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Steve K.

Korean & ESL tutor

Korean & ESL tutor

$40/hour

About Steve


Bio

As a second - generation Korean American, I grew up speaking both English and Korean simultaneously.
I have lived here in the States and also in South Korea. I am an experienced tutor who has taught Korean and English as second/foreign languages for many years. I am patient when tutoring and place focus on various learning methodologies; everyone has different learning habits and behaviors, so lessons are adapted to fit the needs of each individual student. Whether students are interested in...

As a second - generation Korean American, I grew up speaking both English and Korean simultaneously.
I have lived here in the States and also in South Korea. I am an experienced tutor who has taught Korean and English as second/foreign languages for many years. I am patient when tutoring and place focus on various learning methodologies; everyone has different learning habits and behaviors, so lessons are adapted to fit the needs of each individual student. Whether students are interested in improving their writing or conversational skills, they are carefully accommodated with detailed lesson plans and learning tools which will benefit their Korean language proficiency.

I truly do appreciate the process of language acquisition and the excitement that comes from learning about a new language and culture. My goal as a tutor is to help students gain a better understanding of the Korean language and its nuances, and to assist them in the process of obtaining fluency.

My areas of interest include the following subjects of language education: SLA (Second Language Acquisition), Morphology, Sociolinguistics, Pedagogy, CA (Conversation Analysis), and Phonetics.


Education

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Korean Language and Literature

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Subjects

Business

Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have completed PPT training at various computer schools. I have also used PPT often for various types of presentations. I am familiar with both the technical and practical use of the program.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

I have completed Word training at various computer schools. I have also used Word often for various types of projects and reports. I am familiar with both the technical and practical use of the program. I am experienced with using features that are not commonly used by the average person.

Computer

Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have completed PPT training at various computer schools. I have also used PPT often for various types of presentations. I am familiar with both the technical and practical use of the program.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

I have completed Word training at various computer schools. I have also used Word often for various types of projects and reports. I am familiar with both the technical and practical use of the program. I am experienced with using features that are not commonly used by the average person.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

ESL teaching is a passion of mine; I have extensive experience teaching ESL in S. Korea and Canada. I also hold a TESOL certificate from Oxford Seminars with specializations in TOEFL preparation and Teaching Business English.
Korean,

Korean

I graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in Korean Language & Literature with a focus in Linguistics. I have taught Korean at numerous academic institutions in Honolulu and Los Angeles. I have also worked as a translator for a non-profit organization in S. Korea.
Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have completed PPT training at various computer schools. I have also used PPT often for various types of presentations. I am familiar with both the technical and practical use of the program.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

I have completed Word training at various computer schools. I have also used Word often for various types of projects and reports. I am familiar with both the technical and practical use of the program. I am experienced with using features that are not commonly used by the average person.

English

English,

English

I am a native speaker of English. I received elementary, middle school, high school, and also college education in the United States. I also have experience teaching English.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

ESL teaching is a passion of mine; I have extensive experience teaching ESL in S. Korea and Canada. I also hold a TESOL certificate from Oxford Seminars with specializations in TOEFL preparation and Teaching Business English.
Writing

Writing

I first began my career as an English teacher, teaching people the fundamentals of the English language and proper grammar usage. I have helped many people with learning the skills necessary to compose concrete sentences and write solid essays. I also studied various aspects of linguistics during college, where I was able to learn about the various types of reading and writing methods.

Homeschool

English,

English

I am a native speaker of English. I received elementary, middle school, high school, and also college education in the United States. I also have experience teaching English.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

ESL teaching is a passion of mine; I have extensive experience teaching ESL in S. Korea and Canada. I also hold a TESOL certificate from Oxford Seminars with specializations in TOEFL preparation and Teaching Business English.
Writing

Writing

I first began my career as an English teacher, teaching people the fundamentals of the English language and proper grammar usage. I have helped many people with learning the skills necessary to compose concrete sentences and write solid essays. I also studied various aspects of linguistics during college, where I was able to learn about the various types of reading and writing methods.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

ESL teaching is a passion of mine; I have extensive experience teaching ESL in S. Korea and Canada. I also hold a TESOL certificate from Oxford Seminars with specializations in TOEFL preparation and Teaching Business English.
Korean

Korean

I graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in Korean Language & Literature with a focus in Linguistics. I have taught Korean at numerous academic institutions in Honolulu and Los Angeles. I have also worked as a translator for a non-profit organization in S. Korea.

Most Popular

English,

English

I am a native speaker of English. I received elementary, middle school, high school, and also college education in the United States. I also have experience teaching English.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

ESL teaching is a passion of mine; I have extensive experience teaching ESL in S. Korea and Canada. I also hold a TESOL certificate from Oxford Seminars with specializations in TOEFL preparation and Teaching Business English.
Writing

Writing

I first began my career as an English teacher, teaching people the fundamentals of the English language and proper grammar usage. I have helped many people with learning the skills necessary to compose concrete sentences and write solid essays. I also studied various aspects of linguistics during college, where I was able to learn about the various types of reading and writing methods.

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

ESL teaching is a passion of mine; I have extensive experience teaching ESL in S. Korea and Canada. I also hold a TESOL certificate from Oxford Seminars with specializations in TOEFL preparation and Teaching Business English.

