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I am an extremely motivated, compassionate, and very organized language instructor and tutor, with a passion for languages, literature, and learning. I have done extensive studies in the US (I triple majored in French, Spanish, and Italian as an undergraduate, and I hold graduate degrees in multiple languages as well. I have an MA in French, another in Italian; and PhDs in progress in various Romance Languages), and I have also attended schools and universities in France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal, which solidified my fluency in these languages years ago.
More importantly, I have over ten years of experience teaching and tutoring: Foreign Languages, Literature, Writing and Composition, Editing, and English at the high school and college level, as well as a demonstrated history of successful teaching and instruction. I have received numerous teaching awards and flawless student evaluations. I have a talent for rendering complex issues comprehensible to my students, and I pride myself on being able to motivate others in an academic environment, garnering enthusiasm and interest.
I am focused, poised, reliable and patient, with the ability to bring levity to arduous situations and maintain a sense of humor under pressure. I am accustomed to performing under deadlines, and I never sacrifice consistency and quality. I have excellent leadership qualities and look forward to working with you!
With a college background in classics and liberal arts, I continue to incorporate the classics in my daily studies. Both my PhD coursework and my dissertation are centered around the classics.
I have taught classical literature, history, and philosophy for many years at both the high school and college level.
I am proficient in reading and writing classical and Medieval Latin, and I have a background in Ancient Greek.
I believe that an appreciation for the classics is an absolutely integral part of a sound education!
I have served as a volunteer college admissions representative for my alma mater for many years, and I have a clear idea of what colleges are looking for. I have also served on numerous boards geared towards facilitating students' academic achievement, and I have worked as a mentor for students applying for college and college students applying for graduate school for many years.
I have assisted students with finding the college(s) that best suit(s) them; I have helped them apply to college; and I have worked with many students on their application essays and personal statements. All of the students with whom I have worked have had great success getting into the colleges of their choice.
I began tutoring French in high school and have continued to teach and study French at the college and graduate levels.
I completed a BA in French (Language and Literature) from Bryn Mawr College. I wrote an honor's thesis on Voltaire, Rousseau, and Diderot and received highest honors in the major. I also taught two years of Intensive Elementary French (levels I and II)at Bryn Mawr.
As part of my MA in French, I studied at various universities in Paris, where I worked primarily in Philosophy and Gender and Women's studies. My Master's thesis discussed the metaphor of cannibalism and violence in Montaigne, Laclos, Duras, and Césaire.
I am now working towards a PhD in Romance Languages, and a chapter of my dissertation discusses Rabelais, Montaigne, and Descartes.
***YIDDISH*** I am qualified to tutor beginning and intermediate levels of Yiddish (not Hebrew).
I have taken Yiddish university courses and am adept at reading and translating Yiddish texts. I have also continued to pursue Yiddish through self-study. I have completed Ariel Weinreich's College Yiddish program; Rebecca Margolis's Basic Yiddish; Sheva Zucker's course program (all levels); Assimil's French-Yiddish study course, and many others.
I began tutoring Italian in college and I have continued to teach all levels of Italian and I have continued to study it at the graduate level.
After completing a BA in Italian (Language and Literature) at Bryn Mawr College, where I wrote an honor's thesis on Dante and Medieval Religious and Political Thought, I went on to complete an MA in Italian at Middlebury College. I wrote an award-winning master's thesis on medieval and renaissance Italian and French poetry, an began pursuing doctoral work on Italian theater.
I am now working towards a PhD in Romance Languages, and the Italian chapter of my dissertation discusses the epic poets Ariosto and Tasso, as well as Dante and Machiavelli.
As a violinist, and violist for more than twenty years, I have extensive experience with Music and Music History. I have taken numerous courses in the subject, and am comfortable with all periods of Music History. In particular, in my research and coursework, I have focused on opera, from the earliest compositions to our day, with an emphasis on the Italian, French, German, English, American, and Spanish traditions.
I began tutoring Spanish in college, and have continued to tutor and teach Spanish at the graduate level.
I completed a BA in Spanish Language and Literature from Bryn Mawr College. I wrote an honor's thesis on Golden Age theater, and received highest honors in the major. I also began teaching Spanish during my time at Bryn Mawr.
I'm currently completing a PhD in Romance Languages, and a large part of my dissertation deals with Cervantes and other Spanish Medieval and Renaissance authors.
I have a pedagogical concentration in study skills, ranging from acquiring vocabulary to outlining and structuring written work and improving organizational methods. I have lectured nationally and internationally on study skills and I also have 10+ years of experience teaching and private tutoring that have also been geared towards study skills and study habits.
I played varsity volleyball in high school and in college, and coached students who were on a team composed of 7th-9th graders. I am experienced with indoor and beach volleyball.
Patient And Clear Instructor!! — I usually am not one to write reviews, but I felt compelled to write one about my tutor Alani because she is THAT good. I became interested in French from a very young age, but sadly my aptitude in French has diminished over the years due to typical life stuff (work, personal life, etc). I did not want to completely lose my knowledge of or passion for French so I decided to look into WyzAnt for a ...
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