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Douglas K.

San Jose, CA

$50/hr

Executive English language coaching, public speaking, writing,

Background check passed as of 11/2/10
Usually responds in about 20 hours

Executive English language coaching, public speaking, writing,

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I am a certified, highly qualified, English language teacher/tutor with a strong background in communications/media. Besides teaching I have experience as a video script and copy writer. I was publisher and editor-in-chief of a print and electronics media/communications company in Silicon Valley. I have extensive professional experience as writer and public speaker in all media and fora.

I am subject matter competent (CSET I, II, III, IV) in English and Communications. I tutor AP and IB program courses in the humanities. My tutoring experience includes K-8 (all subjects except art and PE), and High School (English, humanities and Social Studies) and increasingly I tutor University students improve their writing and communications skills.

I am experienced in professional public speaking and speech writing for executives. I was the speech writer for the President of ITT Computer as well as publisher and chief editor and writer for a media and print/web publications company in Silicon Valley.

I have been tutoring English for the last ten years. I have tutored adults as well as high school students at all skill level from IB or AP levels to ESL.

I tutored one girl in English for several years from middle school through her SAT prep and her essays required for applications for scholarships and admission to the UC system. She was accepted to UC and won 9 separate scholarships (out of 15 applications).

I taught English (ESL) to one student from Africa with no previous written language skill. We started to the alphabet (sounds and printing letters and continued through reading and writing English.

I successfully tutored an Arabic speaker from beginning English through the CAHSEE English test and through her required college English 1A and 1B courses during a three year period.

I've also successfully tutored a number of high school seniors seeking university admission on their personal essays or scholarship applications.

I tutor university and grad students to help them with their writing assignments. I also offer Single Subject English CSET preparation for teachers preparing for their subject matter proficiency tests.

Testimonials

"CSET"

- Stephen, San Jose, CA on 1/1/12

"Wonderful Teacher"

- Berenice, Los Altos, CA on 10/28/14

"Great Tutor and Very Friendly"

- Christopher, San Jose, CA on 8/12/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Mojy, Saratoga, CA on 8/11/14

"Very Knowledgeable"

- Li, Cupertino, CA on 8/9/14

"Outstanding!"

- Kaiming, Fremont, CA on 7/6/14

"Positive Results So Far"

- Cris, Fremont, CA on 6/23/14

"Very insightful."

- Sibei, Santa Clara, CA on 12/2/13

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Jenny, San Jose, CA on 9/15/13

"A very patient and knowledgeable tutor."

- Susan, San Jose, CA on 9/9/13

"Great tutor!"

- John, San Jose, CA on 8/16/13

"Knowledgeable tutor"

- Heyinn, San Jose, CA on 7/27/13

"Great tutor!!! Produces quick results!!!"

- Cindy, San Jose, CA on 5/16/13

"Best Tutor ever"

- Lakshmi, Fremont, CA on 4/26/13

"Great Tutor"

- Rafi, San Jose, CA on 4/23/13

"Great tutor!! Highly recommended!!"

- Fiona, Pleasanton, CA on 5/5/12

"Professional, Experienced and Goal achiever"

- Christy, San Jose, CA on 3/28/12

"Great Tutor"

- Andrew, Fremont, CA on 3/10/12

"Friendly, professional and an expert in his field"

- Klara, Los Gatos, CA on 2/16/12
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL, Vocabulary,
Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Latin,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Law,
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Reading, SAT Reading,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, LSAT,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Latin,
Law,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

English

I'm a writer, an editor, and a certificated English teacher. Whether you are an English learner or need help with an essay or paper, I have the skill to help you improve your written and spoken English skill and ability.

ESL/ESOL

I taught English as a Second Language, levels 0, 1, 2 and 3, as a certified teacher in the East Side Union High School District. I taught students from Mexico and South and Central America, Vietnam, China, Somalia, Ethiopia, Mongolia, and the Middle East.

Students' initial skill levels ranged from completely illiterate to fully literate in their native language. Their English language skill levels at start included those with no English verbal or writing experience to ESL students learning more advanced grammar, speech and writing skills.

Latin

I tutor Latin language and literature levels 1 to 4. I have a degree in classical languages and literature, and I can help you master the the language. Latin study can be particularly helpful for your English reading, writing and vocabulary, and is applicable to the ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT and other tests.

