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Thomas C.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

$55/hr

Retired Senior Foreign Service Officer, multi-lingual

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Retired Senior Foreign Service Officer, multi-lingual

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Hello. I'm Tom. I am a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer, with additional 10 years experience in private sector consulting and training. I am new to the area and seeking a wide variety of tutoring opportunities and levels to match the skills I've acquired over the years. I am a trained economist in development economics and economic policy. Because my government career took me literally all over the world, I am totally fluent (Tested by US Foreign Service Institute) in French, Spanish and German, with working knowledge of Portuguese, Arabic and Hungarian. Indeed, I have had to use these languages in negotiations, speeches, interviews and simply managing and running organizations.

I am an experienced manager, having managed organizations over over 100 employees. I am told by those who have worked for me that i have exceptional teaching and mentoring skills their words, not mine. Evaluations have repeatedly stated that I have demonstrated strong interpersonal and analytical skills and problem solving. These important skills help me to identify an individual's learning needs and understanding gaps and overcome hurdles. One important thing I do is help American students overcome their hesitancy that Americans just can't learn a foreign language. My view is, if you speak one language, you can speak another and my teaching approach is tailored to that. In terms of languages, there are really seven separate skills involved: 1 identifying the sounds; repeating the sounds; understanding the words; speaking; reading; writing and translation. Each of these use different parts of the brain, yet many approaches combine these and it just doesn't work. To me, I try to separate these out and raise the comfort level of the learner. Before joining the U.S. Foreign Service, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer teacher of English and German in Africa; In Ohio I developed, managed and taught an English program for Vietnamese refugees. So, I am not just talking about working with senior people.

I see myself certainly as "Multi cultural". As I said, I lived extensively overseas in Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Sudan, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Hungary, Germany, Belgium, Afghanistan and Colombia, as well as worked in many more countries of Africa, Europe, South Asia and particularly Latin America.

Importantly, I enjoy teaching and mentoring as well as have the experience. I have worked with refugees in Ohio teaching English and "life skills". I was also a Graduate school teacher in Economics and International Development. In later years after the Foreign Service I had one had one contract developing and carrying out training programs in governance, economics and anticorruption for U.S. Government, NGOs and foreign governments.

Working with people from many cultures and age groups, from the interior of Ivory Coast to Vietnese refugees to Senior government officals from many countries, I feel has made me highly flexible and versatile. I strive for success and I hope I inspire that spirit in those I mentor or teach.

I look forward to meeting many students, trainees and friends in a wide variety of subject matter here in the Ft. Lauderdale area

Testimonials

"He is a #1"

- Michael, Hollywood, FL on 4/27/13
English:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
TOEFL,
Vocabulary
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics,
Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Vocabulary
Business:
Economics
Homeschool:
Economics,
ESL/ESOL,
French,
Spanish
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Economics,
ESL/ESOL,
French,
German,
Grammar,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Economics

I have a Certificate/Master's degree in Economics/Economic policy from the College d'Europe, Bruges, Belgium and a major in my masters from Graduate School of International Studies, Denver, Colorado in Development Economics. I have worked for economic development agencies for the US government for 25 years and in the private sector advising on economics and governance for 10 years. I have worked on all kinds and levels of economic problems in the U.S, Europe, Africa. South Asia and Latin America. In addition I have training in Management Economics/operations research.

ESL/ESOL

I am a native English speaker. I have drafted, reviewed and negotiated agreements and commitments on behalf of the U.S. Government in English, and have given professional speeches and presentations all my career in French, so I am comfortable teaching and training from beginners level to the most advanced. My approach separates out the seven skill areas in a language (hearing/deciphering, enunciation (repeating sounds), understanding, speaking, reading, writing, translation, and am particularly good at working with beginners.

Raised in Ohio, I have a "radio speaker's" pronunciation, the most standard in the U.S.

In the case of multiple students, I incorporate the use of students speaking to one another so as to facilitate conversation.

French

Am also tested at the Speaking/Reading Foreign Service level of 4/4 out of possible 5/5. (3/3 is considered sufficient proficiency to perform professionally). I studied economics at a French speaking university and have given professional speeches and presentations all my career in French, so I am comfortable teaching and training from beginners level to the most advanced. My approach separates out the seven skill areas in a language (hearing/deciphering, enunciation (repeating sounds), understanding, speaking, reading, writing, translation, and am particularly good at working with beginners.

In the case of multiple students, I incorporate the use of students speaking to one another so as to facilitate conversation.

German

I have spoken German since I was a child growing up in Ohio where many of my school friends and teachers spoke German. I had German in High School, then in University before being accepted at the University of Gottingen in Germany to study History and Economics as well as to continue my German.

Government & Politics

I have worked in U.S. Government agencies for over 25 years, after which I worked for private sector firms who provided technical assistance to national, regional and local governments on all matters relating to their management, their legislative standing and overall governance issues, including but not limited to public participation, transparency and freedom of information, anti-corruption, budget formation in the executive and legislative branches and management.

