Unified School District
Teach English and Spanish to all grades, K-12, earning the title "The Super Sub"!; taught other subjects, including Algebra, Geometry, and basic French (French level 1-2).
Medical Interpreter
Oct 2013 - Mar 2015
Magenta Trans-Services
Interpreted between English and Spanish for medical appointments, specifically orthopedic visits.
Medical Interpreter
Jan 2012 - May 2014
Interpreters Unlimited
Interpreted between English and Spanish for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy appointments for children and adults. Helped the patients to feel they had communicated their needs and helped the doctors to feel they had received the information needed to make a decision about treatment.
Translation & Interpretation; Extension Courses
Aug 2012 - May 2013
University of California at San Diego
Bach. Sc., Natural Resources & Conservation
Aug 1995 - May 1999
University of Florida
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Certified Medical Interpreter
Oct 2021
National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters
The tests assess one's ability to both understand and speak Spanish and English at a level high enough to interpret for a doctor and his/her patient. (Interpreting is what is often called "spoken translation".)
TEFL Certification
Sep 2018
Bridge TEFL
120-hour course designed to impart all the skills needed to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) at the highest levels.
CBEST
Mar 2002
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Passing the exam is required of all California educators.
Advanced Spanish Speaker Status
Jun 2021
ACTFL - Language Testing Institute

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