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I have found in my years of teaching ESL that lessons that work for adults are 100% geared toward the student's personal desires, interests and goals. Moving outside of these student-centered boundaries does not serve the student; working within these parameters brings exponential growth in language acquisition and implementation. Approaching ESL tutoring sessions in this way requires a tremendous amount of flexibility on the part of the tutor, but the results are unmatched. In addition, the relationships established with the students are meaningful and long-lasting.
If you are struggling to encourage a reluctant reader to read for at least 30 minutes per day, this website may help. I began using this with Beginning English as a Second Language (ESL) students but have found that it also works well for K-6 readers as well. Here are the instructions for accessing this FREE site: Go to http://larryferlazzo.com/englishbeg.html#stories a. Under the heading marked Stories, click on Tumblebooks b. Click on Tumblebook Library c. Click on Story Books or Non-fiction Books d. Choose a book and then click Read Online
Now is a great time to pursue your dream. Why not study what interests you? It is never too late to make a decision to start a new career. Perhaps you would like to start a new business? Being an entrepreneur is great. There has not been a better time for me to pursue higher education than in this season of life. Returning to college to complete my education has been one of the best decisions I ever made. There are hundreds of ways to approach returning to college. Of course, attending full time means completing a degree program quicker than if you attend part-time. If you are working full-time and think part-time night classes are best at this stage of your life--take the plunge! Dive into a new school and get busy pursuing your dream of a higher education. Statistics don't lie. Those with at least a bachelor's degree earn more money than those without a college degree. Ever been passed over for a job because you did not have the degree? Believe... read more
What a wonderful experience I had teaching in South Korea this summer. I taught at two summer camps for 10 days each. One camp was for 8th graders and the other for 6th graders. I taught a grammar intensive course called 'comic's and a vocabulary intensive one called 'directions around town'. The energy crisis made the classrooms and dorms very hot and muggy. We had to climb steep hills many times a day from the cafeteria, dorms and to the classrooms and recreation area. Not to mention the mosquitos were really hungry all the time. I would lesson plan in the evenings and get up in the morning to teach the same class twelve times in a row! Can you saw exhausting? But the kids were troopers and seemed to learn a lot. The biggest improvement I'd say was in their confidence.
Although learning is an awesome thing, it can be a difficult and frustrating journey for many students. This difficulty, however, is often times quite normal although most feel it means that a child may not be able to learn or that he/she is so frustrated that learning is no longer taking place. This is where the experienced tutor steps in; for frustration in learning is a part of the learning itself. I have taught and tutored many students and have seen first hand how this frustration can leave some students, and their parents, feeling helpless and hopeless. But there is ALWAYS Hope!!! What they have failed to realize is that as the brain learns difficult concepts, it can only take in parts at a time, little parts at a time. So although it may seem no learning is taking place, it actually is, just in smaller segments. In fact, the most frustration comes right before a new concept is achieved. This is when most give up. Had they stayed focused for perhaps one or two more... read more
Hi all, Thanks to those of you who take the time to read this. I would love to start a dialogue with you so feel free to write to me with comments. This past school year has been a big one for me. I completed my graduate practicum in the fall, in a self-contained ESL and Sheltered ESL classroom in a high school. It was a challenge and required a lot of work but it was worth every minute. The things I learned are invaluable in terms of relating to students better on a personal and professional level, learning how to reach them and motivate them, figuring out other ways to teach the same lesson to someone who did not understand the first time, teaching students how to advocate for themselves and so much more! I had to prepare a huge binder of evidence for the Department of Education, just to prove myself again (and again and again). I did it! Then I had to begin studying for the Comprehensive Exam for my Master's Degree. I was going to originally try to take it in December... read more
Following are a few testimonials that have been provided by people who have seen and/or benefited from our language teaching skills and experience. Bovic L. taught French at the University of Indianapolis in 2004. It is my recollection that he did a very admirable job. He is a native speaker of French who has an engaging style and who is very interested in the success of his students. I might add that my wife studied with Bovic and was very pleased with his classes. He is a conscientious instructor who can adapt his teaching approach to reflect his students' learning styles. In summary, I believe that Bovic L. is an excellent teacher. Daniel B., Special Assistant to the Provost,University of Indianapolis I was Principal of Fall Creek Valley Middle School in Indianapolis/Indiana, when Bovic L. was a French teacher at the school. Bovic was a very competent teacher. He planned and delivered engaging lessons. He had excellent classroom management. Bovic was able to get... read more
Has your son or daughter failed and lost confidence in his/her ability to succeed in school? Hiring a tutor is an important decision. Providing your child with the opportunity for individual one-to-one learning assistance is vital to a young student's success. Re-building confidence is part of a tutor's job. If your child is in need of a patient, encouraging, and caring tutor--please review my profile. My experience working with elementary aged students is varied--from Kindergarten through the fifth grade. Summer is a great time to review skills and to improve vocabulary for any young reader. If I can be of assistance, please contact me today!
