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Cecily G.

Creative ESL tutor

Creative ESL tutor

$42/hour

  • 278 hours tutoring

About Cecily


Bio

I have 20+ years of experience teaching young people and adults, and have a passion for motivating and engaging youth and adults one-in-one in inspiring learning experiences. Few things are as meaningful and energizing to me as encouraging students to have faith in themselves, persevere and improve their skills.

I have two years experience teaching English full-time to students aged 10-adult in China where I received a second TEFL certificate as well as extensive on-the-job training. I...

I have 20+ years of experience teaching young people and adults, and have a passion for motivating and engaging youth and adults one-in-one in inspiring learning experiences. Few things are as meaningful and energizing to me as encouraging students to have faith in themselves, persevere and improve their skills.

I have two years experience teaching English full-time to students aged 10-adult in China where I received a second TEFL certificate as well as extensive on-the-job training. I taught students in classes from 1 to 30 people. I taught from given materials, books and PowerPoint, and also created and taught my own classes, including a year-long course in American Culture.

I started studying French as a child and have spent time in France and in French-speaking Switzerland. I am currently teaching French beginners (I've also studied Japanese, German, Italian and Mandarin).

Thank you for viewing my tutor profile. I look forward to working with you.


Education

Oberlin College
Music History

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $47
  • Rate details: Please note that the standard rate is for private lessons. For group lessons, please inquire.
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Berkeley, CA 94708
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/4/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English abroad for two years and have also tutored ESL in the U.S. I have two TEFL/TESOL/TESL certificates, one from Oxford Seminars and another from the Chinese government. I took the course "Grammar Fundamentals for ESL Teachers" at UC Berkeley Extension and also received the top score on module 1 of the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test).
French,

French

I started studying French as a child and also lived in France for a few months with my family. I continued studying all through high school, during which I also spent a summer in French-speaking Switzerland (and received a 5 on the French AP exam). In college I spent a semester abroad in France. Since then I have done some French to English translation.
Grammar,

Grammar

I recently (Summer 2020) completed a course in morphology and syntax and received an A. I also took the course "Grammar Fundamentals for ESL Teachers" at U.C. Berkeley Extension and received an A.
Proofreading

Proofreading

I currently proofread texts by non-native speakers. I have edited (and proofread) academic papers, including those written in English by non-native speakers. I have taken a courses in grammar, morphology and syntax. I am a writer as well, and my writing has been described as "crisp".

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I worked with K-6 students (& students in grades 7-12) for 16 years, in schools and in after-school private lessons (music). I have also tutored elementary-age students in ESL, writing, and geography. Recent projects include teaching an original semester-long course in US states. I have 6 ECE credits (early childhood education).
Grammar,

Grammar

I recently (Summer 2020) completed a course in morphology and syntax and received an A. I also took the course "Grammar Fundamentals for ESL Teachers" at U.C. Berkeley Extension and received an A.
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

I have tutored students high school age and older in English, helping them prepare for tests such as the CAHSEE and SAT and helping them with their general coursework. I tutor foreign students in English as a Second Language as well. I have done some freelance writing and editing and enjoy creative writing.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English abroad for two years and have also tutored ESL in the U.S. I have two TEFL/TESOL/TESL certificates, one from Oxford Seminars and another from the Chinese government. I took the course "Grammar Fundamentals for ESL Teachers" at UC Berkeley Extension and also received the top score on module 1 of the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test).
Grammar,

Grammar

I recently (Summer 2020) completed a course in morphology and syntax and received an A. I also took the course "Grammar Fundamentals for ESL Teachers" at U.C. Berkeley Extension and received an A.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I currently proofread texts by non-native speakers. I have edited (and proofread) academic papers, including those written in English by non-native speakers. I have taken a courses in grammar, morphology and syntax. I am a writer as well, and my writing has been described as "crisp".
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I am currently working with students on SAT reading skills.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

