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Ray S.

Alexandria, VA

$50/hr

Ray - The English Expert

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Ray - The English Expert

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English...what a language! The whole world is learning it so they can all speak to us Americans. So we should know what to say and how to say it better than anyone else. After all, it's our language (even though the British got it all started).

Throughout my entire education I've had the strictest English teachers you can imagine, from the nuns who taught me in grammar school to my professors when I earned my Master's in Education. However, this did not dissuade me from the study of English; rather, I embraced it. Indeed, I ended up teaching it on the high school level. Even today I keep dictionaries throughout the house so that any new word that arises from a book, magazine or newspaper will be immediately added to my ever-expanding vocabulary.

I thoroughly enjoy passing on my solid foundation in English to a generation being bombarded by grammatical and spelling errors and inappropriate punctuation, while at the same time finding itself trapped in the abbreviations of cyber communications. My tutoring of my three children helped them become highly proficient in English, leading to two very successful careers (an attorney and an international marketer) and a current student at Harvard.

My enthusiastic tutoring approach involves thoroughness and patience mixed with my sincere desire to instill a deep appreciation of the power of the English language. I challenge my students to raise their expectations, knowing full well that higher self-esteem, confidence and opportunity await them. I want them eventually to join me in exclaiming, "English...what a language!"

English:
ACT English, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Spanish

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.

English

English...what a language! The whole world is learning it so they can all speak to us Americans. So we should know what to say and how to say it better than anyone else. After all, it's our language (even though the British got it all started).

Throughout my entire education I've had the strictest English teachers you can imagine, from the nuns who taught me in grammar school to my professors when I earned my Master's in Education. However, this did not dissuade me from the study of English; rather, I embraced it. Indeed, I ended up teaching it on the high school level. Even today I keep dictionaries throughout the house so that any new word that arises from a book, magazine or newspaper will be immediately added to my ever-expanding vocabulary. I thoroughly enjoy passing on my solid foundation in English to a generation being bombarded by grammatical errors and inappropriate punctuation, while at the same time finding themselves trapped in the abbreviations of cyber communications. My tutoring of my three children helped them become highly proficient in English, leading to two very successful careers (an attorney and an international marketer) and a current student at Harvard.

My enthusiastic tutoring approach involves thoroughness and patience mixed with my sincere desire to instill a deep appreciation of the power of the English language. I challenge my students to raise their expectations knowing full well that higher self-esteem, confidence and opportunity await them. I want them eventually to join me in exclaiming: "English...what a language!"

ESL/ESOL

I am a WyzAnt certified ESL/ESOL tutor. My strong command of English is combined with a deep sensitivity toward the English language learner. My experience has taught me to assess quickly the students' capabilities and to tailor my presentations to the individuals' needs. I continually evaluate student progress and set a corresponding pace.
I want my students to realize that I enjoy seeing them constantly improving their ability to read, write and speak English.

Public Speaking

Hi! My name is Ray and I am a trained public speaker. I also spent 7 years in the ministry, speaking from the pulpit on a weekly basis. I have a Master's in Education and have spent many years teaching in front of the classroom - another important form of public speaking that requires a great deal of thinking on your feet. I have judged speech contests and know what to look for in content and presentation.
Your content needs to grab the attention of the audience with an opening that makes them want to hear more. Then it must hold that attention with short, illustrative stories and vivid examples. Finally, wrap up the speech by tying your conclusion to your opening. You can have great content but it must be delivered while engaging the audience with eye contact, appropriate gestures and a smiling face.

Believe me. I can help you do this.

St. John's College
Mt. St. Mary's College
MEd

Education

St. John's College

Mt. St. Mary's College (MEd)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ray will travel within 5 miles of Alexandria, VA 22314.


About Ray

English...what a language! The whole world is learning it so they can all speak to us Americans. So we should know what to say and how to say it better than anyone else. After all, it's our language (even though the British got it all started).

Throughout my entire education I've had the strictest English teachers you can imagine, from the nuns who taught me in grammar school to my professors when I earned my Master's in Education. However, this did not dissuade me from the study of English; rather, I embraced it. Indeed, I ended up teaching it on the high school level. Even today I keep dictionaries throughout the house so that any new word that arises from a book, magazine or newspaper will be immediately added to my ever-expanding vocabulary.

I thoroughly enjoy passing on my solid foundation in English to a generation being bombarded by grammatical and spelling errors and inappropriate punctuation, while at the same time finding itself trapped in the abbreviations of cyber communications. My tutoring of my three children helped them become highly proficient in English, leading to two very successful careers (an attorney and an international marketer) and a current student at Harvard.

My enthusiastic tutoring approach involves thoroughness and patience mixed with my sincere desire to instill a deep appreciation of the power of the English language. I challenge my students to raise their expectations, knowing full well that higher self-esteem, confidence and opportunity await them. I want them eventually to join me in exclaiming, "English...what a language!"

Education

St. John's College
Mt. St. Mary's College
MEd

Education

St. John's College

Mt. St. Mary's College (MEd)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Alexandria, VA 22314

Ray’s Subjects

English:
ACT English, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Spanish

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.


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