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Michael’s qualifications in specific subjects below.
I feel qualified to tutor in English, because English is a subject that has always been one of my fortes. When I was in Honduras, I had the privilege to teach English to Honduran natives, which was a rewarding experience for me. Some of the techniques I have used to teach English are flashcards, colorful images to reinforce grammatical concepts and charts to demonstrate a complex concept such as verb conjugations.
I feel qualified to teach ESL because I have had some successful and rewarding experiences doing so in the past. When I was a Senior in college, I was a volunteer ESL assistant teacher for a Hispanic non-profit organization. Also, when I was in Honduras, I had some opportunities to teach English to native Hondurans. Some techniques for teaching English as a second language, which I found to be successful are using pictures to express a concept, giving a basic definition of a word using the target language rather than translating the word into the learner's native tongue and using flashcards.
I feel I am qualified to tutor in French because I majored in French as an undergrad at Temple University. I spent a summer studying abroad in Paris at the Sorbonne. Moreover, when I was in Honduras, I taught French conversation at the Alliance Francaise of San Pedro Sula. Finally, I have tutored in French for the past 4 years and have employed several pedagogical techniques such as flashcards, drills, skits and learning reinforcement games.
I feel qualified to tutor grammar, because grammar is a subject that has always come naturally to me. Since grammar has been a forte for me, I have used it in four different languages: English, Spanish, French and Hebrew. When I was in Honduras, one of the aspects of the English language that I tutored was that of grammar.
I feel qualified to to tutor in Hebrew because I have previously taught and tutored Hebrew at a local synagogue. Also, when I was a child, I went to a Jewish day school, where I studied Hebrew everyday and as a high school student, I studied Hebrew at Gratz College. Furthermore, in previous years I have traveled to Israel, where I had the chance to converse in Hebrew with Israelis of all ages and different settings.
In every language, being able to read is essential. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to help people with their reading skills, not only in English, but also in Spanish, French and Hebrew. Some basic techniques that I have used to help people learn to read better are showing the student how to sound out the word by breaking down the syllables, recognizing vowel patterns and combinations making inferences for meaning. Additionally, I have successfully used games to strengthen reading skills.
I feel qualified to tutor in Spanish,because firstly, I majored in Spanish in college at Temple University. Moreover, I have tutored in Spanish for about four years and I feel very comfortable tutoring in it. Also, I have traveled to various Spanish speaking countries such as Spain, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, all of which have contributed to my fluency in the language and to my Hispanic cultural awareness. Finally, when I tutor Spanish, I employ useful pedagogical methods such as flashcards, drills, readings and games,which result in the student's improvement in the subject.
Spelling has always been a subject in which I did well when I was in school. I loved spelling tests back in elementary school. Moreover, I feel that proper spelling is important, because even though nowadays we have spellcheck, it is still a desirable skill to know how to spell correctly.
I feel qualified to tutor vocabulary, because I have always had a passion for that subject. I always enjoyed increasing my English vocabulary and have liked to help other people augment their vocabulary knowledge. In fact, when I was in Honduras, I had the opportunity to tutor Honduran natives in English vocabulary, which was a very rewarding experience for me. Some techniques I use for teaching vocabulary are flashcards, using the words in a sentence and finding mnemonic devices to aid students in memorizing the words.