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I have been teaching for thirty-four years; and, during that time, I have tutored students from six years of age to adult professionals. My experience for the most part has been in language schools in and around Philadelphia. I worked in Center City for four years at Inlingua, where I trained foreign executives in English as a Second Language and American business people in German. For three years I taught ESL at DPT Business School to adults and adolescents who were in the process of immigrating. For twelve years I was employed at LinguaCall, International, in Glenside. There, I trained Americans whose companies were sending them to live and work in Germany along with engineers, bankers, lawyers and architects who had been assigned to firms in the United States. At the same time, I taught ESL at Fox Chase Cancer Center to foreign researchers, training them in how to give presentations, to pass the TOEFL exam and to speak and understand English proficiently in Philadelphia. I created this particular program on my own. My tutoring experience was also part of teaching at a High School for Girls and a Catholic High School for Boys. At both of these institutions I succeeded in getting failing students to pass English and German tests and keeping them out of summer school.
My teaching method entails explaining material step-by-step and reviewing as we go along until the student has finally grasped the concepts and feels comfortable to continue to the end of the course. Every student is different and, therefore, learns in his or her own way. For this purpose I tailor my method so as to make it conducive to the student's mindset. If the student, for example, is mathematically inclined, I present a language lesson in a one-plus-one-equals-two way. If, on the other hand, a student tends to memorize, I structure the lesson in a manner that allows him or her to connect words and syntax based on the roots involved.
With an innate love of teaching and learning, I am always excited when a student succeeds in an area of difficulty and achieves an intended goal. It gives me a tremendous amount of joy when someone who is struggling with English or German finally becomes proficient in that language.
I have a Bachelor's degree in German from LaSalle College, now a university. From 1978 to 1979, I studied German linguistics on a Fulbright scholarship at the Phillips-Universität in Marburg, Germany. I have also done graduate work in German and English linguistics and philology.
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