It is a joy for me to work with motivated people of all ages and all walks of Life. When I see that AHA! look on a student's face, I get as much pleasure from it as the student does!
Whether I am teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to people from other countries, Spanish to English speaking students, or citizenship/naturalization preparation skills, the main goal is to help them feel the thrill of success. A large part of what I do with my students is to help them learn how to approach learning the language, and to realize that they really can do it! Once they get over the hurdle of doubt, we are on our way!
I taught Spanish 1 through senior levels at a private high school, and have had fun tutoring high school and college level Spanish. I loved Spanish in high school, spent a summer as an exchange student in El Salvador speaking Spanish constantly, and earned my BA in Spanish at Rutgers Univ. It is delightful to see my tutoring students pull up their grades and feel proud of their accomplishments.
I became certified to teach English as a Second Language (ESL), and in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), and it is so much FUN! I have students from many different countries in my community college continuing education ESL classes. I get the chance to be silly and act out what I want to help my students learn, and we laugh a great deal in my classes. It is so rewarding to see my students learn enough English to get their first jobs in America! They feel very empowered!
I also help college level ESL students understand their course work in writing their term papers which I proofread for grammar and readability.
As a language and cultural consultant, and as a former corporate trainer, I find it fun and challenging to work with foreign executives at corporations to help them upgrade their English skills at work. Helping their spouses acclimate to their new surroundings and engage in their new communities is both fun and rewarding on a personal level.
It brings me great joy to work with people who want to become American citizens. It is an honor to help them with the civics questions and English language preparations for the naturalization interview and test. I admire their dedication and hard work as they approach the realization of their dream to become citizens, and it is a wonderful experience for me to help them make that dream come true!
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