Law

I passed the LSAT, and was accepted to Bolt, Hastings, and Santa Clara University law schools based on my score. I can help you with prepare for LSAT.

Literature

Literature is a very wide arena from early English through modern drama, video and film, from poetry to drama, from the short story to the novel. However, equipped with a University education in English and American Literature, certification as a "highly qualified" English teacher, I can help you with your literature literary essays and studies.

LSAT

I passed the LSAT, and was accepted to Boalt Hall, U.C, Hastings, and Santa Clara University law schools based on my score (top 2%). I can help you prepare for your LSAT.

Proofreading

A former editor-in-chief and writer for technical publications, copy writer, and script writer for TV and film, I tutor writing and offer editing services to students from high school to post-graduate level, editing personal statements, scholarship applications, essays, term papers, theses, short-stories and novels, as well academic, business and technology articles and papers. I write and edit as well as tutor.

Public Speaking

My education as a public speaker began in high school and college including training and practice in speech, drama and debate, participating in numerous debates and school plays including several plays still included in the current school repertory. I also played and acted in video and movie productions.

As a professional my career included frequent demands to speak at conferences, business meetings, training sessions as well as before often very large crowds of clients, company marketing and sales executives at monthly or annual meetings. My speaking engagements were usually formal but not infrequently informal and impromptu.

Besides speaking at various fora in the industry, I also prepared and presented frequent presentations in my capacity as a religious leader in my community, including regular weekly services to the community and as a leader of smaller study groups.

Finally I've been teaching a variety of subjects, including English, speech, music and business for many years.

My experience has included formal and informal public speaking in a wide range of formal and informal settings to audiences from 10 to more than 5000 persons here in the United States, in several European countries and in the Middle East.

As a sideline to my regular duties as a VP of Planning, I was the regular speech writer for the President of ITT and several other company executives.

I've studied speeches and techniques of the great speakers of the last two millenia, from Demosthenes and Cicero, Plato (Socrates)and Miletus to Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and up to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Of course I've studied the original sources of the power of many of the great speakers, past and present,including the great literature of the English language including the Bible and Shakespeare.

The techniques of rhetoric, advertising, stand-up comedy, musical lyrics, poetry and theater all contribute to the the portfolio of a good speaker. I have at my tongue's edge nine years of university study of these sources and thirty years of public speaking experience to draw on in aiding students to develop their public speaking skills.

SAT Reading

Reading: that's the easy part. Reading quickly, with good comprehension, and under the tight time limits of the SAT test, that's harder. I can help.

SAT Writing

Practice for the SAT writing segment can greatly help with your score, and your chances for acceptance at the the University of your choice. Learning to read carefully, quickly organize your thoughts in response to the written prompt, write the required short responses, and quickly review and correct your written response for grammar, spelling and punctuation within time limits is key to success. Practice working "on the clock" with coaching and feedback, can help you improve your written responses, and your score.

Vocabulary

If you understand the vocabulary, you know the subject. Your ability to understand the vocabulary determines your test results. It delimits reading,comprehension, writing, and ability to interpret test questions and choose the correct answers. Building your vocabulary cannot be crammed into a couple of tutorials but there are techniques for building and expanding your vocabulary rapidly.

English borrows as much as 60% of its vocabulary from Latin. Learning Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes can multiple your English vocabulary, and help you to decipher words newly seen. A few Greek roots help too. Since few today study Latin or Greek in High School or College, an English tutor grounded in the classics can help you expand your vocabulary rapidly, focusing on the roots and words used in the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and other key tests.

Writing

Good writing is the essential skill for high school achievement, university entrance, obtaining a scholarship or grant, even career advancement.

A sample of my professional writing experience includes magazine articles, video scripts, TV and print ad copy, executive speeches and presentations, business reports, and every form of marketing communications visual or printed.

As an English teacher and tutor I've helped many to improve their writing skills from high school essays to AP poetry, from speech writing to grad school thesis publication.

Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
BA Humanities
Santa Clara University
Graduate Coursework
San Jose State University (Teaching Credential)
Graduate Coursework

Education

Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA (BA Humanities)

Santa Clara University (Graduate Coursework)

San Jose State University (Teaching Credential) (Graduate Coursework)

CSET — I passed the CSET subsection three and four because of his thorough teaching. He was very prepared, and he gave me the appropriate tools to succeed. He knows the structure of the test. He explains the concepts clearly and concisely. He was one of the best teachers that I have ever encountered. ...

