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I lived in Italy for over twenty years and am completely fluent in Italian. I have taught Italian language and culture in public elementary school districts and privately. I have tutored English Language Learners of all ages and from all over the world.
I am a certified teacher in the state of Illinois and possess a Master of Arts in Teaching. In addition to teaching Italian, I tutor middle school, high school and college students needing help with their writing skills (including composition, grammar, syntax, vocabulary enrichment and spelling, as well as writing essays, reports, short stories and poems.)
I offer "tutoring excursions" to museums, theatres and other cultural venues. This is a wonderful way for non-native English speakers to learn our language while being exposed to local culture. The language lesson becomes intertwined with the cultural experience.
I also offer online language lessons in both English and Italian.
I love foreign languages, reading and writing. My goal is to help all of my students reach their maximum potential in an engaging, fun and relaxed atmosphere.
I have Illinois type 03 teacher certification, which means that I am certified to teach grades kindergarten through eighth. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University. Therefore, I am highly qualified to tutor kindergarten through sixth grade, since I have been trained to teach elementary school students in all of the five content areas (reading, language arts, social studies, math, and science.)
My primary goal is to transmit my love of learning to my students. I like to engage them so that their lessons are interesting and meaningful. I feel that this is the best way to help my students achieve their goals. Learning can be fun if it is presented in the right way.
I love grammar and spelling, and I spend much of my spare time playing online competitive Scrabble and reading an eclectic assortment of books. Nothing pleases me more than teaching English to both native and non-native speakers, and watching them make progress in leaps and bounds.
Since grammar and spelling are often left by the wayside in our schools, I am more than happy to fill in the gaps for my students. I have taught English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language for a number of years. I do feel that English as a First Language is underrated. No subject is more important. Without knowing how to express oneself in proper English, how can anybody succeed in life? Excellent language arts skills are fundamental for all content areas, as well as for every profession under the sun.
I lived in Florence, Italy for more than twenty years. I am completely bilingual in Italian and English. Having lived overseas facilitates my understanding of what it is like to be in a foreign country where a different language is spoken. I feel that I can identify with my students and am better able to teach them because of my background.
I taught English to Italian students for nine years while living in Italy. My students varied in age. I taught English as a Foreign Language to groups of elementary and middle school students. I also taught high school and college students, and adults. Some of my adult students were professionals (doctors, lawyers and engineers.) My other adult students were from all walks of life. I have been teaching English to English Language Learners of all ages in the Chicago metro area for a number of years, and to students from a wide variety of countries and demographics.
Therefore, I am accustomed to dealing with all ages, backgrounds and ability levels, from beginning to advanced. I have a great love of the English language, and find it gratifying and rewarding to see my students improve their English language skills.
I have taught Italian for 14 years, to students from ages 3 to 86. I teach grammar, conversation, writing, culture and Italian for travel. I tailor my lessons to each student, according to his or her specific needs.
Having lived in Italy for more than twenty years, and having taught the Italian language in two public school districts for eight years and on a private basis as well, I feel that I have a great deal to offer students of all ages and at all ability levels.
It gives me great pleasure to transmit a love of writing to my students. I enjoy crafting short stories, essays, memoirs and poems. Once my students have learned the basics of proper grammar, syntax, spelling and composition, they realize what a wonderful creative outlet writing can be, in addition to being an absolute necessity for school and in the current highly-competitive job market. I teach students at all levels (elementary, middle, high school and college.)
Above and beyond — After just 3 visits, Deborah has motivated our struggling student to read and write each night and we have subsequently seen a huge improvement in these areas. We are grateful to have such a caring and patient adult helping guide the young man in our care. We are particularly thankful and heartened to have discovered that Deborah is willing to go above any beyond: helping us to make the best decis ...
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