As a former professional performer, I know the importance of a confident and appealing presentation. Whether it is performance in the classroom or in a professional setting, speaking clearly, using correct grammar, and sequencing are of utmost importance. As a teacher in private settings for most of my adult life (piano, voice, art, performance), I found it a natural transition to the fields of English, grammar and speech. I have worked with students from the age of 4 to people in their 70's, all wanting to improve their ability to communicate, whether in music, art or the English language.
My approach is always to provide a comfortable setting and an element of fun in learning. This is easily achieved by intuiting the comfort level and personality of the student. My first session with a student is largely spent assessing their individual needs and goals. Thereafter, I formulate a lesson plan to give direction to the attainment of these goals.
I am comfortable, and enjoy, working with ESL students, and have been teaching and tutoring them for 4 years. I have considerable experience with those of Korean, Spanish and Portuguese language backgrounds.
I place a great deal of emphasis on reading comprehension, because I believe that is the key which unlocks the door to all learning. My aim is always to coach and encourage my students to achieve their goals because they truly desire to go forward in their lives with confidence.