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Ellen M.

Mountain View, CA

$60/hour

English Tutor

In-person lessons
5.0 average from 289 ratings
Very helpful.
— Michael, Palo Alto, CA on 1/12/16

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Bennington College
English Literature
Cal State San Jose State University
Master's
Cal State - San Jose State University
Other

Education

Bennington College (English Literature)

Cal State San Jose State University (Master's)

Cal State - San Jose State University (Other)

About Ellen

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 Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Mountain View, CA 94043
In-person lessons

"Very helpful."

- Michael, Palo Alto, CA on 1/12/16
Music:
Salsa Dancing
Art:
Ballroom Dancing,
Salsa Dancing
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, College Counseling, PSAT, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Language:
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Sports/Recreation:
Ballroom Dancing,
Salsa Dancing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

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.

Ballroom Dancing

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.

Bennington College
English Literature
Cal State San Jose State University
Master's
Cal State - San Jose State University
Other

Education

Bennington College (English Literature)

Cal State San Jose State University (Master's)

Cal State - San Jose State University (Other)

Very helpful. — 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. ...

— Michael, Palo Alto, CA on 1/12/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ellen will travel within 5 miles of Mountain View, CA 94043.