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Aliah Lawrence-Carter | Language Tree Academy

Aliah Lawrence-Carter

Managing Director & Head Teacher

“¡Saludos a todos! Teaching has always been an important part of my life, largely because I am the eldest of four siblings and I have always strived to be role models for them. I have been teaching foreign languages for almost a decade both at the primary and secondary school levels. I believe that this profession is much more than imparting knowledge, but building students’ confidence, creativity, and expertise… especially in foreign languages. I always encourage students to think outside the box. For example, the average person will ask you ¿Cómo estás? which is a common phrase to mean How are you? However, my students use the phrase ¿Que hay de nuevo contigo? Which means what’s new with you? And instead of responding with the generic Muy bien, they, therefore, use a phrase such as Nada de nuevo or estoy fenomenal, which means nothing’s new or, I am phenomenal respectively.

With respect to my educational experience, I graduated from the University of the West Indies (UWI) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics which allows me to teach foreign languages more holistically. I had the privilege of spending one semester at the UWI Mona campus as part of a student exchange programme, which assisted in improving my cultural awareness and sensitivity as I interacted daily with persons from diverse Caribbean cultures. This is especially important to me as our classes are open to persons from across the CARICOM region. I also hold a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate. I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology. I am bursting with excitement to serve persons in need of speech and language rehabilitation and intervention, and plan to use this company as a major avenue to reach out to those in need of these services.

One of my most recent accomplishments is hearing the excitement from one of my student’s mother, informing me that her Spanish grade improved from 55% to 96% after the first term of classes with me. It was a priceless feeling because I know the hard work that both that student and I would have put in to achieve such an accomplishment. It fills me with joy to contribute to one’s academic success.”