Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL (English French)
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (Master's)
Having worked in English and French with students from many age groups, I have experience teaching junior high, high school, college, adult education, and in private tutoring. I have 25 years experience in Secondary Education and 5 on the college level. With a love for the English word and the French as well, I hold an M.A. in English and a B.A. in French, and I enjoy working one-on-one with students. Additionally, I have often been told that I possess a great deal of patience, so I feel I can work well with those who may struggle with subjects.
Working with the student, I will identify his/her particular problems, assuring that these are addressed. Together, then, we will go forward and the student will gain confidence. Thus, we both will be rewarded!
Having worked in English and French with students from many age groups, I have experience teaching junior high, high school, college, adult education, and in private tutoring. I have 25 years experience in Secondary Education and 5 on the college level. With a love for the English word and the French as well, I hold an M.A. in English and a B.A.
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I have been an English and AP English teacher, ESL teacher, and GED English teacher for many years: English for 30 years, and ESL and GED English for 15 years. I have tutored people one-on-one in this subject, as well.
I have a B.A. in English form Northern Illinois University, and a M.A. in English from the University of Alabama. Also, I have been a monitor for the ACT exam.
I have experience as an ACT monitor and am knowledgeable of the skills tested. With both a B.A. and M.A. degrees in English, I have taken numerous literature courses, as well as some courses on teaching reading.
I have taught French to high school and college students for 26 years. I have a B.A. in French from Northern Illinois University, and I have also taken 3 courses from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Additionally, I have tutored college students and children, as well. My high school students participated in state competitions, and always students won each year that we entered.
(I have been to France on a couple of occasions, times which provided me with "real-life experience.")
Having a degree in French, one of the parents of the English language, has provided me with additional skills in grammar. And, I have taught both French and English grammar on both the high school and college levels.
Of course, grammar skills are honed as one reads and as one writes, so in my instruction in the areas of literature and journalism, I have taught much grammar, not to mention separate lessons in this area, as well.
(I have a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in English.)
Having learned to read at the age of five, I have been an in bibliophile ever since. I love to relate fictional characters to real-life personages.
Literature is the greatest teacher of all; for, it contains the experiences of all mankind. Stephen King said, "Fiction is the lie that tells truths."
I have B.A. and M.A. in English, which include studies in Early and Modern American literature; 16th century, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th century English literature, and other works from French, Hispanic, and Russian literature.
Having been a proofreader for a company and as a long-time English teacher and Journalism instructor, I have experience with proofreading. Always having urged students to proofread their writing, I have a number of methods for catching one's incongruities and errors.
As I have mentioned in my Qualifications for teaching Reading for the SAT, a love of reading is contagious, and I always try to pass my enthusiasm for the written word on to others.
Conversations about what we read is always a part of my teaching and, especially, tutoring. During these, we go over the steps to reading that aid in comprehension.
Experience: a lifetime
Education: B.A. and M.A. in English; many, many hours of literature courses.
As a secondary teacher, I have 25 years of experience working with students on their reading skills. Together with the classes, I worked on the 5 steps of the Reading Process:
2. Read quickly for plot/meaning
3. Read again, looking up vocabulary needed for comprehension
4. Read again and annotate.
5. Analyze the text for symbols, themes, etc.
Always I engaged in discussion with students about what they read and its implications for them. And, I would cover skills needed for the ACT and SAT; I myself was a monitor for the ACT, so I knew the skills that were needed.
In addition, I truly believe that a teacher's love and enthusiasm for reading is contagious, especially when tutoring.
Having taught English on the secondary level, I have experience with writing instruction, especially for the State exams and ACT. One book I love to use is The Practical Writer. This is a college text which takes the writer step-by-step through the writing process. Of course, I also utilized this text when I taught English Composition 101, 102.
The Practical Writer is an excellent text for one-on-one tutoring as the tutor can lead the student through the steps suggested in this book.
The instruction of vocabulary is intrinsic to both reading and writing; therefore, during my many years of teaching English, I have worked with vocabulary in context as well as vocabulary per se.
When working with Shakespearean vocabulary in the study of one of his plays, for instance, I generated interest with crossword puzzles and fill-in-the-blanks worksheets, vocabulary in context etc. that pertained to the play under study.
With a Master's degree in English, I have taught on both the high school and college level. The college courses which I taught were Composition 101 and 102.
In addition, I taught Journalism at the secondary level, a course which stressed a very structured writing.