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Steve K.

Torrance, CA

$35/hour

Korean & ESL tutor

600+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/31/14
5.0 average from 300 ratings
Knowledgeable, Resourceful, Patient, and Supportive Tutor
— Samuel, Cerritos, CA on 4/30/15

$35/Hour


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University of Hawaii at Manoa
Korean Language and Literature

Education

University of Hawaii at Manoa (Korean Language and Literature)

About Steve

As a second - generation Korean American, I grew up speaking both English and Korean simultaneously.
I have lived here in the States and also in South Korea. I am an experienced tutor who has taught Korean and English as second/foreign languages for many years. I am patient when tutoring and place focus on various learning methodologies; everyone has different learning habits and behaviors, so lessons are adapted to fit the needs of each individual student. Whether students are interested in improving their writing or conversational skills, they are carefully accommodated with detailed lesson plans and learning tools which will benefit their Korean language proficiency.

I truly do appreciate the process of language acquisition and the excitement that comes from learning about a new language and culture. My goal as a tutor is to help students gain a better understanding of the Korean language and its nuances, and to assist them in the process of obtaining fluency.

My areas of interest include the following subjects of language education: SLA (Second Language Acquisition), Morphology, Sociolinguistics, Pedagogy, CA (Conversation Analysis), and Phonetics.
As a second - generation Korean American, I grew up speaking both English and Korean simultaneously.
I have lived here in the States and also in South Korea. I am an experienced tutor who has taught Korean and English as second/foreign languages for many years. I am patient when tutoring and place focus on various learning methodologies;
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Torrance, CA 90503
Background Check: Passed

"Knowledgeable, Resourceful, Patient, and Supportive Tutor"

- Samuel, Cerritos, CA on 4/30/15

"Great Teacher"

- Trenton, Los Angeles, CA on 10/18/17

"Great First Lesson"

- Mae, Howell, NJ on 10/10/17

"Highly knowledgable and clear"

- Christopher, Yorba Linda, CA on 9/28/17

"Personable"

- Chibi, Aurora, CO on 9/19/17

"Excellent Korean Tutor"

- Danielle, Santa Monica, CA on 8/23/17

"Korean Language Tutor"

- Leslie, Warren, NJ on 8/22/17

"Great Teacher!"

- Rebecca, Baltimore, MD on 7/24/17

"Splendid teacher"

- Emily, Lincoln, NE on 7/11/17

"Creative"

- Lauren, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on 6/20/17

"Excellent, organized, knowledgeable tutor."

- Alice, Manhattan Beach, CA on 5/28/17

"Very Effective Teacher"

- Ester, Torrance, CA on 5/5/17

"Good tutor!"

- SUNJU, Torrance, CA on 4/4/17

"Excellent tutor!"

- Jenny, Pasadena, CA on 2/2/17

"Kisu is simply the Best!"

- Paula, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on 10/29/16

"An experienced, thorough, patient and supportive teacher"

- Zoe, Seattle, WA on 10/20/16

"Great Tutor"

- Elizabeth, Miami, FL on 10/6/16

"Very Knowledgeable and supportive tutor"

- Eun Young, Torrance, CA on 4/19/16

"Friendly, Caring and Very Knowledgeable"

- Daniel, Carson, CA on 4/14/16

"Perfect bilingual tutor!"

- Dajeong, Los Angeles, CA on 3/21/16

"Great!"

- Naomi, Buena Park, CA on 1/25/16

"Informative and patient."

- Michaela, El Segundo, CA on 1/19/16

"Improved my comprehension, speaking and learning Korean."

- Felecia, Long Beach, CA on 12/5/15

"excellent Korean tutor"

- Lauren, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA on 10/5/15
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL, Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Korean,
TOEFL, Writing
History:
Writing
Elementary Education:
Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Basketball

I have been playing basketball since I was 7 year old, and have played on many different teams and leagues. I understand the shooting concepts, different defense methods, different offensive tactics, and the overall fundamentals of the game. I have competed and won first place in many different tournaments, such as the Nike 3on3 tournament, the Gus Macker 3on3 tournament, and various other 5on5 tournaments. I also have experience coaching basketball. I coached in several different junior leagues and was able to show kids the fundamentals of the game. I don't consider basketball just a sport that I can play, but a sport that I definitely understand the "science" of and am able to explain the science and fundamentals to someone. For these various reasons, I feel that I am definitely competent to assist someone with basketball.

English

I am a native speaker of English. I received elementary, middle school, high school, and also college education in the United States. I also have experience teaching English.

ESL/ESOL

ESL teaching is a passion of mine; I have extensive experience teaching ESL in S. Korea and Canada. I also hold a TESOL certificate from Oxford Seminars with specializations in TOEFL preparation and Teaching Business English.

Korean

I graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in Korean Language & Literature with a focus in Linguistics. I have taught Korean at numerous academic institutions in Honolulu and Los Angeles. I have also worked as a translator for a non-profit organization in S. Korea.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have completed PPT training at various computer schools. I have also used PPT often for various types of presentations. I am familiar with both the technical and practical use of the program.

Microsoft Word

I have completed Word training at various computer schools. I have also used Word often for various types of projects and reports. I am familiar with both the technical and practical use of the program. I am experienced with using features that are not commonly used by the average person.

Writing

I first began my career as an English teacher, teaching people the fundamentals of the English language and proper grammar usage. I have helped many people with learning the skills necessary to compose concrete sentences and write solid essays. I also studied various aspects of linguistics during college, where I was able to learn about the various types of reading and writing methods.

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Korean Language and Literature

Education

University of Hawaii at Manoa (Korean Language and Literature)

Knowledgeable, Resourceful, Patient, and Supportive Tutor

I have been meeting with Steve for the past four months to learn Korean. Steve is a knowledgeable, resourceful, patient, and supportive tutor. He brings a rich understanding of Korean language, culture, and society, as well as his educational background in linguistics, tutoring experience, and a wealth of resources into sessions. The content of his lessons is practical and interesting. He breaks d

— Samuel, Cerritos, CA on 4/30/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Steve will travel within 40 miles of Torrance, CA 90503.