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Kip Jalal B.

New Orleans, LA

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Learn or improve language with a multicultural "cool" linguist

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Hi there. If you're looking to learn French, Spanish, Italian or English, and seek a tutor with talent and personality as well as training and experience, I could be your guy. I'm definitely not your average teacher. I was born in LA, and grew up multilingual in a multicultural family. I have also lived, studied, taught and traveled abroad. Aside from teaching multiple languages proficiently at all levels including university, I speak many others and am an experienced translator/interpreter. I also do accent acquisition/reduction and skills improvement (reading, writing, conversation, comprehension, sociocultural adjustment/skills). I'm flexible regarding hours and locations in the immediate metro area. I work with individuals or groups. I'm a truly cool guy who believes language study should be as fun as it is serious, and since I'm a writer, I always have a story handy to bring lessons to life. Please feel free to contact me via WyzAnt for further information or to arrange to meet. Thanks for reading my profile!

Special Needs:
Phonics

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ACT English

My mother taught high school biology, and coached me early on how to take standardized examinations. Test-taking skills I learned then like outlining, speed reading, re-reading, and attention to instructions and time allocation helped me scored a perfect 100% on the GRE verbal years later. I also consistently scored above-average to excellent on the periodic scholastic evaluations, PSAT, SAT and ACT (I took both), with particularly high scores in reading comprehension. I've also tutored HS and university students in language arts (e.g. reading, writing) for about seven years now.

ACT Reading

I performed very well on both the SAT and ACT tests in high school, and scored a near-perfect 780/800 on the verbal portion of the GRE. I've since successfully helped many students improve their scores with better preparation and more efficient test-taking skills.

American History

Aside from required American History studies in high school (at which I excelled), I also studied Louisiana history, and by extension pre-colonial and colonial history in the Americas. Specifically, I focused on the Caribbean and Creole South in religious and cultural studies, and in Louisiana history studies. Please also see relevant subject descriptions (World and European) for more on my background in history. I have tutored Louisiana, American, European and World History on the high school level.

In personal terms, I was blessed to be born into two old Louisianian families of both ancient roots and current relevance--a family of teachers that also sent me abroad to school. I therefore learned and studied history (local and global) in personal, tangible, cultural contexts. In addition to being born into the indigenous Afro-Latin culture of Louisiana, I am a Mardi Gras Indian Chief. My family is peppered with academics, politicians, veterans and foreign-service officials. The combination gives me a uniquely 360 perspective on history as an instructor, because I can identify with, and identify links to, all the "sides of the story." Having anecdotal information about historical facts and figures often helps bring otherwise boring names and numbers to life, especially for students who have no ready references, or easy access to things that connect them personally to history.

Elementary (K-6th)

I actually grew up in a family of educators--some say I've been teaching all my life. :) I have lots of teaching experience, notably as a multilingual omnibus substitute at the New Orleans International School for grades K through 6. I've also tutored elementary-school students privately (e.g., home-schooled, physically/medically challenged).

English

Aside from extensive experience and credentials relative to teaching ESL and other languages, I've taught English to native speakers, from the US mostly, since about 2006, at high school and university levels (e.g., grammar, composition, language skills). I have a very solid foundation in language arts, and English, thanks to extensive language study and a perfect foundation in English at home. I grew up around amazing teachers--kind, guiding minds who were well-known for impeccable diction and grammar. As a teacher, I always strive to make them proud, in English as well as other languages/subjects, and to teach my students as well as they taught me.

ESL/ESOL

I have a lot of language education and instruction experience both in English and ESL, having worked and taught in Europe and the US. I'm degreed in language/linguistic studies (BSLi, Georgetown University/La Sorbonne) and mass communication (MMC, LSU).

I've taught ESL professionally from beginner through advanced levels at British Institutes in Milan, Italy (EU), and at Rennert Bilingual in NYC, NY. I also taught in four languages (Eng., Fr., Sp., and Mand. Chi.) at the Int'l School of Louisiana (K-8), New Orleans, LA. I professionally tutored English (for native speaking students) for junior high, high school, university and adult students through Spectrum Learning, Inc., in Baton Rouge, LA. I volunteered as a tutor of ESL in Baton Rouge for Adult Literacy Advocates.

I also have many years experience as a journalist writing for several publications in NYC (e.g. Time Out New York) and Washington, DC. (e.g. BusinessWeek).

