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I am currently in the Masters program for ESL for Higher Education (University level) at the University of Minnesota. I am splitting my time between Minneapolis and Rochester.
I graduated from St. Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona, MN in 2010 with a degree in International Relations/Global Studies. I studied abroad in Shanghai, China during the spring of 2009 where I was inspired to teach and travel. After graduation from college I moved to Cartagena, Colombia to teach English as a Foreign Language for the Berlitz Language Institute for 5 months.
Along with loving my native language of English, I love to learn new languages and I can speak intermediate American Sign Language, intermediate Spanish, and beginning level Mandarin Chinese. For two years during college I was a language tutor and conversation partner for international students attending the De La Salle Language Institute at St. Mary's University. I have had the opportunity to work with students from China and Saudi Arabia by helping them with English concepts through worksheets, games, field trips, and story telling.
During my senior year I worked at the St. Mary's Writing Center helping undergraduate students and graduate students, both native English speakers and international students alike, by ensuring clarity and correctness in their writing. I have completed the Oxford Seminars TESOL Certification course as well as the Oxford Seminars Business English Certification course. My teaching style stresses humor, repetition, and relevance. Having been a student of language in many different settings I have had the opportunity to compare teaching styles and their efficiency.
Everyone makes mistakes but with practice and by enjoying what you're learning, mastery of English, or anything for that matter, is a possibility!
I use a variety of tools including grammar worksheets, texts that stress fluency and common American usages, American accent specific lessons, games and interactive lessons to keep classes relevant and interesting.
I worked in the Writing Center for St. Mary's University of MN for one year helping other students generate ideas for papers or essays and helping to correct papers.
Good rapport with student — Amy is very creative in the ways she teaches, in order to meet the student at a place where they are receptive to learning. There is variety in the materials and lessons in order to avoid boredom. My daughter is lucky to have such a personable, skilled and dedicated tutor like Amy. Thanks Amy! ...
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