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Angela T.

Los Angeles, CA

$45/hour

Angela T. English, ELD, Linguistics, Proofreading

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Cal State Univeristy Los Angeles
English

Education

Cal State Univeristy Los Angeles (English)

About Angela

My personal affinity for teaching language came out of my own experience as an English language learner. I was born in Africa and spoke five languages, (French and English being two of the five) when I was young. As a result, I began my life listening to and speaking multiple languages which was an unusual, yet experience that has affected my approach to language. Though I immigrated to America when I was 6 and ultimately forgot all of the African dialects I learned naturally, when I was 9, then 12, I was sent to Paris to study for the summer and, later one full academic year, during which time. I had a cognitive experience with relearning a foreign language. I had the opportunity to truly see how language is put together, on a linguistic level, I learned a lot about Latin-based languages and studied morphology, which has given me an advantage in my career as an English teacher. I think this experience will serve my students well because I am able to help them build and learn the appropriate speech for various audiences, which is a skill very necessary in effective communication.
Now, as an English teacher for over 17 years, I take my purpose, of teaching appropriate and effective communication very seriously. Though we live in an informal culture, it is still vital to know when formal language skills are required. Being able to help students build their awareness of the nuances of English, vocabulary, and grammar will make a real difference in their confidence and successes in writing, reading, and speaking.

“Planning to write is not writing. Outlining-researching-talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.” –E. L. Doctorow

The new Common Core State Standards emphasize writing across the curriculum. Students are now being asked to explain their answers in Math and Science, which is a difficult task particularly for those who excel in Math and Science. This new trend in high stakes testing is moving away from traditional "identify what's wrong or right here," multiple choice response, and moving in the direction of “show us what you know,” short and extended response. Showing others what you know is a much more rigorous and difficult skill because the answers must come from within through life experience combined with the ability to find and make connections between various experiences and texts. What students struggle with most is tapping into how to approach writing using what they know to form appropriate, informative, relevant, and articulate responses when prompted to do so. Students are more and more being asked to articulate what they know in writing, not matching the answer choices given with what they think or guess is correct. Often times, students are able to successfully pass the multiple choice part of exams, but fail at the writing component because they simply don’t have enough experience with writing to approach it confidently. They spend too much time thinking about what to write, and thus lose a lot of time on the front end of the process, not giving themselves time to re-read and process how their language and evidence sound to their audience. As an English teacher who emphasizes writing as a core skill, the only way to get better at writing is to write. This is the advantage I come with. I understand that teaching writing is hard and time consuming, but I am a skilled proofreader and writing coach and I guarantee an improvement not only in grades, but in developing an approach to writing with tested and proven practices that will change the way students approach on demand writing, and thus vastly improve their success and confidence going into high stakes testing sessions where writing is a necessary component to the exam.


I choose to teach because I love young people. I respect that they have a lot to offer in the way of creativity and innovation, and my job is to foster confidence in areas of communication, so that they can achieve their best.

I would like to be your tutor because I have the professional experience, personal pedagogy, and most importantly, the love and respect for others combined with a sincere desire to "do good" for others.
My personal affinity for teaching language came out of my own experience as an English language learner. I was born in Africa and spoke five languages, (French and English Read more

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Travels within 7 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90066
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading
Elementary Education:
Grammar

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Cal State Univeristy Los Angeles
English

Education

Cal State Univeristy Los Angeles (English)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Travel policy

Angela will travel within 7 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90066.