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McGill University (Psychology, Teaching)
Michigan State University (Master's)
Wayne State University (Graduate Coursework)
My foreign language teaching background includes French with elementary and middle school students, and Spanish 1 and 2 and 4 with high school and college students.
I have worked individually with adults, teaching French and Spanish to Americans and Japanese here for work. I taught English to a Spanish speaking pharmacist who just achieved 26 on her oral TOEFL exam, as well as passing all of the other sections. I teach ESL to adults. I am presently working with another Pharmacy student looking to pass the TOEFL as well.
I enjoy tutoring because it allows my students to progress at the pace that works best for their learning style. Students can expect a warm and supportive learning environment. I pride myself on being able to identify an individual's strengths, and using them as encouraging starting points to target areas to work on. I will use your materials, review specific concerns, and augment each session with conversation practice. Additionally, I can recommend websites and materials that you may find helpful. Depending on the age of student, we can also review study skills.
About me: I love traveling and learning about foreign cultures. I've traveled extensively to French and Spanish speaking countries, most recently to Costa Rica and Ecuador. I also have a background in nature photography.
I meet my students at Baldwin Library in Birmingham, The Bloomfield Township Library and The Farmington Hills Library on 12 Mile Road near Orchard Lake. My foreign language teaching background includes French with elementary and middle school students, and Spanish 1 and 2 and 4 with high school and college… Read more
Nancy has been tutoring my son in Spanish II /III over the last year. She thoroughly reviews the study materials in their study sessions, offers lots of positive encouragement, and has been very flexible with her availability. Overall she has been a big benefit in helping my son understand the Spanish language.
She is a great tutor. Since the first time, she was very focused on what we were doing and explaining to me everything I wasn't understanding. She prepared the class and gave me some tips for the test that helps me a lot. Nancy is a very nice person and very careful with the students.
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Initially I was a special education teacher working with students with a variety of diagnosed learning disabilities, both in public schools and private clinics. As a teacher certified through grade 9 in a variety of subjects, I have successfully taught students writing, reading skills, and foreign language.
My student who is a pharmacist just reached the level of proficiency required by her professional licensing board in Michigan. We have been using materials developed for individuals taking the TOEFL exam, working on pronunciation, speaking to subject, both un-timed and timed, as well as writing skills.
French is interesting, especially when you realize how much of the vocabulary is part of the English language. Although it sometimes appears to be difficult to pronounce, there is a lot of online exposure to French and with regular listening, repetition, and coaching, it can become familiar quickly, so that basic sentences can be utilized in a conversation. My goal as a teacher is to have my students feel comfortable trying out their language skills as quickly as possible, and to make the grammar easy to understand.
Students prefer to cover the material they are required to learn for class, so that is where we start. In addition, I have students use their oral language while we are working, to lessen what is generally the most anxiety producing. I always compare and contrast Spanish and English grammar as students are not always sure of English grammar and that can be a handicap as they move forward in Spanish.
As an elementary school trained teacher, organizational skills have always been a key part of my teaching strategy in order for students to manage the increasing complexity of their school subjects. We discuss motivation and planning, as both have to be included for any student to be successful with class work.
I have studied French and Spanish, and also done extensive writing in both languages as well as in English for my MA degree. I'm very aware of the difference in trying to speak well enough for this exam compared to everyday conversation. I also understand the frustration of wanting to speak well and how difficult it can be to reach that goal. I have worked with students who speak Spanish and Arabic.
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