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Nicholas W.

Language arts and culture tutor; reading, speech and diction.

Media, PA (19063)

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20 miles
Hourly fee
$65.00
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Hello,

My name is Nicholas. I am a teacher and tutor. I engage students to learn and fully comprehend the use of their language, be it English, French or Italian. Grammar or literature; reading or writing or speaking. I get each of my students to fully commit to bettering themselves with guidance and play. If you want to be a better speaker or if you simply want to understand more of what your peers are saying, I can help you. If you are interested in getting an in-depth understanding of what you read in English, I can help you with modern or classic literature. Want to write clearly with style? I can help. Want to master English as a second language while you are here in the US? I can help.

I have 5 years worth of experience teaching ESL in classrooms in Beverly Hills schools and an equal amount of time tutoring students of all ages including on a corporate level one-on-one.

Where I went to school in the US and in Europe, we made a contract to study and work and communicate solely in the languages we were focused on: French, Italian, Spanish, etc. Now, I employ this immersion process while I teach. It works. While I was in southern California, I pursued performance on stage and in film and I learned from great teachers some very effective methods of learning and expressing yourself. I use these techniques to make my students feel really good about learning and confident about expressing themselves.

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Nicholas’s subjects

Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, French, General Computer, Grammar, Italian, Latin, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish
Sports/Recreation:
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Praxis, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, French, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Phonics
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, QuickBooks
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Theatre, Video Production
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
History:
American History, Anthropology, European History, World History
Language:
ESL/ESOL, French, Italian, Latin, Spanish, Speech, TOEFL
Science:
Anthropology
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop, Desktop Publishing, Dreamweaver, General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, QuickBooks, Video Production
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

Basketball

I am a graduate of a Prep High School where I was the MVP of the varsity basketball team. I was a foul shot champion at the community basketball camp competition prior to joining the varsity squad at Washington University in St.Louis. When not playing at Wash U., I refereed intramural basketball games.

English

I have a language degree from a university with a rating in the top ten in the nation in language instruction.

I was lead instructor teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at two top language schools in Beverly Hills, CA.

I am a seasoned, trained actor who emphasizes correct accent, diction and usage of the language.

I have also been a web content editor for professionally written articles and presentations.

ESL/ESOL

Traditional and non-traditional instruction in an environment of total immersion.
Linguist, educator, writer, performer and director, Nicholas will guide your student based on his or her individual needs and level of skill.
Nicholas condenses a decade of teaching experience in languages such as French, Italian and English (ESL) into an interactive, engaging experience of learning by assimilation and practical application.
Former lead instructor and curriculum developer at the Mentor Language Institute and the Beverly Hills International School of Languages as well as private instructor through corporate clients such as Inlingua.

French

I studied French Language and Literature at Washington University, as well as the l'Université de Caen, Basse-Normandie ( I matriculated year 2 as a native French student). At Villanova University, I took graduate-level Old French,and also taught a conversation course under Dr. Stanley Hart. I am a certified translator from French to English with the American Translator's Association, I am also a freelance translator. My clients include: Abeille, Intertech, Burg, Lime and more... I worked as an interpreter and animateur (activities coordinator) at Le Manoir in Boulouris, France. I interpreted during radio interviews in both southern France and Corsica on the subjects of art and history.

Italian

Studied at Washington University in St. Louis - highly ranked in language instruction - and at the University of Perugia in Italy. Uses Rassias Technique/Dartmouth Method.

Macintosh

In the entertainment industry, most production personnel use macs. I have worked as a location manager on several television shows such as The Chocolate News and The People's Champions for which I used a mac as part of my "kit" for the project.

SAT Reading

I'm very well read in many areas of literature--fiction and non-fiction, young reading, modern and classics. I have a great deal of experience working with film and theater scripts. I know how to identify character traits and break down a script scene by scene to discover the underlying information held within each passage. For example, what is the context? What are the relationships? How can we describe the overall mood? What information is withheld?
And more...

I enjoy working the SAT passages because we get to investigate the characters in them and find out what makes them tick. In other words, we will work on discovering each character's point of view, attitude and mood. We will study relationships between characters and passages. Generally, we will become very familiar with the different ways in which the reading section presents passages and questions about them and especially how to best answer those questions.

I'm sure after some study with me, your SAT material will be manageable. I look forward to hearing from you.

Nicholas

Study Skills

I am qualified to tutor in the subject area of study skills for several reasons. First, I am a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, the "Harvard of the Midwest". Second, I developed curricula for myself in private one-on-one tutoring in Southern California for corporate clients and for the Mentor Language Institute where I was lead teacher for two years. Third, I am in the entertainment industry as an actor, writer and director for which one must know how to read and interpret written material, most notably, scripts, and thereby break them down into "digestible" chunks to work with and learn from. An actor must have honed study skills to be confident performing his character. Lastly, I have developed my executive skill of organization to make use of the sources and resources I study in order to garner the value I need from them and apply it where and when it is necessary.

Theatre

I have been studying theater and acting since 1995.

I began with cold reading, moved into dramatic improvisation in a long-term relationship with Donald McKenna, who promoted Strasberg and Stanislovski, and then continued with advanced cold reading with Gene Bua in Burbank, CA via my intensive studies with Mala Powers and Lisa Dalton in the acting class based on Michael Chekhov's book, "On the Technique of Acting".

Finally, I have taught and co-directed and directed both stage and film actors in classes and on stage and in film.

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Education

Washington University (Languagesand History)

Université de Caen (Graduate Coursework)

Università di Perugia (Other)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

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Travel policy

Nicholas will travel within 20 miles of Media, PA 19063.

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