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My name is Johanna, and I love working with students desiring to become more proficient in speaking English. I am available to work with you one-on-one, via the internet, or in a group setting. For me, teaching ESOL is great fun because we use materials that are most interesting to you, the student, and in turn, I get to learn about you as well.
So, for example, if you are looking for a job and wish to better understand how to fill out an application or talk with an interviewer, we get to talk about the job, what it means to you, what are the qualities you want the interviewer to know, and how to present yourself. Or, perhaps you already have a job, and would like to schedule time with me to improve your speaking and writing skills. Either way, my responsibility as your tutor will be to help you build on your language skills so in time, you'll feel comfortable speaking, reading and writing the English language.
In addition, if you are attending school and you wish to better understand particular courses like, Literature, English Composition, or even a "Short Stories" course, contact me, because I love Literature and reading. I have worked as an assistant with professors teaching everything from Shakespeare to Religious Studies, to Film, helping their students better understand not only the texts, but how to write a paper.
Looking forward to working with you!
Adult ESOL(English Students of Other Languages)teaches adult students to effectively read, speak and understand English. Students also learn how to function in society through role-playing, writing and speaking in everyday situations where English is required (Finding a job, talking with their child's teacher,renting/buying a home, etc.) My "Certificate In English Language Teaching:TEFL/TESOL Teacher Training" covers teaching English as a foreign language as well as to speakers of "other" languages.
I took the GED myself, and I feel like I have an understanding and special place for people who are brave enough to go back to school and get their degree.
I'm pretty well-acquainted with all things "computer." I can teach you the basics of computer - setup, connection, installations, internet presence, as well as show you how to protect your computer and your files from viruses that can infect your computer, through the sharing of information both on the internet and devices that store information.
Are you trying to determine the difference between a gigabyte and a terabyte? Which one is best suited for your needs? And just what is a gigabyte and terabyte? (Hint: You can never have too much or too many!).
We'll also discuss the advantages of laptops over desktops, Disk drives, monitors and ways to keep your computer operating at optimum speeds.
Once we go over the basics of computer, we'll then talk a little about your future projects, and what software you should consider purchasing.
Welcome to the world of the computer!
Government & Politics
I have taken both Introduction and advanced courses in Government and Political Science, and enjoy discussing how our government works, and the issues surrounding society's role in the election process.
I began playing acoustic guitar at the age of eleven. Self-taught, I was playing as both a solo artist and a member of folksinging groups in coffeehouses and folk music festivals by the age of sixteen.
I taught basic/beginning guitar to young people during the summer, and have also worked with adults wanting to learn how to lead worship in small groups (bible studies).
From 2001 - 2005, I was the lead worship/guitarist for an organization that made church music available for residents in nursing homes and other settings where music helped to calm those experiencing stress and discomfort.
Today, I am President/Director of the "Association of Classical Guitarists (US)" and I work with other musicians across the United States introducing the guitar and classical music in classrooms (K-6).
My name is Johanna,and I graduated from Sonoma State University, Suma Cum Laude with a degree in English Literature. My emphasis - and first love - is Shakespeare and medieval literature. So much so, that I was chosen to attend the 1996 Shakespeare World Conference held in California, where I sat on a number of panels discussing various aspects of Shakespeare's plays, medieval history, and its relevance in films today. I even had the opportunity to sit on the same panel as Michael York and Derek Jacobi, both known for their work on film and screen, as well as the Shakespeare Theatre.
As much as I enjoy Shakespeare, I'm also enjoy reading British and American Literature - in particular, Southern.
Though I am well-versed in literary criticism, I'm a firm believer that one must be willing to repack whatever text they deconstruct, as ultimately the story is about the authors vision first and foremost.
As a tutor in this area, my responsibilities would include: helping you to "read" literature within its historical context, and how to respond to it according to the assignment of your instructor.
I hope to hear from you!
My name is Johanna. My degree in English Literature should give you an idea of how much I like to read! Though there are many who love to read, and can show a library full of books from authors like Stephen King, Elmore Leonard, R.L.Stine, etc., the truth is, we read different books in different ways, for different reasons.
Reading a book for enjoyment is different than reading a newspaper for information; perusing a magazine at a doctor's office does not require the same concentration that studying a history demands.
So,for the student, reading becomes more than the act of sitting and turning pages for a laugh, a scare or to pass the time. In college, one must learn how to approach a text in such a way that they are able to:
1. Understand what the author is trying
to convey to the reader (Intention),
2. Determine its relevance to the task
at hand (What does the instructor
want me to see in this book?)
3. Share the main points of the author's
intention, as well as its credibility
and validity to the subject matter it
addresses (Does the story or text hold
true to its intention of the author or
Once someone learns how to read - "really read" - they find themselves reading every book, magazine, and newspaper "critically" using the three points mentioned above.
I am available to tutor students in preparation for the Test Of English as a Foreign Language, also known as "TOEFL."
4. Junior Standard/Comprehensive
TOEFL determines a non-native's ability to use and understand English in an academic setting. The Standard/Comprehensive test is generally given to students ranging from 11 to 14 years of age, for a general assessment of middle school-level English-language proficiency. The other tests have become a requirement for admission to U.S. colleges and universities.
More and more, TOEFL or variations of it, are becoming a required test in business and other institutions where English language proficiency is a necessary requirement for employment.
Non-native students from the age of 15 years and up, who are considering or planning to attend a U.S. school of higher learning, should invest in a minimum of three 'tutored' sessions to determine your overall strengths and weaknesses in the areas required to pass the TOEFL.
My name is Johanna, and I guess you could say I'm a bit of a wordsmith. I believe the person possessing a strong vocabulary is a someone wanting to expand their mind as well as their view of the world around them!
I can help you acquire the skills to increase your vocabulary, show you memorization techniques, and how to write that paper, resume or letter, using the right words to leave a good impression.
Are you responding to a class assignment, or simply want to brush up on English Composition? Did you know that by the time you begin college-level courses, the professor grades not only "what" you write about, but how "well" you wrote it?
Let's talk and see how I can best assist you in creating a paper that meets all the requirements of your instructor.
Hope to hear from you soon~:)