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ESL, Critical Reading and Essay Writing Tutor w/Orton-Gillingham Skill

ESL, Critical Reading and Essay Writing Tutor w/Orton-Gillingham Skill

$45/hour

  • 590 hours tutoring

About Louis


Bio

I became interested in tutoring when I retired from a 35 year career as a technical writer. That experience gives me the ability to explain difficult things easily, and a special skill in helping students with critical reading and essay writing. For sure, I am enjoying my second career much more than I did my career as a technical writer!

I have worked with students needing help with English both here in the United States and in Mexico for over 12 years. I am qualified to be:

* An...

I became interested in tutoring when I retired from a 35 year career as a technical writer. That experience gives me the ability to explain difficult things easily, and a special skill in helping students with critical reading and essay writing. For sure, I am enjoying my second career much more than I did my career as a technical writer!

I have worked with students needing help with English both here in the United States and in Mexico for over 12 years. I am qualified to be:

* An English reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary and grammar tutor. I work with children, teenagers and adults to improve their English skills including critical reading and essay writing skills. With dyslexic clients, I use the PRIDE Reading Program to help them improve reading.

* An ESL tutor. I have tutored clients from China, Japan, South Korea, Cambodia, Mongolia, Indonesia, India, Lithuania, France, Russia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, and the United States. I have tutored ESL on a one-on-one basis and in a classroom setting.

* A literacy tutor for young adults and older adults who did not have the opportunity to learn to read and write. I worked for several years in the Solano County literacy program as a volunteer tutor.

* A TOEFL tutor. One of my clients who had failed the TOEFL exam, passed very successfully the first time he took the exam after studying with me and has now successfully completed studying for a Masters Degree at the Philadelphia School of Music. He has returned for additional training to reduce his accent in English.

I am certified as an English tutor by the County of Solano in California. Among my other qualifications, I have passed the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), a prerequisite for becoming a certified teacher in the State of California. I am also certified as a dyslexia tutor and am experienced with using the PRIDE Reading Program to help youngsters who are slow readers.


Education

University of California, Berkeley
Political Science
University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Coursework
Universite de Lyon, Lyon France
Other

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $45
  • Rate details: Most language tutoring sessions extend over multiple sessions, special discounts can be negotiated in such cases. Rates for groups is also negotiable.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 2/5/2021

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Subjects

Business

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

I have been using Microsoft Word ever since it first came on the market. (I am old enough to remember using MultiMate and simple text writing programs before the advent of Word!) I am familiar with many of its advanced features including book building, using macros, building tables with columns that can be added, creating equations in documents, controlling page layout, saving documents in different formats, moving text between Word and other applications, using mail merge, etc. I would feel highly qualified to tutor a student in the more sophisticated uses of Word.

Computer

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

I have been using Microsoft Word ever since it first came on the market. (I am old enough to remember using MultiMate and simple text writing programs before the advent of Word!) I am familiar with many of its advanced features including book building, using macros, building tables with columns that can be added, creating equations in documents, controlling page layout, saving documents in different formats, moving text between Word and other applications, using mail merge, etc. I would feel highly qualified to tutor a student in the more sophisticated uses of Word.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling , proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. I have put together a manual on speaking American English, which I offer for free as part of my ESL tutoring service. I have worked with ESL clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela and the United States. I am a technical writer with over 30 years of experience using the English language correctly. I have tutored students for whom English is a second language for the last seven years. Those students learning English with me who want to do so use the Internet to enhance their learning experience. My goal with all my clients is to make improving English skills both a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
French,

French

I studied French in Junior High School, High School, and it was my minor at the University of California, Berkeley. I spent my college senior year at the University of Lyons where I received a Mention Bien for my work. Since then, I keep in touch with family in France who speak and write very little English. I read a French newspaper daily (Le Monde) and visit France whenever I can. My latest visit was last year. During that visit I spent time in Paris (of course), and Provence.
Grammar,