I presently consult branding, advertising, marketing and communication here in New York City.

European History

I studied European history in undergraduate school, both at Georgetown University and l'Université de Paris IV (la Sorbonne); specifically, I studied it on-site in an in-situ art and architectural history course in Paris. I have lived in both France and Italy, and have both cultural and familial ties to Europe and the UK.

French

I was born in the US' only French-speaking state, and learned to speak French as a child in Louisiana; my uncle and teacher, however, taught me standard modern French first, then Louisiana French. I studied at the Université de Paris IV (la Sorbonne), in complement of my Georgetown University degree in French literature.

I have a lot of language education and instruction experience, having worked and taught in Europe and the US. I taught ESL professionally as an instructor from beginner through advanced levels at British Institutes in Milan, Italy (EU). I also taught French, Italian and English (ESL) at Rennert Bilingual in NYC, NY, for nearly three (3) years. I served as omnibus substitute teacher in all four languages of instruction (English, French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese) at the Int'l School of Louisiana (K-8), New Orleans, LA. I professionally tutored French for junior high, high school, university and adult students through Spectrum Learning, Inc., in Baton Rouge, LA. I also volunteered as a tutor of ESL in Baton Rouge for Adult Literacy Advocates.

GED

I've worked with a number of adult students, many of whom were preparing to take exams like the GED, SAT, TOEFL or GRE. Working with these learners often has a two-fold focus - the subject matter(s) of the test, and test-taking itself (along with the study skills needed to prepare and succeed). I understand how complex the challenge of adult learning can be, thanks in part to graduate school, and in part to the adults I've worked with to help build and reinforce academic and scholastic skills. I enjoy helping my students overcome their fears of examinations by helping them develop the tools to succeed as well as acquire knowledge.

Geography

I was blessed to be born into a multi-cultural family of educators who love travel. My foundation in geography was further cemented by my father's love of maps, and the atlases we kept in our home where I would trace my larger family's various origins and travels, and learn about the layout of those places. Having a photographic memory also helps a lot.

Grammar

I've taught English to native speakers, from the US mostly, since about 2006, at high school and university levels (e.g., grammar, composition, language skills). I have a very solid foundation in language arts, and English, thanks to extensive language study (I speak several fluently, and teach them as well) and a perfect foundation in language at home--I descend from a very long line of educators with impeccable diction, flawless grammar and a famous intolerance for substandard language of any sort--in any language. Lastly, the prefect of discipline and my English professor/teacher in high school were both "grammar Nazis" from whom I learned lessons I use, and teach, to this day.

GRE

I will be of little help on the math section, but I scored perfect on the verbal... and I'm a great teacher!

Italian

My undergraduate minor is Italian--I spoke it prior to studying and therefore skipped into intermediate advanced--and I lived in Italy for three years. Officially I lived in Milano, and actually I lived both in Milano and the Riviera Adriatica (Rimini/Riccione), and traveled all over northern and central Italy. While there, I taught language, translated, interpreted, and worked in entertainment (specifically music and nightlife) domestically and internationally. I have taught Italian in school and private settings since returning to the US in 1992. I am very much a New Yorker, however I still have a very "Italian" life, between ex in-laws, current friends and family, and most of all my professional work in communications--my major client for many years has been an Italian makeup artist's color cosmetics line.

Microsoft PowerPoint

My career in advertising/branding/communication really began because I was a PowerPoint expert who also had multilingual writing and TEP skills. In agency and freelance settings, I wrote and programmed the pitch presentations for a number of products, from consumables to pharmaceuticals to financial products to mergers & acquisitions. I continue to use PowerPoint today, both for presentations of various sorts as well as a "scratchpad" for Web design and print projects.

Microsoft Windows

I have used Word since 1992 and still use it today. I'm classified as an advanced user with a score of 91% on my most recent Word user test (June, 2013). I've use Word for everything from blogging through basic brochure layouts to financial reports and multilingual user manuals. Past work experience in second-level tech support also helps me more effectively tutor Word. I enjoy helping people learn how to do what they'd like, and more easily, in Word.

Microsoft Word

The ability to type at lightning speed, and a real aptitude for learning to use computer software, combined with multilingual TEP skills to keep me fed and clothed for years. As a communication professional I use MSWord for a host of things, and I enjoy pushing (my command of) the software to accommodate my vision as much as possible without writing macros or engaging in subroutine coding.

