I am an experienced language learner and teacher with a Master's degree in Linguistics (from Georgetown University) who has a passion for teaching and learning languages and linguistics and is committed to helping you achieve your goals!
Here is feedback from a longtime ESL writing student (2+ years):
"During my English writing study with her, she has helped me not only to fix grammatical errors, but also taught me how to write a good sentence, paragraph, and essay, which was even very helpful for my native language writing. Also, her curiosity, varied cultural background, and teaching experience make me keep learning." - Joone H
I am formally trained in psychology (B.A., Saint Olaf College), linguistics (M.S., Georgetown University) and language education and have over three years ESL teaching and tutoring experience, including two years spent teaching academic reading and writing to university students in Seoul, South Korea. I also studied abroad in Shanghai, China as an undergraduate. I have also taught a variety of ESL courses (grammar, business English, conversation, test preparation). In addition to ESL and Linguistics, I have taught and tutored everything from elementary-level Mandarin Chinese to psychology over the past decade, to children and adults at all levels of language ability, from beginner to advanced.
I have also helped native and nonnative speakers with research papers, resumes, statements of purpose and curriculum vitae. I can help you with everything from fine-tuning to larger issues like organization and flow, or even generating topics. If you are applying to college or graduate school, I can assist with standardized test preparation and the application process.
I bring a wealth of life experience to my tutoring. I have lived in China, South Korea (as mentioned above) and different parts of the U.S., traveled extensively abroad, and worked in a variety of fields, from community mental health to food service, with a variety of populations, from developmentally disabled adolescents to gifted Montessori students. In addition, I myself am a seasoned language learner who has studied over half a dozen languages, from French to Thai to Serbian. I am decently competent at Mandarin Chinese, somewhat proficient in Korean, and currently studying Spanish. As a result, I am sensitive to the needs of of different types of students, and able to tailor my approach to a variety of learners, whatever their background and abilities.
I believe that learning should be approached with a sense of playfulness and curiosity. I am flexible in my approach, and willing to use a variety of methods, from drills to games to pop quizzes. Expect to be challenged while having fun at the same time. The amount of homework I assign depends on the focus of our lessons. For example, for test preparation, regular homework is essential. However, if we are focusing on conversation practice, I might only assign focused grammar exercises as needed.
I value feedback, and will periodically give you feedback on your progress. If we have to cancel a lesson, I will offer make-up classes.
Please contact me to discuss further. I look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your goals!
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