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Maggie F.

Mandarin-Speaking American ESL Tutor

Berkeley, CA (94703)

Travel radius
25 miles
Hourly fee
$50.00
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I've tutored and taught in both the United States and China, but am American and have an American accent. I have some classroom experience as an instructor of English as a Foreign Language in China and English as a Second Language in Richmond, IN, and have taught learners of mixed ages, from four to 26, in groups of varying size or individually.

In the United States, I have tutored learners of English as a Second Language; high school students struggling with introductory-level physics and chemistry classes; students struggling with object-oriented programming theory, Java, HTML, RobotC, and JavaScript; and native English speakers seeking to improve their written English skills. In China, I tutored and taught English as a Foreign Language independently for learners of all ages, taught a semi-structured EFL course for children at a community center, and real-time interpreted and translated some materials for a Calligraphy course at the University level by Professor Zhengming Huang. I've also taught workshops including Introduction to Analytics for Student-Run Co-Ops (at Cooperation Amongst Cooperatives), Auditioning With Formal Verse (at Earlham College), China's Current Social Media Climate (at Nanjing University), and Preparing For Auditions (at Earlham College).

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Maggie’s subjects

English:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Computer Science, General Computer, HTML, Macintosh, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
Chinese, ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
Art:
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
ESL/ESOL, Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Corporate Training:
Chinese, ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, HTML, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Chinese

I have studied Chinese for 8 years and am fluent at the level needed for professional work in Mandarin. While I do not have experience tutoring Chinese because I've only recently come to a level where I am qualified to do so, I have experience tutoring other languages, including English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Computer Science

I've tutored students struggling with object-oriented programming theory, Java, HTML, RobotC, and JavaScript in the past. I also am currently engaged in Computational Linguistics research focused on using automata to model stress patterns of natural human languages, and have extensive published and presented research credits on the subject. For programming languages, I use methods similar to those used in writing natural languages, which seems to work well especially for bringing in non-technical students. In tutoring programming theory, I prefer a more Socratic approach, because students struggling with this facet of computer science are often just having difficulties assimilating information that they have heard and remember.

ESL/ESOL

This is where most of my background in educational theory lies, as I've extensively studied theories and practices in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Additionally, I have practical experience with learners of all ages in groups of varying sizes. I've taught individual learners, worked with small groups on skill-building, and taught classes and review sessions to large groups.

Grammar

I believe that the most important aspect of learning grammar is pattern recognition. Learners who may be intimidates by the number of mistakes they are making often find them much easier to correct when they are given the underlying rule, a teaching method for which my linguistics background prepares me especially well. I also have experience teaching grammar to students through samples of their own writing, whether for class or written for personal use.

HTML

I began using HTML eight years ago, and still frequently use it for projects, especially in my current position as a technical writer for my school's computer science department. I've tutored several high school students through an intro-level web design course that combined elements of HTML and JavaScript. In teaching HTML, I think it's most important to ask the students questions, because everybody's struggle points are different in fields that require such a diverse skill set.

Macintosh

My primary-use operating system is OS X, and I've written tutorials to help others learn to use it for advanced functions. I've also helped a number of university students set up their preferences appropriately for ease of use when first learning Mac-based operating systems, and worked with adult learners to master functions from basic to complex. I believe that teaching operating systems should be all about what the learner needs to do with them.

Public Speaking

In teaching public speaking, I focus on building student confidence and improvisation practice. Using a combination of theatre arts and language-learning exercises, I find challenges to work on with the student, who can redirect their goals as desired. In past public speaking tutoring, I have put the emphasis on finding practical experiences as soon as possible, because the classroom environment can't feasibly replicate a real engagement.

Sewing

I have sewn for clothing, costumes, and props, and am familiar with a wide array of stitches, types of fabric, and pattern-making/adapting techniques. Additionally, I'm familiar with many decorative and embroidery stitches, which can be useful in making household items, such as samplers and pillows. In teaching, I like to keep my hands off of the student's work so they can feel like they really own the project while also sticking close by and providing guidance at every step of the process.

Theatre

I hold a BA in Theatre Arts, where I focused on dramaturgy with coursework including acting, directing, and stagecraft (specifically costume construction, costume design, prop construction, set construction, electrics, and a general course in theatrecraft). I've also worked professionally as an actor, and have been signed to an agency for my acting work, though I am not with an agency at present. I have performed as an actor in the United States and China, and I've taught several workshops on audition technique for various constraints at Earlham College, where I also convened the Earlham Theatre Company for two one-year terms. I also served on the board of an independent theatre company in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Education

Earlham College (Theatre Arts and CLL)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Maggie will travel within 25 miles of Berkeley, CA 94703.

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