Grammar

As taught in the public education system when I was young, grammar was not emphasized. (I'm afraid it is dealt with even less seriously now.) My grammar training really began when I started studying a foreign language. It was through French that I learned in a systematic way about person, the parts of speech, verb tenses and modes of speech, subject-verb agreement, sentence structure, phrases and clauses, articles and their uses etc., etc. Since taking up English tutoring, I have become even more thoroughly familiar with grammar issues by using grammar books to give my clients practice, all the while evaluating their progress. Currently, I am using "Basic English Grammar", latest edition, and the accompanying "Basic English Grammar Workbook".
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I have been using Microsoft Word ever since it first came on the market. (I am old enough to remember using MultiMate and simple text writing programs before the advent of Word!) I am familiar with many of its advanced features including book building, using macros, building tables with columns that can be added, creating equations in documents, controlling page layout, saving documents in different formats, moving text between Word and other applications, using mail merge, etc. I would feel highly qualified to tutor a student in the more sophisticated uses of Word.
Proofreading

Proofreading

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. As a writer by profession, I know the value of proofreading my own work before releasing it to others. It is not unusual for me to go over something I have written several times honing, rewording, and proofreading contents. I have also learned to appreciate the job of the proofreader who sees the overlooked with professional eyes. In my experience, teaching proofreading is essentially training a client in the art of critical reading with an eye to correct American English usage. The professional proofreader is a grammarian with an understanding of correct use of vocabulary and sentence structure. I also introduce my clients to the proofreading tools now available through the Internet.

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Working for the County of Solano Library System, I participated two years in a "walk-in" tutoring program where students from K through 10th could come in with English Arts or math problems for immediate assistance. The program was three days a week, three hours each day and lasted for several months each year (until the program ran out of funding). I have also worked as an English tutor for a 5th and then 6th grade student and for her little sister as a 3rd grade student. I am currently working with a 3rd grade slow reader, whom I have worked with since she was in the 2nd grade. I recently started working with her in beginner Spanish as well.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have worked with kindergarten, and all grammar school level children having problems with elementary mathematics. Frequently, I work with elementary school students having issues in both math and English. At two Solano County libraries, I have worked as a walk in tutor helping youngsters improve their math and English skills. The students simply bring their homework to the library and I help them learn how to work the math problems.
Grammar,

Grammar

As taught in the public education system when I was young, grammar was not emphasized. (I'm afraid it is dealt with even less seriously now.) My grammar training really began when I started studying a foreign language. It was through French that I learned in a systematic way about person, the parts of speech, verb tenses and modes of speech, subject-verb agreement, sentence structure, phrases and clauses, articles and their uses etc., etc. Since taking up English tutoring, I have become even more thoroughly familiar with grammar issues by using grammar books to give my clients practice, all the while evaluating their progress. Currently, I am using "Basic English Grammar", latest edition, and the accompanying "Basic English Grammar Workbook".
Phonics,

Phonics

I use the PRIDE Reading Program to help youngsters with phonics issues. It is based on the Orton-Gillingham technique for working with kids aged 3-8. I find it works as well with slow readers and children gifted with dyslexia My experience with phonics includes assembling a guide to English that includes sections on phonics, phonetics, and focus on oddities in English including pronunciation of "ed" endings, spelling peculiarities for pronunciation (e.g., through, rough, and thorough) and related issues.
Reading,

Reading

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of English skills that they offer: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. In addition, I have 10 years experience tutoring conversational English reading and writing, emphasizing American English. I have helped many clients develop their critical reading and essay writing skills. I use the PRIDE Reading Program (Morton-Gillingham based) when working with young students having trouble with reading and those gifted with dyslexia. As a child, I escaped from a large family through reading. The reading bug is still very much a part of my everyday life. I have largely turned from fiction to nonfiction, reading biographies (although sometimes they are more fiction than fact!) and books on current events and history books as I am something of a history buff. For more detailed analysis of events, here is another reading habit: I prefer newspaper news to TV coverage.
Spelling,

Spelling

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. The ability to spell words correctly is extremely important although, frankly, with tools like spell check in Microsoft Word, the responsibility for spelling correctly is pretty much transferred from the writer to the machine. Still, I pride myself on my command of English and learning new words and how they are correctly spelled and used.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. I am an avid reader and a technical writer by trade. Both experiences have contributed to my spelling and vocabulary skills. I enjoy immensely seeing words that are "officially" admitted into US English, which, to date, is on a state by state basis, although many grant sanctioning power to Webster's Dictionary. I find two tools particularly effective in broadening vocabulary: using flash cards and then using words learned in conversation and in writing.