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Hello! Thank you for visiting my site! I have 8 years of language teaching experience. I taught for 7 years at Princeton University and 1 year at the University of Notre Dame. It is truly a joy for me to help people reach their academic and personal goals. Please contact me as soon as possible to inquire about scheduling a tutoring session with me. I specialize in language arts, particularly Spanish, French, and English. I also have experience tutoring people of all ages, and helping them prepare for standardized tests. I look forward to hearing from you soon! Best regards, Valerie
One of the more frustrating things about tutoring is when students or their parents want to treat tutoring like a quick fix. In other words, sometimes they want to meet the night before a test and cram for said test in hopes of getting a better grade. On the surface, this problem might work, but it treats the symptoms rather than the root of the problem. If you're going to take the time to invest in a tutor, then here are a couple of suggestions. First, try to catch the problem early. If you (or your child) is struggling in a subject, get help right away. Don't wait until you (or your child) feels that overwhelming feeling that comes when one is completely lost in information. The sooner a tutor can get involved, the better the tutor can help a student to stay on track. Work with your tutor to adopt a thorough approach to the subject. It is not enough to learn the facts of a subject, but also to learn the reasons behind those facts. If you want to do well in a subject,... read more
It was the Fall of 2009 and the economy left many of us unemployed for the first time ever! I'm SO glad I LOST MY FULL TIME JOB. Just like that, the corporate world is cruel, they pulled the rug right out from under me! I only got 1 week of notice too!!! It doesn't matter how great your severance package is, it is no fun to have your life turned upside down without giving you time to process what is happening to you. Returning to college was the best decision I ever made. If you started a college education and put it on hold to raise a family or build a career and now you wish you were in another field--it is not too late. If you are reading this, you probably want out. If you are still reading, you definitely need to make a change in your life. Health care is booming and it is only going to get better. Why not consider attending a paraprofessional program to achieve a 2 year degree to become a medical lab technician or a dental assistant? I've known a few students that... read more
Do you want near-native fluency? That’s a lofty goal to reach and may never be achievable depending on your circumstances (i.e. lack of time to study and/or lack of exposure to the target language). Why not settle for a specific level of proficiency that will best meet your short term goals? You can always improve to a higher level later. 5 Steps to Learning Your Second or Third (etc.) Language: 1. First, decide what your immediate goal is. Do you want to be able to read in the language only or speak it only or both? Which is more important to you now? Maybe you want to pass a challenging test like the TOEFL to gain admission into an American university? Or do you simply want to communicate with your child’s teachers at school? To be effective, your study plan must be developed according to your specific goals. 2. Then, decide what level you need to attain and how many learning hours will be necessary for the bare minimum to reach that level. You may have to research... read more
Correcting pronunciation and verbal grammar mistakes can be difficult because conversation move so quickly. Additionally, constant interruption to correct breaks the flow of the conversation and can discourage the student. To overcome these weaknesses while addressing this important area of language, I have started keeping a notepad that I can use to jot down student errors. If the error is in pronunciation, I make a note of how the word was pronounced. If the error is in grammar, I write down what was actually said. At a convenient time in the lesson, I go over the notes I have written. My students appreciate this technique to the point that some will not let me end the lesson until we have gone over my notes. I hope this technique can be useful to other second language teachers.
