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If you are interested in a creative approach to English, language, and writing, then I may be the tutor you are looking for. I am a professional writer experienced in teaching diverse populations. I have worked in college, community college residency, high school, and elementary schools. My background as a journalist for both print and broadcast media, as a poet, and as a documentary producer provides a rich context for my work. I have offered my own "Write for Life" system in diverse formats for varied learning communities. I am an author both of the "Write for Life" workbook and "The Other Side of Where I Used to Live" (poetry and drama). I have professionally edited newsletters, books, and copy.
I am an experienced ESL/literacy tutor for maritime courses, and have developed population-specific educational and creative management techniques for these professionals. I have also worked as a translator/editor of Int'l Ship and Port Security material as well as policy documents for LNG and oil companies. I have tutored Spanish and am fluent in French.
I currently assess argument and opinion essays for the GRE, as well as independent essays and integrated constructed responses of international business and academic candidates for the TOEFL. I also develop items for English Language Acquisition tests.
I also currently direct a nonprofit cultural organization with past award-winning performance, production, and interpretive programs. I have designed and managed pilot educational programs both for this organization and for a community college arena.
I have won awards from the Nat'l Council of Teachers of English, the Mass. Cultural Council, and the United Way for my work.
I hold the following credentials: an M.A. in English: Creative Writing from Brown University, '86; a B.A. in English for University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, '78; an Arts Administration Certificate from Harvard University, '81; Certification in Secondary English, Mass. #338167, '97.
I earned an M.A. English: Creative Writing, from Brown Univesity, 1986 and a B.A. English from UMass Dartmouth, 1978.
I currently evaluate TOEFL and GRE essays for a leading int'l company. I am the
author of two books: "Write for Life" creative writing method and "The Other Side of Where I Used to Live", poetry and drama.
I have taught expository writing, literature, and business communication for U.Mass. Dartmouth, Bristol Community College, and Fisher College.
I have taught Write for Life method at U.Mass. Dartmouth and Southcoast Learning Connection as well as held workshops with diverse populations.
I have translated policy and security documents for Northeast Maritime Institute clients (French-English) and
tutored ESL and literacy students for Northeast Maritime Institute (Spanish-English ESL).
I have, for the past 3.5 years, been scoring, after initial tested assessment of my skill and with daily calibrations, the TOEFL administered by Educational Testing Services. This consists of rating independent essay responses and integrated responses to text/audio prompts.
I work between 15-40 hours/ week.
I also work, as needed, writing constructed responses and multiple choice items for a test of English Language Acquisition developed by the American Institute for Research.
I have also worked as an ESL/ESOL tutor in the maritime industry for 5 years.
I read/write/speak French and Spanish.
I have tutored in community college learning resource center, University writing center,
and maritime institute ESL/ESOL and literacy labs. I have worked with diversified populations and believe that organizational skill, time management skill, and reading skill all contribute to successful study habits.
The ability to read headings and sub-headings, chapter introductions and summaries, graphs/charts/tables, and italicized material--combined with the ability to used the table of contents, index, and glossary--forms the foundation toward success. These manageable "bytes" of information are the links in the chain that the individual student will sequence in a meaningful order.
Once the student can filter the information relevant to his/her pursuit of specific knowledge, the easier identifying key words will become. Each student needs to establish these priorities and goals from the outset. Value clarification and reading comprehension are the key to success!
Beyond my graduate school concentration in Creative Writing, I opted to focus on Performance Studies. I found this fusion of theater/ritual/anthropology fascinating. I also worked with Rites & Reason theater for two years, practicing the performance modalities (ranging from modern drama to Eastern theater) I had studied. I became a playmaker at that time and saw one of my plays produced by the ensemble.
I feel adept at tutoring theater basics as well as fostering a love for this very lively art.
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (English)
Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00
Claudia will travel within 10 miles of New Bedford, MA 02744.
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