Karina Lafuente, M.A.
Karina Lafuente received her Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from The New School University. Ms. Lafuente discovered her passion for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) during her time as a volunteer instructor, working with adult immigrant populations at Centro Comunitario CEUS in New Jersey.
While still in grad school, Ms. Lafuente was also selected to be the lead instructor for the launch of a pilot ESL program conducted by The New School University at The Consulate of El Salvador in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Subsequently, Ms. Lafuente joined the Department of Language and Civic Education at La Casa de Don Pedro in Newark, New Jersey, where she became an expert in combining language and civic education in the preparation of adult learners for the USCIS Naturalization Interview and Test.
Through a wealth of academic and professional experiences, Ms. Lafuente has mastered the latest instructional methodologies but, more importantly, she has developed a student-centered teaching philosophy which calls for designing instructional activities that respond to the custom language needs of her students—principles that she continues to apply to this day. Presently, Ms. Lafuente provides on-site and online personalized tutorials of English as a Second Language (ESL) and for Specific Purposes (ESP) to adult immigrant populations in the U.S.
As a bilingual immigrant herself, Ms. Lafuente is mindful of the advantages and life-changing opportunities that breaking barriers through the acquisition of the English language might bring to learners around the globe. Her main purpose as a language instructor, therefore, is to design and implement teaching methods customized around the individual language learning needs of her students for supporting them in the pursuit of their most treasured dreams.