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Olen H.

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New York, NY (10013)

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Hey! Let me help you with your language or humanities studies through informal, fun, and effective tutoring.

My strengths are teaching French to beginners and English as a Second Language to non-native English speakers.

I received a BA in French from UCLA with an emphasis in language, literature, and urban culture, an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and have also had extensive training in German and Spanish.

I have lived in France and Germany and have experience teaching both kids and adults in the classroom and one-on-one setting. I can help you not only with perfecting your grammar, but also with perfecting your accent. These languages are NOT my mother tongue, which means that, just like you, I had to learn the language “from scratch” – and I went on to major in French in college. I've been there and understand what it takes to master French as a native English speaker. I did it and so can you. While textbooks are helpful as a guide, using the spoken language as it is used in the day-to-day world as the base from which to learn is much more effective and much more fun. Exploring current events, movies, music, culture, and literature is a great, non-traditional way to learn.

I help my students re-frame and approach subjects like geography, reading, languages, humanities, and schoolwork in general in a non-traditional way that makes it fun and relevant to life. With all my students, getting to know them and discovering their interests is the most important dimension to making learning happen.

References available upon request or you can read the recommendations from my students below.

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Olen’s subjects

English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary
ESL/ESOL, French
Elementary Education:
Reading, Vocabulary
Biology, English, ESL/ESOL, French, Reading
Test Preparation:
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, French


I taught English to German kindergarteners with a company called Oskar Lernt Englisch on a freelance contract basis. I also was a camp counselor at their English language immersion summer camp, where we had daily, structured language classes in addition to camp activities. I also taught English to German adults in a class that I created called "English with Theater," using theatrical texts to improve the comprehension and spoken English of intermediate level English students at a school called Sprachenatelier Berlin. I tailor each lesson to the student's needs with a combination of vocal, reading, and listening exercises. I consider myself to be a highly effective and patient teacher and all of my students would agree.

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UCLA (French)

California Institute of Integral Studies (Master's)

Professional, Patient and Personable Tutor — I made a conscious decision to learn French in January 2009 and visited the WyzAnt site via a general internet search. Here, I discovered a tutor who possesses the requisite characteristics and "fit" that provides me the best pathways in which to become fluent in French. Olen is quite adept and proficient in several languages; moreover, he has a significant breadth of understanding of the cultur ...

— Les, El Cerrito, CA on 5/24/09

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Two students: $100/hour

Travel policy

Olen will travel within 5 miles of New York, NY 10013.

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