Do the terms "preposition," "verb," "article," and "modal verb" sometimes stump you? Typically, students are taught the word "preposition" in 1st grade. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure that if I had seen that long word at the top of a worksheet in 1st grade, I would have skipped right over it, coding "preposition" as a long word that simply did not fit in my schema of the world. Fast forward to middle, high school, and college, and I see that many native speakers often find one or more grammatical device or structure challenging. Grammar lessons learned in elementary school can easily slip from one's mind, leaving students to struggle when applying their skills to essay writing, earning them phrases such as "wrong modifier!" "run-on!" and "awkward!" splattered in red ink all over their graded assignments. It is one thing to not remember rules of grammar correctly, but when compounded with grammatically incorrect syntax from colloquial phrases or other... read more
I have been responding to a lot of requests recently, yet got no further reply thereafter. Some students just wrote me that my rate is higher than others. Well, I have some say there, as I had students before who came back to me after they tried other tutors. The question is, would you rather pay more for a short time or pay less for a longer period of time? First, some students do not have a clear goal of the "deadline," which means they do not know to what extent they need to learn about certain subjects and until which date they need to achieve this goal. They would set up a schedule for one or two 1-hr lessons each week and see where it takes. The result is, after a long time, or after they couldn't make it to the classes for some time, they would lose their urge and quit the classes. In this way, they waste the money spent on previous sessions, even if they pay a less-than-usual rate. On the other hand, some students know what they are going to do and just work... read more
Hello everyone! Or should I say kazoozampola! That is Dzongkha (the national language of Bhutan) for HELLO! After a few months away in the Land of the Thunder Dragon, the Kingdom of Bhutan, teaching at the Royal University of Bhutan, I am back and ready to see you. I am ready to apply some of the insights into teaching that I gained on this last adventure. Every year or so I try to freshen my approach to teaching. Subjects don't change that much. Let's face it - spelling stays pretty much the same, as does the pronunciation of words, and the structure of a sentence. But HOW to teach these topics -whether to a high school student struggling with essay writing or a business executive getting prepared for a presentation, or a non-native speaker hoping to improve his job prospects - refreshing teaching methods keeps me fresh, and keeps you interested (and helps towards better results). A few years ago I took some ASL (American Sign Language) courses to help inform my... read more
Recently, as I've been working with students on reading, I noticed something interesting. Students tend to want to read the material quickly, whether or not the word is being read correctly.This presents in two different ways that I have noticed so far: If it is a new word, the letters and syllables might get read out of order. If it is a root word, verb or noun, they are already familiar with, the prefixes or suffixes may be read incorrectly. This made me wonder where the drive for speed was coming from. Was it a desire to sound natural? Was it the students' way of getting through the daunting task as quickly as possible? Whatever the reason, it was not helping the students become better readers or spellers. Spellers?! How does that apply to reading, you may ask? My answer is this: For visual learners, reading is a big part of spelling. When they see words, repeatedly, they can recall the images later on when they are trying to spell them. Therefore, when students are... read more
Hello and welcome to my Blog page. As I jump into tutoring, I hope to fill this page with helpful tips and techniques that I pick up along the way. For example, a great way to study English is to read. The more a person reads, the more vocabulary, grammar, structure, etc. is picked up and translated into their own writing. Even if it is a small article each day, reading motivates the mind. This daily routine is especially important to English learners (ESL). Academic writings, such as articles, should be considered as a first choice in English aid. History and historical perspectives are also great teachers. To get inspired, watch a documentary online, write your own historical interpretation of a recent event, or be a news reporter for a day. For information on my endorsements and work experiences, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your consideration!
There are so many changes happening in the field of education, and teachers need to keep up with the trends. Some of the changes include: - Common Core Curriculum - 21st Century Skills - New Teacher Evaluations - New Testing Formats New York State is on the cutting edge of these changes, and there are many great resources for parents and students. I try to stay on the cutting edge, too, and I have compiled many of these resources for use by my students and parents.