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Simmons College, English Education (English Education)
New York University, Linguistics (Graduate Coursework)
Columbia University, TESOL (Other)
I will help you with every aspect of English (or ESL): reading, writing, grammar, proofreading and TOEFL prep. After 25 years as a successful freelance writer, with thousands of articles published in The New York Times and other newspapers and magazines, I earned a TESOL Certificate from Columbia University. My goal now is to help native English speakers as well as newcomers to the US learn to speak, read and write excellent English. These skills are not only basic to good communication; they are also vital in achieving personal success. I can teach you strategies for passing the TOEFL and GED that will also strengthen your writing and reading abilities for the rest of your life. My approach is to teach English in everyday situations rather than through older techniques like repetition and memorization alone. An ESL reading lesson might be focused on understanding a menu or a train schedule. A writing assignment might begin with writing a TV review and lead to an essay about the changing role of TV in our society. Grammar is one of my specialties. You can't communicate effectively without it, but TESOL students--as well as native English speakers--struggle more with grammar than anything else in English. Grammar is a highway for ideas, and when the highway is blocked, the ideas stall. My job is to help students express their ideas, so they can speak and write without fear. I will help you with every aspect of English (or ESL): reading, writing, Read more
I've been working with Roberta for the past few weeks and all I can say is--she's an amazing tutor. Not only is she a good teacher, but she is a great mentor who also motivates me too excel. Furthermore, she is always prepared with a lesson that she has specifically tailored to improve my flaws. In addition, she has fine-tuned my writing, and has helped me define my own writing style. As a result of working with her not only have my grades increased, but I've impressed my Professors' as well.
A true profesional--Roberta's background and knowledge has enlightened me as a writer; for that reason, I am more than satisfied with my experience.
This is a very good teacher. Her enthusiasm is contagious. She motivated me a lot. She taught me grammar and verbs.
Overall great experience!
I have already taken the TOEFL test twice before I started taking classes with Roberta. I needed to achieve a score of 26 at the speaking test in order to advance in my veterinary career, and I was feeling very frustrated I couldn't achieve it in the previous two tests.
Roberta was very patient and helped me to identify my weaknesses, and she gave me great advice on how to have stronger answers at the test.
After 10 classes with her, my total score at the TOEFL was 111, and I achieved 27 in the speaking test.
She is as great teacher, and I would recommend her to anyone that is interested in having a great score at the TOEFL test.
Roberta is great on giving valuable advice on my essays. She provided advice according to my customized needs. She not only gave advice on grammar, sentence structure, word choice, but also on content, and the essay structure. She made my essays look more smooth and more reader friendly. She's very patient answering all my questions and our section went very efficiently. I sincerely recommend Roberta.
I took classes with Roberta three times a week for a moths before my TOEFL test. I needed to score minimum a 100. After Roberta taught me how to deal with the words of semantic structures I didn't know and how to arrange my essays I scored 110! I am very pleased with the results. Thank you Roberta.
Roberta is reliable, competent, qualified and a pleasure to work with. In this case, the specific goal was TOEFL preparation. She was very helpful.
She's amazing! I would recommend her 100%! I'm applying for Juilliard and I needed the TOEFL. I didn't have any prior preparation for it. In 3 weeks she was able to have me ready for it! And I got a much higher score than what I needed! She's also such a nice person and so professional!
Roberta is a very good teacher and very patient with me. She teaches me all the things that I need remember. She is very professional and polite. She prepares the classes very well. Is a pleasure to meet her.
Roberta's unique and personalized approach empowers you to put your pen to the paper.
As a perfectionist I am often paralyzed by the very thought of writing. After only a few weeks with Roberta, I'm producing better work and beginning to enjoy the process.
Writing this very public review is an example of how much more confident I've become.
I had taken the TOEFL twice before I contacted Roberta to help me pass the speaking section of this test because I needed a really high score.
