I have been tutoring and teaching classes in English proficiency since 2001. My experiences have mostly been with adults, although I have also taught workshops for high school students who wish to prepare for the SAT and ACT college entrance exams. I have been informally asked to edit college papers, checking for compliance with APA and MLA standards. I have two Masters degrees, one in Linguistics and one in TESOL. I have never received less than an A on any graduate paper and in some cases the professor has asked permission to use a paper of mine as an example for future classes. When my church needed a new parish profile, I was one of three asked to research and write the profile. The others were a woman with 40 years experience in teaching English and the other had 30 years experience as an editor for several Bay Area newspapers. Both said my writing skills were better than theirs. (References are available.)
I have taught special needs adults in a literacy program run by the Alameda County library, and music to a group of 90 4th graders, 6 of whom gave a very complicated performance at the annual show. Although not an expert in music, I mention this to show my ability to work with many kinds of students of many ages.
My primary skill is teaching adult ESL students, then tutoring writing and reading comprehension to students with English as their first language. I apply my experience in all these areas to my workshops for SAT and ACT preparation.
Currently I teach a high level ESL class in Longmont for a non-profit organization, Intercambio Uniting Communities. I keep my classes effective and fun, using various competitive games to keep my students focused on content.
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