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With over 21 years of university teaching, I have experience in both literature and composition. I have also tutored high school and adult ESL students privately and as an Upward Bound tutor-counselor. I am also a published writer, and bring the perspective of writing for an audience to my work.
Many of my university and adult students had ESL backgrounds, starting with a group of Vietnamese refugee students I had for group tutoring as an undergraduate. I DO NOT hold a TEOFL or TESOL certificate. My strength is in English conversation.
My students learn to approach grammar as a foundation to effective communication, rather than an obscure system of rules separate from meaning.
My students learn to puzzle out meaning through an understanding of the elements of specific genres, then use their critical abilities to evaluate each piece of writing. I aim to reduce guessing at a teacher's response, and to become more confident in the student's own thoughtful response.
As an adult, I have worked as a professional actor. I hold a SAG/AFTRA union card. I have performed on stage, in video industrials, theatrical and independent feature films. As part of my training, I developed my own voice using the Lessac method. As a college composition professor, I often incorporated oral presentations as a way for students to learn to present their arguments.
I have been a published writer since the age of 15, when I published a poem in a state teacher's journal, then wrote a column for the local newspaper. I am a graduate of UIC's Writer's Program (MA), and continue to write and publish. I have also taught university-level composition for over 21 years. It is a pleasure to share this challenge and craft with my students.