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Helen H.

Laguna Woods, CA


English as a Second Language Instructor/Tutor

Background check passed as of 6/27/12
4.8 average from 303 ratings
Experienced and fun tutor
— Jeanne, Irvine, CA on 8/5/13

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Education, B.A.


UCLA (Education, B.A.)

Alliant (Master's)

About Helen

Not only do I have a Master's Degree in ESL, I have been teaching English as a Second Language at colleges, adult schools, vocational schools, private schools, and tutoring one to one and online for over 20 years.

Your confidence in the English language is my goal. That you feel at ease speaking is important to me. Because you are not a native, there are cultural expressions and vocabulary that you may not have learned in your ESL courses. I also observe and record your grammatical speech to help correct any verb tenses you are using incorrectly. You can confide in me with your concerns with the language and I will help you overcome them. I will be available to you at any time you have questions of which way to say something when you are feeling confused or stuck.

For the past 4 years I have been working with professionals from various countries helping them improve their skills in writing e-mails, business correspondence, pronunciation, communication, and advanced grammar including idioms and phrasal verbs. I want you to gain confidence to compete in the workplace and be understood as well as understand native speakers.

I have a warm, caring personality. I am flexible with scheduling. I will drive 10 miles to meet you at home, coffee shop, the library, or a bookstore. I provide beverages and snacks when tutoring in my home. I have many resource materials, books, tapes, videos, online sites available to help assist your English growth. I will research the specific information you need for your workplace needs.

I consider myself your friend, as well as your tutor, to help you learn and gain fluency in English.
Not only do I have a Master's Degree in ESL, I have been teaching English as a Second Language at colleges, adult schools, vocational schools, private schools, and tutoring one to Read more

8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Laguna Woods, CA 92637
Background Check: Passed

"Experienced and fun tutor"

- Jeanne, Irvine, CA on 8/5/13

"Helen is very helpful and kind!"

- Linda, Aliso Viejo, CA on 1/7/15

"Knowledgeable and warmhearted tutor."

- Anton, Laguna Hills, CA on 6/23/13

"Great tutor !"

- Jiang (Joanne), Irvine, CA on 4/25/11
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Elementary (K-6th)

I am a credentialed teacher in K-6, and have tutored 4 and 5th graders in Language Arts and Reading.


I have been tutoring and teaching beginning ESL for more than 10 years. I received a M.A. degree in it while I was teaching students in the classroom. I have experience and materials (books, videos, computer lessons) to help along with picture dictionaries. I also teach and tutor adults retired and professionals to upgrade and gain more vocabulary, ease of speaking, and listening skills. The difference between an English teacher and an ESL teacher is the content. English is usually grammar only and ESL focus in on survival vocabulary, conversation, and understanding. I have patience, flexibility, and a caring personality. I know you can succeed and I want to help you.


I have experience using a MacBook. I type my lessons and lesson plans in Microsoft Word for Mac. The programs I use frequently are Microsoft Word for Mac, some Excel for spreadsheets, and the Internet.
I have used PowerPoint in the past.


I have been teaching phonics and pronunciation to adults and children. I have a master's degree in ESL which included course work on phonetics.


I took two years of photography principals and darkroom techniques. I taught a class at the Denver Free University on composing in the camera. I have taken two Adobe Photoshop classes.


I've been teaching writing and grammar for all levels of English and for business professionals who need help in correspondence, emails, contracts, and legal papers. For an M.A. degree, I followed rules of English grammar to fulfill project and dissertation requirements. As a UCLA graduate, I wrote A term papers. I maintain a blog with articles for students' reading and am currently taking a creative writing class through Saddleback college.

Education, B.A.


UCLA (Education, B.A.)

Alliant (Master's)

Experienced and fun tutor — We have Helen assisting our 6 year old boy on phonics. She is patient and resourceful. Helen is very computer-savvy and has suggested many good websites. I am very impressed with her dedication in making the classes interesting to learn. My son enjoys the class and is looking forward to meet with Ms. Helen weekly. We are very fortunate and delighted to have Helen. We look forward to working wi ...

— Jeanne, Irvine, CA on 8/5/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $37.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Helen will travel within 8 miles of Laguna Woods, CA 92637.