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I have always loved watching a student's face when things finally click for them and they begin to understand something that has been confusing them.
My experience with ESL, TOEFL and other standardized tests:
I spent two semesters teaching ESL as a student teacher in Bangalore, India, and 3 years teaching ESL to adults and 4th and 5th grades in Ankara, Turkey. I have worked full-time for an intensive English program for the past 7 years, first as an instructor, and later as a program administrator. Our program focuses on academic English for university bound students, so preparing students for college level work is a specialty. I was part of my company's committee to develop a GRE and GMAT preparation course for ESL students, and have taught the GRE Prep course on many occasions, focusing on the verbal portion of the test, though I'm comfortable with teaching the language specific portions of the quantitative portion of the test (math vocabulary and key words in the word problems). I also regularly teach students general standardized test taking skills, score well on standardized tests myself, and worked for 2 years as an iBT TOEFL speaking rater.
My experience with K-12 students and university writing:
I worked part-time tutoring home schooled relatives, one of whom had a reading disability, while in high school and discovered I was patient and found creative ways to explain things. I started tutoring regularly in college, when I worked for the L.A. Baptist Children's Home for 2.5 years as a study leader for children K-12 in all subjects. Many of my students at the children's home were very behind in school and needed remedial work to catch up, and learning issues like ADD/ADHD or reading disorders were common, as well. I am proud to say that many of my struggling students, with a little hard work, were able to make honor roll with consistent A's and B's after they caught up and learned study skills so that they weren't always dependent on a tutor. I later worked as a writing consultant for college students in my senior year at the LSU Shreveport University Writing Center.
I am open to any subject K-6, English/literature/writing or social sciences 7-12, English/literature/writing at the college level, and any level or age of ESL, formal or informal. I am excellent with accent reduction/correction; I have taken a professional and academic interest in phonology.
I am also fluently bilingual; my second language is Turkish and my level is near-native. I regularly teach spoken and written Turkish as a Second Language to people of various levels and backgrounds, and am also available to work on reading and writing for native speaking children who attend school in English and need to become literate in Turkish.
I have a Master's in Education with an ESL concentration. About half of my courses are specifically focused on ESL, the other half come from general K-12 education.
Please contact me if I can assist you or your child with your English or Turkish, preparing for an exam, or catching up/getting ahead in school.
I have a Master's in Education in Curriculum and Instruction,including special education coursework. Experienced in tutoring elementary students in standard K-6 curriculum: phonics, handwriting, reading, writing, spelling, social studies, math and science.
I can help your child to visualize math through creative use of hands-on activities and pictures. I struggled in math in later elementary school and junior high, which gives me empathy for students having a difficult time in math, but also gives me a better understanding of how they are more likely to approach and understand math. I have 3 years experience working with elementary and junior high students in math, from remedial to honor roll students.
I have a knack for breaking down grammar and presenting it in a way that makes sense. I have taught and tutored common high school and college literature over the years, leading students through the process of analyzing characters and motives, imagery and symbolism. I regularly work with students struggling in spelling, introducing them to sets of works with the same spelling to help increase their understanding and retention. I work with students regularly to improve their writing through learning to form and check for complete sentences, capitalization, punctuation, adequate transitions, and logical organization.
I am a highly experienced, qualified, and effective ESL instructor. My objective is to not only correct and teach students, but teach them methods of correcting and practicing by themselves so that ultimately they are responsible for their own learning and can keep improving their language skills in everyday life outside the classroom. I have worked with children, business professionals, and young adults preparing for university for the last 13 years, and teach for the ESL program on the campus of UHCL. Pronunciation is probably my favorite area (I can work miracles with an accent if you're willing to work hard!), but I help many students improve in every area- listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Grammar Queen! I have worked for many years as an instructor or program director in English as a Second Language. My training and teaching experience have caused me to develop an unusual level of understanding the "how" and "why" of grammar, and I can explain it in an easy, logical format for anyone. If you need help with grammar for speaking purposes (such as speeches and presentations) or writing (essays and research papers), contact me through Wyzant and I'd love to discuss how I can help you.
I have experience developing study skills in students of all ages, including skills in organization, note taking, memory aids, pre-reading and scanning text, self-assessment, prioritizing tasks and time management.
Fantastic all around! — Rebecca is adept at teaching to a variety of learning styles - even two at a time as my husband and I apparently learn by very different methods! She is patient, knowledgeable and makes learning Turkish a LOT of fun! Her lesson plans are appropriately challenging and adapt to our rate of progress. We would highly recommend her! ...
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