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Ben S.

English/Spanish Tutor and Avid Linguist

Portage, MI (49081)

Travel radius
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Hello, my name is Ben. I have always enjoyed learning foreign languages on my own, and helping others who have a thirst to learn to speak a second language themselves. I am currently working on a personal goal to learn the ten most spoken languages in the world.

My experience with both English and Spanish is varied. I lived in Mexico as a young man, in addition to my schooling for Spanish. In Mexico, I tutored English for a high school student. I have taught English as a Second Language for churches here in the US for two years, teaching the class both in English and Spanish. I have tutored both English and Spanish for high school students, here in the US as well.

When tutoring a second language, I prefer to tutor with a mixture of formal studying of coursework and conversation. My personal experience has taught me that a second language is learned best by immersion in the language to be learned. Learning to speak a second language should be fun and exciting, not simply a repetitive drudgery.

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Ben’s subjects

Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Spanish
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
English, ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

ACT English

I received a score of 34 on the English portion of the ACT on my first (and only) attempt at the test. I am comfortable with the ACT testing method and can readily explain the process to another.

ACT Reading

I received a score of 33 on the Reading portion of the ACT on my first (and only) attempt at the test. I am comfortable with the ACT testing method and can readily explain the process to another.


I have taught English as a Second Language in churches both in Michigan and North Carolina. I have worked as a conversation and study partner with several non-English speaking students.


As part of my linguistic studies, I have focused extensively on correct pronunciation, in English as well as in foreign language. I have a thorough understanding of how to speak, listen, and comprehend sounds.


I studied Spanish in school and competed in national level Spanish language competitions. Afterward I lived in Mexico, where I tutored a neighborhood boy in English. I have taught English as a Second Language to Spanish-speakers in several church groups, and have worked on a regular basis with Spanish-speaking employees, helping them to adjust to working in the United States.

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KVCC (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

I am happy to negotiate special pricing for multiple student or multiple hour lessons.

Travel policy

Ben will travel within 15 miles of Portage, MI 49002.

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