I have a B.A. in French, an M.S. and am certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). I am also a licensed NYC Substitute teacher which has further enabled me to work with students K-12 in ESL as well as other content ares. In addition, I have close to two years experience tutoring adults in ESL at two Resettlement Agencies where the main goal was to welcome and acclimate new immigrants to the U.S., which included, but was not limited to, improving their cultural competency as well as their proficiency in English.
In addition to knowing that being able to speak at least two languages is a useful and often times necessary skill to have, I really enjoy learning and and helping my students learn a new language. I cater all of my lessons to the needs of my student while also incorporating their interests and unique backgrounds to facilitate their learning experience. Knowing that every student learns differently, I would describe my teaching style as Demonstrator and Facilitator, in that I build on my students strengths while using it to develop tools they can use to improve the areas in which they are having challenges so that they can become independent learners.
My students have told me how happy they are that I am so patient as well as how well I can break something down to help them understand better. I think this is due to the fact that not only do I know that learning a language takes time, I also fully understand that English Language Learners often feel frustrated that they are struggling to learn English in addition to the content of a subject area. Therefore, by helping students to feel comfortable working at their own pace, a more effective learning environment will be created and the students will be better able to see their progress.
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