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Greetings! My strongest asset is that I know what it's like to be a language learner in a foreign country. In high school, I was an exchange student in France. My "textbook" French only took me so far! I remember wishing with all my being that the native speakers would speak slowly! Later in life, my career took me to Italy and Panama and once again, I wished the natives would speak more slowly and distinctly! So, with beginners especially, I make it a point to speak slowly and clearly to accommodate the student's level of comprehension. Then, as the students become more comfortable, I speak with them more and more like a native.
My tutoring methods are student-centered. A wise professor once told me, "Teach the student, not the textbook!" For beginners, I do make some use of a textbook to help them master the basics. I also supplement with authentic materials such as local newspapers and magazines. With more advanced students, I incorporate more conversation practice discussing topics of the students' choice. I also introduce more complex materials such as crossword and word search puzzles. If possible, I like to go on "field trips" to the post office, or a restaurant, so the students can practice their English with native speakers.
I have several years' experience volunteering as an ESL teacher. I have also taught adults through a language school and at the local community college. I see myself as not just an ESL teacher, but also as an ambassador of sorts for the United States. I want students to have a positive experience whether they remain in the U.S. for a few months, or for the rest of their lives. Finally, it is my goal for students to achieve the level of competence and confidence they want for themselves.
M.A., Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington,
TESOL Certificate, University of Texas at Arlington,
Taught adult ESL through Inlingua and Tarrant County College.
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