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JC B.

Los Angeles, CA

$55/hour

Experienced ESL Tutor

In-person lessons

$55/Hour


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Indiana University
Painting

Education

Indiana University (Painting)

About JC

I am an American living in the Westwood area of Los Angeles near the UCLA campus. Soon after graduating with a BFA from Indiana University, I emigrated to Tokyo, Japan where I lived for 20 years (1976 ~ 1996). While there I taught at several ESL schools, eventually working Berlitz School of Languages Int'l. and was the Head Teacher of the Shinjuku Branch for many years. I of course taught also; lessons being usually private and sometimes groups up to ten and the level range went from beginner to the very advanced. I like the general Berlitz method where the majority of the lesson is done without referring to a text book although a book of illustrations is sometimes used.
The lesson is guided by the teacher and the Berlitz method involves not pre-class memorization of lessons per se before class but instead the teaching is entirely as a conversation would be- natural. The very basic teaching pattern of questioning goes like this > Is this a pen? "Yes." Is it a book? "No." What is it? "It's a pen." Is it a pen or book? "It's a pen." This is repeated until the student comprehends which has more impact as it is something that is 'understood', not 'remembered'. Students are encouraged to record each lesson to study further at home. I also can teach accent correction. I am particularly able to understand and have empathy with those learning another language, as I myself have had the experience of studying Japanese.

After returning to the States and settling in Los Angeles, I was lucky enough to meet 'the right person at the right time' and become involved in the movie industry for a number of years. Due to my knowledge of traditional Japanese culture and skills in design and calligraphy I was the Graphic Designer/Consultant for such movies as The Last Samurai, Memoirs of a Geisha, Letters from Iwo Jima and others. I have a number of Japanese friends here in Los Angeles, many actors, and my ties to Japan are still strong.

Thank-you for your time and attention.
I am an American living in the Westwood area of Los Angeles near the UCLA campus. Soon after graduating with a BFA from Indiana University, I emigrated to Tokyo, Japan where I lived for 20 years (1976 ~ 1996). While there I taught at several ESL schools, eventually working Berlitz School of Languages Int'l. and was the Head Teacher of the Shinjuku Read more

Policies
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90024
In-person lessons
Science:
Anthropology, Archaeology
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
Anthropology, Archaeology, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading

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Approved subjects

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Indiana University
Painting

Education

Indiana University (Painting)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Travel policy

JC will travel within 5 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90024.