John D.

Encinitas, CA

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West Virgina University
American Conservatory Theater
Master's
Humboldt State University, California
Master's

Education

West Virgina University

American Conservatory Theater (Master's)

Humboldt State University, California (Master's)

About John

Currently I teach English at two local colleges.

I've been teaching Freshman Comp and all levels of remedial college English for the last seven years.

Before that I taught acting and theatre in San Francisco.

I have tutored high school and college students since grad school. I have tutored individual students in all forms of remedial reading and writing and essay writing and revision.

I encourage students to discover their thoughts and feelings by prewriting and engaging in a series of mapping and writing strategies. I have various theatrical as well as conventional essay writing exercises, in addition to grammar and usage drills, designed to help students investigate their imaginations and hone their writing voices.
Currently I teach English at two local colleges.

I've been teaching Freshman Comp and all levels of remedial college English for the last seven years.

Before that I taught acting and theatre in San
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Cancellation
36 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Encinitas, CA 92024
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Art:
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English,
ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading,
Writing
Test Preparation:
College Counseling, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

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English

To write well one must read well. I start with reading strategies, and sample everything from comic books, graphic novels, chapter books, children's stories to magazine and newspaper articles. From these everyday examples of basic writing we model the strategies the writers use to get their points across clearly. I also use grammar and usage work books to strengthen a student's grasp of the fundamentals of English. I gently guide students to an understanding of the basic rules and the beauty of the language. I impress upon them the realization that, although English combines words from many tongues, a good grasp of speech patterns and conjugation can enable anyone to master its use.

I firmly believe that at any age, a student must learn to read well in order to write well. Fostering a love of reading is my ultimate goal. It's true that you must think before you write, but you arrive at an opinion, a supported position, a belief, value, or idea, by writing your thoughts. By writing you discover what you think about any particular subject or topic, and developing that skill is an empowering act that benefits you in any line of work and for a lifetime.

Public Speaking

My unique history as a theater and film performer, coupled with my ongoing experience as a college writing instructor,qualifies me to coach public speaking. I have a wealth of technique to engage an audience. I know how to warm an audience with anecdotes and extemporaneous banter.

I can implement exercises to improve and sharpen both articulation and enunciation. Most importantly I can instill the confidence one must possess to relax the body and still the mind in order to focus the attention and summon the emotion needed to deliver one's message effectively.

These are not easy skills to acquire but can be learned with practice and through experience. Learning to express oneself clearly and distinctly, both verbally and on the page, is indispensable for one seeking to advance in any field of business.

SAT Reading

I start with reading strategies, and sample everything from comic books, graphic novels, chapter books, children's stories to magazine and newspaper articles. From these everyday examples of basic writing we model the strategies the writers use to get their points across clearly. I also use grammar and usage work books to strengthen a student's grasp of the fundamentals of English. I gently guide students to an understanding of the basic rules and the beauty of the language. I impress upon them the realization that, although English combines words from many tongues, a good grasp of speech patterns and conjugation can enable anyone to master its use.

I firmly believe that at any age, a student must learn to read well in order to write well. Fostering a love of reading is my ultimate goal.

Theatre

I have been acting in theater for 25 years, with a few spots in TV and movies. I also teach acting and improvisation.Most recently I played Scrooge in Scrooge the Musical at the historic Mission Theater in Fallbrook, where I also taught improv and scene study to the C.A.S.T. students.

My emphasis on collaboration both as a teacher and performer makes me particularly sensitive to others and concerned for their input and their feelings. Emotions are what actors use for fuel. I would never want to squelch the creative impulse or denigrate one’s attempts to create.

Collaboration is part and parcel of my pedagogic approach. My ethics and enthusiasm flow from my need for and love of the creative arts.

I enthusiastically urge you to consider me as a potential acting coach and theatre instructor. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

I do have a reel of film and theater pieces on DVD if requested.

Writing

To make oneself clearly understood in writing is a great art, but one of the simplest of skills. My eight year girl old is a master. But there are levels of expression and we are dealing with the most common type of explanatory essay. Expository essays intend to explain, to a universal reader, something noteworthy about a person, activity, concept, theory, phenomenon, or any number of topics, and then to make a point about their subject. The essay itself possesses its reader. The only difference between boring and possessing the reader is clarity. The clearer one expresses oneself, in speech or in writing, the more successful one is at making oneself understood.

That is a skill worth having, and comes in handy in all lines of work.


I can show you what practical, useful tool writing can be, and how to use it.

I teach my classes, using student’s own writing—to demonstrate paragraphing, coherence, unity, and structure, and yes, GRAMMAR.

I can dissect a sentence, I can inspire ideas. But I cannot write papers for students.

I can connect the heart and the voice with the intention to say something, and to express it in standard written English, clearly, but I can’t tell you what to think or feel about anything. What you write is your choice, with some parameters for the particular mode, or type, of essay.

Mainly, I give students the tools to use to make sense of their thought. If you have a youngster, or an oldster, who has trouble formulating something to say, and then writing it down, I will try my best, using various methods of engaging the imagination, to help your student-writer achieve the goal of making his/herself clearly understood in writing.

West Virgina University
American Conservatory Theater
Master's
Humboldt State University, California
Master's

Education

West Virgina University

American Conservatory Theater (Master's)

Humboldt State University, California (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

John will travel within 20 miles of Encinitas, CA 92024.

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