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Kathleen B.

Lakewood, CA


ESL and Conversational English for all ages & levels, Long Beach area

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Background check passed as of 10/27/11
4.9 Avg. Rating
14 Ratings
1 day Response Time
Excellent tutor.
— Lee, Cypress, CA on 3/17/13

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Feng Chia University Taiwan
Graduate Coursework


CSULB (Anthropology)

Feng Chia University Taiwan (Other)

CSULB (Graduate Coursework)

About Kathleen

I have many years of experience teaching ESL and Conversational English to students of all age levels. I lived and studied in Taiwan for two years where I taught Business English to Business and Engineering Students, and tutored students for individual lessons and in small group settings.

My most recent job experience was a full time ESL instructor for adults, and then as the Program coordinator at an ESL school. I have tutored students of all ages from kindergarten to adult, including special needs students and students with ADHD. I tutor native and well as non-native English speakers. I can also help foreign or American students with term paper editing, college essays and public speaking assignments, as well as test preparation (TOEFL, TOEIC, ACT and SAT).
I have many years of experience teaching ESL and Conversational English to students of all age levels. I lived and studied in Taiwan for two years where I taught Business English to Read more

6 hours notice required

32 per hour for an individual, 45 per hour for a group of 2-3 and 50 per hour for groups of 4 or more

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Lakewood, CA 90712
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Excellent tutor."

- Lee, Cypress, CA on 3/17/13
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, IELTS, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Geography, Religion
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Public Speaking
Elementary (K-6th),
Handwriting, Reading,
SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, College Counseling,
IELTS, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

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I have years of experience working with students with ADD and ADHD in a volunteer and professional setting, as well as having raised two sons with ADHD. I currently tutor adult students in ESL with learning disabilities including ADD/ADHD, autism and other developmental disabilities, and have in the past tutored children with ADD/ADHD and other learning disabilities through the No Child Left Behind program in conjunction with Long Beach Unified School District.


I have a BA Degree in Anthropology from CSULB where I graduated with highest honors (3.8 GPA) in 1982. I earned a certificate in Ukrainian Culture from Harvard University by attended a summer course at the Harvard University Ukrainian Studies Institute in 1979. I was awarded the outstanding student Anthropology Department Award at my graduation in 1982. I worked as a teaching assistant for one of my professors at CSULB, mainly helping with Intro level Cultural Anthropology and Medical Anthropology courses. I was admitted to several graduate school programs in anthropology, including the Ivy League School University of Pennsylvania. I selected a graduate program at Feng Chia University (Taichung, Taiwan) where I taught ESL (English as a Second Language) and also received a certificate in Chinese Language and Culture after two years in Taiwan. I also took several additional graduate level courses in Anthropology when I returned to the United States. My specialty areas are in both physical and cultural anthropology, linguistics and archaeology.

College Counseling

I have in the past tutored numerous high-school students who are in the process of applying as undergraduates, as well as many students who are applying to graduate school. In my capacity as both a private tutor, and later as a principal at a local ESL English college, I have helped students to fill out applications, fill out FAFSA applications, and to create original and unique essay question answers, statements of intent, and college essays. I provide support by suggestion, proofreading, editing, and finding out and making sure that the inner strengths of a student are defined and explored in their submitted essays.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have extensive experience tutoring students K-6 as well as K-12 in a variety of subjects including language arts, English/ESL, history, social studies, and art. I have also worked as a teacher's aide in a 2nd grade classroom, and as an academic decathlon coach for 6th through 8th grade students teaching logic, social studies, speech and language arts. I have also volunteered in Public and Private schools in K-6th grade classrooms for the last 20 years, tutoring students in reading and math. In addition, I am currently employed by a tutoring service that contracts with Long Beach Unified School District and is funded through the No Child Left Behind Act, and in this capacity I tutor children grades K-8 in Language Arts and Math. I also tutor K-6 students at a private language school. I have a college degree and extensive background in all aspects of social studies and well.


