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Hello! My name is Alfred. I am completing a master's in Teaching English as a Second Language at Gonzaga University and have taught ESL for five years, including two years in Costa Rica. Because I love English and helping people learn, teaching ESL is my passion. It would be my pleasure to help you improve your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in English.
I love everything about English. I love the history of the language, its Germanic roots and the effects of the Norman invasion. I love literature, the way it reflects and shapes our understanding of the world. I love studying English, using linguistics to explore its inner workings and mechanics. But most of all, I love having the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for English with others.
Simply put, helping people learn English is the greatest joy of my life. I love watching people become more fluent speakers and better writers. I love being there when a person understands a grammar point that had confused them. I love that I can help people improve their lives by improving their ability to communicate.
Reading can be a great pleasure, but it requires certain skills. Successful readers pay attention to the way individual sentences work together to form paragraphs. When studying, they identify the topic sentence of a paragraph and rephrase it as a question, bringing the supporting details to light. When reading fiction, they are aware of different genres, so they can correctly interpret details and plot devices.
Luckily these skills can be learned. Learning them not only makes reading more rewarding, it guarantees improved success in school and in life. I am confident I can help you or your child learn to become a better reader.
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