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.