I have been a Christian for over 50 years. I regularly attended Sunday school, vacation Bible school and church. I have continued in church and Bible studies throughout my life. I attended and graduated from Christ for the Nations (associate degree), an intense Bible/missions college.
I read the Bible almost every day and am familiar with most of the Old and New Testament. I have gone through the 40 Days of Purpose (Rev. Rick Warren's course) and am active in Trinity Lutheran Church. Everyone has a different level and/or interest in what part of the Bible to study. I have been sharing scriptures with a friend who is a new Christian, to get him acquainted with the Bible. I also have been a 30-year sponsor of children in developing nations and write many letters to them (in Spanish) quoting Bible verses. I will be going to Peru in the fall to serve on a missions trip with the sponsored children.
English is a spoken and written language and a subject course. While there are many dialects and "slang" expressions, I believe there's no substitute for learning to speak and write this language correctly.
English is a difficult language for some to learn if they are an ESL student. However, we have basic grammar structures, and proper ways to put sentences or phrases together. Most sentences should contain a noun, verb and either adjectives, adverbs, pronouns or means to enhance them. Proper punctuation is important--an area that gets overlooked. I know that elementary students review sentences for errors on a daily basis, but it seems to sometimes slip as people get older.
I would be happy to help students of all ages with English. Speaking, reading and writing it correctly cannot be overstressed.
ESL (English as a Second Language) and ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) are critical areas for most schools (elementary and middle),as well as many businesses. With more and more people living in the United States that do not know English as a primary language, but want to learn, it is a great opportunity for those of us skilled in this area to teach them. We may think learning English is easy--that is not true. Unfortunately, English breaks a lot of "rules" that other languages use. Homophones--words that have the same pronunciation but have different spellings and meanings; homonyms--words that are spelled and sound the same, but have different meanings and origins and homographs--words spelled the same but have different pronunciations and meanings, are three of the main areas that could cause an ESL or ESOL student much confusion.
I think it is best to begin by determining what level (if any) the student has in the English language. Perhaps he/she can speak it, but does not know how to write it correctly. Or, the person can speak it, but not read English. Pronunciation is also very important, and that might be the main area to work on. Working on short, common phrases would be a first step. The "conversational language" approach is good with any new language. Learning the English alphabet, numbers and vowels are an indirect part of this. Teaching a student the different vowel sounds--the long and short A and E, for example--will take time. While we want ESL/ESOL learners to understand the proper grammar and sentence structure, it is also important that they know what some common cliques or expressions mean. Things they may hear or read, but are slang, and have a different meaning. English does have its roots in Latin, the same as Spanish, Italian and French, so understanding some words may come more easily.
I have been studying Spanish (and continue through a renowned course) and substitute teach in many bilingual (Spanish) classes. Students learn how to correct written mistakes in both languages (grammar, punctuation, upper case usage). I welcome the chance to help ESL/ESOL students of any age learn English!
I have served as a writer and lead editor for a professional newsletter, written many original articles and currently work with several clients on e-newsletters and website content. Over the past six years, I have tutored a number of college students with help on research papers. While English can have some tricky rules, I find the most common mistakes are: mixing tenses in the same sentence; using both singular and plural nouns or pronouns together, and writing in several different voices. There is first person (I, me, my), second person (you, your, we, our) and third person (he, his, she, her, they, their). These "voices" are often mixed together, making the sentence or paragraph confusing. Other key grammatical rules include writing a complete sentence, but not a "run-on," learning to use punctuation correctly, and capitalization of proper nouns.
I believe good grammar never goes out of style; therefore, it is a skill to keep working on, or learn well the first time. A writer will definitely have a more professional image and greater confidence if he/she masters grammar basics.
MS PowerPoint is still one of the best tools for presentations, and has many creative and business applications. During my college years, I was required to created numerous PowerPoint decks to go alongside (support) written papers. The presentations had text, images, data on companies and graphs or charts, when needed. What is most critical in PowerPoint, is to find a balance of a clean, readable look without it being boring. Too much type, different fonts, small fonts or an overload of data can make the slides confusing to read. However, I have had to review numerous medical slides for speakers' clinical research presentations. Additionally, I recently worked with well over 100 speakers who had to submit PowerPoint decks to support their abstracts. Some of my work involved reviewing the slides to ensure compatibility with the company's guidelines. A key area on all PP slides that contain text is to have them proofread for correct grammar, spelling and clarity. Less is usually more for text.
