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
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
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.