Bennington College (English Literature)
Cal State San Jose State University (Master's)
Cal State - San Jose State University (Other)
I have taught for 18 years, in the classroom, and one-on-one. My students have ranged in age from 8 - 80 plus, and come from all over the world: Japan, Mexico, Korea, Russia, France, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, China, and many other countries. At the present time, I lead a Conversation Club for advanced ESL students once a week. I enjoy helping m yEnglish class students with their essays and grammar, and find it very rewarding to work with them on a variety of interests and topics. My Wyzant students also find it
useful to use my expertise when they are writing college application essays.
In addition to teaching, I have worked as a writer/editor for such publications as the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages: "The Language Educator." My articles have focused on global English, language for specific purposes, and the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.
I have also taught social dancing (ballroom and Latin) to thousands of students through Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education. Learning to dance can be a lot like learning another language!
While my students learn from me, I also learn from them. They help me keep current on graphic
novels, social media, and information technology. Now, if a student finds writing challenging, I
can offer a comic book format as an imaginative alternative! I can draw on a wide range of materials
from my own background -- and what I have learned from the younger generations. I have taught for 18 years, in the classroom, and one-on-one. My students have ranged in age from 8 - 80 plus, and come from all over the world: Japan, Mexico, Korea, Russia, France, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, China, and many other countries. At the present time, I lead a Conversation Club for advanced ESL students once a week. I enjoy
Ellen was so easy to work with and very understanding of the issues that needed to be addressed. She took the time to review work and give great suggestions! I would highly recommend working with Ellen.
Ellen was very warm and helpful. We got to know each other, and she helped with me with my writing-reflection assignment. I look forward to working with her again.
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I have tutored students in the Quest Scholar program at Stanford and assisted with their essay writing. They were accepted into top-tier schools (Stanford, Harvard, Dartmouth, MIT, Sarah Lawrence).
I am currently tutoring two PSAT/SAT high school students, helping them with essay writing. I am also tutoring a GRE student applying for a PhD program in economics.
I have a B.A. in Literature from Bennington College, an M.A. in English from Cal State - San Jose, and a California teaching credential.
I have taught ESL for many years and worked in the classroom and individually with students.
My method includes texts and supporting literature geared to each student's needs and learning abilities. I determine the students' strengths and areas that need work, and adjust my tutoring to meet their abilities and goals.
I have a dance minor from Bennington College,
Vermont (renowned for its dance program started
by Martha Graham) and have continued with many dance forms over the years: ballet, modern, jazz,
ethnic, and ballroom dance.
I started teaching social ballroom and Latin dance at San Jose City College, and for the last 17 years have taught for the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult
Education program. My students in this class are 18 - 90, and they learn to dance all the modern social dances, including waltz, fox trot, swing, tango,
and the Latin dances: mambo, cha-cha, salsa,
rumba. They come into the class shy and worried, and they leave with great confidence after the 6- to
8-week sessions are over.
They also get an introduction to dance music and learn how to identify what dance to do to a particular music and rhythm.
I provide some dance history along with the instruction.
It would be a pleasure to teach Wyzant students who want to get "up and running" quickly so that they can dance in social situations.