Let me start off by congratulating you for looking into hiring a tutor. Whether you pick me or somebody else, it is a truly wonderful thing to want to hone your skills in any field of academia.
My name is Johanna, and I come from the tiny island of Malta in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, situated right between Sicily and North Africa. The first thing that probably popped into your head upon reading that is "Who on earth would want to hire her as an English tutor if her native language isn't even English?!" Allow me to put those concerns immediately to rest - English IS in fact my native tongue, along with Maltese. Malta was colonized by the British for more than 200 years and the result of that is a bilingual nation. Our accent is almost completely British, and our English is quite perfect, if I may be so bold. Our schools place extreme importance on the precise execution of both written and spoken English from a very young age. Now that you have an idea of my background, I'll tell you a little more about what I can personally bring to the table as your English/ESOL tutor.
Since early childhood, I had a profound interest in language. Books became my closest consort soon after I'd first laid eyes on the printed word. By the time I was 8, I was averaging around 12 books a week. By the age of 15, I was able to speak Italian and French quite fluently, along with my native English and Maltese. At 17, I received my ESOL teaching diploma (known in Europe as TEFL) and was teaching English to people of all ages by the time I was 18. At 20, I came to the US where I enrolled in Montgomery College, a community college based in Montgomery County, Maryland, where I often tutored fellow students in English and Spanish. I majored in Foreign Languages (with a focus on Spanish and Arabic) and graduated in 2010 with a 3.95 GPA and three types of Honors. I intend to further my studies in language as soon as my financial situation permits me to. Meanwhile, I continue to study Spanish, Arabic and linguistics on my own time.
What is linguistics, you might ask? Linguistics is the scientific study of language and its structure, including the study of morphology, syntax, phonetics, and semantics. In plain English, I study why a language is built the way it is, its history, and its connection to other languages. My favorite area of linguistics is undoubtedly etymology.
What does all this mean for you, the student? My strong background in both British and American English, written and spoken, my undying love and passion for all things language, my ability to speak several languages, my history teaching English, and perhaps most importantly my ability to explain the reason for why things are the way they are, make me uniquely qualified to help nurture a keen and able mind, as I do so with unabashed enthusiasm. No question is unimportant, no idea mocked. I also recognize the individual needs and learning methods of each and every student; whether it's videos, discussions, games, quizzes, tests, or simply following a structured textbook, or a combination of it all - just ask, and it will be delivered. Ideally, I want my students to feel like they can ask any question under the sun, as I feel "why" is more important than "what". I strongly believe that once our mind understands the "why" behind something, it's imprinted there permanently. My mission for you as your tutor is for you to come eager and leave enlightened.
I hope to hear from you soon!
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