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I have taught ESL in several well-regarded colleges in NYC and taught abroad as well. I have a BA in history (specializing in Latin America), a MA in dance therapy and a teaching certificate in ESL from an institute in Madrid, Spain, where I was selected from a wide list of candidates for a two-year work-study scholarship. I lived there for almost eight years and consider myself almost fluent in Spanish. I teach academic writing, grammar, punctuation, communication, reading, pronunciation, accent reduction and vocabulary building. I have taught students from all backgrounds and nations, from middle-school age to senior citizens. I am patient, creative, have a good sense of humor, and try to make the lessons interesting and relevant. I have created hundreds of lesson plans and dialogues using grammar points, literature, vocabulary and pronunciation, based on the Rassias Method (an interactive acting-based method of teaching a second language), in which I am certified.
I am also a three-time award-winning journalist (NY Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest, 2007 and 2011) and freelance as an editor, proofreader and fact-checker. So with me you get the entire package of English-language skills and knowledge, honed over more than 25 years in the field. I not only teach, but also practice what I teach.
And just to round out my skills, I am a photographer and have been in many group shows in the Downtown area. I sell limited edition notecards of my original photographs (4x6 photo on 5x7 notecard paper, including envelope), perfect for all occasions.
I have experience of over 25 years in teaching ESL at universities in New York (Baruch, Hunter, BMCC, LaGuardia) and abroad. I taught conversation (oral communication), vocabulary building, grammar, reading and pronunciation. I also taught academic writing (which included grammar, punctuation and self-editing strategies). I received a certificate in ESL from a two-year work-study program in Madrid, Spain, where I lived and worked for almost eight years. I am also a three-time award-winning journalist (NY Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest), so I not only have expertise in teaching writing, but I also know how to be a successful writer - and I can make you successful as well!
TEACHER, ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)
BARUCH COLLEGE, NYC. Listening/speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, grammar classes.
HUNTER COLLEGE, International English Language Institute (IELI), NYC. Taught writing, conversation and participated in summer tour program (2004, 2008)
BMCC CLIP, NYC. Intensive ACT essay preparation program (Summer 2006)
LAGUARDIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Queens. ESOL/Family Literacy (April - June 2004)
FREELANCE EDITOR, COPYEDITOR AND PROOFREADER, NYC
DOWNTOWN EXPRESS, Biweekly Newspaper, NYC.
Editorial Assistant – Copy editing, proofreading, fact checking. As editor: July 18, 2012 e-blast. (May 2012 - present)
CHELSEA NOW, Biweekly Newspaper, NYC.
Editorial Assistant – Copy editing, proofreading, fact checking (2010 – present, with some gaps due to replacement interns, whom I train)
WESTVIEW NEWS, Monthly Community Newspaper, NYC.
Copy editing, proofreading, fact checking. For the final two issues of employment, as editor/traffic manager. (November 2010 - August 2011)
THE VILLAGER (Weekly) and EAST VILLAGER & LOWER EAST SIDER, (Biweekly), NYC.
Tapped by the Associate Editor to take over as editor/traffic manager for two issues while he was on vacation. (September 2011)
Copy editor, book manuscripts for ST. MARTIN'S PRESS, DELL PUBLISHING, SEVEN DAYS MAGAZINE.
Proofreader, TIME MAGAZINE.
Typist and proofreader, DR. ERICH FROMM.
Contributing Writer, THE VILLAGER and EAST VILLAGER & LOWER EAST SIDER, NYC.
Write on a wide variety of subjects that are of particular interest to these two communities. Awards: First and second place, respectively, for Coverage of Business, Financial & Economic News and for Coverage of Religion, New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, 2007. (1994 - present)
CONTRIBUTING WRITER, CHELSEA NOW, NYC.
Award: Third place, Coverage of the Environment, for two-part series on artificial turf in NYC playing fields, New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, 2011. (2010 - present)
OTHER: TODAY, in-house quarterly publication of VillageCare. Write in-depth articles on issues related to seniors and those living with HIV/AIDS (2008 - present); EXPLORE DANCE.COM, website dedicated to dance. (2009 - present)
I taught academic writing at Baruch and Hunter for many years. That comprised of teaching how to write full essays on a wide range of topics, plus warm-up writing activities. My course also emphasized grammar, punctuation and self-editing techniques. I also taught CLIP at BMCC - how to write a well-organized argument. In addition, I am a three-time award-winning journalist (NY Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest), so I not only know how to teach writing, but I am also successful at it. And I can make you successful as well.
Excellent tutor — Bonnie is an excellent tutor. She is very patient and understanding. I like the fact that she was able to correct my grammar without disrupting the message I was trying to give to other readers. ...
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