My name is Barbara and I may be the ideal tutor for you!
I am happy to be a member of Wyzant. I've been teaching ESL for about a year at a language school here in New York City, tutoring adults one-on-one. I obtained my CELTA Certification (Cambridge Certificate of English Language to Adults), the Gold Standard of accreditation.
I have also been a teacher for the past 30 years in the tap dance world, traveling to 20 countries. I have coached many of my dance students in ESL over these years, because I've always enjoyed languages and of course, teaching.
I'm available to tutor students in grammar, reading, writing, vocabulary and pronunciation. My specialty is pronunciation. Having a musical background, I have a keen ear and a unique talent for drilling sounds, words and phrases. I believe in a student centered style of teaching, where you, the student, is actively involved in the learning process. It is a proven method to successfully achieve your goals.
My lessons are engaging, fun and of course productive. I am enthusiastic, encouraging and always sensitive to the needs of my students.
Here are some testimonials from some of my students:
"After my class with Barbara, I am much more comfortable. I have improved my language and I've acquired much more vocabulary. I also learned the proper pronunciation. Barbara is very attentive to students' needs and concerns. She also incorporates humor and personal stories that make the classes fun and engaging!"
"I’ve studied with 5 English tutors over 10 years. All of them were great but Barbara was distinguished from others. She can definitely understand well what would be the best for me, which is a very critical requirement to be a good tutor, but she also has a special talent to point out my weaknesses, correct them and motivate me to keep the correct practice. She is a warm person and a greatly committed teacher."
"Barbara is an amazing teacher. She clearly loves to teach. It's about communicating. What she loves most in teaching is watching her students progress. That's why she will always tailor the classes to your specific needs. And it works! My English pronunciation improved at the speed of light (even if it's hard to tell with a written quote, but give the voice in your head a fluent flow with a slight french accent, and you won't be far from the truth). Highly recommended person!"
"Barbara has been my English teacher for four months. She quickly identified my weaknesses and helped me to improve my English efficiently. I appreciated the clarity of her explanations, and her very pedagogical methods have been very instrumental in my progress. Barbara is demanding and encouraging. Thanks to her wide cultural background, she provided me with numerous insights to better understand American culture and society."
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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