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I want to help people improve their English. After a career helping students become successful in college as a college counselor, teacher, and administrator, I returned to school and earned my TESOL certificate. Since 2011, I taught ESL (English as a second language) to Adult students at the College of Lake County. I taught upper level ESL in an Intensive curriculum. I helped students improve their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and pronunciation skills.
In August of 2013 my wife and I relocated to downtown Chicago. I want to continue to help people improve their language skills. I have a student centered background. My teaching/tutoring agenda will be developed with you as we learn your goals, your strengths, and your weaknesses. I have adopted 2 sayings in my ESL teaching career:
MISTAKES ARE GOOD-------------PRACTICE-PRACTICE-PRACTICE
Although we may meet for only a few hours each week, I would like to help you explore how you can take advantage of using your time to enhance your English skills. I have incorporated music, media, and the Internet in my lesson plans. There are so many good Internet pronunciation, writing, and conversation tools for students.
Please contact me if you would like help improving your English skills. After a brief assessment, we will develop a plan of instruction. We will evaluate your progress.
Thanks for your consideration.
My teaching experiences have been conducted at the community college level:
College Educator for 25+ years at Elgin CC, Harper, and at The College of Lake County.
Earned my TESOL certification to teach ESL in 2011. Prior to 2011 taught orientation, student success classes, and Choosing Careers and College Majors.
ESL teaching experiences include:
*Model Office - a computer basics class
*Academic Intensive classes - my focus was conversation/speaking/listening, reading and vocabulary
*Writing class - helped students develop a strategy to improve their writing skills
*Conversation class - helped students practice conversations for the phone, job interviews, social situations, and in- classroom situations.
I also worked as a support teacher for an Air conditioning class for Spanish speakers, tutored students for homework assignments, and developed a variety of "Conversation Cafe" experiences.
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