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Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR
San Diego State University (SDSU) (Graduate Coursework)
I have a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in Asian Studies.
I have been tutoring students in the English language off and on for more than 40 years. My first job was teaching Asian students in Bangkok, Thailand, at a famous language center called American University Alumni Language Center. We were not required to have a teaching degree or credential at the time.
My goal is for my students to learn proper English, not street slang. I am very patient and can teach students of any age. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in Asian Studies.
I have been tutoring students in the English language off and on for
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I first began teaching English as a second language in Bangkok, Thailand many years ago. I worked for a famous language center, the American University Alumni Language Center (commonly called AUA). It was here that graduates of Thai universities and colleges in other parts of Asia came to learn English prior to their going abroad, generally to England or the U.S., for graduate studies. I had studied the Thai language in the U.S. and was living with a Thai family at the time. This served me well, as I learned what the problems were for Thais and, indeed, many Asians with the English language. I also taught young Thais and other Asians who had not attended college, but were still interested in learning English.
Through the years, on a volunteer basis, I have worked with a number of people who have wanted to learn English. I have worked with many people whose backgrounds were in Central or South America. I have also worked with Asians--from China to Indonesia--who have wanted to learn or perfect their English skills. Over the last few years, I have worked with people from the Middle East.
I did this work simply to give back some of the benefits I received by having grown up in an English-speaking country and because I enjoy it so much.
I have been a public speaker from the time I first took an elective class in high school in Forensics. I was subsequently on the debate team, but also enjoyed competing in humorous interpretation and impromptu and extemporaneous speaking.
It is not surprising to me that my first jobs were in radio and television news broadcasting. I developed a particular speech and have presented it more than 300 times to a wide variety of audiences through the years. I have constantly updated the speech, but it remains popular as its subject is a theme that becomes more apparent as time goes on, Media Bias.
I was a member of Toastmasters for several years where I perfected my skills and still enjoy attending Toastmasters meetings to see what has changed over the years and if their method is still producing good speakers.