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. I have tutored students preparing to take exams in English for the past ten years. I use the latest edition of the "Real ACT Prep Guide" to offer my clients as many as five real ACT practice tests and help them develop strategies to attack the ACT reading and writing sections successfully.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I specialize in working with middle and high school students with critical reading and essay writing issues. I have worked with college and university students with the same issues as well. I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. I am a technical writer with over 30 years experience writing user manuals and marketing material. I have tutored students preparing to take exams in English for the past seven years. I have successfully passed the WyxAnt ACT English Wrilting and Reading tests and am qualified to be an ESL/ESOL tutor.. To ready my clients for the ACT, I use the latest "Real ACT Prep Guide" and "The Complete Guide to ACT Reading". Both of these guides offer practice tests and extensive strategies and tips to the test taker.
English,

English

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. English is my native language. As an avid reader and career writer, my command of English is strong. I have put together a manual on speaking American English, which I offer for free as part of my ESL tutoring service. I have worked with ESL clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela and the United States. I use the Morton-Gillingham technique with young, slow readers (the PRIDE Reading Program) and am experienced as a dyslexia tutor. As a technical writer, I have learned to state things concisely. I have experience with creative writing as well, which places special demands on English understanding. For example, I have translated a libretto from French to English and worked especially hard to use the right words to capture nuance more than looking for a word-for-word translation.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling , proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. I have put together a manual on speaking American English, which I offer for free as part of my ESL tutoring service. I have worked with ESL clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela and the United States. I am a technical writer with over 30 years of experience using the English language correctly. I have tutored students for whom English is a second language for the last seven years. Those students learning English with me who want to do so use the Internet to enhance their learning experience. My goal with all my clients is to make improving English skills both a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Grammar,

Grammar

As taught in the public education system when I was young, grammar was not emphasized. (I'm afraid it is dealt with even less seriously now.) My grammar training really began when I started studying a foreign language. It was through French that I learned in a systematic way about person, the parts of speech, verb tenses and modes of speech, subject-verb agreement, sentence structure, phrases and clauses, articles and their uses etc., etc. Since taking up English tutoring, I have become even more thoroughly familiar with grammar issues by using grammar books to give my clients practice, all the while evaluating their progress. Currently, I am using "Basic English Grammar", latest edition, and the accompanying "Basic English Grammar Workbook".
Literature,

Literature

As a child, I was an avid reader of fiction from Albert Teyson Terhune's dog stories to the adventures of the Bobbsey Twins, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Nowadays, I am more drawn to biographies and historical novels but my love of mystery, fantasy, and adventure still needs attention (which has led me to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and the series of books by George Martin that includes the Game of Thrones). I look forward to sharing my love of literary forms --both prose and poems -- and gaining insight into the human condition by examining some of the novels, dramas, and short stories that have been part of our history.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. As a writer by profession, I know the value of proofreading my own work before releasing it to others. It is not unusual for me to go over something I have written several times honing, rewording, and proofreading contents. I have also learned to appreciate the job of the proofreader who sees the overlooked with professional eyes. In my experience, teaching proofreading is essentially training a client in the art of critical reading with an eye to correct American English usage. The professional proofreader is a grammarian with an understanding of correct use of vocabulary and sentence structure. I also introduce my clients to the proofreading tools now available through the Internet.
Reading,

