I earned my undergraduate degree from Columbia University in American history and my master’s degree in international communications from American University.
I taught English as a Second Language for four years in Japan, designing classes with a focus on conversation and writing skills for a variety of skill levels. I also tutored students in English when I lived in Colombia, South America for six months. In the U.S., I have tutored international students at Goucher College and American University. I reviewed substantive material of lectures and assessed comprehension level with students, worked on time management, listening & comprehension skills, test/exam preparation and strategies, and interpretations of texts. I assisted students at all stages of the writing process, conducting brainstorming session, explaining paper organization and construction, and working through several drafts to create a final product. I am also skilled at helping international students create effective cover letters and resumes for the U.S. job market.
Most recently I worked as the Assistant Director of the International Student and Scholar office of a Baltimore area university. As such, I counseled undergraduate, graduate and ESOL students not only on immigration related issues, but also on adjusting to all aspects of the American classroom. My time as Assistant Director exposed me to students from all over the world and strengthened my understanding of the best ways to help them succeed academically.
All of my professional positions to date have required strong writing skills. I not only enjoy the process of writing, but enjoy working with students to elicit ideas, organize them and express them in clear manner. Most of my experience in teaching is with international students, but I am just as skilled at coaching non-international students in their writing.
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