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R.L. C.

Houston, TX

$45/hr

45 Years of Experience Teaching at High School and University Level

Background check passed as of 12/14/13
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45 Years of Experience Teaching at High School and University Level

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I have over 45 years of experience teaching English grammar and literature, Speech Communication and Public Speaking as well as Theatre Arts at the high school and university level. I have been fortunate to work with students from a broad variety of countries and cultures. I have worked with international students from the age of five up to seventy as a teacher of English as a Second Language. I have taught test preparation for both college and graduate school admissions exams, including ACT, SAT and TOEFL preparation. I have developed and taught classes that focus on the needs of academically challenged students.

I tailor my instruction to the needs of the individual student or student group. I can easily alter my approach to cater to a student's immediate objective and then shift to a comprehensive technique that addresses long term learning goals.

The school year is well underway with the first grading period fast approaching. Now is the time to build on academic strengths and bolster any recognizable weaknesses. It is never too late to correct a learning oversight.

Testimonials

"Wholehearted recommendation!"

- Diana, Cypress, TX on 5/8/13

"Great Tutor"

- Long, Sugar Land, TX on 10/15/14

"A Great Acting Teacher!"

- Vincent, Houston, TX on 6/4/14

"Very patient"

- Virginia, Houston, TX on 8/10/13

"Excellent tutor."

- Michelle, Sugar Land, TX on 6/20/13

"Honest and excellent tutor."

- Oleksandr, Brooklyn, NY on 6/16/13

"Highly recommend."

- Rui, Houston, TX on 5/2/13

"Good Teacher"

- R, Missouri City, TX on 6/15/12
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Speech,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Sewing,
Swimming
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking

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.

ACT English

The English sections of the ACT cover a range of language skills including: Usage and Mechanics, Rhetorical Skills (the effective use of strategy, organization and style in persuasive writing), Reading Comprehension and Analysis, as well as Writing. Although one may feel comfortable using English on a daily basis, the ACT may catch even a very skilled student off guard once he or she is asked to apply these skills in a structured, timed test environment.

ACT Reading

The Reading section of the ACT is only one of three sections that test one's English language skills. Test takers will be asked to read four passages and answer a set of questions about each passage. The reading selections may come from prose fiction, the humanities, social studies or natural science and it would be rare for a test taker to have prior experience with any of the passages. Mastering certain test taking strategies will improve one's potential for achieving a preferred score on the ACT Reading section.

Drawing

I have a Master of Fine arts in Theatre Design and technology. I am an accomplished artist in a variety of media including pencil, water color, tempura, and oils. I have enjoyed art as a leisure activity and as a professional scenic and costume designer with dozens of productions in my credits. I can help you with basic drawing techniques as well as figure drawing and perspective. Let me help you make your ideas come to life in the media of your choice.

English

I have been a teacher of English as well as English as a Second Language for over 40 years. I am certified by the state of Texas to teach English at the secondary level. I have also taught grammar and literature at the college level.

ESL/ESOL

I have 21 years of experience teaching English as a Second Language at the college level and for an internationally recognized proprietary education and test preparation company.

Grammar

Developing grammar skills is an essential step to becoming a better writer and speaker. Everything from recognizing and using parts of speech correctly to properly structuring sentences and effectively using capitalization and punctuation will lead to you having more confidence as a writer and speaker.

Literature

The reading and sharing of literature is a favorite pastime of many people. The oldest form of literature is poetry which was used by wandering minstrels to carry news from village to village and to tell stories. That was followed by plays which were originally written in poetic form. Then, finally, came the prose form that mimics the way everyday individuals share information and tell stories. All of the genres of literature have their own unique characteristics which can be easily understood with just a little bit of effort.

Phonics

I have a degree in Speech Communication and a background in teaching English pronunciation using phonics and the International Phonetic Alphabet. I have taught students as young as five as well as students from 16 to 60. I have taught English pronunciation to high school classes as well as at the college level.

Proofreading

One of the challenges of being a good writer is to be able to proofread and edit your own writing. I can share with you a variety of skills that will make you a better proofreader and, therefore, a better writer.

Public Speaking

I am certified by the State of Texas to teach Speech Communication. I have taught Public Speaking at the high school and university level. I am, myself, an experienced public speaker.

Reading

As surprising as it may seem, reading comprehension is closely tied to reading rate and the extent of one's vocabulary. Slow readers and those that struggle with the vocabulary in their reading material tend to recall less of what they read than those who can read at a higher rate with fewer stumbles due to unfamiliar vocabulary. By expanding one's daily vocabulary and improving reading speed, reading comprehension soon follows. I have more than 20 years of experience in working with students to improve their vocabulary, reading rate and reading comprehension.

Sewing

Whether you want to make an apron for yourself or as a gift, I can help you. Or, if you want to design and make your own prom or wedding dress, I can help you with that too. I have a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre design and production, including costume design and construction. I can guide you with mastering the simplest of hand-sewing techniques to advanced design and execution.

Speech

I am certified by the state of Texas to teach Speech Communication. I have taught speech at the high school and university level.

Study Skills

Organization, note-taking, priority-setting and recognition of helpful resources all contribute to more effective learning no matter what the subject may be. My 16 years of secondary school teaching and 15 years of college teaching, including specific work assisting learning challenged students, has given me a broad background in effective study skill instruction.

