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Saint Joseph University
New York University (NYU) (Enrolled)
My name is Cynthia D. Here's a little bit about myself... I just moved from Virginia to Colorado. I am originally from Lebanon. Right now, I am enrolled in an online program for translation- Arabic to English at New York University. At the same time, I would like to find a teaching job, because I enjoy it and ... I need it! :)
In Virginia, I worked as an Arabic instructor for over 2 years and 9 months in a private language institute that was contracted with the government. I taught government and private students -often individually- Modern Standard and Levantine Arabic at levels ranging from 0 to 4. I developed individualized curricula for my students and trained them for FSI, DLPT and OPI tests. I also conducted and evaluated FSI-format tests in Levantine and Modern Standard Arabic. In addition, I developed translation testing material, and evaluated Arabic to English translations. After thorough training in advanced teaching methodology (communicative approach), advanced speaking, listening and reading, FSI and DLPT tests, I received a tester certification.
Also in Virginia, I worked for an NGO, in a program for survivors of torture and trauma, as a French and Arabic translator and interpreter in legal, social, psychiatric and psychological settings.
I have a Certificate of Advanced English Proficiency from Georgetown University. Right before I came to the States, I earned my B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics.
In addition to Lebanon, I have traveled to Egypt, Jordan, Syria, France and Monaco.
Alright now the fun stuff... I love languages and I truly enjoy teaching. But I also think of it as a serious responsibility to make full use of the student's money, time and energy. Therefore, I am committed to my student's progress. The student has the right to professional, honest and productive instruction. I have an interactive student-based teaching approach. My students tell me I am clear, patient and positive. I realize learning a language can be challenging and therefore frustrating. That's why I incorporate creative techniques and interesting activities that target the student's needs and help him/her practice new concepts. I always welcome and even ask for constructive criticism from my students. Why? Well, because after all, my students' well-being is necessary for their progress.
Thanks for reading about me. I really hope I get to meet you. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me. Whether we work together or not, I wish you the best in your language endeavors!
Cynthia Hi, everybody,
My name is Cynthia D. Here's a little bit about myself... I just moved from Virginia to Colorado. I am originally from Lebanon. Right now, I am enrolled in an online program for translation- Arabic to English… Read more
I am so impressed with Cynthia. First of all she is very kind and ultra patient. She gives the student time to process things and figure them out and do it on their own. She helps you along the way without doing it for you, which is so great! She explains things very well, step-by-step, so that they are logical, and she gives you alternative ways to practice. She also REALLY knows her grammar and makes it a point to clarify anytime you're unclear, and she gets right back to you if there is something she is unsure of, or a question comes up, or you need more practice with.
I've studied Arabic numerous times and over many years in the US and overseas and had lots of teachers. She taught me things in two weeks that I never knew and really helped me to make sense of some bits and pieces of knowledge I had that I really couldn't apply. Now I really get it and feel more confident in using the language.
She listens very well too and is observant of the student's abilities and points they need to work on! That's a big plus for me. She also made sure to discuss in detail with me my goals and language background in order to tailor the lessons to my specific needs.
Cynthia is very professional and conscientious and well-organized. She doesn't waste your time and comes prepared. She's positive, upbeat and encouraging, which motivates the student to learn more and makes you feel great about your successes. And that's really something when it comes to learning Arabic!!!
I highly, highly recommend her and so glad I found her!
Cynthia is an excellent French tutor. I engaged her services over several months before moving out of the area. Cynthia is very personable, engaging, always prepared and will challenge you in the areas where you need improvement. This is exactly what I needed and I definitely improved my speaking, comprehension and writing capabilities. She is also very flexible as, more that once, I had to juggle our lesson schedule due to other last minute conflicts.
I've worked with other French tutors before, but I wasn't really making much progress with them. I was really wanting to start advancing my skills at a quicker rate and Cynthia was the perfect person for that. While she speaks English and we were able to use that from time to time, I really appreciated that French is her native language, so the class flowed much better. She was always prepared with a lesson, but was great about stopping when I just couldn't understand a concept. She was also very good with explaining things from another angle, which is greatly needed when learning a new language. She was good about sending homework with me, but also understanding that I worked full time. She had many options for helping me learn the language outside of grammar book. She showed me websites to listen to French clips (to improve my listening skills), homework, which helped with my written and reading skills and she encouraged me to not get stuck when speaking, but try to find other ways to explain what I was trying to say. That is a great skill in itself and has given me extra confidence now that I am here in France and using my French every day. I'm grateful that I found her and for all of her help!
I am enjoying my Arabic lessons with Cynthia very much! She is excellent at communicating concepts and sounds so that I can understand. I am learning a lot more with her help than I could in a class or on my own. Cynthia obviously loves the language and makes it interesting and fun.
Cynthia is an excellent French tutor - very patient, personable, and approachable. I appreciate her willingness and ability to tailor the lessons to the student's specific needs. For example, I need to be able to speak French in a healthcare setting, so our lessons are a mix of general and medical topics. She gives sincere encouragement along with well-timed, constructive feedback, and she shows a genuine interest in the student's personal progress. I've been very happy so far with the quality of the lessons she gives and would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to improve their French (or Arabic) skills!
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I am originally from Lebanon. I have traveled to several Arabic countries, including Egypt, Jordan and Syria. Right now, I am a translation student in a continuing studies program at New York University. In Virginia, I worked as an Arabic instructor for over two and a half years in a private language institute that was contracted with the government. I taught government and private students Modern Standard and Levantine Arabic at levels ranging from 0 to 4. I developed individualized curricula for my students and trained them for FSI, DLPT and OPI tests. I also conducted and evaluated FSI-format tests in Levantine and Modern Standard Arabic. In addition, I developed translation testing material, and evaluated Arabic to English translations. After thorough training in advanced teaching methodology (communicative approach), advanced speaking, listening and reading, FSI and DLPT tests, I received a tester certification. Also in Virginia, I worked for an NGO as an Arabic translator and interpreter in legal, social, psychiatric and psychological settings. I have a Certificate of Advanced English Proficiency from Georgetown University. Right before I came to the States, I earned my B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics in Lebanon.
I studied French ever since I was 3 years old. In fact, 80% of my education from 1st grade till the end of high school was in French. I have a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. All my degree was in French. I spent some time in Nice, Cannes and Monaco. In Virginia, I worked for an NGO as a French translator and interpreter in legal, social, psychiatric and psychological settings. I have about 3 years of experience tutoring. I enjoy this beautiful language, and I would love to teach it!
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