Reading

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of English skills that they offer: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. In addition, I have 10 years experience tutoring conversational English reading and writing, emphasizing American English. I have helped many clients develop their critical reading and essay writing skills. I use the PRIDE Reading Program (Morton-Gillingham based) when working with young students having trouble with reading and those gifted with dyslexia. As a child, I escaped from a large family through reading. The reading bug is still very much a part of my everyday life. I have largely turned from fiction to nonfiction, reading biographies (although sometimes they are more fiction than fact!) and books on current events and history books as I am something of a history buff. For more detailed analysis of events, here is another reading habit: I prefer newspaper news to TV coverage.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I specialize in helping students improve their critical reading and essay writing skills. I work with college and university students to help them in this area, as well. I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. My first career was as a technical writer. I have had to read complex technical documents, separating the essential from the supportive but nonessential that typically flows from developers. I concentrate on helping students understand how to quickly locate principal ideas in paragraphs and improve their reading comprehension and speed. I use College Board tools to prepare students I work with for success in the reading portion of the SAT the first time they take the exam.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I specialize in helping students improve their critical reading and essay writing skills. I work with college and university students in these areas, as well. I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. I have had to demonstrate writing skills above that normally required in order to clearly communicate how to perform tasks. I concentrate on essay structure, and use College Board tools to prepare students I work with for success in the essay portion of the SAT the first time they take the exam.
Spelling,

Spelling

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. The ability to spell words correctly is extremely important although, frankly, with tools like spell check in Microsoft Word, the responsibility for spelling correctly is pretty much transferred from the writer to the machine. Still, I pride myself on my command of English and learning new words and how they are correctly spelled and used.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

Tutoring TOEFL is a specialty of mine. I began tutoring English 14 years ago in Mexico where I lived as an ex-pat for five years. To supplement my income, I began tutoring Mexican students eager to attend US universities and needing to pass the TOEFL test to do so. As an ESL tutor, I have worked with clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, South Sudan, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and, of course, the United States. I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. I am an avid reader and a technical writer by trade. Both experiences have contributed to my spelling and vocabulary skills. I enjoy immensely seeing words that are "officially" admitted into US English, which, to date, is on a state by state basis, although many grant sanctioning power to Webster's Dictionary. I find two tools particularly effective in broadening vocabulary: using flash cards and then using words learned in conversation and in writing.
Writing

Writing

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in reading, writing, speaking and listening to American English. As an ESL tutor, I have worked with clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, South Sudan, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and, of course, the United States. I have been a software technical writer for over 30 years. The software tech writing experience is rather like a translating one -- taking the sometimes complex capabilities created by developers and presenting them as directly and simply as possible to the user.

History

American History,

American History

I have been a history buff for many years now. I enjoy sharing American and European history awareness with others. The history of the development of the United States from revolutionary times to the modern era is a fascinating tale, one that everyone living in this country should have the opportunity to learn. For AP US History students, I work with Kaplan's 2015 Book and DVD and have pre-ordered the Princeton Review 2015 Guide due out next month.
Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

I was raised in a religious home (Jewish) so my knowledge of the Old Testament goes back to my childhood. For several years, I taught the 6th Grade of a Reform Jewish Sunday School and have been president of a reform temple. The student would have to be studying the Old Testament as I have very little knowledge about the New Testament.
European History,

European History

I have long been a student of European history. I am particularly drawn to the triumphs and shenanigans of the Royals of different countries during the period of the absolute monarchies, the emergence of the Age of Enlightenment, and the birth pains and accomplishments of the modern democracies.
Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

Government and politics has been an area of interest for me for many years, now. I graduated from the undergraduate school at the University of California in Berkeley with a major in Political Science. I particularly enjoyed studying political philosophy and the role of political parties and pressure groups on governments. Since leaving the university, I have followed political events both here in the United States and in France on a daily basis in the newspapers and on TV, and watch the talk heads and pundits on TV with a mixture of approval and disapproval in about equal measure.
Social Studies,

Social Studies

My major in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley campus, reflects my interest in human society and was reinforced by the work I did in Sociology subsequently. I weave elements of sociology and political science as well as history, economics, and civics into the experience, using newspapers, TV series and news, and Internet reporting to keep the experience interesting and current. I am always careful to tailor the material presented to the age of the student or students I am working with.
World History

World History

American, European and world history have long been a subject of immense interest to me. I am one of those who believes we can and do learn from the past through studies of not only history but all the humanities. I have been an avid reader since childhood and much of that reading has been historical. One summer, as an undergraduate at the University of California, I worked for Dr. Abe Nasatir of what was then San Diego State College translating documents about Jean Lafitte from French to English. I believe the history of our times will be seen in the future as a defining moment in the civilization of mankind.

