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Helena M.

English Teacher/ESL: 18 years experience with all age groups

Alameda, CA (94502)

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I am a Certified ESL teacher with 18 years of broad experience teaching students of all age groups. I am currently finishing a Masters degree in Linguistics and teaching private students. I have taught English in public schools, language schools, companies, and also to private students in the United States, Brazil and Chile. I am also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. I have vast knowledge of teaching approaches, educational resources and curriculum development. My exposure to different cultures and learning styles has given me the expertise to work with children and adults in different settings.
For the last 4 years, I have worked for an international language school in San Francisco in different capacities. As the lead teacher, I work with college-bound students from beginner to advanced levels in both group classes and individual sessions. The curriculum includes Speaking and Listening Skills, Academic Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary, exam preparation (FCE, CAE, CPE) and Business English. I also worked as the Assistant Director of Studies, responsible for overseeing the academic progress of students. Added to that, I also worked with professional development (teacher training) and syllabus development for different English courses.

My teaching philosophy is anchored in three principles: 1) respecting different learning styles, 2) lowering students’ anxiety and increasing their overall self-confidence, and 3) helping students become independent. As a tutor, I have been successful in adapting content and resources to meet the unique needs of my students. I also offer further counseling on their progress once they feel they are ready to move on. I find it important to promote a positive attitude towards learning and engage students during the lessons. I also help my students become aware of their particular challenges and to develop strategies to overcome each one of them. I believe that there are many different ways to ensure learning, and ultimately it is my responsibility as a teacher to apply the most appropriate approach and strategies to meet my students’ needs.

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Helena’s subjects

English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar
ESL/ESOL, Portuguese
Elementary Education:
English, ESL/ESOL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Portuguese

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State University of New York, College at Purchase (Anthropology)

UC Berkeley Extension TESOL Certificate (Graduate Coursework)

State University of San Francisco, Linguistics (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Helena will travel within 20 miles of Alameda, CA 94502.

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