I hold a Master's in English TESL and a TESL certificate. In addition, I hold a rhetoric and composition certificate for which I focused on the special writing needs of ESL learners. My coursework and experience include theory and practice. I am proficient in methods for teaching reading, writing, listening, speaking, conversation, pronunciation, grammar, and American culture and idioms. I use The Communicative Language Method of teaching, which balances accuracy and fluency.
I break down lessons into manageable tasks using practical real-life exercises. I am enthusiastic and compassionate, and you should expect to make progress at every lesson. My accomplishments include helping many English language learners from age children to adults.
For those students who wish to focus on pronunciation or grammar, I can record your reading a short passage to diagnose your specific pronunciation or grammar errors. In this way, we can focus your lessons on those specific areas that need work.
To make rapid progress, together we will—
1. Identify your personal English-speaking goals whether it be for school, the workplace, or the community. We will work simultaneously on the four skills areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing—-or a combination of skills that need immediate attention. Whatever your goals, I can help you reach them, step-by-step.
2. Learn English grammar systematically: I can teach you how to use your natural language learning ability to improve your English.
3. Develop your personal learning plan: We each learn by using a combination of studying, observing, and doing. You may be someone who likes to jump right in to social situations, or you may prefer studying by yourself before trying your English in public. Perhaps you are someone who likes to watch and listen to others before jumping in to a conversation. We will work together to discover your learning style and use it to make an effective English language learning plan.
My life’s work is to help ESL learners at all levels and from all walks of life gain a better command of English for their future success. I would be happy to talk with you about your specific tutoring needs.
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