Not only she helped me improve my skills for taking the test, but also helped me improve my confidence. After only 9 lessons, I was able to get 28/30 in the speaking section of the TOEFL.
I definitely recommend Roberta as a tutor.
Roberta is very patient and has been giving me great editing tips. So far, I have learned a handful of useful grammar usage that will definitely improve my writing skills. She is question friendly and I never hesitated to ask her any questions. Moreover, she will correct my pronunciation mistakes, as well as teach me idioms. She is very nice to be with: the class atmosphere has been relaxing, but never without the tension to make you focus.
Roberta is a great teacher and person. She is very patient and understanding. Roberta uses a great variety of methods to teach all necessary topics in learning language. I was also surprised by how knowledgeable she was. Roberta knows how to engage student and is ready to work hard. I can only consider working with Roberta as a positive experience.
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The English language is rhythmic and flexible, rewarding its speakers with a varied wardrobe of possibilities. Nouns can serve as adjectives, verbs turn into nouns, and adjectives parade as adverbs--all the better to express ourselves according to the mood and occasion. With English spoken all over the world, the language has become essential for those aspiring to succcess.
I received my TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)Certificate from Columbia University and did my student teaching at Columbia's Community English Program, where the students came from many different backgrounds. Besides tutoring privately, I also tutor writing at Baruch College in Manhattan, helping students who never enjoyed writing to express themselves in English. It is wonderful to watch them blossom as they feel more secure in their adopted language. If you need help with Business English or Test Preparation, I have received training in those areas too. English is not only essential in today's world--it is also beautiful, flexible and fun, once you get the hang of it.
Grammar is the ugly duckling of language. It appears tedious to learn and a bore to think about until one day it becomes the beautiful swan of self-expression. English grammar gives you the tools to express your best ideas in the best way. When you understand grammar, your speech and writing reflect your intelligence and professionalism. Grammar is a secret that reveals itself like the opening of a flower.
Proofreaders train their eyes and minds the way athletes build their muscles--through long hours of practice. I learned my proofreading skills through 25 years of writing for The New York Times, among other publications. Part of the job was to read and reread my work many times, looking for errors and better ways to say things. What is a writer but a rewriter? I now enjoy helping others tweak their own writing into works they can be proud of.
I am qualified to teach reading for several reasons. First, as a college English Education major, I studied the teaching of reading. I have also been a serious reader all my life, and while I can now read challenging texts with ease, this was not always so. Confusing referents, baroque sentence structures, imprecisely written texts and other obstacles often made me close my books in frustration. In studying for my certificate in TESOL I was exposed to several methods of teaching reading. I have developed my own approach as a result of all these influences.
The TOEFL is a challenging test that even native English speakers find difficult. I approach the TOEFL with authentic materials that simulate the test conditions. We use an audio-visual computer program that provides practice in every tested skill: reading, listening, speaking and writing. I have received special training in TOEFL Prep at Teachers College, Columbia University. While I aim at helping students achieve their desired TOEFL score, I emphasize overall learning skills that will benefit students for the rest of their lives.
Vocabulary grows as one reads, converses, watches TV and movies, travels and otherwise ventures into the new and unknown. My vocabulary multiplied during my years as a journalist, when I was constantly delving into new subject areas, interviewing people of different backgrounds and researching unfamiliar fields and terminology. Vocabulary cannot be taught in one or two sessions: its development takes a lifetime. During my tutoring sessions with ESL students, I define words when I am asked, but I don't expect the student to remember and use a new word right away. Research shows that we must encounter a new word 16 times before we can assimilate it into our own vocabulary.
As a published writer with a long and active career, I especially enjoy teaching both native speakers and ESL students the beauties of the English language. I show them that grammar is not an enemy but rather a friend in achieving graceful and well-expressed prose. I ask them to write about subjects that especially interest and intrigue them, focusing on their ideas rather than their "errors." Slowly but surely their confidence develops as they discover ways to manipulate the English language and make it work for them.
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