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Kira D.

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Boulder, CO (80304)

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Kira's Tutoring Subjects

Approved subjects are in bold.
Math:
Algebra 1
Logic
English:
ESL/ESOL more »
Grammar
Public Speaking
SAT Writing
TOEFL
Vocabulary
Science:
Anatomy more »
Biology
Chemistry
Ecology
Physical Science
Language:
Chinese more »
ESL/ESOL more »
Spanish
TOEFL
History:
Geography
Social Studies more »
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Elementary Science
Grammar
Study Skills more »
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1
Biology
Chemistry
ESL/ESOL more »
Spanish
Study Skills more »
Test Preparation:
SAT Writing
TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Track & Field
Corporate Training:
Chinese more »
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Grammar
Public Speaking
Spanish

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Anatomy

My knowledge of Anatomy comes from a combination of training in Massage Therapy and athletic pursuits. My expertise is in the muscuoskeletal system, physiology and kinesiology.

With the many things to memorize in anatomy, it is helpful to gain a more personal understanding of how our own bodies work.

Chinese

During my undergraduate and graduate studies, I specialized in teaching and curriculum development, and my career has focused on instruction, language acquisition, and Chinese. I have ten years of teaching and curriculum development experience, mostly at the level of high school and higher education.

I speak fluent Mandarin Chinese in the standard dialect (Putong Hua), and have lived in China for four years, as a student, researcher, and university instructor. As an instructor at Jishou University, I have taught both ESL courses as well as Environmental Education courses in Mandarin Chinese. My instruction is highly student-centered, allowing students to be themselves in the classroom. One-on-one interaction with students is critical for students to gain confidence and receive personal assessment in their abilities. I believe that active classes with elements of expression about personal experience nurtures students’ motivation for language learning.

ESL/ESOL

I have been teaching for over ten years with seven years of ESL teaching experience. I have taught listening, oral, conversational, global issues, and content- and task-based ESL courses in China, Japan, and Hawaii.

In addition to teaching ESL, I have other experience with teaching and curriculum development. While obtaining my M.A. at the University of Hawaii, I worked as a graduate teaching assistant for UHM and as a curriculum writer for Pacific American Foundation. As a curriculum writer, I developed place--based high school level environmental curriculum according to DOE standards.


Professional Profile
Committed to helping ESL students of all levels to acquire proficiency in the English language. Ten years’ experience as an instructor; culturally sensitive from extensive travel and teaching students of diverse backgrounds; research and practice of inquiry-based education and student-centered learning techniques.
• Hold M.A. in Geography with specialization in Education.
• Experienced in student-centered, inquiry-, content-, and task-based teaching.
• Dedicated to enthusiastic and dynamic teaching as a means of creating and nurturing a lifelong love of the English language.


Key Qualifications
Certified in TEFL
Ten years’ experience teaching specialized content-based, general English, grammar, conversation, and exam preparation (TOFEL, CAE, FCE).
Plan and instruct each subject area using wide variety of teaching materials and motivational and implementation strategies to engage students in active learning.


Professional Development in ESL
• ESL Instructor, July 2009 to Sept. 2010
EF Honolulu, Honolulu, HI
• ESL Instructor, 2008 to 2009
Global Village Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
• ESL Instructor, June 2008 to 2010
McKinley Community Adult School, Honolulu, HI
• ESL Instructor, 2006 to 2008
Jishou University, Hunan Province, China
• ESL Instructor, 2002 to 2003
Xishuangbanna Tech. and Voc. College, Yunnan, China
• ESL Instructor, 2001 to 2002
Sydney English School, Hiroshima, Japan

Social Studies

My M.A. is in Geography. I taught "The Physical Environment Lab" for four semesters at the University of Hawaii for undergraduate students, and I am very competent in this field. I have visited and/or lived in 28 countries.

Study Skills

I have taught for over 12 years. In many of my classes, I have given tutorials on how to prepare for tests and learn the materials in the course. As an ESL teacher, I have prepared students for various tests, like the TOEFL test, instilling the organization and study skills needed to learn and succeed in their goals. I am patient, detail-oriented, well-organized, and very good at imparting time management skills to my students.

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