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Working for the County of Solano Library System, I participated two years in a "walk-in" tutoring program where students from K through 10th could come in with English Arts or math problems for immediate assistance. The program was three days a week, three hours each day and lasted for several months each year (until the program ran out of funding). I have also worked as an English tutor for a 5th and then 6th grade student and for her little sister as a 3rd grade student. I am currently working with a 3rd grade slow reader, whom I have worked with since she was in the 2nd grade. I recently started working with her in beginner Spanish as well.
English,

English

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. English is my native language. As an avid reader and career writer, my command of English is strong. I have put together a manual on speaking American English, which I offer for free as part of my ESL tutoring service. I have worked with ESL clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela and the United States. I use the Morton-Gillingham technique with young, slow readers (the PRIDE Reading Program) and am experienced as a dyslexia tutor. As a technical writer, I have learned to state things concisely. I have experience with creative writing as well, which places special demands on English understanding. For example, I have translated a libretto from French to English and worked especially hard to use the right words to capture nuance more than looking for a word-for-word translation.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling , proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. I have put together a manual on speaking American English, which I offer for free as part of my ESL tutoring service. I have worked with ESL clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela and the United States. I am a technical writer with over 30 years of experience using the English language correctly. I have tutored students for whom English is a second language for the last seven years. Those students learning English with me who want to do so use the Internet to enhance their learning experience. My goal with all my clients is to make improving English skills both a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
French,

French

I studied French in Junior High School, High School, and it was my minor at the University of California, Berkeley. I spent my college senior year at the University of Lyons where I received a Mention Bien for my work. Since then, I keep in touch with family in France who speak and write very little English. I read a French newspaper daily (Le Monde) and visit France whenever I can. My latest visit was last year. During that visit I spent time in Paris (of course), and Provence.
Reading,

Reading

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of English skills that they offer: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. In addition, I have 10 years experience tutoring conversational English reading and writing, emphasizing American English. I have helped many clients develop their critical reading and essay writing skills. I use the PRIDE Reading Program (Morton-Gillingham based) when working with young students having trouble with reading and those gifted with dyslexia. As a child, I escaped from a large family through reading. The reading bug is still very much a part of my everyday life. I have largely turned from fiction to nonfiction, reading biographies (although sometimes they are more fiction than fact!) and books on current events and history books as I am something of a history buff. For more detailed analysis of events, here is another reading habit: I prefer newspaper news to TV coverage.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I specialize in helping students improve their critical reading and essay writing skills. I work with college and university students to help them in this area, as well. I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. My first career was as a technical writer. I have had to read complex technical documents, separating the essential from the supportive but nonessential that typically flows from developers. I concentrate on helping students understand how to quickly locate principal ideas in paragraphs and improve their reading comprehension and speed. I use College Board tools to prepare students I work with for success in the reading portion of the SAT the first time they take the exam.
Spelling,

Spelling

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. The ability to spell words correctly is extremely important although, frankly, with tools like spell check in Microsoft Word, the responsibility for spelling correctly is pretty much transferred from the writer to the machine. Still, I pride myself on my command of English and learning new words and how they are correctly spelled and used.
Writing

Writing

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in reading, writing, speaking and listening to American English. As an ESL tutor, I have worked with clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, South Sudan, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and, of course, the United States. I have been a software technical writer for over 30 years. The software tech writing experience is rather like a translating one -- taking the sometimes complex capabilities created by developers and presenting them as directly and simply as possible to the user.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling , proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. I have put together a manual on speaking American English, which I offer for free as part of my ESL tutoring service. I have worked with ESL clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela and the United States. I am a technical writer with over 30 years of experience using the English language correctly. I have tutored students for whom English is a second language for the last seven years. Those students learning English with me who want to do so use the Internet to enhance their learning experience. My goal with all my clients is to make improving English skills both a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
French,

