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Nicola J.

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Philadelphia, PA (19103)

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Nicola's Tutoring Subjects

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English:
ACT English
ACT Reading
English
ESL/ESOL more »
Grammar
TOEFL more »
Vocabulary
Writing
Language:
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French more »
Spanish
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History:
American History
Geography
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar
Spelling
Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English
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French more »
Spanish
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English
ACT Reading
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Corporate Training:
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Grammar
Spanish

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ESL/ESOL

I have a lot of experience teaching ESL/ESOL and currently teach it at a community college. I will use proven, research-based techniques to help you learn or improve your listening comprehension and clarity of American English speech. Individual speech sounds are emphasized throughout my tutoring sessions, and particular attention is paid to rhythm, stress, and intonation (this is true whether you are an absolute beginner or advanced English speaker).

Rhythm: Learning and practicing proper English rhythm is arguably the single most important element in clear English pronunciation.

Stress: Using proper word stress and word stress patterns is essential to the pronunciation of English words.

Intonation: Understanding what to emphasize and de-emphasize is critical to speech understandability.

At the outset, you will take a Listening Test and a Speaking Test. The former is important because how one hears English is closely connected with how one speaks. The description of the tests below applies to students of English who already know some English.

Listening Test: The test consists of seven short parts having roughly ten questions each. The parts evaluate how well you hear consonants, vowels, syllables, word stress, focus words, contractions and reductions, and thought groups.

Speaking Test: You will practice a short dialogue until you are comfortable with it. I will then record you, asking that you speak as naturally as possible. After evaluating your tape I will determine your Pronunciation Profile.

Your test results, along with your specific goals, will help me to fashion a highly effective program that is especially designed for you. Why you want to learn English will greatly inform what activities and exercises we will do. Based on all of the above, we will agree on a very specific Plan of Action that will spell out the following for our time together: goals, time, measures of success, and tracking of progress.

I look forward to meeting you!

French

Salut! I double majored in French and anthropology at Smith College. I spent my junior year abroad in France where I studied in Aix-en-Provence and then in Paris (La Sorbonne, SciencesPo and Paris V). I am a big proponent of studying abroad because I know how this experience enriched my life. Since graduating, I have continued to keep up my French. I used it while practicing law and while serving as a researcher for a human rights organization. (My country assignment required that I interview persons in French and write reports in French.)

In 2003, I received my teacher certification in French. In the process of receiving this certification, I taught French at Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, PA.

I love to teach and get along very well with young people. I have many resources from which to draw and know that speaking another language is fun.

I would love to hear from you. Whether you yourself want to learn, maintain or improve your French or whether you want the same for your child or another person, I can help.

Au revoir.


LSAT

I successfully took the LSAT and attended Columbia Law School. I then went on to pass three bar exams on the first try. I know what it takes to conquer the challenge of studying for and successfully taking the LSAT. I am a certified teacher and have over ten (10) years of experience in the area of education. I can help you come up with a specific game plan, I call it a Plan of Action, that will enable you to reach your goal.

TOEFL

I have been teaching a TOEFL prep course at Delaware County Community College for several semesters now. I have been able to help students from a variety of backgrounds, countries and cultures achieve their goals. There is a very systematic approach to preparing successfully for the TOEFL and I know how to cater that approach to take into account the particular strengths and weaknesses of each student. If you are willing and able to put in the time, I can definitely help you achieve success. Please don't hesitate to contact me.
Happy Studying!

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