Instructor Gina Covello 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 special needs 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.
2018 Winter Schedule
New class offerings beginning January 29:
4th – 8th Grade: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
We will learn the Spanish Basics which serve as the building blocks for then constructing sentences. We learn with picture-based flashcards. Students should be able to write the Spanish words on the back of the flashcards and memorize them with guidance and coaching. In addition to the flash cards, we use music videos, games, word puzzles and more. There will be some homework involved.
- Greetings and Niceties
- Question words
- Days of the Week
- Months of the Year/Holidays
- Numbers 0-1000
Ongoing classes at Habla Language Services. Students should already know some Spanish. Contact us to determine if we are a fit for your child.
1st – 3rd Grade: Mondays 4:00-5:00 p.m. We are using the textbook Exploring Spanish and have finished about half of it. Students should have some familiarity with basic Spanish.
5th – 8th Grade: Thursdays 4:30-5:30. We use Habla Language Services’ proprietary curriculum as well as other teacher-created materials. Students must know the basics and general use of verbs. We will be working with verbs and forming sentences. We combine music and drawing with learning new words and have fun while discovering Spanish.
Middle School: Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. We are in Unit 5 of a high school textbook called Qué Chévere 1. Students joining this class must already know the basics and must be familiar with using verbs. Purchase of the textbook is required (e-book with device is fine). We also use the Workbook and Grammar & Vocabulary workbook which are also required.
High School: Please contact us to select a group that works best for your child. Your child can join one of our adult Spanish Conversational Series or we can look at other options. Private tutoring is also available.
COSTA RICA IMMERSION: We will soon have more detailed information for our Costa Rica Summer Immersion Program. The program will take place the beginning of August 2018 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.
SUMMER CAMP: Upon request, 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 2018 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.”