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William D.

Learn Excellent English with a Private Teacher (ESL, TOEFL)

San Francisco, CA (94110)

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I'm an experienced native U.S. English teacher with seven years of private English tutoring experience and 30 years of business experience, including degrees in Writing and Computer Science and Business Administration, as well as a certificate for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CTESOL). I use custom language-specific teaching methods for more rapid and effective learning.

I try to provide the best English tutoring possible with:

* Your schedule and priorities

* Students of all levels: beginner to advanced

* Skills assessment to best meet your needs

* Specialties:

- Business English / High-Tech English

- Conversational English (listening, speaking)

- Writing / Editing Assistance and Presentation Coaching

- Expanding Vocabulary and Perfecting Grammar

- Idioms, accents, slang, jargon, culture

- Academic English / Test Prep (TOEFL)

* Lower cost than English language schools

- Discount for extended lessons or locations in San Francisco's Mission / Castro / Bernal neighborhoods

- Language exchanges

"During my eight months' stay in San Francisco in the fall of 2010 and the spring of 2011, I met Will and had the opportunity to work with him to improve my English. I appreciated his teaching ability, his linguistic sensitivity, and his patience. His familiarity with German made it possible for him to anticipate the particular problems German speakers have with the English language. I had a lot of fun and I recommend him heartily as an English teacher!"
-- Bernhard R. from Zurich, Switzerland

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William’s subjects

Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading
Test Preparation:
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing


I have a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages (CTESOL) from Transworld Schools in San Francisco, CA. I feel confident teaching English.


I've been playing the oboe for many years.
I've in a variety of ensembles, such as the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the Berkeley Bach cantata Group, Prometheus Symphony, and this coming month the Berkeley Symphony. I've participated for a few years in the Humboldt Chamber Music Workshop, the CALCAP Chamber Music Workshop, and the Chamber Musicians of Northern California Chamber Workshops. I received instruction from teachers from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. I feel confident teaching beginning to intermediate oboe and English horn students.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Golden Gate University graduate school of business (MBA)

Family lessons. We had "family lessons" (parents with two teenagers) with Will and this was a great experience. Very respectful, very competent, very informative. Conversation that sticks to relevant topics and helpful suggestions. Would we recommend Will? YES, and without any restriction! ...

— Werner from San Francisco, CA on 2/8/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

William will travel within 10 miles of San Francisco, CA 94110.

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