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CSU, Rohnert Park (European Studies)
San Francisco State University (Master's)
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
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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 speaking skills. The book she suggested is just proper to my level, and themes of the book are my favorite. Although I am focusing on speaking, she can kindly explain grammatical issues when I run into difficult sentences. She is interested in a lot of news in the world, and she often asks me opinions of the news. It is always a good training of speaking.
She is so professional that she has long and many experiences of ESL teacher. Being very skillful, she recommended me very useful book and how to learn English, which were perfect match for what I needed. And best of all, she can pull out my story very well and listens to me patiently and eagerly. Though I had hesitated to speak English before I took her lesson, now I came to speak English at ease and feel like to talk more and more. I really thank her.
We discussed my situation and came up with a plan on how to improve my English in the most effective and pleasurable way for me.
Emily has been providing tutoring for my son for almost 4 months. My son's English was very poor from every aspect in the beginning. Emily first gave him a very thorough test and then developed a systematic way to tutor him. In every class, she would work with him on reading, writing, vocabulary, and conversation. My son's English has been improving steadily since the tutoring. Emily also always writes detailed review after each session and communicates with me on her feedback once a while. I'm really appreciated for her help. I would strongly recommend her if you are searching an English tutor.
Having Emily as an English tutor is the luckiest thing that I had in 2015.
She is prompt, sincere, experienced, professional, and above all she has profound knowledge in every area including history, which makes me understand American culture correctly. It is my thought that in order to speak decent English, knowing their culture is essential.
I read and discuss about the anthology recently published, not using a typical ESL textbook. It is a big challenge but it really helps me to improve my speaking and my critical thinking as well. If some one wants to increase confidence in speaking English, she is the very right person.
Our company used Emily to tutor 2 foreign born engineers to help with accent reduction. Both employees felt that improving theirs accents would help them in their corporate careers. Emily came for an initial visit to talk about her approach, expectations, techniques and to recommend some texts to purchase. She also used some online resources. Emily worked on listening skills and pronunciation skills. Both employees were able to hone in on different problem areas and practice these. There were some definite improvements after several sessions, and both of them were very pleased with the progress and will be able to continue to improve with the techniques Emily has worked on.
Emily was professional in her approach. She was reliable and works well with adults. She is well qualified and I would highly recommend her for accent reduction tutoring.
Emily is a great professional teacher. She has a lot of experience as an ESL tutor, every time she always advises me correct grammar sentences and pronunciation. Each lesson is valuable for me. I'm very happy to study with her.
I have been learning English with Emily for 4 months already (once a week), and I can say that my speaking skills improved a lot thanks to her. She selected a very helpful learning material and a format of our lessons, she always explains in details everything I don't know, she's also exacting to me on our lessons. Her speech is so pure and simple, so I forget that she speaks English to me! And I really enjoy just talking with her, because she is also a very interesting person!
I studied with Emily once a week for 4 months. We discuss New York Time's articles each time. She gives me background knowledge regarding articles, so I can improve my speaking ability and understand current issues. Recently we discussed a Supreme Court issue. Emily recommended one article, and with that I can enhance my knowledge regarding US Supreme Court system. Thanks to Emily, I feel very comfortable to talk with my English speaking friends.
I approached Emily to improve my writing and pronunciation skills. As a software engineer, writing emails are very significant in my career, and I want to do that without grammar mistakes and with greater clarity. We reviewed a lot of my old emails and she helped me to understand that word choice and right word usage are my biggest problems in writing. I often wrote obfuscating and self-countering emails. Emily helped me to rewrite those old emails and during these sessions, she corrected my pronunciation mistakes also. I now feel more confident during heated debates in emails as well as face to face meetings.
Thank you, Emily.
Emily is an experienced English grammar teacher. I recommend her. She helps me to improve my grammar skills to be more professional. In the past four months, I have met with her for 7 one hour classes and I brought my work related e-mail as our study materials to the classes. She logically explained my consistent mistakes including small errors in my e-mails. We also used some articles from newspapers for speaking practice. She has a wide range of knowledge and it was fun to discuss things with her.
