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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!
My main focus in teaching English is to help non-native speakers improve their skills. We work on vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, aural and oral skills. I work with executives and their family members to help them adjust to American life. I also help those who speak no English acquire the language skills to secure employment. While I have had great success with people of many world languages, I am particularly well-suited to helping Spanish-speaking individuals, as I am bi-lingual in Spanish and English.
For the past fifteen years I have been teaching ESL as a contractor through local English and Cross Cultural companies. I have had numerous students, from many different countries and received excellent reviews from all of them. Through these companies I have assisted executives in improving their English, and I have helped spouses learn English and become acclimated to life in the US.
I am also certified in TEFL/TESOL and teach ESL through a county non-profit adult education organization. Under a government grant program for nearly seven years, I have taught beginner and intermediate students from a variety of countries to communicate in English, thus helping them to find employment, and to function better in the US.
I enjoy coaching students in the naturalization process. I help them improve their English skills and we study the civics questions in preparation for the oral citizenship test. We work on understanding all the information on the N-400 application so they can answer the questions they will be asked about it. It is very gratifying to see them achieve their dreams of becoming US citizens!
Won't it feel wonderful to get your GED? I would be delighted to help you reach your goal! The hardest part is making the decision to start, and you did that already. Now we can dig in and get those courses completed. Let's work together, and make it happen!
I earned my BA from Douglass College of Rutgers University. I have many years of experience as a substitute teacher, and English was one of the subjects I taught. I believe that earning my BA degree in Spanish helped me to better understand the grammar of my own language. I currently teach English grammar to foreign students as part of my ESL teaching.
My writing skills are excellent and I publish a newsletter almost weekly through my own business.
Proper grammar and English language usage have always been important values in my family of origin, and in my own home as I raised my children. I will be very happy to work with others to help them improve their grammar and word usage.
Spanish became my favorite subject in high school, but only after an initial struggle! For my first two years, it was really tough. Then, in my third year, it all made sense, and there was no stopping me! I majored in Spanish in college, and enjoy using my skills to this day. SO! I understand how it feels to struggle with learning the language, and can empathize with the student who is having a hard time. It is enormously gratifying to see my students overcome difficulties in learning Spanish, and enjoy success.
When a student is having trouble with a subject, or perhaps several, it can lead to feelings of overwhelm and low self-esteem. Then a downward spiral can begin, and the student loses hope. Many times it is a matter of improving the student's approach of HOW to study the subject, how to budget time, and very importantly beginning to BELIEVE that it is possible to learn the subject.
I use my coaching skills to help the student regain a sense of personal power and personal responsibility toward the school work. Bit by bit, we build on small successes, and when the student sees that is IS possible to make a positive change in the outcome, we are on our way!
Each student is different, and I work with each one to find the best methods for study and subject mastery. There is nothing better than to see the smile on the face of a student who previously was looking sad or angry about school. Yes, it is possible!
Great Spanish Tutor — Gail P. is a wonderful tutor. She helped my son dramatically improve his grade in High School Spanish II from a 70 in the 1st quarter to a 85 in the second quarter. My son struggled in Spanish for over two years with barely passing grades. He was completed frustrated and was at the point of giving up on the subject. In a couple of months, Gail gave my son the skills and more importantly the co ...
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