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With over fifteen years of teaching and tutoring in preschool, elementary, secondary and tertiary levels of education, my goal is not only to teach students the beauty of the English language, it is also to inspire them to a love for reading, writing and speaking in English. As a proficient user of English as a second language, and an author of a language arts handbook for teachers, I patiently and gradually guide ESL students to develop courage and confidence in the use of the language, and I teach students of all ethnic backgrounds to learn the language with joy. My communication skills are positively challenging to students and my short stories and poems are model pieces of writing for my students. My ability to use the language simply reassures my students that they can also become excellent users of English language. By making connections that students easily identify with, I interpret most seemingly abstract structural and grammatical functions of the language, and smoothly lead students to an appreciation of it. My joy is always to see my student fly like an eagle in written and spoken English within few days of my interacting with him/her. I am committed to this quality touching of lives through tutoring.
Becoming a member of a Biblical Instructors' Union at the age of eight, I regulary read and interpreted many books of the Bible. Over the years, I have been subjected to a vast study of the word of God. I teach and share it with people on daily basis. I love reflecting on the scripture. As your tutor, I will lead you to an appreciation of the word of God, but most importantly, I will inspire you to reflect and interpret the scripture in the light of the Holy Spirit.
Having worked with both native and non-native users of English, I understand the challenges that grammar poses on learners of diverse age groups. My tutorial goal is to lead my students away from grammatical frustration to a renewed interest in reading and writing,which gradually ushers them into a contextual understanding of grammatical functions.
Thirteen years ago, I learned and taught phonics in Ghanaian classrooms and had 5-6 year olds joyfully reading within five months of my interaction with them on phonemic awareness, to the extent that every student in my class of 17 confidently read and responded to test papers at the end of the academic year. This amazing experience of teaching and watching these non-native users of English move from no-where in reading and writing to an exciting literacy height inspired me to introduce phonemic awareness in Nigerian classrooms as an alternative to traditional memorization of words. Again, it worked like magic! After earning my Bachelor's degree in Education and English, I decided to immortalize and share my phonemic discovery and skills with more students by writing a popular handbook on phonemic awareness, published in 2006.
I have also shared my amazing phonemic skills with American preschoolers and kindergartners. My students always tell me that they have fun working with me at my phonemic awareness center. When tutoring phonics, my first goal is getting my student to master and identify the letters and sounds of the English alphabet, making sure that while pronouncing the sounds, a student uses the right place of articulation. That way, forming and reading words become easy. I have fun teaching phonics!
As a writer of short stories, poems, and essays, I am not afraid of proofreading my writing to make it better. Therefore, as a tutor, I teach my students the importance of re-reading a paper, spell-checking a word, re-phrasing a sentence, and re-structuring a paragraph. I encourage them to bathe and decorate their first drafts through multiple drafts. Writing is more of a process, and by embarking on the process, we make progress.
My first goal is to get my students interested in reading by encouraging self-selected reading. Like writing, reading is a process. To understand the content of any piece of writing, I encourage my students to read, think and write. Through the use of audio-visuals, read-alouds, and leading questions, I guide my students to a comprehension and analysis of any material before them.
Do you want to know what SAT Writing tests? See me, and I will tell you. Grammar is one of them, organization is another. There are still others. To help you prepare for the test, I will lead you to discover minor grammatical errors we think do not matter, so that you can watch out for them during the test. SAT Writing is not as hard as it appears; it is easy to pass it. Just prepare for it with me, and you will confidently take the test.
The goal of writing is to communicate! Teaching writing is simply teaching a young writer to come up with a particular message for a particular audience, and to discover an appropriate tone that clearly sends the message to the target audience. To achieve this, I encourage my students to write, write, write and re-write until they communicate their intended and right message.
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