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Stephen R.

Entertaining Writing Tutor

Santa Monica, CA (90411)

Travel radius
25 miles
Hourly fee
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I am a professional screenwriter and playwright. I am also a tenured English As A Second Language teacher in the Los Angeles School District. I have taught English As A Second Language in Los Angeles for the past fourteen years. Before that I taught composition writing at a college level. I taught playwriting at Carnegie Mellon University.

My passion is writing. I know many students are either intimidated or lack the confidence to write. I like to remove the fear of writing by guiding my students in taking the necessary steps to structure their essays in a clear and coherent fashion. I believe writing is preparation. Asking oneself the appropriate questions in order to stay on track and respond to the question posed is crucial. Formulating a coherent essay structure relieves much of the student's anxiety so that writing becomes the easy part. Often nerves and anxiety overwhelm a student at test time and the idea of taking pause to structure a response is forgotten. I am confident in my ability to demystify the fear of essay writing by teaching structural approaches that will make writing easier. If a solid structure for an essay is created at the outset, especially under the pressure of a test, more time can be given to reviewing grammar and tone - vital aspects of essay writing that can't be forgotten.

Because I love to write and teach and am energetic I am confident in my ability to make the writing process fun.

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Stephen’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Homeschool:
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Vocabulary
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

English

I have taught English Literature, Composition Writing and Playwriting on a college level. I am particularly interested in focusing a student's energies and time toward creating a structure for an individual assignment before actually writing the paper.

I'm a big believer in the adage "Writing is re-writing" and believe in re-writing and editing a paper as much as time allows, before submitting it.

ESL/ESOL

I am a tenured ESL teacher in the adult division of the LAUSD school district. I have taught in the LAUSD school district for the past fourteen years. I have taught at the Shenandoah Family Literacy Program and the Westside Career Center since 1998. I have taught every level of ESL – from pre-literacy to Level 6.

I teach all the English language skills to speakers of other languages that will enable them to communicate effectively in English. This includes teaching English grammar, writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills along with teaching pronunciation and accent reduction. I adhere to state mandated curriculum.

I also take daily attendance and administer Casas pre- and post-tests, and attend staff meetings and in-services. Additionally, my responsibilities include introducing cultural aspects to ESL students, especially to those who are new to the English-speaking country.

I hold an M.F.A. in playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University, a B.A. in English from Hampshire College and a clear Designated Subjects Adult Education Teaching Credential: Full Time

Grammar

As a tenured ESL teacher in the LA Unified School District, the teaching of grammar is a required aspect of the state mandated curriculum. A student's grammar errors are individual, not every student makes the same grammar errors. For that reason I believe a student learns grammar best when working one on one with a teacher rather than through a group lesson. By paying close attention to a student's writing and speaking, I can detect a student's pattern of grammar mistakes and devise suitable lesson plans to correct them.

Writing

I am a professional screenwriter and playwright. I am also a tenured English As A Second Language teacher in the Los Angeles School District. I have taught English As A Second Language in Los Angeles for the past fourteen years. Before that I taught composition writing at a college level. I taught playwriting at Carnegie Mellon University.

Although I teach adults I would welcome the opportunity to teach younger people. My passion is writing. I know many students are either intimidated or lack the confidence to write. I like to remove the fear of writing by guiding my students in taking the necessary steps to structure their essays in a clear and coherent fashion. I believe writing is preparation. Asking oneself the appropriate questions in order to stay on track and respond to the question posed is crucial. Formulating a coherent essay structure relieves much of the student's anxiety so that writing becomes the easy part. Often nerves and anxiety overwhelm a student at test time and the idea of taking pause to structure a response is forgotten. I am confident in my ability to demystify the fear of essay writing by teaching structural approaches that will make writing easier. If a solid structure for an essay is created at the outset, especially under the pressure of a test, more time can be given to reviewing grammar and tone - vital aspects of essay writing that can't be forgotten.

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Education

Hampshire College

Carnegie Mellon University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Stephen will travel within 25 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90404.

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