Instructor Gina Covello graduated with honors from University of California, Santa Cruz with a double major in English Literature and Language & Culture Studies. She received her MA in Hispanic Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She has experience with Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Junior High and High School teaching experience and is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter Home School. She is also experienced in working with learning challenges such as dyslexia and oral processing challenges. See our Yelp reviews.
ECE: Started the School Readiness program for Mt. Diablo Unified School District in conjunction with First 5 Contra Costa.
Elementary Education: Experience teaching 3rd Grade for Los Angeles School District and 6th Grade English while serving in U.S. Peace Corps in Costa Rica. Has extensive tutoring experience through Meyers Learning Center. Currently offers after school Spanish programs at the Habla Language Services classroom as well as at Steindorf, STEAM in the Cambrian School District.
Junior High: Started the Spanish Program at St. Justin School, Santa Clara and taught Grades 6-8.
High School: Experience teaching Spanish at Anzar High School, San Juan Bautista to heritage speakers in Grades 9-12 and taught Spanish 3. Has extensive experience tutoring and working with small groups.
Academic Spanish with Habla Language Services
We offer an academic (yet still fun) program for children. Your child will learn basic vocabulary and grammar through music, art and fun. We customize the program to your child’s interest as much as possible. This has included vocabulary and practice activities for Minecraft, nature, flowers, manners, and more! We incorporate fun, hands-on learning like scavenger hunts, Pictionary, and cultural lessons.
2019 Winter Schedule
Classes for children are $30/class and are billed at the beginning of each month.
Beginning Spanish for 4th-7th Graders:
Starts January 23 and meets Wednesdays 4:45-5:45 p.m. We will start with the basics and then start making sentences. We use teacher-created materials and students receive a binder with zipper pouch & flash cards. There is a $10 materials fee.
For the following classes, students should already know some Spanish. We are using Tom Alsop’s First Year Spanish Workbook. We are working on putting basic knowledge together to enhance mainly speaking skills. There is a $15 materials fee for the workbook.
- Thursdays 5:00-6:00 p.m.
High School: Your child can join one of our adult Spanish Conversational Series . Private tutoring is also available. Cost of private tutoring is $100/hour. We have had great success with raising students grades from failing to A’s and B’s. See our reviews on Yelp.
COSTA RICA IMMERSION: The program runs August 2-13, 2019 and will be open to adults or families. If children want to participate, they must attend with at least one parent. This program will be highly interactive and task based. You will have the opportunity to live with a local family and experience complete immersion or there will also be a hotel option. Pricing and details available by November 30, 2018.
SUMMER CAMP: We have so many projects we are working on, we’ve had to prioritize. We’ve got the Costa Rica Immersion Program , an After School Program at Steindorf and a Homework Club at KidzGym. We are working on having a Summer Camp for July, 2019. We plan to have details ready to go by March 2019.
We will offer a summer camp that focuses on cultural understanding while still teaching the basics. We do this through music, play, and art. Countries we will be exploring: Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica and Ecuador. Click here for more information.
Location: Peninsula TBD
Date: July 2019 Date TBD.
Hours: 1-4 p.m.
Ages: 6-10 years old
Cost: $TBD – includes all materials
Studies show that exposing young children to another language actually helps with brain development. Executive Director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages said, “When you expose young children to another language, they really end up with a native pronunciation and intonation, which is harder to develop later on, and it also works a different part of the brain,” Abbott said. “We always talk about the cognitive benefit of learning another language at an early age, and there are also academic benefits, like increased proficiency in language arts.”