If you are looking for a Specialist in teaching and tutoring, here I am.
My credentials include a California Teaching Credential, a TESOL Certificate, and 22 years of classroom teaching experience, most of it at the high school level or above.
In addition I have extensive experience in tutoring all ages from adults to elementary students. I can tutor in many subjects, but my forte is usually in the language arts and social studies areas, with a specialization in English language skills for speakers of other languages.
My ESL experience gives me a knowledge of things about our language that are fascinating, but that most Americans are unaware of. This in turn gives me an insider's edge in teaching both foreign and native speakers of English the language skills of reading for comprehension, of writing for understanding, of vocabulary improvement for better fluency and for better understanding of written materials, and so on down to the smallest details such as spelling and pronunciation. My students have frequently commended me for my ability to make difficult lessons understandable and easy. I will work hard to help you achieve your goals.
My experience in tutoring includes the home-schooling of my own daughter in ALL subjects for half of grade 8 and all of grade 9. (The subjects included science and math, but I can't say I'm an expert or specialist in these fields.) While employed as a classroom teacher, I also tutored students with special difficulties, in one-on-one situations. To non-native English speakers, I have taught basic English vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and reading/writing skills for beginning level students of all ages both individually and in a classroom setting. I have also taught intermediate level and very advanced level classes that covered all the skills needed for fluency in English including TOEFL and TOEIC Prep classes, and I did individual tutoring for the TOEFL and for the SAT. I was called the "Grammar Guru" by my colleagues and our international students in the intensive English programs where I taught, and I consider myself to be an expert in the field of English grammar.
Recently I tutored a young man from China so that he could pass the GED test. His weak areas were English (reading and writing), and American History. After only 17 hours of tutoring, he successfully passed the test.
Now, I have retired from full time teaching but feel I still have a lot of knowledge to share and impart. I hope to work with you soon and look forward to making a new friend.
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