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Thomas M.

ESL, English Grammar, reading, writing, ACT and French as easy as ABC

Chicago, IL (60640)

Travel radius
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Hourly fee
$25.00
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My name is Thomas, and I have been teaching French and English as a Second Language for about 15 years. I love languages, and I have always said, "if there is a job that I do better in my life, that job is teaching." I am really gifted with languages; I am patient, helpful and detail-oriented. I began teaching English and French in the Democratic Republic of the Congo when I was 18 years old. I taught in schools of languages where people learned how to speak English and French. Additionally, I offered private English and French lessons at homes and work places. I had also taught the two languages in different high schools before I moved to the United States.

In the United States, I taught French for two years at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am currently hired with the City Colleges of Chicago where I tutor English as a Second Language (all levels), English Grammar, English Reading Comprehension, Integrated Communication, ACT, COMPASS, TOEFL and French (all levels). In addition to teaching and tutoring, I translate official documents and texts from French to English and vice versa. At last, I assist people as an interpreter in the immigration offices or in courts.

As for my education, I received a Diploma of English as a Second Language from the University of Kinshasa after three years of intense instruction. I also have a bachelor's degree in French and cultural studies with a minor in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before I forget, I also graduated in Latin and Philosophy from EPELIMA High school in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Above all, I hold a master's degree in French studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. My background, my education and my experience shaped me and made me a great instructor and tutor today.

I like working with people from age 10 and up. I know those little secrets that help students or other professionals learn English or French as quickly as possible. I can help you with your learning in speaking, writing and reading comprehension. I am very skilled with both English and French grammar. I can show you in a professional way the mystery behind sentence structures, verb tenses, use of punctuation (fragment, run-on sentences), active or passive voices, direct and indirect speeches, if clauses, subject-verb agreement, verb tenses agreement, and much more.

Why wait! To find out more about my scaffolding method and my communicative teaching approach that made hundreds of students, professionals and travelers happy and successful, schedule a session now with me (Thomas M.). Give it a try and you will smile. I offer one-on-one sessions at my regular price, and group sessions at a reduced price. Besides, you can also arrange a telephone, a skype or an online session with me. Good luck in your learning and see you soon.

Thomas M.

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Thomas’s subjects

Math:
Precalculus
English:
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, SAT Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary
Computer:
Photography, Video Production, Visual Basic
Language:
History:
Geography, Government & Politics, Religion
Art:
Film, Photography, Video Production
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, French, Precalculus, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, GED, SAT Reading, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, French, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish

English

Any language is based on rules that help its users to express it in an appropriate way either in writing or speaking. Those rules are known as "grammar". I can help you with different topics that English grammar covers. I can also help with essay writing with the most focus on writing strong and clear "thesis statements, topic sentences" and finding good supporting details(ideas) and examples. Give it a try now.

ESL/ESOL

For those whose English is not their first language, I can work with them from level zero up to the advanced level. They will be able to communicate and understand native speakers. I will show them some reasons that make it difficult for non-native to produce the correct English sounds, and what to do to become a better speaker. At the end of my sessions, they will feel more confident and secure to express their thoughts in speaking as well as in writing.

French

I am a French native speaker. I was born and raised in a country where French is the official language. I was taught in French from high school to the university. I also hold a master's degree in French studies. I taught the language for about 15 years. I have a lot of experience in teaching speaking, writing, grammar, linguistics and more.

Venez! Faites un rendez-vous avec moi et vous me donnerez raison. La balle est dans votre camps!

Grammar

I am very knowledgeable in both English and French grammar. I have worked with students and professionals for years. I have been tutoring English grammar in one of the best colleges in Chicago. I can cover topics from sentence structures, fragments, run-on sentences, punctuations, verb tenses, tense agreements, subject and verb agreements, if clause, direct and indirect speeches, active and passive voices, use of adjectives, adverbs and pronouns,and much more. My students are usually surprised that they can understand what they never thought they would understand. Give me a try.

Proofreading

Clear writing is an essential tool to express one's thoughts. What is the importance of writing a piece of note that nobody understands? Sometimes, little things like "prepositions" can get us into trouble or mix up our thoughts. Someone who says, "I come from school" is not saying "I come to school". I can help you with the proofreading of your work for a better result. Contact me today and tell me what your need is.

Spanish

Puedo ayudarte con algunas cosas de la lengua espanola. Llamame y vamos a empezar lo mas importante ahora.

Let's start that Spanish for beginners. Don't worry if you don't know anything of Spanish. I was the same like you, but I am proud of myself today. It all depends on yourself and the decision you make for your education. Make an appointment today.

TOEFL

Some exercises in reading comprehension, grammar, verb tenses and agreement and sentence structures are fundamental to pass all the sections of TOEFL. Let's start now. We will talk about any subject of grammar where you need help, and strategies to understand the main point of a passage. The result! Amazing!

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Education

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (French)

University of Illinois, Chicago (Master's)

Very helpful! Thomas is an amazing tutor. He is very polite, patient, and makes sure you understand the concept. If you are confused, he will without a doubt go over it with you again until you understand it. ...

— Selina from Chicago, IL on 3/31/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $25.00

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