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David S.

English Excellence

Blowing Rock, NC (28605)

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Dear Prospective Student (and Parents, too),

Greetings! How are you today? How may I help you reach your educational goals?

My name is David and I am an experienced, clear-speaking, and patient ESL teacher who wants to help you improve your English abilities. I use a communicative, learner-centered approach to teaching that emphasizes interaction and makes learning enjoyable. My aim is to discover your learning needs, work toward fulfilling them, and help you gain confidence in communicating.

I believe that effective teachers use a variety of strategies and technologies to create a stimulating educational environment in which students feel safe to take risks. This involves establishing high, though fair, expectations for students, diversifying instruction to enhance their personal learning styles and assessing their progress in authentic ways. Effective teachers demonstrate a command of the subject material and teach so as to empower their students.

Dear student, what can I offer you? Skilled as an instructor in the classroom and online, I may have the type of background you are looking for in a tutor. In my career as an English teacher, I have had the good fortune to work with dedicated and inspiring children, teens, and adults from diverse countries in domestic and international programs and online. To this end, I would like to further introduce myself and present my qualifications for the position.

Various parts of my ESL career have helped shape my abilities as a teacher. One formative period was the comprehensive process of researching and writing my Master of Education thesis and conducting action research. The topic of this paper, teaching speaking skills to intermediate-level, adult ESL students in a communicative, learner-centered environment, reflected my determination to address my students' needs and my own need for improvement as their teacher.

As an ESL/EFL instructor, I have developed a knowledge of competency-based learning and assessment techniques and increasingly utilized educational software and other instructional technology in working with immigrant students in North Carolina and Virginia, military personnel at the Defense Language Institute, learners in Latin America and Vietnam and, most recently, with pre-academic students and professionals from Asia, South America, the Middle East and Europe in the Intensive English Programs at the University of Delaware and Angelo State University.

Last spring I fulfilled a longtime goal by participating in the Rassias Method Teacher Workshop at Dartmouth College. Appropriately applying these dynamic and stimulating techniques will allow me to more rapidly and enjoyably enhance student learning. Other professional development activities have included doing online training on the ProLiteracy Education Network to expand my ESL skill base, attending webinars, and assessing and assisting students in their online speaking and writing efforts.

Thank you for considering me to work with you in your quest to increase your English proficiency. It would be my pleasure.

I wish you the best of success!

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David’s subjects

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
American History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:


Dear Students,

You want to improve your English and feel more comfortable using the language, right? Do you have a certain goal you want to reach?

I am a skilled, patient, and clear-speaking ESL teacher and enjoy helping students like you communicate more effectively and confidently in English.

If you think I can help you, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

The best of success to you!


I am qualified to tutor in phonics because of my educational background and work experience. The study of phonics was included in my M.Ed. program, which resulted in K-6 certification. In addition to teaching reading at the elementary level, I have worked extensively with ESL students on improving their reading and pronunciation skills.


I have solid experience as an ESL writing teacher and am skilled in teaching English grammar. I have also proofread portions of a book for a university professor and have helped edit an ESL curriculum.


Dear Students,

Writing is a great way to express yourself and can be challenging, too -- but you can do it!

I have experience teaching writing skills to children and adults. I enjoy helping students learn how to create good sentences, paragraphs, and essays.

If you think I can be of help to you, please let me know.

The best of success to you!

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Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 40 miles of Blowing Rock, NC 28605.

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