Thomas Farias has a BA in Spanish from St. Mary's University and MA in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has completed over 50 hours of coursework on a variety of linguistics topics towards a Ph.D. in Romance Linguistics from the University of Texas. Graduate coursework includes Spanish Linguistics, Spanish Literature, Spanish Syntax, Romance Linguistics, Phonetics, Phonology, Language Change, Foreign Language Teaching Methods, German Syntax and History of the Spanish and French Languages. He studied Italian at the Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Aligheri in Florence, Italy and he completed an internship with a book publisher, Visor Libros, in Madrid, Spain.
Thomas has formally studied Latin, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese. Informally he has studied Portuguese and a smattering of Norwegian and Dutch.
Thomas does not believe there is one, best, universal way to learn a foreign language. We are all different and learn in our own unique ways. He believes that the best approach is to try different courses/methods and find what works best for you. Although it takes time to acquire a high level of fluency, Thomas believes that you can become functional in another language in a short time if you understand how that language works. This is what he tries his best to help students do.
Thomas has been teaching since 1992 for several colleges and universities and he very much enjoys helping students to achieve their language learning goals. Currently he teaches Spanish, French and English as a Second Language at the community college level.