I have taught all English language skills to all ages over a 36-year career in the elementary schools and universities and to adults in the business world. My students have been native-born Americans with no foreign-language background, as well as English as a Second/Foreign Language and to Speakers of Other Languages, both here and in Iran. I have specialized in grammar and reading and writing at the university level, both in the U.S. and abroad. My experience with children has been largely with Latino children, but I have taught Japanese, Chinese and Italian and speakers of other languages as well at the elementary level. My experience in Iran spanned five and a half years teaching at Tehran University in a variety of different colleges, and writing specialized English materials for their lessons. I have taught ESL groups composed of a single foreign language as well as those including students from several other languages. I have taught reading both in full classroom settings and in tutoring small groups, including a few of the latter composed of students at risk of being assigned to special education or failing groups the next year. All of these students were saved for promotion to the regular grades. I have taught a class of teenage mentally-handicapped boys their whole school curriculum. I taught a group of Saudi Arabian men at the University of Illinois one summer who were preparing to enter a university program in hospital administration. When I teach reading to young children, I teach both sight vocabulary and simple contextual passages, which are followed by comprehension questions. I have studied three foreign languages myself at the adult level: French, Spanish and Persian (Farsi) and remember varying amounts of each even today. I have taught employees of the Iranian Oil Company in Tehran as well as employees of diverse multicultural work force at a company here in the Loop. My MA degree is from the University of Illinois in TESL. My minor in undergraduate education was English, which I completed as a double major soon after graduation.
I am familiar with a great deal of medical language due to having a year of nurse's training (straight A's in my coursework) and a few years of working as a ward clerk in a hospital, which involved both patient care and record-keeping. I have had enough afflictions in my long life to be familiar with much medical language from such experiences, as well. My older sister and I are proud that we virtually taught one (at least) of our four younger brothers to speak: we used to complain to our mother that baby David was repeating everything we said! Our mother had no sympathy for us, just saying "That's how the baby learns, dears!" David now teaches business people how to rise in the corporate world and is very successful.
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