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For the last four years I have been teaching English Conversation at International House, Philadelphia, where my students range from visiting scholars to au pairs. I hold certificates from Cambridge University's CELTA* certificate program and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education TESOL** Workshop. My undergraduate degree is in studio art from the University of Maryland, with a year of study in Provence, where I first taught English as a foreign language in a small agricultural community.
If you are an intermediate or advanced student who seeks to understand the nuances of English language, culture and conversation, please consider working with me. How do we start? Together, we begin with needs assessment and goal setting, be that a TOEFL score of 110, or the confidence to order off the dollar menu at McDonald's, or to present a new idea at work. I draw upon many sources, from the cultural features of the region to the political news of the day, to engage students in conversation in general. Along the way we'll tackle phrasal verbs, collocations, idioms, articles, and rules of pronunciation. Then we'll use textbooks, worksheets, writing assignments and practice tests in combination to clarify points of grammar, meaning and connotation, for measurable results.
As a native speaker, I will custom tailor lessons to your interests and goals, using the resources of the city when possible--from museums to market cafes--to add a memorable dimension to your experience of learning to speak English in America.
*CELTA - Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
**TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
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