I am glad that my son and daughter have the chance to learn with Emily. She is caring, experienced, and sets appropriate requirements for them.
Emily is a wonderful teacher with a lot of patience. She always answers my questions, corrects my pronunciation, and the classes are very dynamic. She's very passionate about her work and very flexible with her schedule. Thanks, Emily, for always answering my not very usual questions.
If you are a person like me who is in the process of preparing for job interviews, and would like to find a tutor to help polish overall English communication skills, Emily is the right tutor for you. I've been learning with Emily for three months now, taking a 1.5 hour session weekly. Each time Emily will review an interview-related topic with me and helped me prepare my own response to the questions. For example, we were practicing common interview questions like "Why do you want to leave your current company?", and "How do you balance your work and life?" and "Tell me about your current projects". Emily not only helped me phrase the correct English sentences but also suggested some strategies to me. I found it very helpful. Another example is Emily would diligently search some interview-related articles for me to read - not just those general ones, but those specific to my job position and my hometown that were tailored to my background. Lastly, Emily was very kind and patient. She is always on time and communicates any change of schedule beforehand. I would never hesitate to recommend Emily to my friends.
My husband just came to US and he barely speaks English. I was looking for a private tutor and found this WyzAnt website. I searched and was reviewing profiles of many ESL tutors and Emily's popped out and caught my attention. Her experience was quite impressive and her rate was great too.
We signed up with her, my husband is getting his lessons twice a week. It's only been 2-3 months and I can tell his English is getting better. He recently took a placement test to go to a local community college and he scored 75 out of 100. We were very surprised.
She is very thorough and she never gives up on his pronunciation, grammar and use of words and forming sentences. I have seen other teachers where they correct certain things once or twice and move on. But Emily's different. She corrects, corrects, and corrects until he gets it done right and understands.
She is very quite, gentle person but when it comes down to teaching, she's very aggressive and gets things done. She has her own ways/methods of teaching suited for each student and it really helps. My husband's English got a lot better and most importantly, he is not afraid of facing or speaking with others.
My husband and I really thank Emily and I would recommend her to anyone. She's a great tutor to have!
I've met her for about five months. I sometimes can not meet her because my son has a cold or I have do something for my housework. However, she rearranges the schedule for me. I think she has a lot of students but she thinks what is the best for me. Before I meet her, I couldn't speak a lot but now I can speak English more than before. She always gives me an advice about speaking English and about my son. The meeting time is really good for me. She is a great tutor for a mother who has a little child and someone wants to speak and study grammar as well.
Emily is the best tutor I have ever worked with. She is very patient and understanding. She always gives me valuable and practical advice. And her lessons are always so fun!
I would strongly recommend Emily to everyone. She is a great tutor, with excellent skills and with a good background in English. I've gotten English lessons from Emily for a few months now. I've been taking a 1.5 hour lesson every week, but I've always felt that time passed so fast. Talking with her is really interesting and helpful for learning English. She corrects my grammar and pronunciation. I really appreciate that she teaches me so well. She is patient, punctual, and always positive.
Emily has been very helpful to me. From the beginning she has been focusing on my goals. I asked her help to improve my English listening and speaking skills. She presented different resources to do it. During our meetings she makes me talk a lot, she corrects my pronunciation, and teaches me new words to improve my vocabulary. After a few lessons, I have been feeling more comfortable when I speak English to other people.
Emily has been tutoring me for almost 2 months. We meet once a week, so this review is based on a fair amount of lessons. My goal was to improve my speaking skills - we've worked out together a learning procedure that works good for me and I feel real progress every week. Emily's lessons are also fun and interesting and I enjoy meeting her every week. I highly recommend Emily's tutoring!
I am happy that Emily is my teacher. I asked her about intensive speaking course, and I get more than I expected. She teaches me not only how to learn words, how to pronounce them, but now I know much more about history and culture of America. Emily gives me a number of articles to choose from and read, and then we discuss one of them during a lesson. She has shown me how to work with a dictionary, she chooses words that are worth to be in my active vocabulary. My lessons are so interesting, that I don't notice the time.
