I graduated from Bard College, a liberal arts college located in upstate New York, after studying at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for a year. Soon after, I received my TESOL certification from the SIT Graduate Institute at Rennert International in New York City and have been both teaching and tutoring since. I'm available to tutor in different subjects, including English, TESOL or ESL, Arabic, Math, and Art. I'd also be willing to help one with other subjects as well.
I earned my TESOL (or ESL) teaching certificate in the Spring of 2013. Afterwards, I taught at one of Kaplan's ESL centers in Manhattan for seven months, independently preparing for and teaching lessons that focused on the development of mainly reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar skills. These skills were often integrated into each class, aiming to provide a more dynamic learning environment and simulate real world situations as much as possible. Aside from teaching core, three hour classes at Kaplan, I also taught one and a half hour elective classes, including "Reading and Writing," "Pronunciation," "Arts and Culture," and the TOEFL exam. I tutored once a week for about a month, helping a student improve in reading and pronunciation. At Kaplan, we were expected to teach student-centered, creative, and interactive classes, following the communicative language approach and teaching by experience, wrote up summaries for each lesson, provided feedback on student performance, and made and administered tests weekly. Before teaching at Kaplan, I spent some time tutoring in upstate New York.
My approach to tutoring English and ESL mainly stems from the knowledge and skills that I obtained while getting certified. This includes being able to design lessons which revolve around student-centered objectives as well as being sensitive and responsive to a student's learning style or styles. I'm also happy to tutor without a lesson plan, following more what a student or family may like to do instead.
I studied beginning, intermediate, and advanced Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) at Bard College, following the Al-Kitaab series. I studied Classical Arabic (FusHa) grammar and skills, including reading, writing, listening and speaking, at Qasid Arabic Institute, an Arabic language center located in Amman, Jordan, using their own textbooks. For studying MSA, I specifically used Book One and Two of the al-Kitaab series and have tutored using Book One. As for tutoring Classical Arabic, I have mainly used the Classical Arabic textbook, Arabic Between Your Hands (al-'arabiyya bayna aydak) while also pulling from different online resources and material that I used while studying Classical Arabic at Qasid in Jordan.
I tutor or teach Arabic like I approach teaching and tutoring English, drawing from the teaching methods and techniques that I had learned in the certification course that I took as a backbone and guide. For each lesson, I tend to introduce a few new points and spend some time reviewing past material if it seems important. I aim to make each lesson interactive, incorporating the different Arabic language skills into each lesson. For example, this could include first reading a dialogue together to practice pronouncing correctly and for understanding, secondly acting out the dialogue to further develop one's speaking, and then identifying grammar points in the dialogue that were introduced earlier in the lesson for further clarification and reinforcement, for example. Each lesson is scaffolded in a way where the point or points are gradually taught, understood, and finally able to be used. Even though I'm happy to create lessons, I'm also happy to tutor without one, working together according to one's own agenda.
I studied geometry, algebra, precalculus, and calculus up to to Calculus 3. I recently prepared for and took the Graduate Record Examination, or GRE, this past winter, taking one of Kaplan's GRE test prep courses along the way. In taking Kaplan's test prep course, I learned different methods and strategies for solving a wide range of Math problems which are very similar to the math problems and concepts that students are often faced with in college, high school, and even middle school.
Art has been a passion of mine ever since I was young. I studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) before transferring to Bard College to pursue a more liberal arts education. While at Bard, I mentored a young teenager in the arts for a semester, helping and guiding her in making different art projects of her choosing. In high school, I received one out out of the two senior art awards for artistic excellence. Currently, I produce colored, pattern-based designs: views of two drawings can be seen underneath my profile picture. However, I've also done artwork that's more realistic in the past, and have also studied sculpture, painting, graphic design, and other forms of art. I have worked with many different mediums, including charcoal, pencil, colored pencil, pen, clay, metal, stained glass, following the Copper Foil or Tiffany method, and printmaking, specifically with producing woodblock, intaglio, aquatint, and drypoint prints, and would be happy to help one with any project or goal that involves these, or other, mediums.
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