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I have taught for 15 years, in the classroom, and one-on-one. My students have ranged in age from 18 - 80 plus, and come from all over the world: Japan, Mexico, Korea, Russia, France, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, China, and many other countries. At the present time, I lead a Conversation Club of advanced students once a week. I enjoy helping my students with their compositions and grammar, and find it very rewarding to work with them on a variety of interests and topics. This semester, the class has been reading and studying Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" in order to get ready for the story adaptation and "Big River." I have also been able to help scientists and technical writers as they prepare for presentations.
I continue to work as a writer/editor for such publications as the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages: "The Language Educator." My articles have focused on global English, language for specific purposes, and the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.
In addition, I have also taught social dancing (ballroom and Latin dancing) to thousands of students through Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education.
I have tutored students in the Quest Scholar program at Stanford and assisted with their essay writing. They were accepted into top-tier schools (Stanford, Harvard, Dartmouth, MIT, Sarah Lawrence).
I am currently tutoring two PSAT/SAT high school students, helping them with essay writing. I am also tutoring a GRE student applying for a PhD program in economics.
I have a B.A. in Literature from Bennington College, an M.A. in English from Cal State - San Jose, and a California teaching credential.
I have taught ESL for many years and worked in the classroom and individually with students.
My method includes texts and supporting literature geared to each student's needs and learning abilities. I determine the students' strengths and areas that need work, and adjust my tutoring to meet their abilities and goals.
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