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Debra D.

Hixson, TN

$45/hr

Language Tutor--Spanish, French, ESL/ESOL

Background check passed as of 4/27/11
Usually responds in about 20 hours

Language Tutor--Spanish, French, ESL/ESOL

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Greetings!

I taught languages for 24 years. My primary focus was Spanish. I also taught French. I worked with ESL/ESOL students as well. I taught K-12, college, home-bound, and adult education. I taught in the classroom as well as online.

What I enjoy most about teaching languages is seeing someone start to grasp the language and be able to use it. I have used children's books to help the learner grasp the vocabulary in context for several levels of learners. They are also good for reading comprehension practice.

I start by seeing what a student knows and where he/she needs or wants to go with the learning process. Sometimes that is guided by desire. Sometimes that is guided by an upcoming test.

I work with the student's learning style preference as well as bringing in the other learning styles. (If the student isn't aware of his/her learning style, then that is one of the first things we'll look into.)

I want a language learner to come away from the experience with a positive outlook on the language, realizing that language learning is fun.

Debra

English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French, Spanish
Homeschool:
ESL/ESOL,
French, Spanish
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
French, Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ESL/ESOL

I have taken several graduate courses in ESL training. I studied phonetics and ESL some at SUNY while working on my Master's degree in Spanish. While on Long Island, I worked one summer for a program teaching English to French students. I helped write the curriculum to go along with the books we had.

I took two graduate courses through UTC while I taught there in ESL. I worked for two years as a volunteer for Scharlene Ringer, at Red Bank High and Hixson High. I worked one on one with her ESL/ESOL students who needed extra attention. I created curricula to help them learn their vocabulary, increase their reading skills, etc.

Spanish

I have a Master's Degree in Spanish and taught primarily at the college/university level for near 24 years. I have traveled extensively to Costa Rica (around 13 times) and have been to Mexico and Spain. My pronunciation is more Latin American than Spaniard.

Debra’s Resources

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I've put together two lists of recommended books for those beginning to read and learn Spanish. Some of the books are extremely basic and have limited vocabulary (which is how we start our children reading in their native language typically). Other books have more vocabulary and will venture into more advance grammar. Reading in a second language is similar to reading in a first language... read more

When learning a Foreign Language, one of the ways to enhance your learning is to watch films in that language. You can use almost any DVD and put the language on the language of choice. However, to get the flavor of the culture, it helps to watch films that were made in and about that culture. I have put together a list of French films that I would recommend to those desiring to enhance... read more

I had a great first tutoring experience through WyzAnt and look forward to many more. My first student was for the Spanish language. We met three different times to help her prepare for her final exam. We covered quite a bit of grammar in the time that we met. We also talked about learning styles, confidences, and test-taking skills. For me, the best part of it all was helping her learn... read more

Georgia Southern College
Spanish
SUNY Stony Brook University, M.A. Spanish
Master's
Middlebury College Language School--French
Graduate Coursework

Education

Georgia Southern College (Spanish)

SUNY Stony Brook University, M.A. Spanish (Master's)

Middlebury College Language School--French (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Debra will travel within 20 miles of Hixson, TN 37343.


About Debra

Greetings!

I taught languages for 24 years. My primary focus was Spanish. I also taught French. I worked with ESL/ESOL students as well. I taught K-12, college, home-bound, and adult education. I taught in the classroom as well as online.

What I enjoy most about teaching languages is seeing someone start to grasp the language and be able to use it. I have used children's books to help the learner grasp the vocabulary in context for several levels of learners. They are also good for reading comprehension practice.

I start by seeing what a student knows and where he/she needs or wants to go with the learning process. Sometimes that is guided by desire. Sometimes that is guided by an upcoming test.

I work with the student's learning style preference as well as bringing in the other learning styles. (If the student isn't aware of his/her learning style, then that is one of the first things we'll look into.)

I want a language learner to come away from the experience with a positive outlook on the language, realizing that language learning is fun.

Debra

Education

Georgia Southern College
Spanish
SUNY Stony Brook University, M.A. Spanish
Master's
Middlebury College Language School--French
Graduate Coursework

Education

Georgia Southern College (Spanish)

SUNY Stony Brook University, M.A. Spanish (Master's)

Middlebury College Language School--French (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Hixson, TN 37343

Debra’s Subjects

English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French, Spanish
Homeschool:
ESL/ESOL,
French, Spanish
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
French, 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.


Debra’s Resources

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I've put together two lists of recommended books for those beginning to read and learn Spanish. Some of the books are extremely basic and have limited vocabulary (which is how we start our children reading in their native language typically). Other books have more vocabulary and will venture into more advance grammar. Reading in a second language is similar to reading in a first language... read more

When learning a Foreign Language, one of the ways to enhance your learning is to watch films in that language. You can use almost any DVD and put the language on the language of choice. However, to get the flavor of the culture, it helps to watch films that were made in and about that culture. I have put together a list of French films that I would recommend to those desiring to enhance... read more

I had a great first tutoring experience through WyzAnt and look forward to many more. My first student was for the Spanish language. We met three different times to help her prepare for her final exam. We covered quite a bit of grammar in the time that we met. We also talked about learning styles, confidences, and test-taking skills. For me, the best part of it all was helping her learn... read more


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