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Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos - UNISINOS - São Leopoldo, RS, Brazil
Portuguese , Brazil

Education

Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos - UNISINOS - São Leopoldo, RS, Brazil (Portuguese , Brazil)

About Eneida

My name is Eneida. I have a college degree as a teacher. I am Brazilian by birth and American by choice. I have been living in the United States since December 2001, and I am married to an American. My native tongue is Portuguese, but I am also fluent in English and Spanish.

Being born with a natural grasp of languages, I excelled in Portuguese, English, French, and Latin since my early school days. During that time, I have also made some incursions into Spanish, Italian, German, and even Greek. In 1995, I went back to college to get a degree as a teacher of Portuguese and English Language and Literature for middle and high school students in Brazil. In 2001, I graduated as a teacher of Portuguese Language and Literature with a GPA of 9.34 out of 10.0. Even though changing my major to only Portuguese for my last semester (so that I could move to the USA faster, after meeting my husband), I carried the English courses almost to the end. The only three subjects missing for me to graduate also as an English teacher were the ones specifically related to teaching (like the student-teaching in English, for example). In Brazil, I studied the theory (lots, and lots of grammar and reading) for the English idiom. In the US, I became fluent.

Long before going back to college to get my degree, I had already worked as an editor of school and college papers in Portuguese. For two years, I worked as a freelancer providing typing, translation, research, and editing services. During my years in college, I volunteered as a tutor to help other students with their learning difficulties. I particularly remember a colleague that was going to abandon a course of Linguistics because she had failed the midterm tests. It took me a lot of talking to convince her not to give up and let me help her. At the end of the semester, she passed without even needing to take the final tests (students that had reached a grade over 7.0, along the semester, were excused from taking the final tests). I will never forget that overwhelming feeling of fulfillment and joy inside me the night our professor read the final grades in class!

In the US, I worked for a while as a teacher of Portuguese for English speakers, both for the Berlitz Language Institute and as a freelancer. I also tutored hundreds of kids, teens, and adults during my ten plus years working for the Denver Public Library as an Education Program Assistant (later Library Program Associate). We had a program called Plaza, which ran for two hours, three times a week, where kids of all ages, teens, and adults would go looking for help with their homework, learning issues, preparation for tests (including the USCIS test), research, and so on. Also at the Library, I did some English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching to adults whose native idioms would range from Spanish to Chinese to Hindi to Russian, etc.

As a teacher and a tutor, I like to encourage people to think. I will not give you the answers. I'll rather help you find them by guiding your thoughts in the right direction. I will teach you some tricks that will make your learning process easier and your learning experience more fun. I will show you not only the "hows," but also the "whys."

I am passionate about helping people to reach their full potential, and I miss doing that since I retired from the library. That's why I am here. I dearly hope I will have the opportunity to make a difference in your, or your children's, life.

There are certainly many competent teachers with a degree in Portuguese Language and Literature. I have to say, however, in all modesty, that I possess a superior domain of the Portuguese language. During my college years, I've had a couple of essays published in the University's magazine and a couple published in a book that was a compilation of outstanding essays by students of languages. Maybe because I went back to college when I was already an adult, I became a distinguished student. Many of my professors would indeed express excitement at the beginning of a new semester when they saw that I was attending their class. Some of those professors were real "masters" and inspired me to become as good an educator as they were. I don't teach the subject. I teach my students how to think. I teach them the beauty of learning.

When I went back to college, in 1995, I intended to become a teacher of Portuguese and English Language and Literature for middle and high school students in Brazil. I took numerous English courses, including extensive learning of grammar, writing, American literature, and British literature (a whole semester just for Shakespeare). When I had only two semesters to go before graduating, I met my (American) husband, and my life turned upside down. To be able to come to the US sooner, but still finish college, I cut my course short and decided to graduate as a Portuguese Language and Literature only. At that time, I thought that I wouldn't have much use here in the US for a degree as an English teacher. Nevertheless, only three English subjects were left behind, so basically all I was missing to be an English teacher was the diploma. After a couple of years in the United States, I was lucky enough to find a job at the Denver Public Library. It had a lot to do with being a teacher (I never thought that my diploma would be of use here, but it was). At the library, I had the opportunity to do some ESL teaching and also a lot of tutoring for kids and teenagers. I helped them with their homework, always being careful not to give them the answers. I wanted to allow them to be able to think by themselves and come up with the right answers. I tried to instigate in them the passion for learning. Sometimes I could see the sparkle, and that was more gratifying than ten paychecks together.

