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Carol Z.

Dynamo Carol teaches all English skills to all ages

Chicago, IL (60611)

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Carol's Tutoring Subjects

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Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL more »
Grammar more »
Test Preparation:
ACT English more »
ACT Reading
SAT Reading
SAT Writing
TOEFL
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th)
ESL/ESOL more »
Reading more »
SAT Reading
Writing more »
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th)
Elementary Math
Grammar more »
Phonics
Reading more »
Spelling
Vocabulary
Language:
ESL/ESOL more »
TOEFL
English:
ACT English more »
ACT Reading
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Grammar more »
Reading more »
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ACT English

While I have never taught specifically to the ACT exam, I have myself written ESL materials for the colleges of Tehran University for three years and taught composition at the middle grades' level in elementary school for many years, especially 6th grade, in classes of students who spoke Spanish at home. The passages we wrote in Tehran followed all the various organizational patterns of English written discourse and we taught these patterns to the students. The passages also contained typical grammatical structures and vocabulary found in each organizational pattern. Sixth-grade composition lessons included student-written poetry, employing the various poetical devices of English. Students wrote both formal business letters as well as friendly letters and sent them to prominent people who responded in writing. General expository writing was a common feature of these lessons as well. Most of the children's writing was in response to educational field trips. While at the University of Illlinois at Urbana I taught grammar and speech writing and public speaking to a summer school class of Saudi Arabian men preparatory to their beginning a university program in hospital administration. I taught grammar to other multi-cultural groups at Illinois as well as they prepared to enter various university programs.

ESL/ESOL

I possess an MA/TESL degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois. I have taught ESL to both children and adults for over 30 years. I have used the arts (songs, drama, puppets and poems) to support my ESL teaching with children. The primary nationalities to whom I have taught ESL have been Latinos, Poles, Persians and Arabs. I have taught the Latin alphabet to children and adults from cultures that do not use it. I have taught ESL to classes composed of people from twelve different primary languages. I have taught a class of all Saudi men for a summer.

Grammar

I spent five years teaching English grammar to Tehran University freshmen during the '70s and to Saudi Arabian men at the University of Illinois one summer. I wrote newspaper articles and text book chapters designed to illustrate various grammatical structures commonly used in scientific writing to Persian university students. I received strong preparation during my youth in identifying grammatical structures by their formal names as well as by diagramming sentences. My dear Mother was descended from the Puritans who sailed to America on the Mayflower. Whenever she would hear one of her six children make a grammatical mistake in conversation, she would call his/her name from another room and correct his/her grammar! Making a grammatical mistake in her 'Mother tongue' was a mortal sin!

Reading

I taught reading to children for almost 40 years at the elementary level, both to native-born and immigrant speakers of other languages. I taught in whole classroom settings as well as small resource groups. I taught reading to first grade Latino bilingual students who were in danger of being placed in special ed or of failing a grade the following year, and saved all of them from either of those results. I taught reading to both African American and white children in their neighborhoods. I especially taught sight vocabulary and reading in context to first-grade bilingual children, using stories accompanied by a picture and followed by comprehension questions. I taught reading at Tehran University, Iran, using reading selections we teachers adapted from journals and textbooks in the students' respective fields of study. The selections were followed by questions targeting comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and overall organization of the passages.

Writing

I always received top grades on my own writing all through school, including in my Ph.D. studies at Loyola University. I wrote specialized reading passages for Tehran University students in the 70s that included overall organizational patterns, vocabulary, grammar and subject matter specific to various faculties at the university. These passages were followed by exercises zeroing in on these skills. We then tested our materials in the classrooms. I taught poetry, letter-writing (both business and friendly) and expository writing to middle-grade children for over 30 years with a great deal of success. They wrote to people ranging from the mayor of Chicago to the CEO of a major restaurant chain and received letters back, which we hung on our bulletin board. Such letters usually centered on a field trip they had taken. When I was an undergraduate senior at Northeastern University in Chicago, I was the editor of the school newspaper. My favorite issue that year was the April Fool's issue in which I lampooned many faculty members and received roars of approval back from them.

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