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Hi there! My name's Michael. Thank you so much for considering me as you search for a tutor.
Currently, I am an ESL teacher (since June 2009) with Los Angeles High School Community Adult School, through the LAUSD school system. I hold a California Teaching credential in English as a Second Language, and Secondary Basic skills such as English, social studies, history, theater.
I have also privately tutored for the last 6 years in English accent reduction and general English issues such as grammar, writing and reading. I have also coached and tutored actors preparing for auditions or film work.
Finally, I am a participant in the Screen Actors Guild BookPals program, a volunteer reading program in elementary schools where we pick a school and read to elementary school kids each week. I also participated in PencilPals, where we write letters to a selected student which is hosted by Screen Actors Guild and monitored by the participating school and teacher. These are wonderful programs!
My strengths are simply that I love people! All ages! And I try to create a positive atmosphere where learning is enjoyable, diverse and consistent! My classes are always well attended and test scores are good!
When I work individually, I work carefully to determine with the student how best he/she learns and create an atmosphere of trust with my students. They absolutely KNOW I support their growth and success. I like to challenge my students in a way that is flexible, and fun. I remember the teachers I loved the most in school always knew their material, but were flexible and had great senses of humor. They inspired me to achieve more than I had done before!
I try and follow that model.
Thank you so much again for considering me! I look forward to meeting with you and helping you and/or your child enjoy learning and achieve your goals.
I hold a California Teachers credential granted June 18, 2009 and my Designated Adult Education Subjects authorized are: Elementary and Secondary Basic Skills, Communication Skills, Performing Arts and English as a Second Language (ESL). Since June 2009, Currently I teach ESL Level 3-A a Low Intermediate level, teaching grammar, life skills, reading, and speaking! I have taught ESL Level 4 Grammar and Level 6 reading. Level 4 is an intermediate level and Level 6 is an advanced level which I teach at Los Angeles High School and Metro skills Center in LA thru the LAUSD school system. In addition to a regular part time assignment I also substitute teach for Adult ESL on a per needed basis. I have sub taught all levels ( 1-6). My teaching involves teaching verb tenses, phrasal verbs, gerunds/infinitives, modals, punctuation, some spelling, adjective clauses, pronunciation/speaking and reading skills. The Level 6 reading classes involve 8th grade to 10th grade level reading workbooks, vocabulary building, comprehension focus and speaking and reading aloud. There are designated text books, but I augment the lessons with other texts, and online ESL materials. I also teach basic daily life skills competencies (CASAS) which are required by the state of California. From asking for directions to applying for a job, or making a telephone call to a store-- these lessons really help the ESL student navigate through the difficulties of daily life in the USA. As a private tutor, I would teach elements of all the above to a prospective student, paying particular attention to what they really need i.e. speaking, pronunciation improvement, grammar etc. The difficulty of material is matched to the students entry level English competency and/or past education in their home country. I would tutor all areas of English, focusing on that students weakest area or most desired areas of improvement.
West Virginia University
DePaul University, Chicago (Master's)
Great tutor to work with! Flexible, creative, innovative, unique! — I love to work with Michael! He is an intelligent, has a great sense of humor! It's a very comfortable to work with him! Why I think he is the right tutor to work with? 1)He has an experience as a tutor and a teacher! 2)Our lessons are fun and productive! 3)He is mobile - we have the sessions both at my place and at his place! Go and book a session with him! You will like it! ...
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Michael will travel within 15 miles of Carson, CA 90746.
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