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My name is Tom, and I'm a Spanish/ESOL tutor based in Salisbury, Maryland. I look forward to working with you to improve your knowledge of Spanish or English, whether for school, business, or cultural awareness. I'll tailor private lessons to meet your needs, and I'm flexible regarding format, location, scheduling. The passages below demonstrates skills I can offer students, and I am happy to elaborate where needed.
I took my Junior year of college at the University of Valencia in Spain to learn more about Spanish culture and linguistics. That invaluable experience supplemented the Bachelor of Arts degree I subsequently obtained from Salisbury University here in Maryland.
I have earned a certificate from Oxford Seminars and Johns Hopkins University to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages. I also am certified by WyzAnt to tutor English and Spanish grammar, proofreading, writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills.
I am retired from a 26-year job at the Department of Defense as a Spanish analyst and mid-level manager. This job required fine-tuned verbal and written communication skills in Spanish and English.
In addition to tutoring, I work as an on-call simultaneous interpreter for Latino physical and occupational therapy patients at local hospitals.
I am very interested in helping non-native speakers learn the skills they need to understand more about the English language and American culture. I will tailor lessons to meet your specific needs, and I am flexible regarding formats, locations, and schedules for each session.
I graduated from a 60-hour course sponsored by Oxford Seminars in March of 2008 on teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This comprehensive seminar was offered at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. On completion of the class, I presented a practicum, which was approved Oxford Seminar evaluators, earning an internationally-recognized TESOL certificate.
So I am qualified and ready to tutor you in any aspect of the English language, whether it is for business, school, fun, or other interests.
For five years, I have tutored many students ranging from teens to adult improve Spanish skills in individual and classroom sessions. My biggest reward is to help others reach their goals for endeavors in school, business, or cultural awareness.
I also am an on-call interpreter for Latino physical and occupational therapy patients at local hospitals. I enjoy bridging communication gaps between between patients and doctors to make treatment more expeditious and effective.
I earned Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland in 1981. Coursework for the degree included an advanced studies program at the University of Valencia in Valencia, Spain, where all courses were taught only in Spanish.
I also gained skills applicable to teaching during a 26-year career at the U.S. Department of Defense as a Spanish Analyst and Mid-Level Supervisor.
Uses my interests to develop interesting lessons! — Thomas believes that if a lesson is interesting to the student, they learn more and retain more. Together we are developing lessons based on my interests, e.g. cooking, travel, etc. Because we both share a lot of the same interests, we have a lot of material to cover. I wanted lessons that pertained to everyday life so having lessons based on my interests fits perfectly! ...
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