University of Michigan (Japanese,Linguistics)
My love of teaching stems from my own background as a student. I have been lucky enough to have had some great teachers over the years. These teachers challenged me, believed in me, taught me, and expected great things from me. Their encouragement helped me achieve my own dream of earning a Ph.D. Over the years, I realized that I have the same ability to encourage my students to achieve their best.
When I tutor, I have high expectations of my students, but not ones that are unrealistic. I press them to do their best because I know that they will be rewarded with personal satisfaction. For my writing students, I work with them through the writing/rewriting process until they have a final product that is an excellent representation of their work. However, the writing process is the one that they will benefit from and use again in the future. For my speaking students, I challenge them to step outside of their comfort zone by giving them real-world assignments that challenges them use language. After they gain confidence, oral fluency will come naturally.
I love tutoring because I love customizing assignments to individuals. There are times when classroom learning is not the most effective for students. However, tutoring gives both me (the teacher) and you (the learner) the opportunity to create a learning plan that will help you succeed. I have experience in all skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking). I have worked with high school students up through Ph.D. students. I have also worked with non-students, including Japanese housewives and business professionals.
My English teaching started in the Peace Corps in Mongolia. It was my first opportunity to put my linguistics training to the test. I look back and marvel at how much I've learned through my interactions with my university-level students during the past 20+ years. I work particularly well with college students and professionals who need career or discipline specific language training. I can save you time by designing courses that will target your specific goals.
I am happy to offer a free 30 minute consultation to see if our teaching/learning styles match. During this consultation, we can also come up with a plan for future lessons. If you are satisfied, I would love the opportunity to work with you further. My love of teaching stems from my own background as a student. I have been lucky enough to have had some great teachers over the years. These teachers challenged me, believed in me, taught me, and expected great things from me. Their encouragement helped me achieve my own dream of earning a Ph.D. Over the years, I realized that I have the same
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I have been working with international students for more than 20 years. I teach reading, writing, speaking and listening. I also teach students grammar and vocabulary. I feel confident that I would tutor for this test.
I taught oral skills (ALI 244) for 3 years at the University of Southern California. A key component of this course is public speaking.
I also teach presentation skills to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of California, Los Angeles. They practice public speaking necessary for a consultant career and/or presenting in academic conferences.
I have been teaching oral skills, including public speaking, for nearly 20 years.