Emily is a very nice person, I feel comfortable and don't afraid to speak. She gives me feedback about my progress and asks about my impression.
She is very helpful and answers all my questions. She is also very punctual. I can definitely recommend Emily to everybody who likes to learn.
I was looking for an adult writing coach to help me continue to work on my Masters Thesis in Art History. I needed someone who would hold me to task, be willing to discuss theories about my topic, and be flexible when my busy schedule didn't allow me to finish the writing I intended. Emily has been wonderful helping me to come up with a schedule and complete my first draft so far. Most importantly, I needed someone who would continue to push me when my confidence wavered. She has convinced me to push through my writer's block and get words on paper. Then we work to revise it later. I am so thankful for her help and look forward to finishing my thesis with her!
She's experienced enough to have a general understanding of the world and people. I could tell that throughout all the sessions we have had. She's like a book that you can easily access and get knowledge or something useful. She is a good tutor who first understands her partner and works based on that understanding. She doesn't use cell phone but can be easily reached out via email.
Emily is patient, intelligent, kind, and able to understand what my needs are. It is easy to keep the communication by e-mail with her between the tutoring classes.She is a great tutor. I recommend her for English tutoring.
Emily is a wonderful tutor. She is very patient and is a careful listener when I have questions or don't understand a grammar. She focuses extra attention on areas with which I struggle such as speaking fluently. I highly recommend her!
I have been working with her for more than 6 months for my writing class, and she helped me tremendously. I think working with her through the semester was the best decision I have ever made, because I learned a lot from you, and it help me building my confidence in writing.
My daughter, who is a high school student, enjoys working with Emily a lot. Emily went through her essays with great detail, showed her what is wrong and why, and suggested her what to do to improve her writing. The tutor sessions were very lively and filled with lots of discussion. I am sure my daughter's writing will be better. I just wish we found Emily earlier!
Emily has helped me with a wide variety of writing assignments including a research paper, SAT essay prep, and college essays. At the end of each session not only is my work better, I am more confident in my writing. She is on time to every session, teaches great writing techniques, and is easy to talk to. Overall, she is a great tutor.
Emily is a very nice and knowledgeable teacher and has very good experience teaching working professionals. She is very fixable in terms of schedule too so you should not have any problem taking lessons without affecting your work schedule. She is also very comfortable working with your custom teaching needs.
I have been learning English language for many years. I was taught by many teachers and I am able to distinguish a good one from an average. I took more than a dozen lessons with Emily and I’m going to tell you people – Emily is an outstanding teacher! She is very honest, intelligent and well-read person. She can explain complex things, like some parts of English grammar, in a very simple way. I like the way she gives lessons to me. I read articles about different kinds of topics, a new article for every lesson. And on the lesson we discuss it as I would do it with my English speaking friends or colleagues. Emily corrects my mistakes and explains to me some grammar’s pitfalls. And that’s the way to increase my vocabulary also. This approach works very well for me but may be it won’t work for you. That’s exactly the point where we need a talented teacher who is proficient enough to determine what is the best approach for you.
And remember the tutor only shows you the way. If you don’t work hard there would be no results.
I am absolutely sure that Emily is the best tutor for me!
P.S. I hope, Emily, you will forgive me for all that mistakes I made in this very review. :)
Excellent experienced teacher. I enjoy working with her. She accommodates my changing goals. Wise with wide perspective on issues. I especially enjoy working on writing.
The CEO of my company required some help to further learn the English language, and I used Wyzant to find Emily S as his tutor. Emily has been extremely professional since day one, and she and I work together to schedule the tutor sessions for him. I know that our CEO is very happy having Emily as his tutor - they meet 2 times a week when his schedule allows and she is helping him to improve his English skills with every session.
I'm glad to have Emily to be my tenth grade son's writing tutor. His writing skill has been improving since he met Emily. He isn't afraid to write essays and I am not worried about his grade anymore. Thanks Emily.
Emily is very professional in teaching. She helps me to focus on the studying goals I want to achieve in the future,and provides me some useful studying skills to learn. She is also flexible with time, when sometimes I get pretty busy with my major school. Overall, I will continue working with her, because I believe I will be successful in English by her professional teaching style.