At the beginning of the school year, high school students starting their Junior or Senior years begin to feel a certain level of stress that they did not have in the carefree Freshman and Sophomore years. The reality of taking AP and Honors courses, sitting for SAT and ACT exams, completing college applications and writing college entrance essays can be very intimidating. I can help students to navigate through these last two pressure-filled years of high school by providing tutoring in AP and Honors Literature and English courses, SAT and ACT English (Reading and Writing portions) and college essays and applications. I help to ease the stress, give the students confidence and a sense of accomplishment as they complete each task. Their grades and test scores will improve, they will learn about the beauty of the English language, and they will produce college essays that are unique, error-free and solely their own work. I have over thirty years of experience teaching and tutoring ESL and English to students of all grade levels, including adults. Please consider me as your child's tutor.


BA Degree in Anthropology from CSULB. Several courses in TESL and Linguistics at CSULB. Chinese Language and Culture Certificate and two years teaching English at Feng Chia University in Taichung, Taiwan. Ukrainian Language and Culture certificate from Harvard University Ukrainian Studies Center. Currently finishing a TESL certificate. ESL Tutor and Teaching experience since 1982. Currently working as a substitute teacher at an ESL school in the South Bay, and also tutoring private students. I have significant job experience in other non-related fields working with people from dozens of different countries, as well as hosting international students in my home. My expertise is in conversational English, American pronunciation, Idioms, Vocabulary building and Business English.


I have over twenty-five years experience teaching ESL and English Language Arts, including extensive instruction in English (and American-English)pronunciation improvement. I use phonics drills, tongue twisters, and patterns to improve pronunciation and reading. I teach spelling techniques, easy sight word reading techniques, and use a mixture of philosophies including whole language learning, explicit and systematic phonics, and many other techniques depending upon the student's needs. With adult ESL learners I have great success with "problem" sounds (such as R vs L and blends like BR and BL in native Asian language speakers) and letters/letter blends and combinations, by repetitive drills and anatomical awareness of correct pronunciation. This helps immensely with reading and speaking skills. With younger students and beginning readers I increase motivation with fun, exciting literature that increases the child's eagerness to learn to read and to handle phonic difficulties more easily. I currently teach adult language/ESL at a language institute in Torrance, and also tutor language arts including phonics with a tutoring company contracted by Long Beach Unified School District and the No Child Left Behind Act.

Public Speaking

I have considerable experience in public speaking, beginning with high school and college courses in Speech and Debate, including award winning performances at several speech contests. In addition, I have tutored members of Middle School and High School Academic Decathlon teams in Public Speaking, and several of these students have delivered award-winning speeches. I have been employed in many jobs and also in volunteer activities where I was required to run meetings, make presentations and deliver speeches. For example, I organized a Bartender’s Union Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, a five day event, where I was the introductory speaker at many seminars and main events. I also have a long history of acting in Community Theatre productions which is certainly demonstrative of public speaking skill. I train students not only to write excellent speeches, but to captivate the audience and deliver high energy, articulate speeches, while also disseminating all necessary information, and to develop a sense of personal style that they can use in the future.


I have significant experience working with elementary and middle school students on improving their language arts skills. Most recently I worked through a private tutoring company and the Long Beach Unified School District No Child Left Behind Program. All of my students posted a positive gain of at least 20% improvement from their initial assessment to their final assessments. I also have tutored private to students of all ages in English Language reading, writing, pronunciation, speaking and listening skills.

Feng Chia University Taiwan
Graduate Coursework


CSULB (Anthropology)

Feng Chia University Taiwan (Other)

CSULB (Graduate Coursework)

Excellent tutor. — Kat was an excellent Tutor who was able to keep our little girls attention and interest for a full hr and a half, if you have an ADD or ADHD child you know how hard that can be. We look forward to the next visit. ...

— Lee, Cypress, CA on 3/17/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $32.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

32 per hour for an individual, 45 per hour for a group of 2-3 and 50 per hour for groups of 4 or more

Travel policy

Kathleen will travel within 20 miles of Lakewood, CA 90712.

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