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I am a certified secondary English teacher. I taught one year in the U. S. public school system. I home-schooled my own two children from first grade through twelfth grade. Both are very successful in life and college. I taught English lessons in first and second grades overseas, as well as hosting teas in English for teachers. I have taught ESL for adults in Houston for the past five years.
I am a certified English teacher. I have taught English overseas for 4 years. I have very successfully taught ESL in Houston for 5 years. Some of my students had not been so school before coming to my ESL class. Some of my students had masters degrees in their country. My reputation is for being very patient, dependable, easy to understand, and fun! I LOVE to teach! My goal has always been to honor God through my teaching and to NEVER waste my students' time! I love to unlock the "mysteries" of English for my students.
I have taken advanced grammar courses in college which have helped me in teaching English to my own home-schooled children and to my ESL students. I love to help my students recognize the patterns in English. It's always an "aha" moment for them.
I have successfully taught a number of people to read/decode and understand what they have read. I have attended various seminars dealing with learning difficulties including dyslexia, but I am no expert. I simply have a few "tools in my kit" to work with. My daughter had great difficulty in her early years of reading, but through great patience, perseverance, and trial and error, she not only learned to appreciate the practical side of reading, but also a genuine love for reading. I have also taught a number of illiterate and functional illiterate people to read, write, and understand.
Reading comprehension is one aspect of reading. Other aspects must have their own solid foundation before the reader can comprehend what was read. 1. Students must be able to read /decode words. 2. Students must understand the vocabulary. 3. Students must understand the grammar/how the sentence is put together. 4. students must be able to see relationships of the sentences and their information. I only address the aspects that an individual student is having difficulty with and I do it in a step-by-step concise manner with LOTS of patience.
Spelling has specific rules for most English words, however English borrows words from many other languages. I prefer to teach spelling in word families so students understand patterns, making it much easier for students to state the rules in their own words. There are words that simply do not follow rules and simply must be memorized. I like to do this through games and motions. Yes, these work for adults as well as children. :)
I have taken advanced vocabulary classes in college. I prefer to teach vocabulary as roots words, prefixes, and suffixes. Grammar, spelling, and vocabulary are all very connected and ideally, are all addressed. I can delve as deep as you like or skip merrily along the surface if you prefer. However, the goal is basically the same, to understand and to communicate concisely and accurately.
Writing has many, many facets to it and I can begin addressing them at the point/points of my student's difficulties. I have very successfully taught ESL, including writing, to students who knew nothing about English as well as to those who were illiterate in their own language. I successfully home-schooled my own children after a disastrous first year experience in school. They are now very successful in life and in college. I can help students with everything from spelling to organizing their thoughts on paper to using various sentence structures for clarity and interest.