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Ellen F.

Studio City, CA


English ESL and ESOL Teacher for Adults

4.8 average from 13 ratings
A knowledgeble and fun ESL tutor
— Lianyu, Los Angeles, CA on 11/24/16

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About Ellen

I'm a native English speaker with a career in writing and public speaking (journalism, on-camera TV presenting). This means I have no accent - I speak with the same kind of voice you hear on TV. I specialize in using pop culture - movies, books, music - to teach my adult students about American culture.

I have a BA in English Literature from Rutgers University and I have a CELTA.

My most recent students were the Spanish-speaking inhabitants of the Galapagos Islands, where the growth in tourism has made speaking and understanding English the ticket to better-paying jobs. I appreciate the practical needs of my adult students and will always prioritize working on English skills they can use today.

My interest in teaching grew out of my own experiences as an adult learning Spanish. I have also studied French and Italian.

I have Cambridge's Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I'm particularly focused on pronunciation, idioms and building confidence in my students by using scripts and drills tailored to their needs. Many adults in Los Angeles may understand English better than they can speak it. I aim to foster a safe, encouraging experience and I look forward to learning about my students' languages and cultures as well.

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24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Studio City, CA 91604

"A knowledgeble and fun ESL tutor"

- Lianyu, Los Angeles, CA on 11/24/16

"Patient tutor"

- Jing, Los Angeles, CA on 11/4/16
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading, TOEFL,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Public Speaking

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I have a CELTA certification and I'm a native English speaker.

Public Speaking

I'm a professional TV presenter who is adept at teleprompter, ear-prompter, live TV and improvisation. My career includes on-camera film criticism, co-hosting a live, morning TV program, and emcee-ing New Year's Eve celebrations held at LA's historic Union Station. I also created a podcast in which I interview famous magicians.


I have a CELTA certificate and, as a published writer and professional speaker, I'm a stickler for correct grammar. (A "stickler" is a perfectionist.)

A knowledgeble and fun ESL tutor — She not only helped with my English, but also try to give me crash courses about U.S history/pop cultures that are essential yet I have no knowledge of before. Great teacher, would recommend to anyone who wants to learn both English and the U.S culture while having a fun time. ...

— Lianyu, Los Angeles, CA on 11/24/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ellen will travel within 20 miles of Studio City, CA 91604.