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My expertise in English was honed during the completion of my undergraduate minor in English literature. I also teach college courses in writing and English as a Second Language. Since writing (and reading) are my preferred pastimes, they are skills that I constantly use and refine. Finally, I do freelance editing and copywriting which requires me to remain abreast of the standards and conventions of correct language usage.
I have experience teaching college level ESL writing courses, and I have had graduate coursework in ESL teaching methods as part of my teacher certification program. In addition, as a result of studying French as a second language, I have an empirical understanding of the process of developing fluency in a second language. This experience gives me the ability to predict the difficulties that students have when they are learning English so that I can plan instructional strategies to help them overcome these challenges.
My expertise in French was developed in France where I lived and studied at both the Alliance Francaise and the University of Paris at the Sorbonne. I have a master's degree in French from New York University, and I am certified by the New York State Department of Education to teach French on the secondary school level. Documentation of these credentials can be provided upon request.
I have over 15 years of experience teaching students and training teachers to further the educational growth of young students, college students as well as adult learners. Not only have I provided instruction in language-based subjects such as writing, reading comprehension for all subjects, and ESL, but I also teach effective learning strategies and study skills, which forms the basis of my test preparation curriculum for exams like the GED, SAT, and college entrance and placement exams.
As a Learning Center Coordinator for over 15 years, I know the importance of reading across the curriculum; it is the basis of academic learning in ALL subjects. However, not all students learn in the same way. So throughout my career I have developed a wide range of reading strategies to accommodate the learning differences of many types of students. Once reading becomes less of a struggle, learning becomes more of a pleasure!
To do well on this part of the SAT, you must possess or develop three key skills: 1) contextual deduction from embedded clues in the passages, 2) Logical relationship identification from sequence, punctuation and cue words, and 3) Etymological inferencing from word families, roots and pre- and suffixes. These are all skills that I teach in the SAT review course that I teach on Saturday mornings. I am familiar with the format and the best tactical approach to use when taking it.
I have current as well as past experience teaching an SAT prep course. I teach college writing courses for both native as well as non-native speakers. Finally, my foreign language studies give me a thorough understanding of how language works in terms of grammar, syntax and vocabulary - all of which are integral parts of the SAT.
I have exemplary skills in writing and reading. My college major in journalism and minor in English literature are two key factors in the development of these important literary abilities, and my experience as a freelance writer and editor are further indications of my talents. In addition, I have over 15 years of experience teaching college courses in writing for both native speakers and ESL students. I have also taught GED preparation for adults which includes writing. Finally, I possess NY State teacher certification.