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Ellen S.

Experienced ESL, College, and Professional Writing Tutor

New York, NY (10016)

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Why am I qualified to be your tutor?

I have more than 12 years' experience as an adjunct professor at The New School, where I taught more than 20 semesters of evening courses in Grammar, Punctuation, and Copyediting, as well as guest appearances teaching at New York University. I'm also a graduate of the New School's Certificate program in ESL.

I've helped many college students improve their grades in English literature and composition courses and polish their writing and essays. I've also helped adults in the workforce elevate the quality of the English in their reports, letters, and memos to top-level standards.

Many brilliant, hard-working, successful professionals came to my evening New School class because they learned English as an additional language and thought they needed to polish their grammar to get ahead and be perceived correctly as professionals in the USA.

What they really needed was some advanced ESL work in writing, speaking, and pronunciation. Many of them asked me for special tutoring, and I worked with several privately. I realized what I could offer them: the respect of a fellow professional and tested, proven methods to improve their English skills.

Eventually I went through two years of formal training in ESL teaching at the New School, graduating with a Certificate in ESL teaching. I gained valuable classroom experience in supervised ESL teaching and continue to take professional development courses in the field.

If you want to work one-on-one to improve your English, I hope you'll consider getting in touch with me.

I do have a full-time job, which also has given me years of experience training and teaching writers and speakers of all types. I have more than 25 years' experience in commercial book publishing as an editor, proofreader, and eventually, business owner. I have also written a weekly column about grammar, language, and books.

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I've been a professional writer and editor of commercial nonfiction for more than 25 years. In addition, I have taught both undergraduates and continuing education students at the New School for more than 12 years, where I was an adjunct professor in the English Language Studies department.


I completed the ESL program at the New School in 2011 and earned a Certificate in ESL Teaching there, completing the coursework over a two-year period. I've taught ESL in both in classroom settings and as a private tutor.


As an adjunct professor in the English Language Studies department at the New School, I developed and taught the Advanced Grammar course there for more than 10 years. I have also written a popular weekly grammar blog for Barnes and Noble for several years. In addition, I've been an editor and copyeditor for my entire professional career.


I have a B.A. in Classical Civilization and a wide-ranging knowledge of world literature built on that base. Because I've worked in professional book publishing for more than 25 years, I've needed to know English literature inside out. Plus, I've been a winning contestant on Jeopardy.


As a former copy chief and managing editor, and now the supervisor and owner of an editorial services firm, I have composed and graded proofreading tests from would-be freelance proofreaders as part of my job for years.


My qualifications for teaching reading include several courses that I took at the New School to gain my certificate in ESL. I have experience in helping students learn to read aloud, to comprehend complex subjects, and to use known-to-new strategies to understand new material.


My Certificate in ESL included learning how to use techniques that help students expand their vocabulary through a variety of multimedia approaches, including viewing movies and tv, reading and listening to a variety of subjects such as medical words, words you use in a dentist's office, understanding weather reports, street directions, and more. For native speakers, I can offer my expertise in Latin and Greek roots of English words as well as word-building and known-to-new decoding strategies.


I have broad experience tutoring college students specifically in essay writing, for literature courses, design courses, and business writing courses. My approach is very practical and goal-oriented; I want my students to succeed in their classes and in raising their grades. Techniques include providing practice prompts and evaluating practice essays, introducing students to grading rubrics that will be used by professors to judge their work, looking at pre-writing and outlining methods that work, and helping develop strategies for success so that students can make the most of their strengths and address their weaknesses.

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Wellesley College

The New School University (Other)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ellen will travel within 3 miles of New York, NY 10016.

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