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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.
For me, American history is the story of our country and the people who had an impact on the development of the country as we now know it. My goal when teaching American history has always been to engage the students in the excitement and reality of the individual stories that make up the larger story. I have always found history thrilling, and I try to instill this feeling into my students by arousing their curiosity and ability to identify with people who lived in another time but had the same dreams and fears as we do. In classroom teaching, I used well-done documentary videos and some movies, chosen for their historical accuracy. In tutoring situations, I assign viewing videos or movies as "homework."
The use of "proper" and comprehensible English in both writing and speaking is essential for success in college and in the business world. This is true for both native speakers and international speakers. English is increasingly important as the language used in the business world by multinational corporations, institutes, and agencies. Sadly, it is true that while international students of English learn the "correct" use of English in formal classes where they study grammar, punctuation, spelling, pronunciation, vocabulary, methods of writing for different purposes, and reading for understanding and information, native speakers of English on the other hand are often left to their own devices by teachers who are not themselves trained in teaching these different skills. As a trained professional teacher of English as a foreign or other language, I can address the gaps in the understanding of English that native English speakers are burdened with because of the inadequacies of the high school education system. Some of these gaps may originate with the student him or herself because he or she does not realize the importance of English fluency and is thus not motivated to improve beyond the conversational style of English he or she uses in informal situations. I try to help this lack-of-motivation-problem by making the learning experience interesting and as much fun as possible.
I have a TESL Certificate and a Lifetime Secondary Teaching Credential. I have taught all ESL subjects including (but not limited to) reading, writing, grammar, listening, speaking, pronunciation, vocabulary, idioms, American history, American culture, conversation, and electives.
Phonics is the relationship between the sounds of a language and its spelling system. The study of phonics can help a person to improve both pronunciation and spelling. People seem tolearn how to read either phonetically or by sight. Interestingly, my two children were opposites. My son (at age 10) once told me that "Polland" (rhyming it with Holland) was the first country attacked in WWII. He knew what the word meant, but did not know how to pronounce it as "Pole and." My daughter on the other hand, could pronounce words perfectly, but had no idea what many of them meant. On two occasions (also at age 10) she asked, "What does 'government' mean?" and "What does Tennessee mean?" The study of phonics can help with either kind of error.
With 20 years of experience teaching ESL, including writing classes, I am excellent in both proofreading and editing. I can guarantee that your final paper will be accurate in spelling, punctuation, grammar, and rhetoric, and will be written in polished English and ready for submission.
I have taught formal Study Skills classes on two different college campuses to both American college students and international students. Some of the classes I taught while teaching full time in intensive English programs on 3 different college campuses were study skills classes. The one I taught the most number of terms (dozens) was Academic Listening and Note-taking Skills. I also taught Vocabulary classes in which I used various techniques beyond rote memorization to help students increase their vocabularies. I am currently tutoring a boy in SAT prep., where we are concentrating now on vocabulary improvement. When students ask for specific techniques or methods for learning specific words or grammar rules, I am able to "think on my feet" and come up with some mnemonic "trick" or easy demonstration to help them remember.
Incredibly personable, patient, and organized! — Virginia brings years of experience to her tutoring. She is extremely knowledgeable and creative with how she tutors and what materials she uses. I highly recommend Virginia for US history, ESL, and English. ...
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