French

I studied French in Junior High School, High School, and it was my minor at the University of California, Berkeley. I spent my college senior year at the University of Lyons where I received a Mention Bien for my work. Since then, I keep in touch with family in France who speak and write very little English. I read a French newspaper daily (Le Monde) and visit France whenever I can. My latest visit was last year. During that visit I spent time in Paris (of course), and Provence.
TOEFL

TOEFL

Tutoring TOEFL is a specialty of mine. I began tutoring English 14 years ago in Mexico where I lived as an ex-pat for five years. To supplement my income, I began tutoring Mexican students eager to attend US universities and needing to pass the TOEFL test to do so. As an ESL tutor, I have worked with clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, South Sudan, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and, of course, the United States. I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Working for the County of Solano Library System, I participated two years in a "walk-in" tutoring program where students from K through 10th could come in with English Arts or math problems for immediate assistance. The program was three days a week, three hours each day and lasted for several months each year (until the program ran out of funding). I have also worked as an English tutor for a 5th and then 6th grade student and for her little sister as a 3rd grade student. I am currently working with a 3rd grade slow reader, whom I have worked with since she was in the 2nd grade. I recently started working with her in beginner Spanish as well.
English,

English

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. English is my native language. As an avid reader and career writer, my command of English is strong. I have put together a manual on speaking American English, which I offer for free as part of my ESL tutoring service. I have worked with ESL clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela and the United States. I use the Morton-Gillingham technique with young, slow readers (the PRIDE Reading Program) and am experienced as a dyslexia tutor. As a technical writer, I have learned to state things concisely. I have experience with creative writing as well, which places special demands on English understanding. For example, I have translated a libretto from French to English and worked especially hard to use the right words to capture nuance more than looking for a word-for-word translation.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling , proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. I have put together a manual on speaking American English, which I offer for free as part of my ESL tutoring service. I have worked with ESL clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela and the United States. I am a technical writer with over 30 years of experience using the English language correctly. I have tutored students for whom English is a second language for the last seven years. Those students learning English with me who want to do so use the Internet to enhance their learning experience. My goal with all my clients is to make improving English skills both a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
French,

French

I studied French in Junior High School, High School, and it was my minor at the University of California, Berkeley. I spent my college senior year at the University of Lyons where I received a Mention Bien for my work. Since then, I keep in touch with family in France who speak and write very little English. I read a French newspaper daily (Le Monde) and visit France whenever I can. My latest visit was last year. During that visit I spent time in Paris (of course), and Provence.
Reading,

Reading

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of English skills that they offer: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. In addition, I have 10 years experience tutoring conversational English reading and writing, emphasizing American English. I have helped many clients develop their critical reading and essay writing skills. I use the PRIDE Reading Program (Morton-Gillingham based) when working with young students having trouble with reading and those gifted with dyslexia. As a child, I escaped from a large family through reading. The reading bug is still very much a part of my everyday life. I have largely turned from fiction to nonfiction, reading biographies (although sometimes they are more fiction than fact!) and books on current events and history books as I am something of a history buff. For more detailed analysis of events, here is another reading habit: I prefer newspaper news to TV coverage.
Writing

Writing

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in reading, writing, speaking and listening to American English. As an ESL tutor, I have worked with clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, South Sudan, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and, of course, the United States. I have been a software technical writer for over 30 years. The software tech writing experience is rather like a translating one -- taking the sometimes complex capabilities created by developers and presenting them as directly and simply as possible to the user.

Other

Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

I was raised in a religious home (Jewish) so my knowledge of the Old Testament goes back to my childhood. For several years, I taught the 6th Grade of a Reform Jewish Sunday School and have been president of a reform temple. The student would have to be studying the Old Testament as I have very little knowledge about the New Testament.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling , proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. I have put together a manual on speaking American English, which I offer for free as part of my ESL tutoring service. I have worked with ESL clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela and the United States. I am a technical writer with over 30 years of experience using the English language correctly. I have tutored students for whom English is a second language for the last seven years. Those students learning English with me who want to do so use the Internet to enhance their learning experience. My goal with all my clients is to make improving English skills both a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Government & Politics

Government & Politics

Government and politics has been an area of interest for me for many years, now. I graduated from the undergraduate school at the University of California in Berkeley with a major in Political Science. I particularly enjoyed studying political philosophy and the role of political parties and pressure groups on governments. Since leaving the university, I have followed political events both here in the United States and in France on a daily basis in the newspapers and on TV, and watch the talk heads and pundits on TV with a mixture of approval and disapproval in about equal measure.

