Do you need help learning English or preparing for your high school diploma, the California High School Exit Exam or GED tests? I would love to help you. Our meetings would focus on the subjects you want to improve, but would also be entertaining. Learning is a great opportunity to learn about yourself, too. I believe patience and humor get ideas across, and I like to build a student's confidence in him/herself. When teaching, I use text books and practices, but I also use lessons we can learn from daily life and your community.
For the last 12 years, I taught all levels of ESL for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Adult Division. My students always gave me positive feedback and successfully moved to higher levels. I also taught high school subjects - English, US and World History, Government, Health, Psychology (not math) - to teenagers and adults working toward a high school diploma or a GED. My previous career in public relations for big museums (paleontology and history), and other public institutions (theaters and film institutes) plus the Canadian Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs gives me a broad view of learning and exploring new ideas. I particularly enjoy teaching writing to show you how to craft words to get meaning across clearly and effectively.
I have a BA in English and Public Affairs from the University of Ottawa, Canada. When I moved to Los Angeles to marry the man of my dreams 15 years ago, I took the UCLA Teaching Certificate for Adult Instruction and also completed the TESOL Certificate. So I have had many careers; and, yes, I am a "mature" person with adorable grandchildren. All this world experience is an asset for a teacher / tutor. I am energetic: a gym and Zumba enthusiast and a major walker taking my beloved cocker spaniel out for many miles a day.
I look forward to working together to make sure you get where you want to be. We will have a good, productive time.
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