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Steven H.

Huntington Beach, CA

$30/hr

Widely-Traveled, Multi-Lingual ESL Tchr with Masters degree in TESOL

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Background check passed as of 9/16/12
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Great!
— Leonidas, Huntington Beach, CA on 8/25/13

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San Diego State University
English
CSU - Dominguez Hills, Masters TESOL 5/17/14
Master's
Boise State University/Coll. of So. Idaho
Other

Education

San Diego State University (English)

CSU - Dominguez Hills, Masters TESOL 5/17/14 (Master's)

Boise State University/Coll. of So. Idaho (Other)

About Steven

My love of teaching and tutoring comes from a life-long dedication to learning myself. This includes becoming fluent in Spanish, German, and Italian, in addition to my native language: English. I hold a California Credential in Adult Education. And have taught literally hundreds of adults and children in classroom situations. In October, 2006, I was hired as a part-time paid TESOL teacher in the Adult Ed program with Newport-Mesa (Newport Beach & Costa Mesa) schools. I taught about 12-15 hours per week, both days and nights. In 2011, cut-backs in Adult Ed funding caused the lay-off of many teachers, including me, from the program. I still occasionally substitute in K-12 and the Adult Ed ESL program with N-M USD. And I still volunteer with the South Coast Literacy Council teaching ESL for an hour and a half one night a week in Costa Mesa.

I finished a Master's degree May 17, 2014, in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Cal State Univ (CSU) Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA (40+ units are required). I received straight A's and B's in the program -- nothing lower. I am fairly fluent in Spanish, German, and Italian, and as a result, as an ESL teacher with N-M USD, I was usually assigned the entry-level students, who were mostly Spanish speaking.

My undergraduate degree is in English, as a major; History, as a minor.

I'm an expert downhill skier, having lived in Aspen, Colorado (7 yrs.) and Sun Valley, Idaho (20 yrs.) in the past. I've been told by some of my past students that I have a great sense of humor, a playful disposition, and a patient nature, but that I am an excellent teacher who is reliable, thorough, and has impressive knowledge in the subjects I teach. There were no grades given in the Adult Ed program at N-M USD, so I'm fairly certain the students were being honest and sincere and not just trying to curry favor with their teacher in order to get a good grade.
My love of teaching and tutoring comes from a life-long dedication to learning myself. This includes becoming fluent in Spanish, German, and Italian, in addition to my native Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

I will be glad to include free of charge to any student who nets me $100 in earnings a free copy of the definitive reference book for writing in English: The Harbrace College Handbook.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great!"

- Leonidas, Huntington Beach, CA on 8/25/13
Steven replied on 8/27/2013

Thanks, Leo! You are every ESL teacher's dream: eager, focused, interested! I'm looking forward to our next session!

Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Word
Test Preparation:
SAT Writing,
TOEFL

Approved subjects are in bold.

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American History

I minored in History at San Diego State University. It's one of my favorite subjects. I have taken courses in Modern European History from the Congress of Vienna to WWI; History of Mexico; and American History, among others.

English

Obviously, as a native speaker of English, and someone who majored in English at SDSU, I love my language! It is perhaps the most expressive language in the world. Of the 6,000+ languages in the world, English is fast becoming its Lengua Franca, i.e., the language that others use to speak to one another when they are not familiar with each others' first languages. English is used in the maritime and aviation fields.

ESL/ESOL

On May 30, 2014, I finished a Master's degree in TOEFL (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language) at Cal. State. Univ. Dominguez Hills, in Carson, CA. I enjoyed every minute of it! It was a thrill to be back in a classroom again. I taught ESL/ESOL/TOEFL in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District from 2006 until 2011, when the program was greatly reduced because of budget shortfalls. I am still a regular substitute in grades K-12

General Computer

I have been working with computers since the early 1980's. I have taught individuals how to use their computer on occasion and those people have always progressed in their knowledge of computers.

Geography

I have traveled widely in Europe, the USA, and Mexico and am very familiar with the subject. It's one of my favorite intellectual pursuits.

Grammar

As a Graduate Student in the ESL Department at CSU Dominguez Hills, I was required to take and pass the Graduate Writing Exam (GWE) before I could be considered for a Masters. A score of 8 or higher is required to pass the GWE, with 12 being the highest possible score. I received a score of 9. Test takers are graded on their knowledge of English grammar, as well as their ability to write coherently and creatively.

Literature

English literature was my major at San Diego State University. I enjoyed it immensely and carried a 3.1 GPA throughout my college years.

Microsoft Word

I have been using Microsoft Word since the early 80's. I use it almost daily in my school work and online. I can be of great help to the beginner and intermediate learner.

Proofreading

I have been a professional proofreader on many occasions in the past. It's something I enjoy very much. In my opinion, English prose is beautiful when it is correctly written.

Reading

As a teacher of English as a Second Language, (ESL), in the Newport-Mesa USD, teaching students to read is a high priority. I liked the process and students often told me they enjoyed having me teach them reading,

SAT Writing

It's been a few years since I took the SAT exam, but feel I'm very well qualified to prepare any student for the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Spanish

I took several semesters of Spanish classes in high school and college and always received A's and B's. I'm repeatedly told by native speakers of Spanish that I speak Spanish with almost no English accent at all and speak it quite fluently. I have lived in Mexico and Spain in the past.

TOEFL

This is my passion. I am in the process of earning a Masters degree in TOEFL (Teaching Of English as a Foreign Language) at CSU Dominguez Hills and expect to finish by Spring, 2014, possibly sooner. To date, 12/18/12, I've finished seven of the dozen classes required to obtain that Masters degree.

Vocabulary

This is another of my very strong subjects. I received a 91% score on the test I took through Wyzant, this tutoring organization.

World History

I'm also passionate about this subject. It was my minor area of study in college. As George Santayana said "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." I believe it is possibly the most important intellectual pursuit anyone can engage in.

Writing

As a candidate for a Masters degree in TOEFL (Teaching Of English as a Foreign Language), I am required to take and pass the GWE (Graduate Writing Exam) before I can be granted my degree. I have taken and passed the GWE with a score of 9. A score of 8 or higher is required to pass the test. 12 is the highest possible score one can achieve.

San Diego State University
English
CSU - Dominguez Hills, Masters TESOL 5/17/14
Master's
Boise State University/Coll. of So. Idaho
Other

Education

San Diego State University (English)

CSU - Dominguez Hills, Masters TESOL 5/17/14 (Master's)

Boise State University/Coll. of So. Idaho (Other)

Great! — I'm very satisfied with our first lesson. He came really prepared and full of online tools to share with me. I'm an adult and I was looking for experienced and professional tutors, I think I chose correctly. Looking forward to continue with my English pronunciation and writing skills classes. ...

— Leonidas, Huntington Beach, CA on 8/25/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I will be glad to include free of charge to any student who nets me $100 in earnings a free copy of the definitive reference book for writing in English: The Harbrace College Handbook.

Travel policy

Steven will travel within 10 miles of Huntington Beach, CA 92646.

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