Proofreading involves many skills and is not a "take a glance at this" job. One must be very good at sentence structure, style guidelines (AP, APA, MLA or the company's style), punctuation and more. Keep an AP Style Guide on hand--it is a great resource even if this style is not completely being used.
It is hardest to proofread one's own work, so a document should be given to at least one other person to review before publishing.
While it is good to know basic proofreading marks, many times the proofreader becomes the editor. Common mistakes in writing that a good proofreader will catch are run-on sentences, redundancy, changing tenses and not matching the verb with the pronoun (I, he, we, they). Correct punctuation and capitalization are also critical. Spellcheckers are good, but should not be relied on. There may be other words that the program misses.
Having noted these areas, proofreading and editing are skills that I love, as it feels good to work on improving text and making the writer shine!
I look forward to working with those that want to improve writing, editing and proofreading skills.
I have been a substitute teacher in elementary and middle schools for the last three years. Reading is a requirement for the younger students, both in and out of class. I have led guided reading sessions and the "popcorn" style where almost every student has the opportunity to read out loud. My concentration for good reading is correct pronunciation, reviewing key vocabulary words, putting feeling and pauses into the passages and comprehension of text. I have worked with young bilingual (Spanish) students quite a bit. I hope to help students improve in this skill.
Spanish is one of the Latin-based languages (like Italian or French). It is easier to learn than some other languages as all vowels are pronounced (no silent ones), and they always have the same sound. Additionally, while there are many conjugations of verbs, most follow the same pattern, as in "I have, you have, he/she/it has, we have and they have." For Spanish in the Latin American and Mexican dialects, the use of one formal word (when addressing someone older, or a person you do not know well), is common. Listeners will know this as "usted" or "ustedes" (singular and plural). There are a few additional letters in the Spanish alphabet, so I believe it is good to teach a student the pronunciations of each letter. Some are similar to English, only softer in tone. Spanish pronunciation is phonetic, which will help the learner. A key point to remember is that translation is not a "word-by-word" process, i.e. going from English to Spanish. It is often called "transliteration," as words or phrases are put together that have the same essential meaning, but in a different order or using an expression that "fits" in Spanish.
As in other Latin languages, Spanish has masculine and feminine nouns, which require the adjective to match. Adjectives almost always FOLLOW the noun, rather than being said or written before it. In addition, the adjective must follow the singular/plural rule, in that it is changed to reflect the subject. This is true even with colors. In English, we would use "blue eye" or "blue eyes" and blue (adjective) does not changes. In Spanish, it must agree with the noun. When conjugating a verb, one must know the tense--there are quite a few in Spanish, with different spellings from the same ROOT verb. Root verbs end in "ar" (estar, bailar, tocar) "er" (comer, beber, ser) and "ir" (venir, ir, decir) and most follow the same pattern. Irregular verbs have unique conjugations.
While I believe a student can be taught Spanish in a conversational way, where they learn more by repetition, the person still must learn pronunciations, some basic rules of grammar and definitions. I highly suggest purchasing an English/Spanish dictionary (or the student's first language and Spanish) and a nice big 501 Spanish Verbs, which has explanations of Spanish diction, rules and conjugations of many of the most common verbs. They are great reference tools. The latest 501 version comes with a CD.
I am continuing my fluency and understanding Spanish by taking all 5 Levels of Rosetta Stone. Just as in any language, there are speaking, reading, listening (comprehension) and writing elements. I would be happy to help students that are beginning or are in third or fourth level classes. There are many tools available today to help students learn or increase their learning.
I love to write! My experience and education covers writing research papers, newsletter articles, personal bios, website content, press releases and original poetry. I believe writing is an art. Many components make up good writing - correct grammar, spelling, perspective (i.e., keeping the text in third person throughout the piece and ensuring all verbs are in agreement), punctuation and active style. Following style guidelines is also critical.
I am skilled in APA and MLA for college research papers. I also understand AP guidelines.
English writing can be difficult for ESL students, as they need to learn the meanings of homophones--words that sound the same, but are spelled differently--and homonyms (words that are spelled the same but have different meanings). Good writing also entails short and long sentences.
I have worked with ESL students as a substitute teacher, and thus, am in a position where I need to understand both languages (Spanish). Writing is a key component of learning correct English. It is not only a foundation, but will help a student to obtain the best grades. Good writing always illustrates a person's professionalism.