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Barbara B.

Fla. Cert. Teacher, M.A. in Spanish/AP/English-Teens, college, adults

Pompano Beach, FL (33066)

Travel radius
10 miles
Hourly fee
$40.00
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I'm Barbara, an English-Speaking Floridian from Miami, now in Broward, and I am fluent in Spanish. I've been interpreting and teaching Spanish for 30 years, with both a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish; My studies and travels overseas have enhanced my language skills. I teach and tutor all levels, teens through adults, including business people. I have a thorough knowledge of grammatical structures, pronunciation, vocabulary, sentence formation, cohesive writing, etc. in both languages. My AP Spanish students score well on National Exams. I prepare English students for State exams, focusing on spelling, grammar and formal writing skills, compositions, essays. I proofread and translate, checking details, explaining corrections. Study or improve your Spanish or English with me! I love to tutor!

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Barbara’s subjects

Career Development

As a High School Advanced Placement teacher and department chair for many years, I helped hundreds of students with their questions about careers and applications for college. It helps to analyze the pros and cons, etc. I will also advise and proofread your applications, your essays, etc. My written communication skills are very strong. I've graded thousands of essays and reviewed numerous personal statements required for college applications. Let me help you with your college and career plans.

English

As a native speaker of English, a secretary, a language teacher, a curriculum specialist, and a successful university student with a Master's degree, I have great strength in this area. I have taken many courses in English using English to write successful papers, projects and reports. As an educator on accreditation committees I wrote formal reports and summaries about the schools we visited. I write numerous letters including college recommendations as well as correspondence in business. I have delivered speeches and oral presentations to groups of people and tutored speakers of other languages in English.
While studying other languages, I was trained to analyze similarities and differences in the structure and patterns one language as compared with English, thus analyzing English beyond the typical type of study.
Let me work with you to strengthen you English--whether you want to improve your pronunciation, grammar, comprehension, reading or writing, I would very much enjoy helping you!

ESL/ESOL

My first language is English. I was born in the United States (Miami) to parents born in New York and New Jersey. I have a Master's Degree and am a Florida Certified Language Teacher, with special training in teaching English to Speakers of another language. Teaching is my main occupation. I really enjoy private tutoring, because we can adjust the lessons to the needs the individual who is learning the language.

I am fluent in Spanish and speak some French. I have been an interpreter, translator and guide for international trips; I've traveled and studied in universities in Latin America and Europe.

I teach adults, college and high school students. I would love to help you strengthen your English.

Grammar

I’m Barbara, a Florida Certified language teacher for more than 30 years. I have taught middle school, high school and college students. I have a Master’s degree from the University of Florida. I help students understand grammar, prepare for State Exams and write formal essays and compositions, using correct grammar, transitional words, cohesiveness, intro and conclusion. Let me help you strengthen your English language and comprehension skills, check your writing, and explain the grammar as needed. Succeed in school & on the job! Review your grammar and writing with me!

GRE

I understand the study methods, the preparation process, the test taking skills and the mindset needed to succeed on major exams. I have studied in ten universities in three countries with high grades in all courses. I passed the GRE my senior year of my B.A. degree which was conferred with Magna Cum Laude honors. My average upon completing my master's studies at the University of Florida was 3.95 (unweighted), and I have all As in courses beyond my masters (about half of the credits typical for a Ph.D.) I have been a high school teacher for more than 30 years and have also passed state licensing and continuing education exams in Real Estate with high scores on the first try. I will help you prepare for this test.

Proofreading

As a state certified language teacher, my written communication skills and knowledge of grammar, etc. are very strong. I would love to help you by checking over your documents for their clarity, grammar, level of vocabulary - syntax - transitions, etc. My Master's Degree is from the University of Florida; I am a native Floridian, born to English-speaking parents. However, I am also fluent in Spanish with strong skills, both verbal and written, so I could proofread documents in Spanish as well.

Language usage is my expertise. Allow me to help you and check over your work.

Public Speaking

During my Bachelors and Masters studies in languages, I did comparative analyses of the structures of English and Spanish, examining parallels, contrasts, etc. I made oral presentations related to these studies, some in English, some in Spanish, as well as presenting orally some of my research papers during my Master's program (all in Spanish).
As Chair of the Foreign Language Dept., I lead discussions in English about course descriptions and curriculum that I created for all levels of Spanish instruction.
I participated on committees for accreditation, in my own school and also on Visitation Teams to accredit other district's high schools, making oral and written reports.
I have taught secondary and college level courses for more than 35 years, including a self-development course to adults emphasizing success through powerful verbal expression, positive attitudes and actions.
I have addressed parents in meetings and served for almost a decade on state government relations committees, lobbying teams and political action committees in Tallahassee, promoting public education issues and legislation. I have helped in the writing of campaign speeches for candidates for student government officers and other political positions.
I have participated on endorsement committees for many state political positions, speaking in support of legislators, cabinet members and governors, whose voting records and platforms favored legislation to help children and public education in the state of Florida.

Spanish

I am Barbara, a native Floridian from Miami, now in Broward County. Teaching Spanish has been my career for years, with both a B.A. and M.A.in Spanish Language. I've studied in Spain and Costa Rica & traveled throughout Spain, Mexico, Central and South America. My A.P. students score well on National Exams; I teach and tutor all levels, teens through adults, and have a thorough knowledge of grammatical structures, pronunciation, sentence formation, vocab, etc. I interpret, translate, & organize and escort group trips, serving as interpreter.
I can work with any text. I've worked with middle & high school, college and adult students, including business people - Spanish for conversation, courses, travel, work, etc. We’ll go at the pace that works for you so you won't be bored or overwhelmed, just encouraged to participate and review. Your desire to learn is a key factor. Weak students can save their credit with one-to-one sessions, sometimes going on to the next level the following term! I helped a businessman so that he could go to South America, feel comfortable speaking in social settings, understand the culture, and open branch offices for his company! Need review for a test? OK. Study Spanish with me!

Writing

I’m Barbara, a native Floridian, now in Broward County. I’ve been a Florida Certified language teacher for many years, with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree. Besides English, I speak Spanish and have studied/analyzed the similarities and differences in the grammar of both languages. I have helped students prepare for State Exams in English grammar and writing formal essays. I grade compositions and formal essays using approved guidelines /rubrics. Spelling, grammar, transitional words, cohesiveness, etc. are very important. Let me help you strengthen your English language skills, check your writing, and explain the grammar as needed. Private sessions allow us to set the best pace. Succeed in school & on the job! Review your grammar and writing with me!

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Education

Florida Southern College (Spanish)

University of Florida (Master's)

Florida Atlantic University (Graduate Coursework)

Understanding and flexible to student's needs. Ms. Barbara is comfortable with teaching language and skills across multiple platforms. Very thorough in teaching, flexible in scheduling and seeks to understand a student's needs. My son's studies involved previous Spanish in high school and blending of Florida Virtual School. We moved quickly through work focusing on short-term and long-term needs. I would recommend Barbara as a very knowledgeab ...

— Matthew from Pompano Beach, FL on 8/10/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

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Travel policy

Barbara will travel within 10 miles of Pompano Beach, FL 33063.

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