I'm available to help you with your diverse subjects at a time convenient to your choosing, as I work from home.
The great thing is, in addition to in-person tutoring, I can come to you live through your computer.
I assist in the learning of reading, writing, and conversational skills (e.g., pronunciation, intonation, idiomatic expressions, etc.) in English, in French, in Spanish, and in Italian. My tutoring methods are varied. The initial half-hour session (this may be done over the phone or Skype) is to assess how the student learns, his/her needs, desires, goals, objectives, place of meetings, and time of meetings. Tutoring is not about having the correct answer for the student. Therefore, I do not give answers nor do homework for the student but do encourage and teach strong study techniques and habits and how to think through the process of finding an answer. I do not create new curricula.
Foreign language and culture are in my blood. I lend my passion, skills, talents, education, and foreign-living experiences to the acquisition of languages and academic improvement. Let me help you broaden your horizons and expand your mind with simple but thorough study techniques and tutoring in French, English, Spanish, Italian and various academic subjects and business topics.
I offer encouragement through firsthand experience in learning languages, while also facilitating the learning of various academic subjects, including math, history, science, and literature. Please check the Tutoring Subjects tab.
Pre-established curricula from the student's own school or sources are supplemented to facilitate better self-disciplined learning habits and techniques for practical application of the material. Tutoring services are available per my availability, outside primary employment and other commitments. This means sessions are scheduled at least a week in advance. Frequency of sessions, not quantity of time per session, is what makes the real difference in the learning process, whether with languages or with general academics. All I ask is that the student or parent set up the appointment and send me the materials in question by scanned email a week ahead of time.
I will help the student construct keys to other cultures through languages, according to his/her future goals in life. Reading materials, conversations, and written practice sessions in and about the chosen language that pertain to subjects such as art, movies, and humor, for example, are just some of the tools that will create the keys to personal refinement. Certain techniques utilized and verbal practice sessions will mold the language experience into a "real life" situation that goes beyond grammatical theory and the typical classroom routine. This can be accomplished through Skype video calls or in person.
I hold a BA degree in Modern and Classical Languages, having focused on French, Spanish, and Old English and a Minor in Journalism and Communications. I also held a double-major for three years in Astrophysics and French, meaning I use both sides of the brain easily and foster critical and creative thinking in my students. I have a strong math background. I have lived, studied and worked three years in French Canada and lived and worked in Mexico and Venezuela, functioning solely in Spanish. Presently, I work seasonally as an English, French, and Spanish Interpreter Guide and Tour Director running my own tour business.
I have extensive teaching and tutoring experience, spanning more than 25 years. Some of these include: Literacy Volunteers of America, Tutoring and teaching with the Franciscans in religious education and academics, six years of Certified Substitute teaching in three Public and 2 Parochial school districts in two states, all subjects for pre-kindergarden through 12th grade, including Special Education and Bilingual Education classes.
I ran my own company for several years where I tutored students, travelers and corporate professionals in the acquisition of French, Spanish, and ESL, including phonetics. I also offered general translation from Spanish to English and French to English and occasional interpretation, computer instruction, and desktop publishing.
In Up With People, part of my year abroad in nine countries was teaching Practical Conflict Resolution and Stereotype Awareness (created and taught from experiential curriculum). I was a Tutor in Art, Math, Science, and Language Arts for home-schooled children and also taught French part-time for the Los Lunas Home School Association. Later I would teach 7th through 9th graders beginning Spanish in the Archdiocese of Denver, CO.
I am happy to offer further detail of these and more of my credentials upon request. Your success awaits you through caring tutoring and simple techniques that help you believe in yourself.
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