I'm a native English
speaker and have been teaching since 2009. I have a certificate in TESOL from California State University East Bay and a B.A. in Foreign Languages from Lewis and Clark College. I'm a member of several professional organizations such as TESOL and CATESOL and ESL
International. I am finishing my master's degree in English, specializing in TESOL.
I enjoy helping students learn. Learning can be fun. My goal is to make my lessons as engaging as possible. My knowledge of other languages helps me understand the challenges learners face. I am able to explain the differences in grammar
between languages so that students can understand. I tutor English to non native English speakers as well as tutor Spanish
to native English speakers.
English/ESL Teaching Experience:
My English teaching experience includes teaching writing
to college students, both native and non native English speakers as well as middle school students. I recently taught developmental writing at California State University East Bay.
I've taught English oral fluency, pronunciation, speaking and listening to Italian
high school students. I taught ESL/English conversation, grammar, reading
and writing to individuals and small groups.
I have worked with adult immigrants from a variety of countries, including Japan, Korea, Belarus, China, Nepal, Eritrea, Iraq, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, Belgium, Mexico and countries in Central and South America. The lessons focused on improving their conversational fluency, listening, reading and writing skills.
ESL/English for Specific Purposes:
I've taught English for specific purposes to adults in fields such as childcare, real estate, manufacturing, software, dental, education, and food service. I also taught career skills like interviewing. In addition, I've taught native Spanish speakers English using both English and Spanish depending on their English language
Spanish Language Teaching:
My Spanish language teaching experience includes teaching Spanish to adults, middle school and high school students, focusing on conversation, grammar and vocabulary
. I also taught Spanish to middle school students at a private school in the East Bay.
I work collaboratively with my students to create fun, engaging lessons customized to meet their learning goals. I incorporate role playing, games, mnemonics, and technology to facilitate learning.
After working together one-on-one, many of my students have been able to improve their grades.