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Karen J.

TOEFL to Score, English to Succeed

Washington, DC (20008)

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Proven success in teaching TOEFL English, English as a Second Language, and GRE/SAT English. I have taught TOEFL for 15 years--here in DC at small private schools, at KAPLAN, and one-on-one. I've taught foreign language speakers from The Republic of Georgia, China, Finland and all points in between. Some of my students have been from the World Bank or the IMF, some just out of high school, and many who are applying to college and grad school. My students remain life-long friends who return just for fun or for refresher courses. I have a great time and so will you as you learn to use English the way a native speaker does. We will increase your scores so you can get into the school you want.

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Karen’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing


English as a Second Language is taught as a special English subject - the goal is to get students to express themselves in a language (English) other than their own, using reading, speaking and listening techniques for non-native speakers. Initially relying on pictures and short conversation, students graduate to studying by using "realia" of the language -- signs, brochures, real written material. Ultimately, students will learn through listening to long radio programs or tv shows, reading news articles and stories,and participating in conversations and repetitive spoken exercises. I have taught ESL/ESOL for more than 15 years in Washington, DC; I also had a 5-week assignment teaching in Tbilisi, Georgia. I have relied on and reference Longman, Pearson, and Azar grammar books, among many others. I engage students in conversation as soon as possible to encourage direct student-centered learning. I play English tapes for them to repeat and engage in actual situations to encourage dialogue.


I have been a professional in the publications field for more than 20 years, working as an editor and writer for non-profit associations and organizations, including the American Association of University Women. In my capacity as managing editor, I have been responsible for editing and proofreading hundreds of publications annually. I freelance as an editor and writer and often find myself unconsciously proofreading randomly presented information, including elevator signs and menus, but I can't help it.


I have taught TOEFL prep for more than 15 years, seven of which were at KAPLAN, the leading test-prep center in the country. I started teaching TOEFL test prep with paper-based tests, then computer-based, and now internet-based tests. I have had great success with my students, who have advanced their TOEFL test scores with minimal tutoring. I use a variety of test prep materials, including ETS, Barron's, Princeton Review, and Longman.

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Excellent TOEFL tutor I strongly recommend Karen if you are looking for a strong coach and tutor for your upcoming TOEFL examination! She is knowledgeable, diligent and creative when it comes to coaching you in your individual abilities as it relates to focusing on improving your weaknesses in preparation for your exams. ...

— Nicolas from Washington, DC on 8/11/11);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

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Karen will travel within 12 miles of Washington, DC 20008.

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