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University of Rhode Island (Communication)
I have a Bachelor's degree in Communication studies from the University of Rhode Island. I've been teaching English as a foreign language for nearly three years. I began teaching in Italy in 2010. I lived, traveled, and taught around the countryside for 4 months. I worked with young children up to teenagers from basically K-12. After having that experience, I decided to get my TOEFL. I did 100 hours at Boston Academy of English to become certified to teach English as second language. From there I decided to move to Jakarta, Indonesia for a year. While in Jakarta I taught English to toddlers, school aged children, teenagers and adults, at a variety of levels ranging from beginner-advanced.The name of the School I taught at was English First. I also taught business English to corporate clients at different office buildings throughout the city.
Since returning to the states I've worked at two different international language schools in the Boston area. The First is EC, which is in downtown Boston near Quincy Market. While there, I taught English to adults at the beginner,intermediate,upper intermediate and advanced levels. The other is EF (Education First). I currently work at EF and have been there for nearly a year. I've taught a wide range of classes and levels. I primarily work with intermediate, upper intermediate, and advanced students. The classes I teach there and have taught are current events, culture & communication, advanced idiom/slang, intermediate vocabulary, advanced grammar, intermediate general English, public speaking and a conversation class.
My style and approach to teaching revolves around the needs of the students. Normally, I'll tailor fit lessons to my audience and adjust accordingly when necessary. I'd make a great tutor because I'd be able to assess your needs or your son/daughters needs within the first meeting. I'd then prepare lessons,practice methods, and worksheets in order to focus on the areas that the student needs improvement on.
In the future, I'm planning to get my masters in Education and start working for the public school system. In the mean time, International language schools are great and I'm having a lot of fun teaching! I have a Bachelor's degree in Communication studies from the University of Rhode Island. I've been teaching English as a foreign language for nearly three years. I began teaching in Italy in 2010. I lived, traveled,… Read more
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I've been teaching English for nearly 3 years. I've taught all levels from beginner to advanced. I have taught American and British English, both overseas and in the United States. Grammar, writing, reading, and speaking are among the main topics I've taught. I have all taught vocabulary and Idiom/slang classes as well.
In regards to ESL, its essentially my expertise. I have attended the Boston Academy of English in downtown Boston, and logged 100 hours there. I've also taught ESL in Italy, Indonesia, and two different language schools in Boston. I've also taught every level from beginner English up to advanced. I'm Cambridge exam certified, TEFL certified, and have taken the TKT module 1 exam and receiving a "pass" grade.
I've taught advanced, upper intermediate, and intermediate grammar classes. The topics normally revolve around the standard, simple past, present perfect, future perfect, present tense, present continuous, past perfect continuous, etc. I also teach indefinite/definite articles, quantifiers, adverbs of frequency, modals, parts of speech, when/while, etc.
I took multiple literature classes in University. I've also got a collection of classic novels on my bookshelf that I've read and use in some classroom lessons. I've studied Italian literature as well.
I normally have my students do writing samples in class. I teach them to peer edit one another. Then I collect the work and proof read it myself. I give the students back their correct work and show them what mistakes they missed and commend them on the mistakes they were able to find. This usually builds confidence in their ability to proof read. Practice handouts are great for proof reading as well because its a great way for the student to practice and seek out the mistakes themselves.
I've taught a public speaking course at the college level. I've taught a wide variety of related classes, from Public speaking to Idiom/Slang to Vocab, and also Culture/Communication classes.
Reading is something I've helped students perfect over the course of my career. Reading for gist, reading to scan, reading to search specific information, reading to gather the meaning behind a passage, are all areas I've covered and would cover with a prospective student. I have a number of books that are completely level appropriate to the learner and we'd also read articles, stories, passages from that as well.
I am Cambridge exam certified and given tests for it as well. Cambridge exam is the British version of the TOEFL. In regards to TOEFL, I have tutored TOEFL in the past and have taught some TOEFL classes. I have a number of books at my disposal as well.
I have taught Advanced, Upper Intermediate, and Intermediate vocabulary classes. Normally what I'll do is introduce a topic for a given week. Then I'll present the students with a number of different vocabulary words about that topic that we'll study,practice, and apply to everyday life.
I've taken a couple of different writing classes in college. I have also taught a writing class at the language school I currently work at. We work on putting the reader first when writing, editing and editing again. We also concentrate on using the active, instead of passive voice when writing because its normally more interesting to read.
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