I believe that every person, regardless of age or educational background, has the potential to understand and perform well in the Language Arts. In fact, if you are willing to practice for two hours per week (one hour with me and one hour on your own), you will improve your reading and writing skills within two months. My philosophy and method are based on over twenty years of teaching and tutoring experience. I tailor all of my writing prompts and tutoring sessions to meet the particular needs of each student. As much as possible, I design assignments that I know will interest the student, whether these are essay topics or reading comprehension passages, which I take from current periodicals. When students are invested in the material, they become excited about learning, and their skills - writing, reading, and speaking - organically improve across all disciplines.
With a background (BA and MA) in English, I have tutored Language Arts to students at every grade level from Kindergarten through high school, and I have taught English Composition at various colleges and universities. My tutoring services include remedial help for struggling students, grammar and vocabulary development, and creative and expository writing for those who want to take their skills to the next level.
My expertise also includes teaching conversational and academic/written English to non-native speakers. Having lived abroad several times myself, I understand the challenges of adapting to a new life in a new language. I have had wonderful results tutoring adults and children from all parts of the world, many of whom did not speak English as a first language. I particularly enjoy working with students whose parents value the importance of the Language Arts, but who may not be able to provide this type of help to their children themselves.
Finally, I am fluent in Portuguese, having lived and studied in both Brazil and Portugal for a total of three years. I hold an MA in Spanish and Portuguese from Yale University and have done a variety of written and oral translation projects from Portuguese to English. I am conversant and proficient in Spanish.
Let me help you with your language needs - whatever they may be!
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