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Dorothy R.

Experienced Spanish Language and Literature Tutor, ESOL, TOEFL, SATs

Healdsburg, CA (95448)

Travel radius
40 miles
Hourly fee
$65.00
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I have been teaching Spanish for over thirty five years both on the secondary level, the Junior College level and the University. On the secondary level, I taught AP Spanish Language and Literature and I presently grade the A.P. Spanish exams administered through Educational Testing Service (ETS of the Language Department. On the University level, I taught bilingual Spanish students as well as Anglos in the intermediate and advanced levels. I was also Coordinator for Spanish for the University. I am a member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) and have been named Who's Who Among America's Teachers. I enjoy teaching Spanish and encouraging students to improve their linguistic skills.

Over the years, my method of "immersing" the student in the language has been successful. I speak the target language all the time and at the end of a session, if the student would like to review a particular point of grammar with me, I will speak English -- but only at the end of the session. I believe that the student should be immersed in the language and explain as best as he/she can using the target language. I learned Spanish in Spain by being immersed in the language for a year. After a year, I became fluent and that is my goal for my students. Many of my former students email me to let me know that they are using Spanish in the jobs and they are grateful to me for this skill.

I look forward to tutoring in my area of expertise which is Spanish and I am sure that my students will be very pleased not only improving their grades but also learning a language for life.

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Dorothy’s subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Italian, Latin, Spanish, Speech, TOEFL
History:
American History, Classics, Criminal Justice, European History, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Phonics
Business:
GMAT, GRE
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, CBEST, CLAST, College Counseling, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, Praxis, PSAT, Regents, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, Criminal Justice, ESL/ESOL, GMAT, Grammar, Italian, Latin, Proofreading, Spanish

CBEST

I feel qualified to tutor for CBEST in the areas of reading and writing, two of the three components of the test. I have taught reading to students in the past as a teacher for over 35 years and at present, am teaching reading to three students through Wyzant. I have also taught writing to students to prepare them for the SATs, the SSATs and the GREs as well as the TOEFL exam. In these exams, as well as the CBEST exam, the students are required to write two essays, one being of a critical analysis nature and another of a personal experience. I have tutored many students successfully in this area. Additionally, I am a Rater for the CSU-EAP (Early Assessment Program for the California University System) and grade students' essays for admission to the University of California. I feel as though my ability in the areas of both reading and writing encompasses the demands of the CBEST test in the areas of critical analysis and evaluation as well as comprehension and research skills.

College Counseling

I have taught on the secondary level for over 20 years and during that time I helped my students with their college applications and tutored students in their essay writing for the college applications. I have also taught at the university level for fifteen years so I know what the university expects in the area of essay writing for admission. I am a Consultant for the College Board that administers the SATs, a required exam from universities throughout the United States. Additionally, I was an AAP Student Interviewer for admission to Georgetown University; an interviewer for Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA and was on the Parents' Committee at St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York. I feel as though through my teaching experience in both high school and college, my tutoring in the area of essays for admissions and my work as an Interviewer for prospective students at Georgetown University and Mary Baldwin College, I am qualified to tutor in the area of College Counseling through Wyzant.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught Middle School to children at a private school in Boca Raton, Florida. The courses that I taught were Spanish, language arts and a general math and science course. I also home taught my son throughout his K-6th years. Having been in the educational field for over 35 years,I feel as though I am qualified to teach K-6th grade students.

English

I have taught Spanish and English to Spanish-speaking students for over 35 years. I presently grade the English essays for incoming students applying for the California State Universities. I have tutored English and for the most part, my students are successful after a few tutoring sessions. I also edit professional publications in English. I have translated articles from Spanish to English as well.

ESL/ESOL

I majored in Spanish in undergraduate and graduate schools and taught Spanish and bilingual classes in both public and private schools, community colleges and four year universities. On the university level, I was the coordinator of the Spanish department at Florida Atlantic University. I was responsible for coordinating 31 adjuncts and 10 teacher's aides as well as developing a two semester bilingual curriuculum.

I have taught Spanish to Anglo students and English to Spanish-speaking students on the university level. I am presently tutoring English to Spanish-speaking students in California.

Spanish

I have taught Spanish for over 35 years in Middle School, High School, College and Graduate School. I was the Coordinator of Spanish for over 2,000 students at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida for over seven years. At F.A.U. I taught intermediate Spanish, bilingual Spanish to native speakers and coordinated the Department. I was a lecturer at F.A.U. for over three years. In California, I was a Spanish adjunct for Sonoma State University. I was also Chair of the Language Department on the high school level.

As far as my educational background is concerned, I received my B.A. in Spanish and history from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia, having spent my junior year in Madrid, Spain. I received my Masters Degree in Spanish Literature and teaching from Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J. I have over 80 credits beyond my Masters Degree from the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain and la Universidad de Menéndez Pelayo, Santander, Spain, as well as doctoral credits from Florida Atlantic University.

I am a consultant for College Board and AP Institutes; Was College Supervisor for Student Teachers in Foreign Languages in Dade and Palm Beach Counties, College of Education, Florida Atlantic University. I have published for the ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law; edited "The North American Free Trade Agreement: Reasons for Passage and Requirements to be a Foreign Legal Consultant in a NAFTA Country" for ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law. I am also co-author of a study guide for AP literature as well as having authored a National Spanish Examination.

I am presently a Rater for the Early Assessment Program in the English Placement Test for the State of California; Table Leader in Grading Advanced Placement Spanish Literature exams and Reader and Scorer of Post-AP Reading exams for Educational Testing Service, Princeton, N.J.

In the category of professional affiliations, I was awarded a trip the the 2º ECELE (Encuentro Internacional de Centros de Enseñanza de Español in Valencia and Madrid, Spain, sponsored by the Tourist Office of Spain, Spanish Embassy in 2011. Member of Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish Honor Society since 1994. Member of the Executive Council, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the Cum Laude Society and was named to Who´s Who Among America´s Teachers twice.

I am also C.E.O. and President of Spanish Works, Inc.

SSAT

Presently, I am tutoring two students in the English components (Verbal and Reading Comprehension) in preparation for the SSAT exams. I also work for Educational Testing Service in the capacity of Table Leader for the Spanish A.P. Literature Exams. My students generally do well in the area of English on these tests as a result of my teaching them strategy techniques.

Study Skills

Teaching study skills require three major abilities: learning time-management, applying organizational skills to the task at hand and staying on task. Throughout my 35 years of teaching, I have had to teach my students study skills to deal with various disciplines. Through encouragement and success, I have taught my students to deal with each subject in a calm, relaxed and methodical manner. I have lessened the anxiety that is often produced when a student becomes overwhelmed with work and does not know where to begin. I am an organizational person and am able to impart this ability to my students.

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Education

Mary Baldwin College Junior Year Abroad in Madrid, Spain (BA Spanish, History)

Georgetown University, Montclair State College (Master's)

Florida Atlantic University, Universidad de Menendez Pelayo (Graduate Coursework)

Wonderful, Encouraging Tutor! Dorothy has been wonderful in her guidance with my daughter for the college application process. Having been in admissions, she has offers a wealth of information and knowledge. Even thought I was worried about the fact that she lives a bit far, she has been able to work with our schedule and meet in person with relative ease. What I like best about her is that she really made my daughter feel ...

— Amy from Novato, CA on 10/8/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

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Dorothy will travel within 40 miles of Healdsburg, CA 95448.

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