Why our school was created - the founder's story
It was a gloomy Florida winter evening that made me very sleepy, and I struggled to stay awake because falling asleep in a class was not polite, my mama taught. The teacher was rambling on and on about how the adjectives change their endings according to the gender of the nouns and how I must memorize the gender of those very nouns in order to know which ending to put on the adjectives. I listened to her as my eyelids grew heavy and I thought to myself, "Maybe learning Spanish was not such a good idea and I should take up another hobby."
That was my very first Spanish lesson with a young teacher who was very eager to teach me. I wanted to speak the language so bad, like a kid who wants to ride his brand new shiny bike, but her parent, instead, is explaining how to make turns and how the wheels will be spinning and the wind will blowing in her face, instead of letting the kid experience it for herself. After that fateful lesson I did put off my Spanish studies until a few years after, when I was lucky to meet talented teachers on my path. After Spanish, there was French, and Italian, Turkish, Japanese, and all the teachers, some good, others not so good, and a few very remarkable ones that I met on my journey of foreign language learning.
It must have been somewhere along that path when I decided that I wanted to have my own language school. My goal is to help people learn languages easily, with little or no stress, rejoicing in the small victories of language speaking progress and enormous cultural discoveries that accompany learning a new language. My dream is to be a part of the community of people curious about other cultures and languages, people who wish to spread this knowledge by sharing their own experiences and learning something new from others. Being aware of cultural diversity among us, humans, makes us more accepting of others, because there is no longer just one, our, way of doing things. And being able to speak more than one language creates so many possibilities for new friendships, employment prospects, more productive travel, and the joy of cultural enrichment.
My name is Maria Bartosh and I am the founder and president of World Class Languages. Born and raised in Russia where I lived for the first twenty years of my life, I came to the United States, where I completed my Bachelor's Degree in International Business and Trade, and decided that my true calling was, and always had been, teaching. (I like to tell my students a story of how at the age of 8 years old I managed to teach a friend how to ride a bicycle, convinced, that I myself knew how to do it, only to discover a few months later that I did not know how to do it!) I completed a certification program to teach English as a second or foreign language (ESL/EFL) and have taught group and private, intensive and non-intensive ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) programs, as we as conversational Russian, to adults. I might lack in the theoretical aspect of the foreign language field because I don't hold a graduate degree in linguistics or education, but I make up for it with over 15 years of experience in the field of foreign language acquisition and teaching and passion that I have for languages.
The languages with which I am on a first-name basis are Russian, English and Spanish. The recent inductee into this family is Turkish, with which I have struggled for a few years but we seem to have finally figured out our differences. Japanese used to be an acquaintance and we could carry out a simple conversation way back when, but now we have just drifted apart (it is a shame, and I miss my unlike-any-other Asian friend). I had a love affair with French, and we still talk from time to time, though our communication is very limited. Italian is my newest friend that I am resolute on getting to know well, and it is easy when Spanish is already an ally. And I might befriend Portuguese as well, but that's later.
My biggest strength is the team of teachers who make up World Class Languages and the expertise and passion they bring to the table. Working with professionals, most of whom are native speakers and from whom I get to hear fascinating stories about their home countries, I am always sure of the quality of training our students will receive.
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On behalf of our teaching team, I am looking forward to welcoming you to World Class Languages and to helping you learn a foreign language and enriching your life culturally!