Grammar

I studied grammar and linguistics as a Senior at University and have an Language aptitude score of 38/40. I am qualified to work and negotiate in English, French, German and Spanish, in addition to having studied and reaching varying levels of proficiency in Hungarian,Portuguese, Italian, Norwegian, Flemish, Arabic and Dari (Farsi). All have their grammatical particularities which has enabled me to understand how grammar works across languages. As a senior U.S. Government official in charge of writing major presentations to the highest levels of the U.S. Government, the U.S. Congress and foreign governments, as well as having to give speeches, I have gained a very detailed understanding of how grammar is used in presentations.

Spanish

Am also tested at the Speaking/Reading Foreign Service level of 4/4 out of possible 5/5. (3/3 is considered sufficient proficiency to perform professionally). I have negotiated agreements and commitments on behalf of the U.S. Government in Spanish and have given professional speeches and presentations all my career in French, so I am comfortable teaching and training from beginners level to the most advanced. My approach separates out the seven skill areas in a language (hearing/deciphering, enunciation (repeating sounds), understanding, speaking, reading, writing, translation, and am particularly good at working with beginners.

In the case of multiple students, I incorporate the use of students speaking to one another so as to facilitate conversation.

TOEFL

In addition to having taught various languages to English-speaking students, I taught TOEFL in West Africa to high school students to help them prepare for tests. Again, in 1975, I headed a TOEFL program for refugees so they could become proficient in English and in many cases, pass TOEFL exams.

Miami University of Ohio
College d'Europe
Other
University of Denver Korbel School
Master's

Education

Miami University of Ohio

College d'Europe (Other)

University of Denver Korbel School (Master's)

He is a #1 — He is inventive with his teaching tools. And patient too. My capacity has been pared down by age. Nevertheless, he manages to cover a lot of new material with every lesson. No question that feedback is nice to hear. I don't give it usually. The important matter is: do I come back? do I come prepared? Yes, I do. ...

— Michael, Hollywood, FL on 4/27/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Thomas will travel within 15 miles of Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308.


About Thomas

Hello. I'm Tom. I am a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer, with additional 10 years experience in private sector consulting and training. I am new to the area and seeking a wide variety of tutoring opportunities and levels to match the skills I've acquired over the years. I am a trained economist in development economics and economic policy. Because my government career took me literally all over the world, I am totally fluent (Tested by US Foreign Service Institute) in French, Spanish and German, with working knowledge of Portuguese, Arabic and Hungarian. Indeed, I have had to use these languages in negotiations, speeches, interviews and simply managing and running organizations.

I am an experienced manager, having managed organizations over over 100 employees. I am told by those who have worked for me that i have exceptional teaching and mentoring skills their words, not mine. Evaluations have repeatedly stated that I have demonstrated strong interpersonal and analytical skills and problem solving. These important skills help me to identify an individual's learning needs and understanding gaps and overcome hurdles. One important thing I do is help American students overcome their hesitancy that Americans just can't learn a foreign language. My view is, if you speak one language, you can speak another and my teaching approach is tailored to that. In terms of languages, there are really seven separate skills involved: 1 identifying the sounds; repeating the sounds; understanding the words; speaking; reading; writing and translation. Each of these use different parts of the brain, yet many approaches combine these and it just doesn't work. To me, I try to separate these out and raise the comfort level of the learner. Before joining the U.S. Foreign Service, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer teacher of English and German in Africa; In Ohio I developed, managed and taught an English program for Vietnamese refugees. So, I am not just talking about working with senior people.

I see myself certainly as "Multi cultural". As I said, I lived extensively overseas in Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Sudan, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Hungary, Germany, Belgium, Afghanistan and Colombia, as well as worked in many more countries of Africa, Europe, South Asia and particularly Latin America.

Importantly, I enjoy teaching and mentoring as well as have the experience. I have worked with refugees in Ohio teaching English and "life skills". I was also a Graduate school teacher in Economics and International Development. In later years after the Foreign Service I had one had one contract developing and carrying out training programs in governance, economics and anticorruption for U.S. Government, NGOs and foreign governments.

Working with people from many cultures and age groups, from the interior of Ivory Coast to Vietnese refugees to Senior government officals from many countries, I feel has made me highly flexible and versatile. I strive for success and I hope I inspire that spirit in those I mentor or teach.

I look forward to meeting many students, trainees and friends in a wide variety of subject matter here in the Ft. Lauderdale area

Testimonials

"He is a #1"

- Michael, Hollywood, FL on 4/27/13
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Education

Miami University of Ohio
College d'Europe
Other
University of Denver Korbel School
Master's

Education

Miami University of Ohio

College d'Europe (Other)

University of Denver Korbel School (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Thomas’s Subjects

English:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
TOEFL,
Vocabulary
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics,
Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Vocabulary
Business:
Economics
Homeschool:
Economics,
ESL/ESOL,
French,
Spanish
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Economics,
ESL/ESOL,
French,
German,
Grammar,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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