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Maritsa L.

Maritsa L.- Private TEFL Certified Tutor and English Teacher, Reading

Houston, TX (77076)

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I am young educator with a B.A. in English and a TEFL certification. Until recently, I’d been teaching abroad. For a little over four years, when I wasn’t standing in front of a classroom or fine tuning my lesson plans, I spent my time perfecting my Spanish by diving into the world of Spanish literature and by playing at understanding the complexities of traveling youth, like myself, through the art of creative writing. I must admit that I have more questions today then I did in the beginning and so I continue to flirt with those complexities.

My experiences abroad are many and varied, but there are two things that were very apparent. In Mexico, I gained extensive experience teaching technical English at different international corporations. On-site teaching and simultaneous translating taught me that precise time management, imagination and resourcefulness are indispensable in all fields. After a couple of weeks, I discovered that imparting a foreign language grammar course to a group of university students or executives is equally as challenging and can grow very monotonous, very fast. So, my students became my vehicles for expression. They motivated me time and again to search for another perspective and another experience to impart the English language.

Language has always played a key role in my life. As a shy little girl, who found herself growing up in an impoverished world filled with very loud thoughts, I often imagined what life was like for a world traveller and muttered to myself all the things I would share with the citizens of the world, with all the strangers I would come to meet when I became one myself. Language helped me imagine characters and worlds better, bigger, and more colorful than my own. As an adult, teaching abroad brought those characters to life in Mexico, England, Italy, France, and Spain. Teaching provided me the opportunity to grow into an independent vibrant individual, and most importantly instilled in me a passion for not only continuous learning, but for thriving at everything I do. It is this passion which has encouraged me to continue growing both within the education sector and outside of it. Today, I am no longer a young girl who imagines a better world; through teaching, I have become part of that better world. I am shrewd, empathetic, an enamored with learning and giving back through the arts, education, and philanthropy.

Respectfully yours,

Maritsa L.

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Maritsa’s subjects

English

I graduated, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in English from the University of Houston-Downtown.

ESL/ESOL

I hold the following TEFL certification: Diploma en Enseñanza de Inglés (S.E.P. Certified) - 2009 from the International Teacher Training Organization, Guadalajara, Mexico. This is a four-week 140 hour intensive course with ten hours of observed teaching practice on groups of different abilities, including one to one teaching. To successfully complete the course, candidates were continuously assessed and required to complete and pass three research papers and a grammar test.

I have also taught TEFL and TESL in Mexico for a little over four years. I have experience teaching one on one and groups. I have taught engineers from various fields and a variety of backgrounds. My duties consisted of providing technical English group and private classes as well as revising/editing the translation of company documents. Said company documents consisted mostly of e-mails to international clients and import/export documentation. I taught several classes with children and young adults ranging from 5-14 years of age at an English language institute. I was required to provide my own teaching material and create my own lesson plans on a weekly basis.

Grammar

I have a B.A. in English from the University of Houston-Downtown and have taught TEFL and TESL in Mexico for the past 4 years. I worked extensively on grammar. I am also a translator (Spanish to English, English to Spanish). I have worked teaching technical English at various international corporations in Queretaro, Mexico, and grammar comprises a large part of my curriculum. As an English major at university, excellence in grammar was a must.

Literature

I have a B.A. in English from the University of Houston-Downtown and was recently hired to put together a middle school English program. I taught reading, writing, and speaking skills with the Holt McDougal Literature program for grades 7-9. The classes focused on teaching literature and complementing with grammar once a week. Classes were innovative and incorporated the use of film and music as well as encouraged creative writing and analysis on a daily basis. In my day to day life, I am an avid reader and writer. I believe that language transcends cultural boundaries and should be nurtured always. I am also a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi- National English Honor Society.

Proofreading

I taught reading, writing, and speaking skills with the Holt McDougal Literature program for grades 7-9 for a year and a half. The classes focused on teaching literature and complementing with grammar once a week. I also have a B.A. in English and am highly qualified to teach proofreading. As an English major, proofreading was a major component of my development. I had to write countless essays and critical analysis papers, and I couldn't have achieved magna cum laude status without excellent proofreading skills.

Reading

I taught reading, writing, and speaking skills with the Holt McDougal Literature program for grades 7-9. The classes focused on teaching literature and complementing with grammar once a week. Reading is a major component of teaching literature. I hold a B.A. in English and reading is the most important component of said degree. Throughout my college career I have read everything from contemporary literature to Caribbean literature. I have taken various courses on literary theory, prison literature, British literature, and many more. I enjoy the following authors: Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Sylvia Plath, Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Toni Morrison, Steig Larson, Haruki Murakami, Tennessee Williams, Albert Camus, Maya Angelou, Sarah Waters, E.M Forster, Jane Austen, V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, and Rudyard Kipling to name a few.

SAT Reading

I hold a B.A. in English and have 1 year and half of previous SAT reading and vocabulary tutoring under my belt. I taught two Korean sisters studying abroad in Mexico 4 days a week. Our work consisted mostly of writing, reading, and vocabulary lessons. Dominating their reading skills was important in the retention of their newly acquired vocabulary. We worked a lot on deducing and inducing, meaning to improve their reading comprehension and fluency. Several online tools as well as different textbooks were used to work on passage-based reading and sentence completion.

SAT Writing

I taught two Korean students SAT Writing for about a year an a half. We used many online resources as well as SAT textbooks to help develop their writing skills. I assigned weekly essay assignments: short paragraphs based on specific issues. We worked on establishing a stance and building arguments in order to help develop their own points of view. Well-developed writing with supportive ideas was our main goal.

Spanish

I am a fluent Native Spanish speaker. I was born in Mexico and returned to Mexico 4 years ago to teach TEFL/TESOL. I have experience as a translator. I've even done several months of simultaneous translating, on site, at different international companies. I can translate Spanish/English and English/Spanish spoken and written, with ease.

TOEFL

I am a certified TEFL teacher with over 4 years experience teaching in Mexico. I also have extensive experience teaching technical writing and literature. Grammar is a key part of my lessons.

Vocabulary

I have a B.A. in English, am a certified TEFL instructor, and have experience as an SAT reading and writing tutor. Teaching vocabulary has always formed a part of my lessons. I am also an avid reader and creative writer. I know from experience that one word can make or break any text or idea.

Writing

I hold a B.A. in English. I was previously hired to build a comprehensive middle school literature program as well as teach grades 7th-9th. The classes focused on teaching literature and complementing with grammar once a week. Classes were innovative and incorporated the use of film and music as well as encouraged creative writing and analysis on a daily basis. Writing is a major part of my formation as a scholar. While in university, I received the 2008 Fabian Worsham Creative Writing Prize (UHD). I also attend writing workshops on a recreational basis and write creatively on a daily basis. Without writing I might cease to exist. I am enamored with the art of writing and all the worlds that come with it.

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University of Houston-Downtown (English )

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