Phonics

I have taught various languages, including English, for over 25 years (since undergraduate school). I also studied linguistics in undergraduate school. I specialize in helping students improve accent and pronunciation. My approach involves explaining to students HOW they produce various sounds with which muscles and parts of the mouth/nose/throat, and WHY. I also help my students learn HOW to HEAR not only the sounds they wish to learn to make, but importantly those they ALREADY make, and how those sounds differ from the ones they seek to master.

Proofreading

I served as Multilingual Technical Editor for several languages at Berlitz Translation Services, Inc. in NYC, where much of my work involved simultaneously proofreading voluminous technical documentation in the original and one or more target languages. I have since worked in language and communication, specifically branding, advertising and marketing, for many years, and rely heavily on proofreading skills in my work.

PSAT

While I am not a math whiz, I typically did very well to perfect on the verbal portion of the standardized tests I've taken (ie., PSAT, ACT, SAT, GRE). I've tutored high school students for about five years, and have taught and tutored a number of subjects at the high-school and university levels for a number of years, most recently while in graduate school (2006-11).

Reading

A solid foundation in language and expressive arts in a family of educators meant, in my case, learning to spell and beginning to read around age two. Basically, I was bored, and my parents had to do something. I've been reading ever since. I now write professionally, after editing professionally in four (4) languages. I also tutor study skills like speed reading. A passion for reading and words, coupled with extensive language and linguistic training and graduate studies in communication, gives unique breadth, depth and versatility to my approach to learning language arts.

SAT Reading

I’ve been reading and writing since I was a bored two-year-old—my parents needed to occupy my mind. Another advantage of an educator family was attention to test-taking skills. As a result, I scored a perfect 100% on the GRE verbal, and consistently scored above-average to excellent on the periodic scholastic evaluations, PSAT, SAT and ACT (I took both), with particularly high scores in reading comprehension. I've also tutored HS and university students in language arts (e.g. reading, writing) for about five years. A passion for reading and words, coupled with extensive language and linguistic training and graduate studies in communication, gives unique breadth, depth and versatility to my approach to learning language arts.

SAT Writing

While I am not a math whiz, I do know the written word. I typically did very well to perfect on the verbal portion of the standardized tests I've taken (i.e., PSAT, ACT, SAT, GRE). Moreover, I read and wrote on a large number of books during my undergraduate and graduate careers; the latter, completed in 2010, focused on mass communication, was highly writing-intensive and included a thesis. I've tutored language arts at the high-school and university levels for a number of years, most recently while in graduate school (2006-11). Lastly, I am a professional wordsmith (e.g., copywriter, editor, translator, proofreader) as well as author.

Social Studies

I tutored high school social studies for three (3) years during graduate school; I won first place in social studies fair 4 years running in high school.

Spanish

I have spoken Spanish "by association" most of my life, and studied formally at university while still in high school (Governor's G&T in Foreign Langs., plus Concurrent Placement). I am related by family, religion and culture to Puerto Rico, Cuba and Panamá. (Most know Louisiana linguistically for French and Creole; Spanish is also tradition, among Louisiana "isleños.") I have also worked in and taught Spanish (Int'l and Latin American standards), among other languages, since returning from Europe in 1992. Spanish is a critical component of my daily life routine--in my home, among family and friends, as a New Yorker, and especially living in Hispanocentric upper Manhattan. Lastly, I scored a perfect 100% on the certification exam.

Spelling

Functional to native-proficient in eight-plus languages and a capable teacher of at least four, I think I've developed a unique "approach" to learning vocabulary that works. The key element that distinguishes my approach is, I think, a methodology that essentially avoids translation and instead seeks to always correlate code (irrespective of language) and concept, rather than follow a more conventional methodological path that connects word and word or word and meaning (and only then, if ever at all, to concept). Extending that concept to orthography, one learns the rhythm and feel of a language's expression, irrespective of the language, and then uses that knowledge to help explain how and why things are written as they are. Understanding the "proper" of pronunciation and purpose (without prejudging the speaker/writer, of course) can thus help demystify things like grammar and spelling.

