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Karen D.

Willow Grove, PA

$35/hr

Patient and Innovative Spanish and ESL Tutor At Your Service!

Background check passed as of 7/28/14
Usually responds in about 7 hours

Patient and Innovative Spanish and ESL Tutor At Your Service!

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Hello!
My name is Karen, and I am looking forward to tutoring you. My educational background is based on studies from Temple University and University of Phoenix Online. I have been teaching Spanish for roughly 12 years now also having experienced Mexican culture through a study abroad program. Last summer I also obtained ESL Program Certification. I enjoy teaching immensely! I believe in making presented content more interesting through personalizing it and helping the learner to establish connections. I help the learner establish connections through discussing prior content knowledge before application to new concepts. I have also found that the use of games, graphic organizers, and music have all been useful for learners in my classroom. I am looking forward to helping you succeed in your endeavors through patient, caring, and interesting instructional approaches.

Testimonials

"Karen is excellent tutor!"

- Mooncheung, Wynnewood, PA on 10/29/14

"Excellent Tutor!!! "

- Nicole, Doylestown, PA on 11/21/13

"She is very knowledgable and knows how to teach."

- Brain, Havertown, PA on 9/11/13

"Karen is a wonderful teacher!"

- Sophia Heysang, Blue Bell, PA on 9/6/13
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish,
TOEFL
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Elementary (K-6th)

I am a K-12 Spanish and English as a Second Language teacher. I feel confident I can tutor in all aspects of language learning including phonics/reading, writing, and vocabulary application. I also enjoy teaching students using study aids such as graphic organizers, songs/chants, and language games. I provide clarity to my lessons with initial performance objectives, supporting learning tasks, and final informal assessments. I have experience teaching students of all ages, and this year is my first year teaching K-5 in a charter school.

English

English as a Second Language Program Specialist certification.

ESL/ESOL

Recently, I earned an ESL Program Specialist Certificate based on my Master of Arts coursework through the University of Phoenix. During tutoring sessions I would practice with the learner word pronunciation, word recognition in reading, and conversation practice using new words. In addition to learning language through all language modes I also think it is important to help the learner establish personal connections with content studied. When learning is more personalized and fun the learner is more likely to retain content.

Grammar

I hold endorsement as an English as a Second Language Program Specialist. During the course of the program I learned about teaching grammar, reading vocabulary, pronunciation, and writing skills. I had the experience of teaching an English class for this first time this academic year. During this time my student did do some writing for which I provided effective feedback. His writing improved steadily with use of feedback and practice.

Proofreading

For the first time this year I taught an 8th grade student English. I gave him writing prompts based on stories we read. Before I asked him to turn in his work I asked him to proofread his work by asking him to look for correct spelling, punctuation, and for whether or not their were sufficient supporting details for his thesis statement. There were times in which he read over his work, and then I read over his same work and picked up errors for correction. It is still a wonderful practice to ask students to proofread at an early stage so they get into the habit of doing it and ultimately stick with that positive practice.

Reading

For the first time this year I taught 8th grade level English, and in this one on one setting the student and I read stories aloud together. Since he was a good reader I did not notice difficulty reading other than recommended reading pace. If I noticed there were oral reading errors I would note the error type. Then, I would ask the student to pronounce words in isolation having the same sounds causing difficulty. Reading features would also be explained. I am aware that some consonant blends may give children difficulty, and I would be willing to help. Showing students how to pronounce words using tongue position and a hand-held mirror may also be helpful.

Spanish

My educational background includes undergraduate work from Temple University and graduate studies from the University of Phoenix Online.I hold an Instructional II certificate in Spanish from PA. I currently teach in a private school Spanish levels I, II, and IV. I have been teaching for about 12 years and I really enjoy it. I believe strongly in helping the learner establish personal connections to content. For some learners this may include the use of pictures/graphic organizers and music to build stronger connections.

Spelling

When teaching spelling I think it is important to help students connect letters and sounds. Although at the beginning there should be practice of recognition of word families and sound patterns, I believe the teacher should give activities that allow for practical application of words in context rather than in isolation. Helping students to learn about word families and sound patterns is key.I think also that reading aloud tasks and pronunciation activities assist with helping students with how to spell words. Young learners also benefit from spelling games/tasks such as "Air Words", Scrabble, use of flash cards, or drawing illustrations of words.

TOEFL

I am an ESL instructor having my English as a Second Language Specialist Credentials. I feel confident I would be able to tutor all aspects of English language learning including reading, writing, listening, and speaking. As the TOEFL is an exam I could also assist with test taking strategies.

Vocabulary

Although I am mostly a Spanish teacher, I also hold endorsement as an English as a Second Language Program Specialist. This year for the first time I taught an 8th grade student English. During this time we practiced 8th grade level vocabulary words. Given a set of words, the student and I talked about word meaning and practiced word spelling. Furhtermore,I asked the student to write original sentences using those words. In addition to reading stories and asking the student to answer comprehension questions we explored vocabulary games I presented as well as those presented on the Internet.

Writing

This year for the first time I taught 8th grade English, and I found that development of the student's writing is critical. The student I taught and I read stories together, and following reading of the chapters I asked him to write reactions or to write given a prompt. After students write a teacher can evaluate what specifically about the writing should be improved. After writing, feedback is given regarding grammar, supporting details, and spelling. As a result of the writing samples I may also practice specific grammar points with the student in isolation to provide clarity as to what should be corrected. Spelling can be practiced through dictation and through the use of writing original sentences.

Temple University
Univ of Phoenix AZ
MEd

Education

Temple University

Univ of Phoenix AZ (MEd)

Karen is excellent tutor! — Karen is fantastic with my daughter who is in 8th grade. She thoroughly enjoyed Spanish lessons with Karen. She learned more than she would expect, and it and very helpful for sure! Thank you, Karen! ...

— Mooncheung, Wynnewood, PA on 10/29/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Karen will travel within 20 miles of Willow Grove, PA 19090.


About Karen

Hello!
My name is Karen, and I am looking forward to tutoring you. My educational background is based on studies from Temple University and University of Phoenix Online. I have been teaching Spanish for roughly 12 years now also having experienced Mexican culture through a study abroad program. Last summer I also obtained ESL Program Certification. I enjoy teaching immensely! I believe in making presented content more interesting through personalizing it and helping the learner to establish connections. I help the learner establish connections through discussing prior content knowledge before application to new concepts. I have also found that the use of games, graphic organizers, and music have all been useful for learners in my classroom. I am looking forward to helping you succeed in your endeavors through patient, caring, and interesting instructional approaches.

Testimonials

"Karen is excellent tutor!"

- Mooncheung, Wynnewood, PA on 10/29/14

"Excellent Tutor!!! "

- Nicole, Doylestown, PA on 11/21/13

"She is very knowledgable and knows how to teach."

- Brain, Havertown, PA on 9/11/13

"Karen is a wonderful teacher!"

- Sophia Heysang, Blue Bell, PA on 9/6/13

Education

Temple University
Univ of Phoenix AZ
MEd

Education

Temple University

Univ of Phoenix AZ (MEd)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Willow Grove, PA 19090

Karen’s Subjects

Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish,
TOEFL
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Background Check Status for Karen D.

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