I earned a 4-year bachelor's degree in English from Fordham College at the Bronx campus, and a master's degree in English from Boston College. During those years, I had to write many papers, read very many poems, plays, novels and other prose, and then analyze them and write about them. I got better and better at writing, because I did a large amount of writing (and loved thinking about the works we studied). At Fordham College in the Bronx, my final cumulative grade point average was a 3.34/4.0. That's about a B+ average, and at that time (1979), that was a good average. At Boston College, I achieved a 3.6/4.0 average, which is an A average, and for that time (1981), an excellent average.
I had to take a writing test before I entered college at Fordham. If I passed, I would not have had to take a basic English grammar course. If I failed, I would have had to take a basic grammar course. I passed my test, and as my education continued, my writing got clearer and clearer. My point is that I wrote fairly clearly to begin with, but that I wrote even more clearly as time went on (and learned more and more about grammar, both by looking things up in good grammar books, and by learning from teacher feedback).
Today I am a published poet and a medical education editor and proofreader. I mention that because my language activities are evidence of my love for the English language. I think that in order to teach an English subject well, one must love the language--and unquestionably one must be able to use the language very well, whether in a spoken or written manner. I believe that, after love in its broadest sense, the most powerful force on the face of the earth is the word. Used best, words change history--they move the world.
I like helping people, and I think that I can help people, especially young people or people who for whatever reason have difficulty with English, learn to use the English language (spoken or written) better than they currently do. I invite potential students to think about hiring me as their tutor.
Most sincerely and respectfully yours,
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