For Mr. Otálora, every day spent with his students brings a new joy and opportunity for learning. He enjoys children’s curiosity, energy, and thirst for learning anything that attracts their interest.
Mr. Otálora’s child-centered instructional philosophy is that the foreign language should be comprehensible, repetitive, and interesting. He uses a myriad of linguistics games as teaching tools because games make the learning for the children a very interesting process, enable students to acquire basic structures using very few words, and help them practice the most basic structures of the language. Through games, common words are used over and over, and students hear those common verbs and nouns so often that they begin to understand them immediately. After they begin understanding with confidence, they become able to speak the different tenses and conjugations.