I was a non-traditional student when I decided to go back to school and receive my BA and MA in English. I wondered if I would feel out of place since I was a mother of teens when I took a leap of faith and went back to school. I made friends of all ages and enjoyed my academic career beyond my wildest expectations. It is a joy to see the "light" come on when students finally understand a subject or process.
I tutored for almost two years in the writing center and taught basic English 1010 and 1020 along with Introduction to Literature which includes short stories, drama, and poetry. Many times I include film and children's literature in my teaching as well.
In my spare time I tutor executives from other countries and their families so that they learn to speak English like Americans. When students learn a language here or abroad they are learning a formal language, but we don't speak like that. We speak slang, or use sarcasm as well as a great deal of idioms which are very hard for the foreign speaker to understand. I try to help with that issue.
I enjoy teaching and the rewards are great because one more person becomes competent in the subject they are seeking to excel in. I hope to be able to help.
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