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Sandra C.

Caring Tutor for ESL, French and Writing

Narberth, PA (19072)

Travel radius
5 miles
Hourly fee
$60.00
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My first tutoring experience was with my daughter when she was in middle school. Even though she was a very good student, she had never learned to write a strong essay. To show her the different ways to structure an essay, we reviewed "The Three Little Pigs" and "Cinderella." It was funny to combine children's stories with a serious subject! She caught on right away. I can help students to write essays, paragraphs, business letters, resumes, cover letters and other correspondence. I am a passionate reader as well, so I can also help with understanding English-language literature.

I love writing and languages. I won a prize for creative writing when I was in high school, have published several books and now write stories about our family's adventures. As a professional writer, I have edited and written for a variety of publications.

I am especially expert at helping students revise and edit papers for high school, college and graduate classes for any subject area. When papers include technical information, I can work with students to make sure that the language is clear and conveys the important points.

One of my recent students, from another country, had to turn in a book report for a graduate class. Although I was familiar with the book's topic, I had not read it. Since his written English was not adequate, he had received permission from his professor to have the text edited by a tutor. In one session, I revised his work to best express his ideas, even those that he had had difficulty stating. Since I read very fast, I was able to find sources in the book quickly.

My second language is French, in which I majored at the University of Pennsylvania. I use it with my husband, who came from France originally, and my granddaughter, who learned French at school. I can help students with French pronunciation, grammar, reading and conversation as well as understanding French literature and culture.

Note to prospective French students: I tutor adults or students who are preparing for a visit to a French-speaking country and want to learn some basic French for the trip. I also work with middle school or high school students in French 1 and 2, especially with beginning conversation, pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. I do not tutor students in French 3 and 4 except in special circumstances.

At one point in my career, I worked with adults who needed to improve job-related reading and writing skills. I particularly enjoyed planning these lessons. Adult students bring their life experiences with them, so there is a rich background on which to draw.

My Master's Degree is in English as a Second Language, which I completed at the Universite de Montreal in Quebec, Canada. I have taught ESL at community colleges in the Philadelphia area.

As a tutor, I look for ways to capture the student's interest so the subject doesn't feel like a burden. I take a creative approach to each student's individual learning challenges to design the best strategies based on that person's needs and interests.

I am very patient and don't mind going over the same material until the student understands. The most important thing about learning is not to be anxious or scared, and to feel confident. Inspiring students with belief in their own ability is the key to successful tutoring, in my view.

Additional Note:

1. I have developed a very successful strategy for learning, practicing and remembering vocabulary and grammar in English and French. Ask me about it!

2. I prefer to work with students aged 12 and over, as well as adults, since I don't have training in elementary education.

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Sandra’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Homeschool:
Business:
Elementary Education:
Reading, Vocabulary
Language:
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

English

My focus on teaching English is to coordinate skills in grammar, speaking and writing so that students see how they work together. I also use short texts (poetry, fiction or non-fiction) by writers in the United States and other countries to provide a meaningful framework for the lessons.

ESL/ESOL

As a native speaker of English, I had to work hard over a period of years to develop fluency in French, my second language; I experienced myself the challenges of learning pronunciation, grammar and idioms. I pursued a Master's Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language so that I could help students improve their fluency in English. Recently I taught beginning and intermediate students from a variety of countries at local community colleges. English is not an easy language to learn but there are specific exercises that can provide a way to overcome many of the difficulties. Watching television, conversing with native speakers and using the Internet are all excellent resources when combined with a skilled tutor.

French

I majored in French at the University of Pennsylvania and I hold an MA in Second Language Teaching from the Universite de Montreal in Quebec. My husband is originally from France so we use it at home. Having learned it over a period of years through my own efforts (as an English speaker from Philadelphia), I really understand the challenges of learning a language. In this way I can provide high-quality assistance to students who just need a brush up or to those who are in trouble or who feel they have little facility for languages.

Public Speaking

It seems that many people in our society dread speaking to groups, but there are many strategies to overcome this fear. I began as a public speaker many years ago when I needed to give presentations about the organization where I was working. Since then I have given all kinds of presentations, read my own original writing, and made requests for financial support. I believe that every individual has something important to share with others; it's just a matter of learning how to prepare the talk and then deliver it. Being nervous isn't necessarily an indication that the speaker is poorly prepared. Rather, it's part of the adrenaline rush that helps to do a good job. Harnessing this energy is the key to being confident when speaking in public. The rewards of giving an outstanding talk outweigh the challenges!

Writing

I focus on showing students a process for clarifying their ideas and engaging the reader. Regardless of the type of writing (essays, memos, stories) it's essential that the reader easily grasp the point. There are many ways to make the text lively, persuasive, etc. I love writing so I enjoy sharing it with others.

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Education

University of Pennsylvania (French)

L'Universite de Montreal (Master's)

Great Tutor! Sandra is very experienced, and very patient. Also very quick to get back to you. I highly recommend her service. ...

— Jisa from Philadelphia, PA on 4/29/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Travel policy

Sandra will travel within 5 miles of Narberth, PA 19072.

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