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Over 2000 tutoring hours

Emily S.

Sunnyvale, CA

$40/hour

Professional English/ESL teacher: adult only

Background check passed as of 9/29/15
4.9 average from 625 ratings
Amazing tutor!
— Yoko, Santa Clara, CA on 1/31/15

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CSU, Rohnert Park
European Studies
San Francisco State University
Master's

Education

CSU, Rohnert Park (European Studies)

San Francisco State University (Master's)

About Emily

I am a retired professional English and ESL teacher with 40 years experience working with adult and young adult students in many settings, both in the States and abroad. I have taught in many environments from academic to business. I have helped thousands of students improve both their English and critical thinking skills. I have an M.A. in teaching English, and have also trained new teachers. I have also helped students with their writing, whether a dissertation or a professional article. I am organized, serious, capable of creating learning materials as needed, with a clear non-accented speaking voice. I am fair and honest, and give feedback on your progress. If you really want to work and learn, I can help you in your current classes or in general skills improvement. I am a retired professional English and ESL teacher with 40 years experience working with adult and young adult students in many settings, both in the States and abroad. I have taught in many environments from academic to Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

15% discount for self-paying students under 21 years old. Rates are higher for one-off meetings, special editing jobs, multi-student sessions, corporate clients, or distances over 10 miles.

Travel Radius
Travels within 6 miles of Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Background Check: Passed

"Amazing tutor!"

- Yoko, Santa Clara, CA on 1/31/15

"Knowledgeable, Responsible, Organized"

- Mojy, Saratoga, CA on 7/14/16

"First Lesson"

- Steve, San Jose, CA on 7/2/16

"Great teacher whom I had wanted to learn with!!"

- Rina, Mountain View, CA on 3/6/16

"A very experienced and knowledgeable tutor!"

- Irina, Cupertino, CA on 2/16/16

"Very skilled, systematic, and patient"

- Kevin, Sunnyvale, CA on 1/4/16

"Just a tutor that I've been looking for"

- Kay, San Jose, CA on 12/18/15

"Accent reduction for adults"

- Jane, Santa Clara, CA on 7/17/15

"Great teacher!"

- Keigo, San Jose, CA on 7/13/15

"Professional tutor!"

- Asiya, Mountain View, CA on 5/6/15

"Great Tutor with Deep Knowledge"

- Seunghoon, Menlo Park, CA on 1/28/15

"Awesome English Tutor"

- Ajeesh, Sunnyvale, CA on 12/24/14

"Professional, Patient and Focused"

- Yoko, Oakland, CA on 12/20/14

"Caring and Experienced"

- Tram, Sunnyvale, CA on 9/22/14

"Great teacher!"

- Alvaro, Mountain View, CA on 8/22/14

"Great tutor who helps me prepare for the interview process"

- Daniel, Sunnyvale, CA on 5/30/14

"Great tutor that never gives up!"

- Stephanie, Santa Clara, CA on 5/27/14

"She is a great tutor for the mother of a little child"

- Maya, Cupertino, CA on 4/1/14

"Great Tutor"

- Yuta, Cupertino, CA on 3/26/14

"Very Great Tutor"

- Sumyan, Mountain View, CA on 3/26/14

"Very focused on my needs"

- Adriana, Cupertino, CA on 2/26/14

"I'm very pleased with Emily and her ESL tutoring"

- Jenny, Cupertino, CA on 11/14/13

"Excellent teacher"

- Svitlana, Cupertino, CA on 9/19/13

"Perfect Adult Writing Coach! Structured, direct and understanding!"

- Stephanie, San Jose, CA on 7/27/13

"Experienced tutor."

- Minjoong, Sunnyvale, CA on 7/27/13

"Patient and Intelligent"

- Ana, Mountain View, CA on 4/17/13

"Very professional."

- Jitka, Santa Clara, CA on 2/26/13

"Very organized and amazingly energetic!"

- Michelle, Santa Clara, CA on 1/17/13

"Great tutor!"

- Han, Saratoga, CA on 12/8/12

"Excellent Tutor"

- Anthony, Los Gatos, CA on 10/4/12

"Very nice teacher"

- Ashvin, Fremont, CA on 9/30/12

"Five-Star Tutor!"

- Alexander, Sunnyvale, CA on 2/6/12

"Excellent teacher"

- Anat, Los Altos, CA on 11/10/11

"Emily is great in a business setting!"