Sports/Recreation

Basketball,

Basketball

I have been playing basketball since I was 7 year old, and have played on many different teams and leagues. I understand the shooting concepts, different defense methods, different offensive tactics, and the overall fundamentals of the game. I have competed and won first place in many different tournaments, such as the Nike 3on3 tournament, the Gus Macker 3on3 tournament, and various other 5on5 tournaments. I also have experience coaching basketball. I coached in several different junior leagues and was able to show kids the fundamentals of the game. I don't consider basketball just a sport that I can play, but a sport that I definitely understand the "science" of and am able to explain the science and fundamentals to someone. For these various reasons, I feel that I am definitely competent to assist someone with basketball.
Tennis

Tennis

I have been playing tennis since I was 7 years old. I have also been a member of USTA Tennis for several years, and have been quite active in tournaments and events. I have coached both kids and adults. My lessons focus on the fundamentals of serving, forehand/backhand, and positioning on the court.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

ESL teaching is a passion of mine; I have extensive experience teaching ESL in S. Korea and Canada. I also hold a TESOL certificate from Oxford Seminars with specializations in TOEFL preparation and Teaching Business English.
Tennis,

Tennis

I have been playing tennis since I was 7 years old. I have also been a member of USTA Tennis for several years, and have been quite active in tournaments and events. I have coached both kids and adults. My lessons focus on the fundamentals of serving, forehand/backhand, and positioning on the court.
Writing

Writing

I first began my career as an English teacher, teaching people the fundamentals of the English language and proper grammar usage. I have helped many people with learning the skills necessary to compose concrete sentences and write solid essays. I also studied various aspects of linguistics during college, where I was able to learn about the various types of reading and writing methods.

Ratings and Reviews


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5.0 (568 ratings)
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Reviews


Great with kids

Steve is very patient and encouraging with my kids. They are enjoying their lessons. He is personable and easy to work with. He is punctual and was willing to work with our busy schedule.

Ellyn, 6 lessons with Steve

Great Teacher

Steve was very thorough and patient when teaching and answering questions. Provides a steady stream of information, not too much to overwhelm you.

Trenton, 195 lessons with Steve

A+ Tutor, patient and to the point

Steve is a brilliant tutor. In our first three lessons he’s helped me comprehend more than I thought I’d understand in such little time. He’s quite patient and gives me time to laugh at myself when I make mistakes. He explains things in a way that is easy to understand and the added history of the why and how really helps. I look forward to every lesson!

Caitlin, 27 lessons with Steve

Patient and supportive teacher

I liked his teaching style. We could talk in a comfortable atmosphere because of his optimistic and positive way of responding. Sometimes I was not sure about my answer to his question, but I didn't need to be in a rush to give my answer.

Hye jin, 4 lessons with Steve

Awesome Teacher!!!

I must say that my experience thus far with Steve has been nothing shy of great. I had been trying to teach myself Korean for two years, getting nowhere in that direction I decided to get a tutor. I was really nervous because I never really tried a tutor service like this but Steve is an excellent Korean tutor and a great person, he makes you feel totally comfortable with learning a new language, which is obviously hard but with Steve I can see myself making steady progress. Every lesson is a new aspect of Korean grammar, vocabulary, topic. Makes for a very interesting hour. His explanations are thorough and complete. When I get something wrong or mispronounce something (which I think is everyone’s fear when learning a new language) he is very patient with me. He’s super kind and understanding, and makes the lessons fun and engaging, I always look forward to my lessons and learning with Steve. Highly recommend!

Maria, 12 lessons with Steve

Great teacher!

In just the first lesson, I’m much more confident in my ability to travel through S. Korea, and I’m much more excited about my trip. I’ll be able to read signs! And to have short conversations in Korean!

Karen, 5 lessons with Steve

Deeply empathetic and comfortable learning environment

I studied with Steve for about a week, during which I received a deliberate and constructive learning environment from which I was able to develop a higher understanding of the Korean language (most specifically centering linguistics, usage, and range of formalities). Steve very empathically agreed to a week long "boot-camp" style program due to the urgency of my upcoming Korean Placement Exam at UCLA. I began instruction under Steve with low confidence but willingness to grow, and I ardently believe that he allowed me to open up my flow of ability through his kindness and quick adaptation to my linguistic ability. I sense the he is incredibly intelligent, diagnosing the pitfalls and recognizing my strengths in the language very quickly. I was able to locate where I need to work independently, and I can say I feel prepared for my exam, as well as ready to move onto long-dreamed fluency in the future.

Erin, 5 lessons with Steve

Excellent tutor

This was my first lesson with Steve and will not be the last! I was very impressed by his presentation of the lesson - he provided a power point syllabus of what we would accomplish during the lesson. He discussed historical points of South Korea that I wasn't aware. We practice trying to read sentences and pronunciation and reviewed hangul. Steve demonstrated that he is an experienced tutor and knowledgeable in linguistics. He was patient and made me feel comfortable to continue taking lessons. I now look forward to our weekly virtual lessons.

Tina, 10 lessons with Steve

Introduction/History of Korean Language

Steve taught me the history of Korean Language, some new Korean vocabulary words and also the structure of the Korean Language. We also went over a little bit of the pronunciation and Steve taught me the reasons why there are different sounds to the same letter in Korean. It was very helpful.

Hitoe, 5 lessons with Steve
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$40/hour

Steve K.

$40/hour

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Response time: 9 hours