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I have been involved with immigrant families since 1985, when a friend and I began reaching out to Southeast Asian families that had recently arrived here from Cambodia. Over the next 7 years our outreach included building family friendships, in-home English language instruction, and church invitation and involvement. Soon I began to study Khmer language; becoming sufficient in Khmer enabled me to secure employment with The School District of Philadelphia as an ESL tutor. I helped English Language Learners from many global regions such as Latin America, Middle East, and Southeast Asia. I instructed many children with the daunting task of learning to speak, read, and write a new language.
My present goal is to instruct English Language Learning adults and international students. Having acquired much experience from serving foreign peoples, I believe I can wholeheartedly give of myself to others that desire to learn another culture and language. During the summer of 2013, I instructed a university-level student from Mali, Africa. Already fluent in French, I was able to assist him with English conversation and writing assignments. From September 2013 to May 2014, I taught a class of English Language Learning adults for a church-sponsored ESL program. Recently, I helped a university-level Chinese student to grasp GMAT reading and vocabulary. I also practiced conversation with two women visting from Saudi Arabia. Currently, I teach a young athletic man from Senegal, Africa. He is learning to read and write English "from the ground up," with little previous knowledge.
These English Language Learners and I rejoice together in their academic progress as well as in our building of friendships. The student from Mali wrote, "As a foreigner, I did not know any English when I first came in the US, but after meeting George, my English was gradually getting better to the point that I can now interact with any English speaking person . . . he helped me to fulfill one of my biggest goals in life, which was to write and speak fluently the English language."
I have attended numerous bible study gatherings at churches and at the homes of people for well over 30 years now. I have also studied the bible in my private time. The frequent periods of study along with many discussions of the bible with fellow attendees has greatly informed and acquainted me with bible knowledge and application principles. More recently I have led several bible studies for the groups of people that had gathered together.
Recently I have instructed a university-level student from Mali, Africa. Learning English as his third language, he had requested help with conversation and writing. From September of 2013 through May of 2014 I taught a group of English language learning men and women; they studied English at an intermediate level. Currently I am instructing a young athletic man from Senegal, Africa and a visiting women from Saudi Arabia. The man from Senegal is studying to read and write English "from the ground up," with very little previous knowledge, while the women from Saudi Arabia is practicing her conversation. All of these students show joy in their progress.
As an ESL tutor for The School District of Philadelphia for 15 years, I instructed many English language learners. Some of these students had recently arrived in the U.S.A. from a foreign country. Frequently they were not familiar with conversational English or with the alphabet. Others had some experience with English conversation and with the alphabet. In both cases, I used Phonics to teach them reading and writing; they learned how to write the letters and they learned the sounds that each letter or letter combination represented. I believed that phonetic instruction would produce the strongest foundation upon which the students could build their language proficiency.
Once the phonics foundation was in place, and the main building was taking shape, other rooms could be added on. These rooms would not follow the original plan or structure, since these were the exceptions to the rules. But since the building already had a strong foundation, the student would be able to include the exceptions without fear of the building collapsing. Phonics continues to be the teaching method that I prefer to use when teaching anyone to read and write. I believe it is the method that will most likely produce an excellent reader.
Learning to read is well worth the time and energy that you invest in doing so. Reading is the key that unlocks the store houses of the world to numerous opportunities to learn truth, to gain character, to progress toward our goals, and to become the people that we were created to be. Learning the alphabet with the phonetics that match the individual letters and letter combinations is the necessary prerequisite to learning to read. There are also sight words that do not follow the phonetic rules that must be studied. Learning the vocabulary with the definitions is the next step in the process of learning to read. Comprehension of the text is the continuing goal and the final result of persevering through the learning process.
Great tutor — George is a wonderful tutor. He has taught me, my son, and my friend for 2 months to improve our speaking and writing skills. We enjoyed studying with him. Now we speak better than before. ...
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