I have been teaching content subjects in elementary schools since 1994 as an ESL teacher teaching language through content. I work with classroom teachers every day in the classroom, co-teaching all elementary subjects in grades K-5. I am responsible for supporting learning for my students by making the content comprehensible for them, teaching in ways that address different learning styles as well as supporting vocabulary and content knowledge.
For the past 19 years I have been supporting elementary curriculum in all subjects for students in grades K-5 who are learning English. Since they need language for all subjects, I teach all subjects, including Math. I have special expertise in making Math vocabulary and concepts clear, since I teach students who have the additional challenge of not being fluent in English. I can explain and give examples that will help students learn new concepts or understand complex ideas.
I have studied English language at the graduate level and earned a Masters degree in Linguistics. I can help with speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. I am proficient in academic writing. I can also help with reading comprehension and fluency.
I am in my nineteenth year of teaching ESL in K-8 public school. I hold a Specialist degree in Teaching and Learning with a major in Teaching English, as well as a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language. I have taught adult learners of English in community programs as well as private institutions and as a tutor. As a teacher, I have conducted professional development classes for my colleagues on the most effective methods for teaching students whose first language is not English. I have had experience teaching refugee children from Africa, children of visiting academics, recent adoptees and immigrant children. I have taught adult students preparing for advanced degrees as well as foreign business people, visiting scholars at local universities and au pairs. In short, my knowledge and experience cover many areas in the field of ESL. I feel extremely well qualified to tutor in this area.
My knowledge of grammar comes from a traditional education of the last generation, as well as from my experience learning foreign languages and studying the teaching of English as a second language. I can help with grammar at any level, for native speakers as well as second language learners.
As a teacher of English as a second or new language, I have studied phonics as a graduate student. I understand the relationship between the awareness of letter sounds and word formation for beginning readers. I am familiar with the importance of phonemic awareness in young learners who are making sense of the English language writing and reading system. I can support early literacy through practice and helping students make the connections between letters and their sounds and how to make words and read words following phonics patterns.
I have taught reading and writing skills to elementary students, first and second grade in particular. The children I teach have the additional challenge of learning English as their second language. I use innovative strategies for teaching sight words in context, writing stories with the child and using creativity and encouragement to foster motivation.
I have been sewing since I was twelve years old. I have experience sewing adult and children's clothing, home decor items, such as pillows and curtains, large and small quilts and accessories, such as purses, tote bags, and grocery bags. I have experience teaching sewing and quilting classes to children and adults. Sewing is my favorite hobby! I enjoy sharing this valuable skill.
My college major was Spanish. I speak Spanish fluently and use it daily in my teaching work with a Hispanic population. I am also proficient in reading and writing Spanish. As a college student, I completed academic work at a Spanish university for a year of academic credit. My continuing use of Spanish for the past 40 years has allowed me to maintain a high level of fluency and accuracy. I love the Spanish language and would be happy to help you with school work or learning Spanish as an adult. My enthusiasm for and knowledge of the language make this work enjoyable for me and for my students.
Since I have been tutoring for more than three years, I have helped students use their study time to the best advantage. I can support learning by suggesting ways to study and methods for organizing time and materials for the best outcome. I have over 20 years teaching experience in public schools, as well as four years teaching adult classes in a continuing education program. My wide teaching experience, as well as my parenting experience with my own children who are now grown, have prepared me to help students study effectively.