Emily is an excellent tutor. She is very attentive, professional and experienced, capable of accommodating her teaching style and techniques to the student’s level, skills and difficulties. During the lessons she creates a comfortable and supportive academic environment. I find working with her to be very educating and motivating.
I am glad that I choose Emily to be my tutor. She is very good at teaching writing and grammar. Her explanations are thorough and to the point. In class, she tends not to tell me the answers right away. Instead, she asks me to think about the question and work out the answer on my own. She is patient and she knows her subject very well. I believe that with her teaching and guidance, I can improve in writing essays without too much struggle in the future.
Emily is very professional, patient, and has profound knowledge in literature. She is a wonderful tutor. We have a 14 years old daughter who has difficulty crafting critical essays. Emily gives her essay questions and discussion topics and I believe it will help her tremendously.
I’m very pleased to have Emily as a tutor and I strongly recommend her if you want to learn formal English the right way. She is very dedicated and professional. Her teaching style is focused on the student’s goals which I like very much. After the first few lessons, I began applying what I learned at work and school, and I noticed right away the tremendous improvements I made in such a short period of time. I have no doubt that she is the right person to help me reach my writing goals and I strongly believe that by the end of the course I’ll be confident to write formal articles on my own.
I always knew that I had problems in grammar, but I was unable to make any progress. Emily quickly identified areas where I needed improvement. Her explanations were elaborate and clear, and always backed by multiple examples. Her assignments were quite innovative, and were designed to give me enough practice to learn a concept. If you are looking for an expert in English language, then I would strongly recommend her.
I am so pleased with Emily as a tutor. I have deep problems in grammar, and she is focusing on it. I appreciate her effort and her way of workking with me. As a teacher, I believe in practice to reinforce what we want to learn. I am very grateful with Emily's job with me. I highly recommended Emily as a tutor.
Emily is a friendly and qualified tutor. Due to her experiences in teaching she is able to explain all questions that come up promptly and is very clear. What I also like is that she really tries to work on my goals and we update the focus of our lessons from time to time. I enjoy reading and discussing the recent and interesting articles she finds for me on the Internet. I think I benefit a lot from our work.
Emily is great with new English speakers. She goes the extra mile to make the student feel comfortable and to boost their self-confidence. She is very professional and while she sets very reasonable ground rules, she is very flexible with proper notice.
Emily speaks Mandarin and has many years of experience working with Chinese students. If you are looking for an ESL instructor who is a native English speaker, but who also speaks Chinese, Emily should be your first choice. We are very happy with our choice.
We chose Emily to help our son learn to write papers at a college freshman level largely because of her experience teaching at community college. She has helped develop an action plan, define a set of objectives, and steer my son in that direction. I sat in on the original planning session, but since then she and he have developed a mutually respectful working relationship and they do what they do without needing my interference.
She has a wonderful sense of humor and is very patient, but she takes the process very seriously and wants to see progress (and is quick to praise when she sees it). I think my son enjoys her candor and enthusiasm, and likes to discuss different ideas with her. She is also trying to help him develop better organizational skills, both in his writing and in his workspace and personal habits.
Emily always gives detailed feedback after every session that gives me a good sense of where the progress is happening and what the sticking points are. She is very prompt and reliable. If she does not feel anything is within her skill set, she is honest about it and does not try to oversell what she feels she can do.
Emily is a great English teacher, especially for me who wants to learn English relating to American life.
She has a lot of knowledge about American history,literature, and culture.
She is always trying to find out what I want.
Moreover, her style of teaching English is systematic, that is, she always provides a lot of examples, comparisons, grammatical expressions, and so forth.
Although my experience with Emily was brief, Emily had the insightfulness to understand my needs, my weakness, and my strengths. Emily was diligent to ask for feedback at the end of each session to be sure her performance as my tutor was up to my personal expectation.
Emily is overall a wonderful person and teacher.
Emily is very good with my kids. She is highly experienced in her job and she is also patient and understands the childrens' atitude. Thanks.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.