Two years experience teaching English to adults in China. Two TEFL certificates. Took "Grammar Fundamentals for ESL Teachers" at U.C. Berkeley Extension.
Writing,

Writing

I have experience tutoring at-risk youth, foster youth and other high school students in writing and have worked as a freelance copywriter and editor. I have also taken courses in creative writing and write my own poetry and prose.
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I worked with K-6 students (& students in grades 7-12) for 16 years, in schools and in after-school private lessons (music). I have also tutored elementary-age students in ESL, writing, and geography. Recent projects include teaching an original semester-long course in US states. I have 6 ECE credits (early childhood education).
English,

English

I have tutored students high school age and older in English, helping them prepare for tests such as the CAHSEE and SAT and helping them with their general coursework. I tutor foreign students in English as a Second Language as well. I have done some freelance writing and editing and enjoy creative writing.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English abroad for two years and have also tutored ESL in the U.S. I have two TEFL/TESOL/TESL certificates, one from Oxford Seminars and another from the Chinese government. I took the course "Grammar Fundamentals for ESL Teachers" at UC Berkeley Extension and also received the top score on module 1 of the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test).
French,

French

I started studying French as a child and also lived in France for a few months with my family. I continued studying all through high school, during which I also spent a summer in French-speaking Switzerland (and received a 5 on the French AP exam). In college I spent a semester abroad in France. Since then I have done some French to English translation.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I am currently working with students on SAT reading skills.
Writing,

Writing

I have experience tutoring at-risk youth, foster youth and other high school students in writing and have worked as a freelance copywriter and editor. I have also taken courses in creative writing and write my own poetry and prose.
Reading, Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English abroad for two years and have also tutored ESL in the U.S. I have two TEFL/TESOL/TESL certificates, one from Oxford Seminars and another from the Chinese government. I took the course "Grammar Fundamentals for ESL Teachers" at UC Berkeley Extension and also received the top score on module 1 of the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test).
French,

French

I started studying French as a child and also lived in France for a few months with my family. I continued studying all through high school, during which I also spent a summer in French-speaking Switzerland (and received a 5 on the French AP exam). In college I spent a semester abroad in France. Since then I have done some French to English translation.
TOEFL

TOEFL

Two years experience teaching English to adults in China. Two TEFL certificates. Took "Grammar Fundamentals for ESL Teachers" at U.C. Berkeley Extension.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I worked with K-6 students (& students in grades 7-12) for 16 years, in schools and in after-school private lessons (music). I have also tutored elementary-age students in ESL, writing, and geography. Recent projects include teaching an original semester-long course in US states. I have 6 ECE credits (early childhood education).
English,

English

I have tutored students high school age and older in English, helping them prepare for tests such as the CAHSEE and SAT and helping them with their general coursework. I tutor foreign students in English as a Second Language as well. I have done some freelance writing and editing and enjoy creative writing.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English abroad for two years and have also tutored ESL in the U.S. I have two TEFL/TESOL/TESL certificates, one from Oxford Seminars and another from the Chinese government. I took the course "Grammar Fundamentals for ESL Teachers" at UC Berkeley Extension and also received the top score on module 1 of the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test).
French,

French

I started studying French as a child and also lived in France for a few months with my family. I continued studying all through high school, during which I also spent a summer in French-speaking Switzerland (and received a 5 on the French AP exam). In college I spent a semester abroad in France. Since then I have done some French to English translation.
Writing,

Writing

I have experience tutoring at-risk youth, foster youth and other high school students in writing and have worked as a freelance copywriter and editor. I have also taken courses in creative writing and write my own poetry and prose.
Reading

Music

Ear Training,

Ear Training

I graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Music History and Theory where I studied Aural Skills. Later I took a course in Kodaly music training for teaching children music. I play piano and sing and have many years of sight singing experience. I'm offering here training in fundamentals of reading music and ear training.
General Music

General Music

I have a bachelor's degree in Music History and Theory and taught music (private lessons in violin) for 16 years. I've studied violin, piano and voice. Kodaly training. Classical music is the area I'm most experienced and knowledgeable about. Note that I'm not currently teaching lessons in violin, piano or voice. Please message me to discuss what you're looking for.

