I love teaching. I have a creative and independent-minded style. I believe that learning should be enjoyable. It should also follow high standards and sustain a well-motivated, seriously disciplined effort.
In my early sixties, widely read and traveled, I'm middling good at many subjects, but I feel strongest in linguistics and language learning, all aspects of composition, writing and text analysis. I have an MA in English, and am state certified in ESL. My non-native Spanish and Polish are fairly good. I have a background in Russian and Romanian but haven't used these languages in years and am rusty with them. I'm extremely patient, and I have a good sense of humor.
I haven't owned a car in almost 20 years. Bicycling is a way of life with me -- including low-budget, cross-country solo tours. Back in town, I mostly bicycle just to get around, but sometimes I walk or take the bus. I prefer to work within approximately five miles of Allwood Circle in Clifton.
My rates go up if lessons involve significant travel or preparations.
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