Special Needs

Phonics

Phonics

I use the PRIDE Reading Program to help youngsters with phonics issues. It is based on the Orton-Gillingham technique for working with kids aged 3-8. I find it works as well with slow readers and children gifted with dyslexia My experience with phonics includes assembling a guide to English that includes sections on phonics, phonetics, and focus on oddities in English including pronunciation of "ed" endings, spelling peculiarities for pronunciation (e.g., through, rough, and thorough) and related issues.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Working for the County of Solano Library System, I participated two years in a "walk-in" tutoring program where students from K through 10th could come in with English Arts or math problems for immediate assistance. The program was three days a week, three hours each day and lasted for several months each year (until the program ran out of funding). I have also worked as an English tutor for a 5th and then 6th grade student and for her little sister as a 3rd grade student. I am currently working with a 3rd grade slow reader, whom I have worked with since she was in the 2nd grade. I recently started working with her in beginner Spanish as well.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling , proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. I have put together a manual on speaking American English, which I offer for free as part of my ESL tutoring service. I have worked with ESL clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela and the United States. I am a technical writer with over 30 years of experience using the English language correctly. I have tutored students for whom English is a second language for the last seven years. Those students learning English with me who want to do so use the Internet to enhance their learning experience. My goal with all my clients is to make improving English skills both a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
French,

French

I studied French in Junior High School, High School, and it was my minor at the University of California, Berkeley. I spent my college senior year at the University of Lyons where I received a Mention Bien for my work. Since then, I keep in touch with family in France who speak and write very little English. I read a French newspaper daily (Le Monde) and visit France whenever I can. My latest visit was last year. During that visit I spent time in Paris (of course), and Provence.
GED,

GED

The GED crosses four disciplines, which makes it a difficult test. I can help you demonstrate your proficiency in English (reading and writing), and social studies, to meet the standards set by the American Council on Education for you to receive a Certificate of High School Equivalency. I use tools available on the Internet to prepare you for the exam. My services will prepare you for the English, and social studies portions of the exam.
Reading,

Reading

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of English skills that they offer: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. In addition, I have 10 years experience tutoring conversational English reading and writing, emphasizing American English. I have helped many clients develop their critical reading and essay writing skills. I use the PRIDE Reading Program (Morton-Gillingham based) when working with young students having trouble with reading and those gifted with dyslexia. As a child, I escaped from a large family through reading. The reading bug is still very much a part of my everyday life. I have largely turned from fiction to nonfiction, reading biographies (although sometimes they are more fiction than fact!) and books on current events and history books as I am something of a history buff. For more detailed analysis of events, here is another reading habit: I prefer newspaper news to TV coverage.
Writing

Writing

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in reading, writing, speaking and listening to American English. As an ESL tutor, I have worked with clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, South Sudan, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and, of course, the United States. I have been a software technical writer for over 30 years. The software tech writing experience is rather like a translating one -- taking the sometimes complex capabilities created by developers and presenting them as directly and simply as possible to the user.

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. I have tutored students preparing to take exams in English for the past ten years. I use the latest edition of the "Real ACT Prep Guide" to offer my clients as many as five real ACT practice tests and help them develop strategies to attack the ACT reading and writing sections successfully.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I specialize in working with middle and high school students with critical reading and essay writing issues. I have worked with college and university students with the same issues as well. I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. I am a technical writer with over 30 years experience writing user manuals and marketing material. I have tutored students preparing to take exams in English for the past seven years. I have successfully passed the WyxAnt ACT English Wrilting and Reading tests and am qualified to be an ESL/ESOL tutor.. To ready my clients for the ACT, I use the latest "Real ACT Prep Guide" and "The Complete Guide to ACT Reading". Both of these guides offer practice tests and extensive strategies and tips to the test taker.
GED,