— Stephen, San Jose, CA on 1/1/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Special discounted rates are available from multiple hour tutoring commitments. Group tutorials are also available at a discounted rate for SAT, ACT prep tutorials and testing.

Travel policy

Douglas will travel within 15 miles of San Jose, CA 95132.


About Douglas

I am a certified, highly qualified, English language teacher/tutor with a strong background in communications/media. Besides teaching I have experience as a video script and copy writer. I was publisher and editor-in-chief of a print and electronics media/communications company in Silicon Valley. I have extensive professional experience as writer and public speaker in all media and fora.

I am subject matter competent (CSET I, II, III, IV) in English and Communications. I tutor AP and IB program courses in the humanities. My tutoring experience includes K-8 (all subjects except art and PE), and High School (English, humanities and Social Studies) and increasingly I tutor University students improve their writing and communications skills.

I am experienced in professional public speaking and speech writing for executives. I was the speech writer for the President of ITT Computer as well as publisher and chief editor and writer for a media and print/web publications company in Silicon Valley.

I have been tutoring English for the last ten years. I have tutored adults as well as high school students at all skill level from IB or AP levels to ESL.

I tutored one girl in English for several years from middle school through her SAT prep and her essays required for applications for scholarships and admission to the UC system. She was accepted to UC and won 9 separate scholarships (out of 15 applications).

I taught English (ESL) to one student from Africa with no previous written language skill. We started to the alphabet (sounds and printing letters and continued through reading and writing English.

I successfully tutored an Arabic speaker from beginning English through the CAHSEE English test and through her required college English 1A and 1B courses during a three year period.

I've also successfully tutored a number of high school seniors seeking university admission on their personal essays or scholarship applications.

I tutor university and grad students to help them with their writing assignments. I also offer Single Subject English CSET preparation for teachers preparing for their subject matter proficiency tests.

Testimonials

"CSET"

- Stephen, San Jose, CA on 1/1/12

"Wonderful Teacher"

- Berenice, Los Altos, CA on 10/28/14

"Great Tutor and Very Friendly"

- Christopher, San Jose, CA on 8/12/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Mojy, Saratoga, CA on 8/11/14

"Very Knowledgeable"

- Li, Cupertino, CA on 8/9/14

"Outstanding!"

- Kaiming, Fremont, CA on 7/6/14

"Positive Results So Far"

- Cris, Fremont, CA on 6/23/14

"Very insightful."

- Sibei, Santa Clara, CA on 12/2/13

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Jenny, San Jose, CA on 9/15/13

"A very patient and knowledgeable tutor."

- Susan, San Jose, CA on 9/9/13

"Great tutor!"

- John, San Jose, CA on 8/16/13

"Knowledgeable tutor"

- Heyinn, San Jose, CA on 7/27/13

"Great tutor!!! Produces quick results!!!"

- Cindy, San Jose, CA on 5/16/13

"Best Tutor ever"

- Lakshmi, Fremont, CA on 4/26/13

"Great Tutor"

- Rafi, San Jose, CA on 4/23/13

"Great tutor!! Highly recommended!!"

- Fiona, Pleasanton, CA on 5/5/12

"Professional, Experienced and Goal achiever"

- Christy, San Jose, CA on 3/28/12

"Great Tutor"

- Andrew, Fremont, CA on 3/10/12

"Friendly, professional and an expert in his field"

- Klara, Los Gatos, CA on 2/16/12
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Education

Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
BA Humanities
Santa Clara University
Graduate Coursework
San Jose State University (Teaching Credential)
Graduate Coursework

Education

Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA (BA Humanities)

Santa Clara University (Graduate Coursework)

San Jose State University (Teaching Credential) (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required

Special discounted rates are available from multiple hour tutoring commitments. Group tutorials are also available at a discounted rate for SAT, ACT prep tutorials and testing.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of San Jose, CA 95132

Douglas’s Subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL, Vocabulary,
Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Latin,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Law,
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Reading, SAT Reading,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, LSAT,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Latin,
Law,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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