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Gretchen D.

Friendly, Spanish, English, ESL Tutor

Mountain View, CA (94043)

Travel radius
10 miles
Hourly fee
$45.00
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Available for additional students Monday through Friday until 3:00! I have limited availability for students after 3:00, Fridays only.

Hello! I am a former high school Spanish teacher who has discovered that I much prefer smaller group settings or one-on-one. Knowing a second language is a must in today's society and I also include ESL tutoring in my subjects. I took 5 years of Spanish in public school and more in college, and could write Spanish and speak simple Spanish phrases, but really could not converse or understand spoken Spanish. I attended a 2 week immersion program in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and was amazed at how the immersion experience dramatically improved my comfort level in speaking and hearing Spanish!

I would like to provide that on a smaller scale by setting up the student to understand and respond to phrases and commands. Individual problem areas will be addressed through repetition, simple explanations if needed, accompanied by real-life examples and applications. I also care a lot about giving children and adults a positive, enjoyable language learning experience. And for those who come from another country, I am extremely empathetic towards those whose first language is not English and I understand the fears, insecurities and difficulties in acquiring English. I've developed some techniques and activities designed to lessen those fears and instill confidence to go out and use English and communicate with it. I would like to tutor homeschooled as well as other students, children and adults. Right now I am available Monday through Friday from 8:30 until 3:00.

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Gretchen’s subjects

English:
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Corporate Training:

English

I am very comfortable tutoring all aspects of writing. This includes grammar, spelling, word choices, and sentences structure. I will convey this to my student in a calm, patient manner.

ESL/ESOL

I am very interested in helping speakers of other languages learn English. Although my experience is in teaching Spanish, French and Russian, I realize teaching ESL is quite different. But my teaching abilities and foreign language knowledge have been a big aid in ESL. I have been tutoring ESL since June 2011. I have extensive knowledge about how to teach ESL, through Internet research, reading numerous books and I have collected/developed many varied activities for learning English as a Second Language. Please let me know if I can be of help to you or your child!

Grammar

I have been interested in and very competent in English grammar throughout my school and adult years. My experience is that I majored in English for a year in college and taught sophomore English for one year.

Proofreading

My strengths in school and work mostly involved written communication. This includes grammar, proofreading and sentence structure. I am a former teacher of high school Spanish and English as well as elementary age home-schooled students. This experience helps me to tutor the subjects patiently, calmly and with positive reinforcement.

Reading

I am very qualified to tutor reading. I am not impatient or pushy but gentle and calm in guiding my student to deciphering the words being read.

Spanish

I taught 4 years of high school Spanish, 1st & 2nd year. I also have experience with small, home-schooled groups and I currently have been tutoring Spanish since June 2011. I am experienced in teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening through a variety of activities that I can gear towards the strengths and/or needs of the student.

Writing

I am very competent to tutor all aspects of writing and reading. This includes grammar, literature, proofreading, reading and writing. I briefly majored in English in college and it was my strongest subject throughout my school years.

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Education

New Mexico State University

Good teacher for ESL - 100% recommended I am having classes with Gretchen for English as a Second Language. Overall experience is very positive. She is very patient and dedicates a lot of effort to ensure that all the concepts are well understood. 100% recommended. ...

— Maya from Santa Clara, CA on 6/24/12);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

For small groups of 2 or more, my rate is $25/hr/individual.

Travel policy

Gretchen will travel within 10 miles of Mountain View, CA 94043.

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