Swimming

I was a competitive swimmer as a youth and was certified by the American Red Cross as a Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor. I taught swimming to children and adults for several years. In college, I was chosen to teach swimming for the Physical Education Department. I can teach you in your private pool or at a gym or club pool where you are a member. I continue to enjoy swimming several times a week for exercise and relaxation.

Theatre

I am certified by the State of Texas to teach Theatre Arts. I have a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre. I have taught Theatre Arts at the high school and university level. I have designed and directed more than 40 plays and musicals.

TOEFL

The Test of English as a Second Language--the TOEFL--requires you to apply English skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Also tested as part of the speaking and writing sections is one's correct use of English grammar. All of these skills can be improved with an experienced instructor. With 20 years of experience in TOEFL preparation, I have assisted hundreds of students to achieve their score goal on the TOEFL and I can help you do the same.

Vocabulary

Whether we realize it or not, an individual is often judged by their proper and effective use of vocabulary. Increasing one's vocabulary requires little effort once one recognizes his or her strengths and weaknesses in their current vocabulary foundation.

Writing

Writing is the last skill mastered by learners in any language, following listening, speaking and reading. Whether it is personal, academic or business writing, the same basic skills are required. Audience recognition, topic management, detail development and logical organization all lead to an individual becoming a more effective and confident writer.

R.L.’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by R.L.. View all of R.L.’s resources

All academic writing can be presented effectively by following the rule of three. In a single paragraph, one needs three development elements: an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. In the case of a one paragraph writing, the introduction is often the thesis statement, although some writers may prefer to have a hook, an attention getting sentence prior to the thesis, but both are part of... read more

All languages are based on the labels that are given to people, places, things, actions, etc. One becomes more proficient in their speaking, reading and writing when they have a firm grasp of the vocabulary of a language. Thus the more words one knows the easier it is to understand and to be understood in a language. As infants, we begin speaking simply by mimicking sounds that have been repeated... read more

It is understandable that adults prefer to be treated as adults. Being spoken down to seems demeaning in some way. However, it is important for second language learners to be realistic about how much they know about their new language challenges. I have worked with hundreds of second language learners over the past 20 years. Most have been career minded adults: business men and women, doctors,... read more

Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
English, Speech
The University of Arizona
Master's

Education

Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX (English, Speech)

The University of Arizona (Master's)

Wholehearted recommendation! — My husband and I have been very pleased with the work R.L. has done with our son. R.L. is helping him develop skills necessary for success in school currently and for the future. Our son is a freshman in high school and has been struggling with study skills and time management, as well as reading comprehension and writing skills. R.L. is working with him to help develop all of these necessary sk ...

— Diana, Cypress, TX on 5/8/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Open to negotiation on group rates.

Travel policy

R.L. will travel within 25 miles of Houston, TX 77071.


About R.L.

I have over 45 years of experience teaching English grammar and literature, Speech Communication and Public Speaking as well as Theatre Arts at the high school and university level. I have been fortunate to work with students from a broad variety of countries and cultures. I have worked with international students from the age of five up to seventy as a teacher of English as a Second Language. I have taught test preparation for both college and graduate school admissions exams, including ACT, SAT and TOEFL preparation. I have developed and taught classes that focus on the needs of academically challenged students.

I tailor my instruction to the needs of the individual student or student group. I can easily alter my approach to cater to a student's immediate objective and then shift to a comprehensive technique that addresses long term learning goals.

The school year is well underway with the first grading period fast approaching. Now is the time to build on academic strengths and bolster any recognizable weaknesses. It is never too late to correct a learning oversight.

Testimonials

"Wholehearted recommendation!"

- Diana, Cypress, TX on 5/8/13

"Great Tutor"

- Long, Sugar Land, TX on 10/15/14

"A Great Acting Teacher!"

- Vincent, Houston, TX on 6/4/14

"Very patient"

- Virginia, Houston, TX on 8/10/13

"Excellent tutor."

- Michelle, Sugar Land, TX on 6/20/13

"Honest and excellent tutor."

- Oleksandr, Brooklyn, NY on 6/16/13

"Highly recommend."

- Rui, Houston, TX on 5/2/13

"Good Teacher"

- R, Missouri City, TX on 6/15/12
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Education

Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
English, Speech
The University of Arizona
Master's

Education

Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX (English, Speech)

The University of Arizona (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
3 hours notice required

Open to negotiation on group rates.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Houston, TX 77071

R.L.’s Subjects

Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Speech,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Sewing,
Swimming
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking

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.


R.L.’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by R.L.. View all of R.L.’s resources

All academic writing can be presented effectively by following the rule of three. In a single paragraph, one needs three development elements: an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. In the case of a one paragraph writing, the introduction is often the thesis statement, although some writers may prefer to have a hook, an attention getting sentence prior to the thesis, but both are part of... read more

All languages are based on the labels that are given to people, places, things, actions, etc. One becomes more proficient in their speaking, reading and writing when they have a firm grasp of the vocabulary of a language. Thus the more words one knows the easier it is to understand and to be understood in a language. As infants, we begin speaking simply by mimicking sounds that have been repeated... read more

It is understandable that adults prefer to be treated as adults. Being spoken down to seems demeaning in some way. However, it is important for second language learners to be realistic about how much they know about their new language challenges. I have worked with hundreds of second language learners over the past 20 years. Most have been career minded adults: business men and women, doctors,... read more


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