Study Skills

I directed tutees for all other subjects in improving general study skills as well as for specific subjects (e.g. language arts/languages, soft sciences for 4 years). I taught English, Italian, French and Spanish at Rennert Bilingual in NYC where I also directed students in improving study skills, e.g., how to outline, condense, bullet-point; how to skim, glean, speed-read; how to use indices, TOCs, TOAs, etc. as study aids/guides/time savers; how to master vocabulary, points of grammar, as well as differences in "cultural mindset"; using charts, graphs and diagrams to digest complicated concepts and large amounts of data.

TOEFL

I have a lot of language education and instruction experience both in English and ESL, having worked and taught in Europe and the US. I'm degreed in language/linguistic studies (BSLi, Georgetown University/La Sorbonne) and mass communication (MMC, LSU).

In terms of experience specific to TOEFL, I taught ESL professionally to TOEFL candidates from beginner through advanced levels at British Institutes in Milan, Italy (EU), and at Rennert Bilingual in NYC, NY, in classroom and private settings. I also substitute-taught in four languages (English, French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese) at the Int'l School of Louisiana (K-8), New Orleans, LA, after graduate school. During grad school, I professionally tutored English (for native speaking students) for junior high, high school, university and ESL for adult TOEFL students through Spectrum Learning, Inc., in Baton Rouge, LA. I also volunteered as a tutor of ESL in Baton Rouge for Adult Literacy Advocates.

Vocabulary

Functional to native-proficient in eight-plus languages and a capable teacher of at least four, I think I've developed a unique "approach" to learning vocabulary that works. The key element that distinguishes my approach is, I think, a methodology that essentially avoids translation and instead seeks to always correlate code (irrespective of language) and concept, rather than follow a more conventional methodological path that connects word and word or word and meaning (and only then, if ever at all, to concept).

World History

Aside from required American history studies, I also studied European history in undergraduate school, both at Georgetown University and l'Université de Paris IV (la Sorbonne); specifically, I studied on site in an in-situ art and architectural history course in Paris. I have lived in both France and Italy, and have both cultural and familial ties to Europe and the UK. I have studied West African and Asian histories both through religious studies and art studies; I have also traveled in Asia, and my family has lived in North, West and South Central Africa. I studied Louisiana history, and by extension pre-colonial and colonial history in the Americas; specifically, I concentrated on the Caribbean and Creole South in religious and cultural studies, and in Louisiana history studies. My thesis on recent (post-colonial) history of advertising in India exposed me to much world history, particularly South Asian history, and specifically regarding how pre-industrial European colonialist expansion shaped, and continues to shape, the modern, industrialized/ing, developing (erstwhile Third) world (e.g. Asia, Africa, the Americas). I have also tutored world history at the high school level.

Writing

I have been writing since childhood, having been born into a family with immense respect for language and expression in all forms. Not only have I taught grammar and composition in English and other languages, I have worked professionally as a multilingual editor. I am currently a professional wordsmith, crafting messages principally in advertising, branding, and marketing. I also maintain two blogs on the Web, to which I regularly contribute both prose and poetry.

Georgetown University School of Languages/Université de Paris IV
Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge
Master's

Education

Georgetown University School of Languages/Université de Paris IV

Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kip Jalal will travel within 25 miles of New Orleans, LA 70117.


About Kip Jalal

Hi there. If you're looking to learn French, Spanish, Italian or English, and seek a tutor with talent and personality as well as training and experience, I could be your guy. I'm definitely not your average teacher. I was born in LA, and grew up multilingual in a multicultural family. I have also lived, studied, taught and traveled abroad. Aside from teaching multiple languages proficiently at all levels including university, I speak many others and am an experienced translator/interpreter. I also do accent acquisition/reduction and skills improvement (reading, writing, conversation, comprehension, sociocultural adjustment/skills). I'm flexible regarding hours and locations in the immediate metro area. I work with individuals or groups. I'm a truly cool guy who believes language study should be as fun as it is serious, and since I'm a writer, I always have a story handy to bring lessons to life. Please feel free to contact me via WyzAnt for further information or to arrange to meet. Thanks for reading my profile!

Education

Georgetown University School of Languages/Université de Paris IV
Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge
Master's

Education

Georgetown University School of Languages/Université de Paris IV

Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of New Orleans, LA 70117

Kip Jalal’s Subjects

Special Needs:
Phonics

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