GED

The GED crosses four disciplines, which makes it a difficult test. I can help you demonstrate your proficiency in English (reading and writing), and social studies, to meet the standards set by the American Council on Education for you to receive a Certificate of High School Equivalency. I use tools available on the Internet to prepare you for the exam. My services will prepare you for the English, and social studies portions of the exam.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I specialize in helping students improve their critical reading and essay writing skills. I work with college and university students to help them in this area, as well. I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. My first career was as a technical writer. I have had to read complex technical documents, separating the essential from the supportive but nonessential that typically flows from developers. I concentrate on helping students understand how to quickly locate principal ideas in paragraphs and improve their reading comprehension and speed. I use College Board tools to prepare students I work with for success in the reading portion of the SAT the first time they take the exam.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I specialize in helping students improve their critical reading and essay writing skills. I work with college and university students in these areas, as well. I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English. I have had to demonstrate writing skills above that normally required in order to clearly communicate how to perform tasks. I concentrate on essay structure, and use College Board tools to prepare students I work with for success in the essay portion of the SAT the first time they take the exam.
TOEFL

TOEFL

Tutoring TOEFL is a specialty of mine. I began tutoring English 14 years ago in Mexico where I lived as an ex-pat for five years. To supplement my income, I began tutoring Mexican students eager to attend US universities and needing to pass the TOEFL test to do so. As an ESL tutor, I have worked with clients from Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Russia, South Sudan, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and, of course, the United States. I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor all aspects of American English skills offered: reading, writing, grammar, spelling and vocabulary. I have tutored many clients, adults and teenagers especially, in speaking and listening to American English.

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A 5-Star Tutor

Louis Hirsch is an excellent tutor. He cares about our success and provides sessions that meet us where we are at in our journey to learn English as a second language. We're learning!

Linda, 17 lessons with Louis

Very committed, responsable and punctual tutor

My daughter has been tutored by Louis for the last couple months. We have seen a big improvement on her reading and writing skills. Louis is always on time and prepared for each lesson. He finds the right material to keep her engaged and challenged at the same time. I highly recommend his services.

Veronica , 11 lessons with Louis

Responsible and patience

Mr. Louis taught Axel the sounds of the alphabet , sight words and also writing . He is very kind. Luis motivate my son to write without any problem. Louis knows exactly how to help my son in his needs.

Leticia, 1 lesson with Louis

Great tutor!

My 7 year old has been working with Louis for a couple months and has made great progress with his reading! Louis is an awesome, patient tutor who easily adapts to his students’ learning style. We’re very satisfied and happy we found him.

Amber, 73 lessons with Louis

Great tutor!

My 7 year old has been working with Louis for a couple months and has made great progress with his reading! Louis is an awesome, patient tutor who easily adapts to his students’ learning style. We’re very satisfied and happy we found him.

Amber, 73 lessons with Louis

Very good

Louise is very good. My 11-year-old son needs help with focusing. Louis does reading and writing and is very helpful. He brings materials and handouts to work on during the lesson and homework. Highly recommend.

Noah, 11 lessons with Louis

Very helpful and knowledgeable

My son has been tutored by Louis for the past year in essay structure and content and has been receiving high grades ever since. Louis has built my sons confidence in his writing skills and he seeks only fine tuning for essays now. I would highly recommend Louis if your child needs help in writing papers. Thank you Louis for all that you continue to do!

Sally, 16 lessons with Louis

Knowlegdeable and patient tutor

Louis is very kind and patient tutor . He did several tests of my son for the first class, and he speaks very clearly and slowly. From the test ,he had set up the lessons for him. His lesson is planed very clearly, time passed very fast.

Wei, 13 lessons with Louis

Helpful Tutor

Louis taught me symbols for marking mistakes in writing. Louis goes in depth when proofreading essays and explains why it is a mistake. Louis helped me proofread my essay to where my sentences made sense.

Prescy, 107 lessons with Louis
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