Over 200 tutoring hours

Elke E.

Costa Mesa, CA


English/ESL Grammar, Writing and Proofreading

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 10/23/14
4.9 average from 99 ratings
— Becky, Irvine, CA on 9/8/13


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San Diego State University
San Diego State University


San Diego State University (German)

San Diego State University (Master's)

About Elke

My academic degrees are in English (Master's) and German (Bachelor's). Teaching English composition and English as a Second Language have been really enjoyable for me. I've taught at language schools, companies and at the community college level. I'm able to work as well with elementary school students and teenagers to assist with writing papers, expanding vocabulary and strengthening reading skills.

Because I've studied other languages, I'm a compassionate ESL teacher. I understand the struggles with acquiring fluency. I'm very open to working with students from all countries and backgrounds. Offering practical strategies is my specialty.

If you need proofreading, I have plenty of experience reviewing both academic and business (website, proposals, letters, etc.) documents. I am willing to work with you via email when there are time constraints.

Although I'm not a native German speaker, I have lived, worked and studied in Germany and acquired fluency through the experience. Because I began learning German through classes here in California, I can better relate to what students struggle with in terms of grammar and vocabulary.

My availability is weekdays after 6pm and weekends.
My academic degrees are in English (Master's) and German (Bachelor's). Teaching English composition and English as a Second Language Read more

4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons


- Becky, Irvine, CA on 9/8/13
Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Microsoft Outlook,
Microsoft Word
Geography, Religion
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have been tutoring a 10 year old for the past few weeks. We work on vocabulary building, reading comprehension, use of past versus present tenses (one of her difficulties) and pronunciation. I have found a lot of strategies to get her to write and participate as much as possible in the lesson, so I feel I'm qualified to tutor elementary school kids now.


I taught and tutored English at a community college and a private high school (San Diego area).


I've taught ESL at companies while living in Europe, and I've taught ESL for teens and adults in California. I'm currently tutoring in ESL on a biweekly basis.


Besides earning a Bachelor's in German Language and Literature Studies, I lived in Germany for over three years to attain fluency.


As an instructor of English Composition, I've taught grammar to teens and adults. As an ESL instructor, I have experience with students from diverse cultures learning the mechanics of English.

Microsoft Outlook

I have used MS Outlook for many years in a business capacity, which includes scheduling meetings and appointments, sending and receiving email and task management.


In a business context, I have proofread everything from lengthy proposals to brief emails. I have been in charge of editing website content for a company as well. In an educational context, I have proofread research papers and submissions to a journal.

Public Speaking

As part of my job in the business world, I've had to address large groups of people. I've also taken speech courses and taught classes with up to 35 students.


I have not only written my own research papers, but assisted others with writing theirs. In a business context, I have created numerous proposals, reports, and other documents on a regular basis for several years.

San Diego State University
San Diego State University


San Diego State University (German)

San Diego State University (Master's)


Elke is well prepared for each lesson. She really understands my daughter's need and circumstance. then prepares material in advance. My daughter also likes her teaching.

— Becky, Irvine, CA on 9/8/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Elke will travel within 5 miles of Costa Mesa, CA 92626.