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Native German-speaker, who is fluent in German, English, French and Greek on a post-graduate level. I possess a double Bachelor/Masters in History and Archaeology from the University of Athens (Greece) and a Masters of Education from the University of Mary Washington. I have knowledge of Latin and Ancient Greek and extensive teaching/tutoring experience.
I lived and studied for 10 years in Greece where I worked simultaneously as a German teacher at two private schools and as a simultaneous interpreter for German, Greek and English and privately tutored dozens of students from age 5-50. Student language requirements ranged from Kindergarten immersion to professors prepping for an academic year in Germany. While living in Europe, I spent most summers at archaeological digs in Cyprus and the Middle East. After my move to the U.S., I worked for the Greek Department of the Foreign Service Institute. I then lived in franco-phone Mauritania (West Africa) where I briefly taught English at the French High School and established a German program in collaboration with the German Embassy at the French College Ecole Nationale d'Administration. I also organized an interpreting service for French and English for a U.S. Peace Corps conference.
Back in the States, I taught real estate pre-licensing courses for the Southern Maryland Association of Realtors and several brokerage firms. After moving to Virginia, I decided to bring my educational requirements up-to-date and obtained another Masters degree (Education) from the University of Mary Washington in Stafford. Since then, I have taught German in public schools in three Virginia counties. I am proficient in instructional technology, including desktop publishing, web authoring and telecommunications.
I have coached my own children who scored in the mid 90's on the test. Let me help you achieve your potential by focusing on raising the important AFQT score or on areas other than AFQT in which you feel you need more specific help.
I have studied Prehistoric, Classical and Byzantine Archaeology as well as Ancient, Medieval, Byzantine, and European History, History of Art, Linguistics, Latin, and Ancient Greek and Modern Greek, in addition to eight semesters of Philosophy.
Although not a native English speaker, I write and speak at post-graduate level. I feel that being multilingual provides me the broadest possible base for a rich vocabulary, especially in etymology as far as Latin, Greek, German, and French roots are concerned. I have excelled in all reading tests and love to explain grammar and syntax. I do extremely well with visual-spatial learners.
During my Master's of Education classes, I took TESL 514 and TESL 530. I am fluent in four languages (English, German, French, and Greek) and have basic reading, writing or speaking skills in several other languages (Russian, Spanish, and Hebrew). In addition to my linguistic abilities, having lived in four continents and having traveled to dozens of countries gives me a very broad and diverse cultural background.
I have studied French for six years and while growing up in Europe, spent several weeks each year either in France (Normandie, Bretagne, Paris) or Switzerland (Valais, Chamonix), including one summer in a French program of the Paul Valery University in Montpellier (Languedoc/Roussillion). I also lived two years in francophone West-Africa (Nouakchott, Mauritania).
Being a global citizen, I have traveled to several dozen countries in four continents and lived in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the United States.
I am a native German speaker and who graduated from a high school in Germany and studied German as a Foreign Language at Athens University in Greece after completing my double Bachelor/Masters degree in History and Archaeology. I teach all levels of German, from hands-on immersion to academic/corporate level. I am familiar with German culture, history, art and music and have taught students with very diverse backgrounds of all ages.
Grammar is the framework of language that keeps the entire structure intact. I can help you look behind the words to discover the structure, be it in English, German, French, Latin or Greek.
I can also help with syntax and parsing.
I lived in Athens, Greece, for ten years and graduated from Athens University with a dual degree in History and Archaeology - an equivalent of a Master's degree. My language skills are functional both at a casual as well as an academic level.
I studied Latin for five years in high school and for two in college, and substitute teach for Latin teachers on a fairly regular basis.
I have made more Powerpoint presentations in my life than I can count and have taught multitudes of students how to create one for special class projects. I consider myself to be an expert.
I have taken a class in instructional technology that requires a professional level of Microsoft Word and I use the program with most of its tabs and features on a daily basis. I have successfully explained many features to both adults and students in a public school setting so many times that I consider myself to be an expert.
I consider myself an expert in reading, having taken a graduate course in content area reading while reading for information in more than four languages myself. There are techniques one can use to conquer a text on many different levels, and I love to teach these techniques and then help you practice them until they become second nature.
I feel very comfortable teaching SAT Reading, since I score near perfect myself on all reading tests, including TOEFL and Praxis I and II. I love to share the most recent reading techniques with my students that I have since learned during my latest graduate studies.
I have a masters in education K-12. These studies included classes in study skills. Most of my students in languages, social studies, and test prep require help with study skills as well as just switching to a different perspective or technique in order to understand the material, regardless of subject. I have been providing these types of lessons for over 25 years.
Considering the fact that the English language draws heavily from Latin, French, German, and Greek, you simply cannot do better than find a tutor who is also familiar with those languages. Once your child knows the origin of a word and/or observes patterns of spelling, it is much easier to make a connection and remember the word.
Excellent tutor, really has a passion for teaching! — This tutor is great! She is very patient when you're having trouble learning a subject. Also she breaks down the material so that you can get a core understanding of the language. Not only do you learn how to speak German, but also how our own cultural understanding differs from that of German society. She's very easy to get along with and is very friendly. I highly recommend this tutor if you are ...
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