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My experience includes the following:
I have been an instructor's aide for English as a Second Language at Mendocino College, Willits, CA. (2005) as well as an ESL instructor to a Japanese student (2004-2007).
In addition, I currently own Donna C., Professional Writing and Marketing Services, writing grants and other professional and marketing materials for both nonprofits and businesses. I have had two articles featured in Flower and Garden Magazine (1994 & 1996) and have more than ten years' experience producing weekly columns on gardening and nature in a variety of local newspapers.
As an assistant ESL instructor at Mendocino Community College, I learned first-hand many of the skills and tools for effective learning of the English language. I have studied foreign languages but, by participating in an ESL class, I have come to understand what it means to learn a language out of necessity and not simply out of curiosity. It is an important and often necessary step for many individuals and must be taken seriously. A tutor must take utmost care to provide a comfortable and enriching experience in an environment where the student feels safe to learn.
In addition, for more than three years, I assisted a Japanese friend with his English language studies, both in person, online, and on the phone. This student had no prior experience with the English language. It was an enjoyable challenge to speak together and I was amazed at how quickly we understood one another and were able to create a wonderful learning experience. At the end of our course, he and I regularly shared emails (written in English only) and spoke on the phone, always in English. He was confident that, if he chose, he could live and work in the United States in the future.
Although I have not had formal ESL training, I have participated in 1-to-1 ESL teaching courses in addition to the above experiences.
I'm a professional writer and owner of a writing and marketing services company.
Proofreading is a crucial step in the writing process and is something I use every day. It's a step that makes all the difference in the world between a misspelled, grammatically incorrect piece of writing and something that's easy to read, to understand, and to get your point across.
I am offering tutoring services for GED preparation. As part of this preparation, a student must learn effective study skills. My knowledge of this subject comes from experience. As an older student (I began my college career at age 52 and graduated with a BS in Organizational Leadership at 58,) I understand the value of time management, good study skills, and the balance of life and study.
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