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Hello and welcome to my web page!

I teach Spanish 1 and 4. This is my first year at BMHS. I am so happy to be part of this family. Allow me to tell you a little about myself. I am native Spanish speaker, and I earned my B.A. in Spanish linguistics from California State University Long Beach; I also received my M.A. in linguistics from the same institution. Summer 2011, I received my single subject credential to teach Spanish as a foreign language in high school.

Currently, besides teaching high school (full time) also, I am teaching Spanish 101 at Cerritos College (Part Time, night classes). I have been doing this since 2011.  I have a TESL certificate, I can also teach ESL classes. I taught in different high schools (Environmental Charter High School, Prepatec High School, Wallis Annenberg high School). I am also professional musician, I play the trumpet.

When I came to the U.S. in 1990, I did not speak one word of English. My own personal experience will hopefully serve as a model for future students who want to learn Spanish as their second language. I have survived academically in an English-speaking environment, and I speak and write well enough to teach English as a second language. Even though I do not speak other languages, in my linguistic courses, I learned how other languages function. I believe that this knowledge will help me to understand students from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds and make the content of lessons more understandable for them.

Sincerely,

Otto Ivan Cifuentes