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John K.

San Gabriel, CA


20+ Years Experienced ESL, TOEFL, iELTS, SAT English Tutor

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California State University Dominguez Hills, Dominguez Hills
English Literature


California State University Dominguez Hills, Dominguez Hills (English Literature)

About John

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I specialize in the following:

1. Test prep for non-native speakers of English who plan to take any standardized test in English. TOEFL, iELTS, and SAT are my most commonly requested tests, but I can tailor a study program directed toward any test. I also teach skills and techniques that can be applied to any standardized English test.

2. ESL for speakers of all levels. Generally, my ESL students are high school age and older. I can explain grammar in very accurate but simple-to-understand ways. I can help you improve speaking, pronunciation, and speaking confidence. I can help you improve reading speed and understanding. I have many techniques for improving listening, writing, pronunciation skills, too. I work with absolute beginners who have no practical English ability to advanced, professional English speakers looking to eliminate small errors.

3. Intensive ESL/Test Prep lessons available when my schedule permits. Especially useful for a visiting businessperson or high school student visiting for holidays, who need to learn a lot in a short time period. These are customized long-form lessons (4-6 hours) designed for learning a maximum amount of English in a short time period; all essentials are covered.

4. Writing of all levels. I teach all methods of writing, from essay writing, to Statements of Purpose, to email, to standard research papers, and any other form of writing.

5. Group lessons. Have a group of employees, friends, or family members who all could use an English boost? My group lessons are entertaining, informative, and are a great way to improve English in a friendly, casual, low-pressure atmosphere.

Experience: I have been teaching ESL, Test Prep, and Intensive English for over 20 years, both in and out of schools, and in the U.S. and abroad. I have 8 years of experience teaching English in Japan, and 10 years of experience working in language institutes in the United States. Currently, I only work independently; I like the challenges and rewards of working closely with motivated students.

Teaching method: If we meet at your home, I bring a whiteboard and markers to each lesson. I use the whiteboard frequently. I explain to the student what each lesson's goals and objectives are. I speak clearly, at a pace the student can comfortably follow, and avoid using idioms unless asked to include them (too many instructors confuse their students with confusing, idiom-filled speech). I am very knowledgeable in my subject, and can answer any question in a clear, easy-to-understand manner. My test prep techniques are the same ones taught by Barron's, Cambridge, Delta, and Longman, the most common publishers of test prep manuals, as well as special techniques I have developed myself through years of experience.

Often, I will also bring a printout lesson which has been customized for each individual student.

Oh, and so far, I've worked with students from Japan, Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Brazil, Egypt, France, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Iraq, Thailand, China, Vietnam, The Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, El Salvador, Gabon, Taiwan, Palestinian Territories, Portugal, Honduras, Chile, Cambodia, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Poland, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Mongolia, Greece, Turkey, Columbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Senegal, Guatemala, and the United States, through my career. I'm respectful of and interested in all cultures, and like to find ways to help everyone speak English.

What the student needs: Have a fresh notebook you can dedicate to these lessons, and a pen or pencil. A bilingual dictionary is useful. If you are working on speaking, listening, or pronunciation, I also recommend getting an inexpensive digital voice recorder (good ones are around $50).

Try to stay motivated, and keep your eye on your goal. Never hesitate to make suggestions for the lessons, if you have an idea. And always remember this: it doesn't have to take 20 years to learn a language; with the right guidance, you can learn one in months.

Where to meet: Usually your place, but a coffee shop or college campus is fine too. I use paper instead of a whiteboard if we meet in public, but the lesson is the same.

**If you are interested, please don't hesitate to send a message with any questions, I usually can answer fairly quickly, although it may take some hours on some days. Please don't send contact info until you have fulfilled WyzAnt's requirement of uploading payment information. Please also understand that I cannot make a specific appointment until that requirement is fulfilled. Thank you for your cooperation.
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I specialize in the following:

1. Test prep for non-native speakers of English who plan to take any standardized test in English. TOEFL, iELTS, and
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Travels within 16 miles of San Gabriel, CA 91776
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In-person lessons

"Words are not enough to describe this tutor's help"

- Dina, Glendale, CA on 10/14/14

"Great Tutor for Toefl!!!!"

