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George H.

Philadelphia, PA


Study English as your next language with a Patient Tutor

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Background check passed as of 2/14/13
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25 Ratings
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Skilled, Patient Instruction
— Alexis, Philadelphia, PA on 5/30/14

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About George

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 began tutoring a university-level student from Mali, Africa. Already fluent in French, I was able to assist him with English conversation and writing assignments. During the spring of 2014, I began tutoring a young athletic man from Senegal, Africa. He is successfully learning to read and write English "from the ground up," with little previous education. I also currently teach two classes of adult immigrants for a church-sponsored ESL program; one class of beginning-level students and another class of intermediate-level students.

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." (updated 11/28/2014)
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 Read more

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Travels within 20 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19120
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"Skilled, Patient Instruction"

- Alexis, Philadelphia, PA on 5/30/14

"Great tutor "

- Ruqayya, Philadelphia, PA on 7/25/14
Bible Studies,
Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
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SAT Reading, Writing
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Bible Studies

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.


Having heard spoken English for almost 62 years and having spoken English heard by others for almost as long, I surprisingly recognize that I nowadays continue to progress in English language proficiency. Even as I have learned to converse and read and write from an early age, as I continue to converse and read and write today, I frequently meet words and idioms unfamiliar to my ears, whether of old to relearn or of new to be learned. My humbled yet inspired conclusion is that as I continue to converse and read and write each day, I shall also continue to encounter new discoveries each day. I invite you to partner with me on this exciting adventure of growing in the grace of the wonder of English and in the knowledge of the beauty of English.


From 1996 to 2013 I was an ESL Tutor for The School District of Philadelphia. During those years I instructed individual and groups of elementary school students, from many regions throughout the world. I helped them with learning to speak English and to read and write. Over the years I have also studied Spanish and Khmer Langauages. This enables me to identify and empathize with the person that is confronted with the very difficult task of learning a new language. Since 2013, I have been tutoring individual adult English language learners and teaching classes of adult immigrants.


You can only enjoy playing a game with your friend, if you both follow the same rules of fair play. In the same way, you can only enjoy communication with your friend, if you both follow the same rules of grammar. So learning the various parts of speech, and the verb tenses of past, present, and future, along with the other basic grammar building blocks, will enable you to communicate enjoyably and functionally with your English-speaking friends. I will do my best to introduce you to the basic principles of grammar, so that you may build a solid foundation of communication, hopefully leading to great friendships.


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.


While tutoring for The School District, I frequently helped the students to write stories. On many occasions, they did not even know how to begin, until I began to engage them in conversation. As they talked with me I suggested they write down their spoken words. These words became the body and bones of their stories; when I asked them questions, their answers became the flesh and blood of their stories. I believe that everyone has a story to tell, an anecdote to share, a document to write. If you are stuck, you may just need the right person with whom to converse. This will be well worth your investment of time and energy. From keeping a diary to writing an essay to authoring a book, writing has the potential to be internally therapeutic as well as publicly influential.

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Skilled, Patient Instruction — My husband has been meeting with George for weekly lessons for a few months now and he has been very positive about George's skill, patience, and ability to communicate the subject matter. He let me know that George took the time to understand his goals for tutoring at the first meeting, and that he makes an effort to make the lessons accessible and interesting. He enjoys his lessons and I can see ...

— Alexis, Philadelphia, PA on 5/30/14

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George will travel within 20 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19120.

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