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I can help with the teaching of English as a Second or foreign language to non-native speakers, who either immigrated to an English speaking country or have re-located there to study for academic purposes.
Classes typically focus on the four main skills, reading, writing, speaking and listening, involving a high degree of participation from students who must use the language in order to become familiar with it.
Private lessons for motivated individuals can explore each of these skill areas in depth with added bonus of having the tutor/teacher's undivided attention.
I have experience of teaching all ages and abilities, from children to adult learners, at junior and high school, private language school and at university. I have taught general English, business English, and exam prep (FCE and IELTS), in the Middle East, Europe, the U.S.A and Asia.
I am originally from Europe and have a deep fascination with European History and interest in history in general.
I can help students prepare thoroughly for their exams.
Proof reading is a precise skill and one that I have acquired through teaching writing for 22 years. I have that meticulous attention to detail that is required, so much so that when I read published fiction or non-fiction, I am constantly finding errors which should have been corrected at the final pre-publication stage.
I have been teaching reading strategies and reading comprehension skills for more than 20 years and I am confident that I can show you how to muster what can often seem elusive and mystifying.
The approach to understanding a passage, whether it is from a science or humanities text, a piece of journalism or an extract from fiction needs to be fine tuned to be successful.
I look forward to working with you. Let me be your guide!
SAT reading involves identifying the question type, focusing on the questions and mapping the text to locate the answer. When you think you have found the answer, always predict in your own words a possible answer before looking at the questions. This will help to anticipate the best answer.
You will have to learn to read in a certain way and use your knowledge of vocabulary to answer accurately.
SAT Writing involves mustering the basics of the structure of composition, understanding and recognizing typical grammar errors, and utilizing a sophisticated level of vocabulary (in the essay section).
Spelling is an essential and integral part of learning English and a skill that must be monitored continuously in order to make progress. It is best learned in conjunction with reading and writing, so that new words can be acquired, learned and memorized according to the context in which they appear.
Acquiring effective writing skills is a something that can be learned by paying attention to basic skills and organizing a composition according to the structure of the conventional essay.
Vocabulary acquisition is also a prerequisite as is reading, students need to read to acquire ideas and they must have a firm grasp of grammar in order to express their ideas. If they can learn the basics, a sense of style may emerge, but this is more difficult to teach as it is often intuitive.