- Becky, Los Altos, CA on 10/17/11

"Thanks Emily."

- Lien, Cupertino, CA on 12/14/10

"Very professional!!!"

- Angeline, Fremont, CA on 12/10/10

"A wonderful tutor"

- Efrat, Mountain View, CA on 11/28/10

"A very good teacher"

- Wendy, Cupertino, CA on 7/7/10

"Professional, wonderful tutor"

- Hiroko, Los Gatos, CA on 7/2/10

"Excellent and very patient!!"

- Paula, Los Gatos, CA on 5/20/10

"Patient, observant, insightful and expert"

- Inderjeet, Sunnyvale, CA on 4/5/10

"I do appreciated her job as my Tutor!"

- CAROLINA, Palo Alto, CA on 3/12/10

"Friendly and very experienced"

- Jana, Cupertino, CA on 2/18/10

"Very Patient and Persistent"

- David, San Jose, CA on 12/18/09

"Loves her subject and very patient"

- Debbie, Los Altos, CA on 11/20/09

"Systematic & passionate"

- HOON, Sunnyvale, CA on 11/10/09

"Knowledgeable and Insightful"

- Vickie, Sunnyvale, CA on 11/6/09

"Very loving,caring ,punctual,replies promptly"

- Sapna, Cupertino, CA on 10/22/08
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

English refers to help for native speakers, often high school or college students who are taking regular school subjects and may need help with their writing or other homework. English also includes the study and analysis of literature, or the writing of term papers.

ESL/ESOL

I am abundantly qualified to teach or tutor in ESL since my M.A. is in Teaching TEFL and I have 30 years direct experience in ESL/EFL classes. In California, an M.A. automatically grants you a lifetime teaching credential in the community college system, which I have. I have taught both overseas and in California, to adults and young adults, as well as new EFL teachers. I have taught in many environments, from college and university, to corporate and business settings, non-profit organizations, and in adult education classes. I have done private tutoring as well. I have also assisted colleagues with textbook preparation and prepared my own teaching materials for academic, business, and job-training subjects. Finally, I have conducted classes at every level, from true beginner to highly advanced; my speciality is grammar and writing, though I am also experienced in all skills, including phonology and pronunciation.

Grammar

My specialty is grammar explanation and analysis, mostly for EFL students, but also for anyone who feels he/she needs to ask detailed questions in this area. I have taught all levels of EFL grammar from very beginning to highly advanced.

Proofreading

I have helped students with proofreading, and editing for a negotiated fee. I have worked on master's and PhD theses, as well as regular class research papers, though I will not write your paper for you.

Study Skills

I am a long-experienced professional English/ESL instructor for adult and young adult students. During my years of classroom and tutoring experience, I have often needed to assist students in improving their study skills: this means their ability to think critically, reason logically, organize their study behaviors, learn how to research and evaluate information, how to write properly formatted formal academic papers, how to ask appropriate questions and listen carefully to answers, and how to prepare for exams. All of these are part of "study skills" and every professional teacher helps their students with these daily. Study skills also often include the ability to read for general ideas and information, to spell correctly and learn the general phonics framework of English, to use a dictionary and other reference books, to edit and proofread their writing, and to use their textbook correctly. I have helped students in all these respects for many years.

Writing

I have many years experience with all types of writing instruction, both native and non-native, from high school level through professional and business writing. I help students with basic sentences, paragraphs, essays, and other documents, though I don't teach tech writing itself. I can help you improve your writing structure as well as your method of beginning and achieving the desired results on your writing projects.

CSU, Rohnert Park
European Studies
San Francisco State University
Master's

Education

CSU, Rohnert Park (European Studies)

San Francisco State University (Master's)

Amazing tutor! — She has been my tutor for 4 months, and she is definitely an amazing tutor. She has a lot of experience as an ESL teacher for adults. She is also a skilled listener, that's why she can pull out many stories from her students. In my case, I started learning with her by using news article as a learning material. After a while, she proposed to use a textbook to focus on improving my listening and sp ...

— Yoko, Santa Clara, CA on 1/31/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

15% discount for self-paying students under 21 years old. Rates are higher for one-off meetings, special editing jobs, multi-student sessions, corporate clients, or distances over 10 miles.

Travel policy

Emily will travel within 6 miles of Sunnyvale, CA 94087.