- Kristy, Duarte, CA on 12/31/15

"Amazing Tutor !"

- Eddie, Alhambra, CA on 11/8/15

"He is the best tutor"

- Talin, Glendale, CA on 7/27/15

"Great teacher"

- Ilona, Monrovia, CA on 6/11/15

"Great TOEFL Tutor"

- Arin, Burbank, CA on 3/31/14

"Best Tutor"

- Dolly, Alhambra, CA on 12/1/13

"I was fortunate in having a good teacher"

- JIHYE, Los Angeles, CA on 10/28/13

"Very knowledgeable tutor"

- Alvard, Glendale, CA on 7/5/13

"A very good tutor and very helpful"

- Zhuolin, Los Angeles, CA on 3/8/13

"Excellent tutor!"

- Tina, Walnut, CA on 1/20/13
Test Preparation:
GRE, ISEE, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Elementary Education:

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All general English skills, including writing, speaking, grammar, vocabulary building, listening, pronunciation, test preparation. For native speakers and ESL students.


ESL is my specialty. I have worked with students of all ages, from over 30 different countries, from absolute beginners learning their very first words to advanced students seeking an additional edge. I have a variety of effective and fun techniques that make learning English easier. I tailor my lessons to meet the needs of each individual student. I help students overcome shyness, pronunciation difficulty, and forgetfulness. I am proud of my record of success on two continents with my ESL students.


Basic grammar through advanced grammar, for native speakers and ESL students. I offer special techniques for understanding how grammar works, applying grammar properly, and checking your own grammar.


Proofreading for test taking, essay writing, and technical writing. Learn the most common mistakes made by writers and how to avoid them. Understand the function and effective use of punctuation. Learn how to analyze a sentence so that errors are easy to spot.


Reading skills for children and adults, native speakers and ESL students. Depending on the needs of the student, I focus on elementary reading ability, standardized test prep, how to read more efficiently and effectively, and speed reading. I approach reading with the notion that reading can be fun, even if it is part of a test. I am very patient with those just beginning to read, and offer creative techniques for improvement.

SAT Reading

SAT reading can be challenging for most adults, let alone young people whose vocabularies are still developing. I offer practical ways to analyze written passages, accurately infer meaning, see their structure and organization, and eliminate incorrect answer choices. There are systematic ways to improve SAT reading scores, and my lessons will familiarize you with all of them.

SAT Writing

SAT writing can be confusing for adults, let alone high schoolers who are still developing a familiarity with college level writing. I can help students analyze sentences, avoid errors, apply grammar appropriately, and outline and organize essays efficiently. Writing is crucial for success in college; preparing now can give a student a significant edge when test day arrives.


TOEFL is a specialty of mine. Students will understand how the TOEFL tests work, what TOEFL looks for in the written and speaking sections, how to find answers in the reading section quickly an accurately, and how to use selective note-taking to do well on the listening section. I also focus on time management, and how to avoid common mistakes. I also show you how taking TOEFL can actually be fun, and should not be feared. If you are facing a TOEFL test soon, or just want to improve your overall skills, please don't hesitate to make an appointment.


For native speakers and ESL speakers. I offer effective vocabulary techniques that can help you speak English better and more accurately, help you pass your standardized test, improve your reading skills, or give you an edge in business. I can help you determine meaning from context and determine meaning from prefix, suffix, and root. A strong vocabulary makes your writing and speaking much more effective, and helps you get your point across with eloquence.


I offer writing lessons to suit every need. We cover structure, organization, essay formats, style, and effective word choice. These skills may be applied to standardized tests, such as TOEFL or SAT. I also offer practical advice and technique for those who would like to write effectively in English in business, correspondence, and even creative writing.

California State University Dominguez Hills, Dominguez Hills
English Literature


California State University Dominguez Hills, Dominguez Hills (English Literature)

Words are not enough to describe this tutor's help — Despite the fact that I only took 4 classes during two weeks with him I was able to achieve my TOEFL IBT score with a dramatic improvement. My score jumped from 85 with 22 in speaking to 97 with 28 in speaking. I'm speechless and very grateful for you. You really deserve the best. Thank you in heaps. ...

— Dina, Glendale, CA on 10/14/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

John will travel within 16 miles of San Gabriel, CA 91776.