U.C. Berkeley (French and English)
My Tutor/Teaching Experience:
During college, I worked part time tutoring English to public school students. In graduate school, I worked as a Teaching Assistant; I taught English as a Second Language courses (two courses per semester) at the American Language Institute at U.S.C. I also continued to tutor privately, both English and ESL. Upon earning my Master's Degree, I taught ESL full time for the American Language Center, UCLA Extension. I worked in the intensive English program. The program included five hours of instruction per day, five days a week with a strong emphasis on reading, writing, grammar, listening, speaking, and study skills. The intensive English program prepared foreign students for undergraduate and graduate studies at American universities. After teaching for several years, I pursued a career in the Higher Education publishing industry. I had a very rewarding career and I recently retired. Since retiring, I have returned to my first passion which is teaching. I am currently working as a volunteer reading tutor for a non-profit organization. As a volunteer, I am working at a local elementary school in Santa Monica, tutoring reading and language arts to students grades K-3. I am also tutoring both English and ESL privately. I work with students grades K-12 and with adults.
What I Like about Tutoring:
My favorite part of tutoring is to help my students to gain confidence and to succeed. Each person is unique and each student employs different learning strategies. What interests me most is to help students to employ a variety of learning strategies so that they will learn more effectively. The most rewarding part of teaching is to watch my student overcome obstacles, to unlock his/her potential and to achieve success.
I have a Bachelor's Degree from U.C. Berkeley in French and English. My Master's Degree is from U.S.C. in Applied Linguistics with a specialization in second language teaching and second language acquisition.
I believe that language is one of the essential keys to learning, critical thinking & success. If you need help with English (reading skills or writing skills) or need assistance learning ESL, I would be happy to work with you to achieve your goals. My Tutor/Teaching Experience:
During college, I worked part time tutoring English to public school students. In graduate school, I worked as a Teaching Assistant; I taught English as a Second Language courses (two courses per semester) at the American Language Institute at U.S.C. I also continued to tutor privately, both English and ESL. Upon
Janet is a great teacher! She was very kind and interested about my goals taking English classes.
We had one class and I'm sure I'll take a second! Really liked her method of teaching.
Janet thought me how can I be confidence to speak English.she also thought me some new vocabulary.Janet pushed me to speak English.She listened to me patiently.
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For the past two years, I have been a volunteer reading tutor for Reading Partners, a non-profit. I work from the Reading Partners Reading Ctr. located at John Muir Elementary School in Santa Monica, CA. Reading Partners teaches reading to elementary school students grades K-3.
Reading Partners employs the phonics method with emerging readers and beginning readers. During academic year 2015/2016, I worked with a 6 year old first grader for the entire year. During the year, my student improved from test scores at the 68% level to test scores in the 92% - 98% level.
Phonics is a system which teaches the relationship between letters and sounds in a language. For example, the letter B has the sound of /b/ and the combination of letters "tion" has the sound of /shun/.
Children generally learn phonics from kindergarten through the second grade. In kindergarten, children generally start by learning the consonant letters and may then progress to the vowels. First and second graders learn the sounds of all letters and letter combinations, and word parts (like "ed" or "ing"). Phonics instruction generally comprises only one part of a reading program.