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I have been in the school system for more than thirty years either teaching or learning. I'm a former math teacher who knows how to demonstrate easy, fun and effective ways of learning math. For example, when a student thinks 3x+4=7x, I would explain that let x=apple and let 4=potato. Then the student would understand that he or she cannot add apples and potatoes together. Mainly I teach algebra I and algebra II. Algebra is all about variables that deal with x,y,z, or other letters that take the place of a number(s). Most students don't like math because of these unknown numbers and they don't want to deal with them. Students' fear of math comes from these variables. I tell my students that variables are just boxes (in this case parenthesis) just like when they learned in second grade. For example, 2+( )=10. Then students understand that ( )= 8. In other words, x=8. Once students learn the basics of math, they become confident and excited about doing math. This is my excitement as well.
I understand that school-age children are very vulnerable to addictive behavior, society's fascination with violence, and other factors because they have not yet developed social, personal, and academic skills to overcome their vulnerability. Therefore, I try to help students in developing and shaping their lives safely.
I earned a master's degree in counseling from San Jose State University and a bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in math. After graduating from school, I taught as a substitute teacher in various school districts in the South San Jose area. I also served as a full time math teacher in a public school system for three years. During those three years, I tutored high school students after school. I also served as an afternoon school teacher in the South San Jose area and ESL at CalCC. I can teach students, motivate students, and encourage students to become successful in their academic career.
As a former ESL student and an ESL teacher, I learned what it takes to overcome the English language barrier and how to teach ESL students to achieve their goals. These experiences taught me the clear understanding of students' needs in learning the new language. When I was teaching ESL at CalCC, I emphasized primarily on practicing conversations and word usage to build students' confidence because they told me that they were afraid to speak English to English speakers. One student ran into the bathroom when the phone rang. This student doesn't run to anywhere anymore. This lesson was very productive.
Teaching English usage is very crucial to English learners. A good car doesn't mean a nice car. Solo doesn't mean a single person. I found these misleading phrases in the students' speeches and wrings. Just like teaching idioms, I explained to them thoroughly with examples so they can understand. Being a dual cultured tutor helps in teaching ESL students.
Learning English as second language is a long and hard journey, but the right teacher is the key to success.
My native language is Korean, and I've been educated in both Korea and the United States. I've earned a master's degree in San Jose, and am currently working as a translator for various people's communication needs. Anybody can read and write Korean in just one lesson, but it takes a lot of conversational practice. The language is so different than the European languages. In the Korean alphabet, there are no distinction in sound between "F" and "P" and "R" and "L". Also, there are so many synonyms that makes difficult to the language learners. However, it is possible...with time, effort and a native tutor.
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