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Pamela C.

Free Spirit, Tough Mind Tutoring: French, ESL, Writing Coach

Chapel Hill, NC (27514)

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Personal tutor for French or ESL for Professionals, University and High School and Middle School students. New to the language? I can make it easy. Advanced students? I can help you fine-tune your speaking, reading and writing skills.

I am an experienced tutor and classroom teacher (university, high school and middle school) who enjoys working one-on-one with students. My teaching style provides strategies for proficiency and accuracy as well as a framework for creative problem solving and effective communication. I call my approach "free spirit, tough mind" tutoring.

With over 15 years of university teaching experience, I have worked successfully with a wide variety of adult learners. I have extensive experience working with students of all ages and stages of academic development. My experience includes teaching across the curriculum for home school grades K-8, and classroom experience in both public and private middle schools and high schools. From inner-city high school in Birmingham, Alabama, to translating at the UN in New York, to teaching college in Paris, at Rutgers U, Princeton U, UNC, U of Alabama, Marist College, Birmingham-Southern College, and a variety of private tutoring, I have enjoyed working with diverse cultures, nationalities and personalities.

Responding to your learning style, interests, and priorities, I will work to collaborate with you using both right-brain 'intuitive' approaches and left-brain 'logical' approaches. Whatever your age, it delights me to help you reach your goals. Please contact me to discuss your needs.

"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” ~ Chinese Proverb

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Pamela’s subjects

English, ESL/ESOL, Literature, Proofreading, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
English, ESL/ESOL, French, Writing
Test Preparation:
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, French, Proofreading


Having worked in publishing, I can help strengthen your prose to make it more effective. As a teacher, I have worked with students of all ages teaching writing in both English and French.


I first began tutoring English as a Second Language in the late 1970s as a high school volunteer and I taught Russian immigrants in Denver, Colorado. In the 1980s, I worked for Dialogos International, a company based in Raleigh, NC. There, I provided one-on-one tutoring primarily for business executives and their spouses. In 1990, I taught Russian immigrants English for the United Way in Birmingham, Alabama.

In 2004, I taught graduate students ESL at Rutgers University using the target language. The "immersion" approach, or using the target language, is a methodology that transfers smoothly from one language to another. After teaching ESL in high school in 2006 in Connecticut, I received certification with a 100-hour intensive course in ESL. Following this training, I taught ESL full-time at middle school in North Carolina. My students made tremendous progress in a semester's time by being given the opportunity to create their own individual research projects on subjects or aspects of subjects that most interested them. In public school, I advocated on behalf of the students for teaching modifications to help them in their other subjects and participated in the state-wide project to revamp all the record keeping in accordance with No Child Left Behind legislation. Since then, I have coached professors and students in English conversation, writing and public speaking.


I learned French as a child attending French public school in Aix-en-Provence. Later, I attended lycée in Monaco whilst living with a French family. Since that time, I developed my bilingual introduction to the language by reading, studying and returning to France regularly. I taught French literature for Rutgers University in Paris (summer 2000) and received my doctorate in Renaissance French literature (October 2000). Since that time, besides tutoring and translating, I have had extended stays in France with my family.

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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Economics)

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Master's)

Rutgers University (PhD)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Multiple lesson discount. Once scheduled, I turn away others to protect your lesson time. If you need to reschedule, please notify me 24 hours in advance or the lesson time will be charged.

Travel policy

Pamela will travel within 10 miles of Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

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