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I am a professional tutor who has lived and worked overseas for the last 20 years. I started tutoring English while living in Asia and Europe, and loved it. I found that I got a lot of satisfaction in helping people improve their English. I have a BA from the University of Pennsylvania as well as Cambridge University's CELTA certification to teach English as a second language. I have taught at language schools, worked with literacy organizations and tutored all levels of English learners. I am patient, dedicated, and experienced; I will work with you to reach your goals. I have practice exams and study materials, so there is no need for students to purchase additional materials. Whether you are looking for help to pass professional exams, improve scores on proficiency exams, learn specialized business English or just communicate better in English, I will work with you to identify weaknesses and improve your skills.
I design lessons to the individual needs and goals of each student. I usually focus on communication skills with an emphasis on grammar. I concentrate on speaking, listening and reading in class and writing skills for homework. For students preparing for exams, I focus on improving your skills as well as test-taking techniques. I have successfully worked with international students preparing for the TOEFL, IELTS, USMLE, GRE, MCAT and LSAT exams.
I have lived in six countries on four continents, with extended stays in a dozen more. I know what it feels like to adapt to a new culture and to try to learn a new language as quickly as possible. It is not easy, but the rewards are great when you succeed.
I also offer semi-private, small group, and Skype lessons at discounted hourly rates. I look forward to working with you!
I usually begin a lesson with a reading assignment. From the reading, we review vocabulary, idioms, grammar points and comprehension. For pronunciation practice, I have the student read out loud. The student is encouraged to discuss the story, offer opinions, and support their ideas through examples. From one reading assignment, the student improves in many different areas of English.
I have lived overseas for the last 20 years, in nine countries on four continents. I understand culture shock, and the need to learn another language as quickly as possible. I am certified to teach ESOL and have been awarded Cambridge University's CELTA certification as well. My lessons are tailored to the student's needs and adjusted to improve fluency at a pace set by the student. I tutor absolute beginners through to university students preparing for graduate school exams. I can help you improve your ability to communicate, express yourself, and understand others.
You can learn grammar without being bored! I teach grammar in context, from a reading assignment or article. From the reading, we pick out a particular grammar point to learn. The student learns not only the rule, but how it is applied and how the meaning of the sentence might change if the rule is not followed. We practice how the structure is used in conversation, and the importance of grammar and formality in writing.
For TOEFL and IELTS students, I tailor lessons to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, and also focus on test taking techniques. The goal is to do well on the exam, but also to improve the skills that are necessary to succeed at university. Lessons can focus on any or all of the tested skills, depending on what the student needs.
I teach an advanced grammar course and essay writing in preparation for exams. I tutor students on the process of writing an essay, from subject selection and essay structure through the grammar, sentence structure and paragraph formation necessary for writing a good essay. My business experience includes over ten years working overseas for an international company where my responsibilities included preparing presentations and writing marketing materials and proposals.
Great tutor — Terese is a great tutor. She is very knowledgeable, professional, patient, and helpful. She is always great prepared and very well organized. I absolutely love working with her, and highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a good English tutor. ...
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