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I taught English abroad for two years and have also tutored ESL in the U.S. I have two TEFL/TESOL/TESL certificates, one from Oxford Seminars and another from the Chinese government. I took the course "Grammar Fundamentals for ESL Teachers" at UC Berkeley Extension and also received the top score on module 1 of the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test).

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I worked with K-6 students (& students in grades 7-12) for 16 years, in schools and in after-school private lessons (music). I have also tutored elementary-age students in ESL, writing, and geography. Recent projects include teaching an original semester-long course in US states. I have 6 ECE credits (early childhood education).
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English abroad for two years and have also tutored ESL in the U.S. I have two TEFL/TESOL/TESL certificates, one from Oxford Seminars and another from the Chinese government. I took the course "Grammar Fundamentals for ESL Teachers" at UC Berkeley Extension and also received the top score on module 1 of the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test).
French,

French

I started studying French as a child and also lived in France for a few months with my family. I continued studying all through high school, during which I also spent a summer in French-speaking Switzerland (and received a 5 on the French AP exam). In college I spent a semester abroad in France. Since then I have done some French to English translation.
Writing,

Writing

I have experience tutoring at-risk youth, foster youth and other high school students in writing and have worked as a freelance copywriter and editor. I have also taken courses in creative writing and write my own poetry and prose.
Reading

Test Preparation

SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I am currently working with students on SAT reading skills.
TOEFL

TOEFL

Two years experience teaching English to adults in China. Two TEFL certificates. Took "Grammar Fundamentals for ESL Teachers" at U.C. Berkeley Extension.

Examples of Expertise


Cecily has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 3 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.8 (50 ratings)
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4 star
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Reviews

Knowledgeable and patient teacher.

Cecily is able to make writing and working on stories so much for my 2nd grader. When I tried to teach him, it always ended up in a fight but he is looking forward to her lessons even after a whole zoom school day. His writing, spelling and the ability to grab his thoughts into words improved immensely. Thank you!

Svenja, 24 lessons with Cecily

Patient and Engaging

This was our initial meeting with Cecily, my daughter loved meeting with her. She was warm, engaging, and kept pace with my 8-year-olds excited mind and tangents.

Bella, 57 lessons with Cecily

Great fun!

Cecily provides great feedback on pronouncing correctly and helps me put together sentences from the new words and concepts that we review. I feel like I am learning a great deal even though I only have a little time to study. Cecily and I went over a family postcard in French from 1914 that we found among a box of family letters. She helped me to understand it slowly even with my extremely basic French. This was very exciting!

Jessica, 61 lessons with Cecily

Excellent tutor

A very kind, patient, and knowledgeable tutor. Helped my sister in law who was visiting for a week from Toronto. Was flexible to accommodate last minute requests. Highly recommended. A+

Darryl, 4 lessons with Cecily

Nice Tutor

I think the first meeting went off to a good start. My daughter said she was very helpful and looks forward to working with her more. She went over the lessons that they were learning in school along with some basics. We look forward to having her again.

Karen, 4 lessons with Cecily

Dedicated French Tutor

Cecily taught me French. She was creative and came up with a lot of different methods for adult learning (pictures on a clip board, songs etc) which helped me a lot. She was patient to wait until I constructed a sentence and helped me to correct it when needed. I recommend Cecily as a teacher.

Luna , 19 lessons with Cecily

Good, reliable tutor

I had one session with Cecily to review two papers. She helped me with grammar issues and develop ideas properly. She was on time and helped me improve my papers. Her rate is fair for what she offers.

Richard, 1 lesson with Cecily
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