Who could be better to help you prepare for the USCIS test than someone who, besides having experience helping dozens of people to do it, has experienced the whole process herself? I am a Brazilian immigrant and became an American citizen last year. I also happen to have had experience helping dozens of people to prepare for the USCIS test because this was one of my duties, at the Denver Public Library, for over ten years. I still remember how fulfilling it was when somebody stopped by to thank us for helping them to get their citizenship. I could imagine, then, how happy and proud they were feeling, but now, now I know how they were feeling. I know it because I experienced it myself. I am not an attorney, so I can't help you with anything related to filling out your application or any other legal aspect of the process. But I surely can help you to go through the 100 questions for the civic test, as many times as necessary, until you know all of them like you know your name. I can also help you to improve your English skills. And I can even give you some tips on how to present yourself with confidence for the so feared interview.

A few details:

I will preferably concentrate my English tutoring on elementary and ESL students.

I don't tutor groups. At least not at this moment.

I highly prefer online tutoring, but I will consider in-person lessons, too.


What for are you waiting? Contact me with your questions and to schedule lessons. I will do my best to accommodate my schedule to yours.
My name is Eneida. I have a college degree as a teacher. I am Brazilian by birth and American by choice. I have been living in the United States since December 2001, and I am married to an American. My native tongue is Portuguese, but I am also fluent in English and Spanish.

Being born with a natural grasp of languages, I excelled in
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Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

$40.00 is an introductory rate. I'll guarantee it for up to 20 sessions to anyone that hires me under this rate. After 20 sessions, the rate may be readjusted.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Byers, CO 80103
Test Preparation:
USCIS
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
ESL/ESOL

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.

ESL/ESOL

From 1995 to 2000, still in Brazil, I studied English Language and Literature in college. Little did I know that, less than three years later, I would be using my knowledge of academic English as a professional tool in the US. Throughout my ten plus years at the Denver Public Library, I've had the opportunity to tutor hundreds of kids, teens, and adults in a program that ran for two hours, three times a week. Also at the Library, I did some English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching to adults whose native idioms would range from Spanish to Chinese to Hindi to Russian, etc.

Grammar

My husband always says that I know more English grammar than he, an American born and raised in the US, knows. From 1995 to 2000, still in Brazil, I studied English Language and Literature in college. Little did I know that, less than three years later, I would be using my knowledge of academic English as a professional tool in the US. Throughout my ten plus years at the Denver Public Library, I've had the opportunity to tutor hundreds of kids, teens, and adults in a program that ran for two hours, three times a week. I helped them with their homework and learning issues by encouraging them to think and re-think until they found the answers to their doubts.

Portuguese

I graduated as a teacher of Portuguese Language and Literature in 2001, a little before I moved here from Brazil, with a GPA of 9.34 out of 10.0. I have an outstanding grasp of the Portuguese Language. Long before getting my degree, I had already worked as an editor of school and college papers in Portuguese. During my years in college, I volunteered as a tutor to help colleagues with their learning difficulties. I also used my spare time to tutoring kids that struggled with their Portuguese homework. In the US, I worked for a while as a teacher of Portuguese for English speakers, both for the Berlitz Language Institute and as a freelancer.

Reading

From 1995 to 2000, still in Brazil, I studied English Language and Literature in college. Little did I know that, less than three years later, I would be using my knowledge of academic English as a professional tool in the US. Throughout my ten plus years at the Denver Public Library, I've had the opportunity to tutor hundreds of kids, teens, and adults in a program that ran for two hours, three times a week. I helped them with their homework and learning issues, and I'm proud to say that I saw a few fearful kids blossom into confident readers.

USCIS

Throughout my ten plus years as an Educational Program Assistant at the Denver Public Library, I've had the opportunity to help dozens of adults to prepare for their USCIS test. I helped them to go over and over the questions for the Civic Test, as well as with their English language skills. As an immigrant myself, now an American citizen, I can add my own, personal experience to help people not only to take the tests but, above all, to gain the necessary confidence to get them through the whole interview process.

Vocabulary

From 1995 to 2000, still in Brazil, I studied English Language and Literature in college. Little did I know that, less than three years later, I would be using my knowledge of academic English as a professional tool in the US. Throughout my ten plus years at the Denver Public Library, I've had the opportunity to tutor hundreds of kids, teens, and adults in a program that ran for two hours, three times a week, including Vocabulary. I helped them with their homework and learning issues by encouraging them to think and re-think until they found the answers to their doubts.

Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos - UNISINOS - São Leopoldo, RS, Brazil
Portuguese , Brazil

Education

Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos - UNISINOS - São Leopoldo, RS, Brazil (Portuguese , Brazil)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

$40.00 is an introductory rate. I'll guarantee it for up to 20 sessions to anyone that hires me under this rate. After 20 sessions, the rate may be readjusted.

Travel policy

Eneida will travel within 20 miles of Byers, CO 80103.