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University of Arizona (Russian Studies)
I love teaching students how to communicate better in English!
When English is not your native language, trying to learn it can be scary and intimidating. I began teaching as a substitute teacher for K-12 at Mesa Public Schools in 2008, then I started teaching ESL for the MPS Adult Education program in 2009. I am now an adjunct instructor at Mesa Community College for the Community Outreach Program, with experience in teaching ESL classes and GED Test prep. I also tutored new refugees to the U.S. for Refugee Focus in 2016.
I enjoy meeting new students from around the world and helping them to learn more about English so they can succeed in their lives and careers. I try to make a connection with my students and give positive encouragement during the learning process. I am patient and willing to be flexible. It's not easy to learn a new language, but I want to help you meet your goals.
I can help you in all aspects of learning to communicate better in English. Being a native speaker, I can help you improve your pronunciation so that you can be understood by other English speakers. Speaking English involves a lot of listening skills, and I can help you find resources to practice your skills.
I also enjoy teaching English grammar and help you work through the many difficulties in putting together a clear English sentence. I do my best to help you feel comfortable and make your learning experience positive.
I hope you will trust me to help you learn English for whatever your needs may be. My available schedule is currently limited to a few evenings a week, and weekends. I can meet you at your home, or we can work at the library. I am open to meeting at another location if it fits both our preferences and the learning process. Contact me through WyzAnt so that I can start teaching you to be more confident in your English skills today! I love teaching students how to communicate better in English!
When English is not your native language, trying to learn it can be scary and intimidating. I began teaching as a substitute teacher for K-12 at Mesa Public
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I taught at Mesa Public Schools for six years, and I now teach as adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College. I have worked with individual students and groups teaching all aspects of English language to non-native speakers from various different countries. I use textbook and online/video lessons to help students learn grammar, pronunciation, listening/speaking skills and citizenship skills, including social skills for living in the U.S.
I have TEFL/TESOL Certification from the CESL Program at the University of Arizona, I have been a student of other languages myself (French, Russian and Spanish) and I have been teaching adult ESL classes for at least seven years in public school programs and at the community college level now. Speaking English involves learning the sounds of various vowel and consonant combinations, which are many and varied (such as -EI-/-AI- and -TH-, along with silent combinations such as -GH) and these sounds can be difficult for speakers of other languages who do not use these sounds in their own native languages. My Spanish speakers, for example, continually strive to perfect the two TH sounds, and I try to help them negotiate the B versus V pitfalls all the time. I love to use homophones and homonyms to teach students the tricky aspects of English, and to help them learn the social cues needed for correct use and pronunciation of English words.