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Diane B.

Stamford, CT

$50/hour

Encouraging, patient Tutor specializing in English; Stamford, CT

5.0 average from 31 ratings

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Colgate U
East Asian Studies
UConn
MBA

Education

Colgate U (East Asian Studies)

UConn (MBA)

About Diane

I was a substitute teacher at Stamford Public Schools for 4 years. I enjoy helping special ed pupils while teaching the lesson plan. I make lessons interesting. I taught English as a Second Language for 2 years. I am a native Stamfordite and attended Stamford public schools through grade 12 before going to college. I also lived in Japan during my senior year of college.

I like to teach according to the students' needs and abilities. One-on-one teaching is preferable so that we can always work at your speed and level.

I tutor English writing, reading and essay writing and English as a Second Language. I have taught Japanese, arithmetic and English writing/punctuation/sentence structure.
I was a substitute teacher at Stamford Public Schools for 4 years. I enjoy helping special ed pupils while teaching the lesson plan. I make lessons interesting. I taught English as a Second Language for 2 years. I am a native Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

I will come to your home, or we can meet at a public library or coffee shop. I do not tutor from my location.

Travel Radius
Travels within 7 miles of Stamford, CT 06905
Science:
Sociology
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Writing,
Writing
Test Preparation:
Common Core, GED,
PSAT, SAT Writing
Computer:
DOS, General Computer,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer)
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Japanese
Special Needs:
Hard Of Hearing, Phonics
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th), Grammar,
Handwriting, Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills
Business:
Business,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Needlework

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Business

My business experience includes basic clerical filing, copying, screening phone calls, opening/distributing mail, fax, telex, email and Internet research. I worked at international vessel owners transporting goods overseas and conducted the associated accounts payable and receivables. As the sole support person, I have maintained organization while multi-tasking.

As a conversational Japanese speaker, I help ease the cultural and business differences between the two societies. There is an art to knowing what to say when, upholding confidentiality and respect of clients and staff.

I teach English as a Second Language to adults.
I am happy to share these skills with interested individuals.

English

I taught English as a Second Language for 2-3 years.

ESL/ESOL

For 2 years I taught English as a Second Language to adults. Teaching Beginner level, we were required to use a standard textbook. I often included my own creations and often distributed worksheet handouts.

Classes focused on enabling students to assimilate in American life and secure jobs. One of my students quickly became a successful cook at a local establishment.

Class size varied and I do not speak the native tongue of my students.

GED

I was an honor roll student throughout my grade 1-12 education.

In college I tutored computer science

I continue to successfully tutor English, elementary math and other topics of interest.

I particularly enjoy English pronunciation, grammar, spelling as well as reading and writing comprehension.

General Computer

My study of computers goes back to the 1970's using mainframe IBM computers. My Microsoft proficiency includes Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, various email and Internet providers.

As a college student I tutored a classmate, who successfully passed the Introduction to Computer Science class. Program language proficiency includes Fortran, Cobol, etc.

At almost all of my office profession, I have been the computer guru of the office. Accordingly, I am comfortable teaching all levels.

Grammar

We all need to use proper grammar to be sure we are understood.

While speaking face-to-face we can see if the listener is following our ideas.

While writing grammar is even more important.

Japanese

My undergraduate degree is in East Asian Studies during which I studied Japan only. I have spoken conversational Japanese since 1975 and yet am not totally fluent. I read, write and speak Tokyo dialect, spent my senior year studying in Japan, and worked at Japanese offices in USA.

I read and write hirogana and katakana and approximately 300 kanji. I also perform 'shodoo' art drawing kanji with ink and bamboo brush.

I am prepared to teach elementary and intermediate conversational and written Japanese.

Microsoft Excel

I am proficient with Microsoft Excel and would be happy to tutor someone in Excel.

Phonics

As a substitute and English as a Second Language teacher since 2005, I am experienced and currently teach phonics to both children and adults.

Pronunciation is imperative to attain respect. As a native Connecticutite, I speak American English.

I am prepared and willing to teach both handicapped as well as non-Americans in addition to Americans.

SAT Writing

I have taught English for many years since graduation from Colgate University. I focus on proper grammar, punctuation and sentence structure as well as pronunciation.

Study Skills

I have substitute taught and taught English as a Second Language. For both there is the need to keep students on track. I do so by creating spreadsheets of the work to be done and the students. I also privately tutor Japanese and Geometry. The students knew the lesson schedule and how to stay current. Both students have improved their ability greatly.

Writing

I have tutored in English since graduation from college. In particular, I teach English as a Second Language to individuals of all ages. I also teach people whose native tongue is English.

Grammar, pronunciation, sentence structure and word placement are essential to confirm our writing is properly understood.

Writing styles differ depending on whether we are writing an essay or an email. I have successfully tutored various types and levels of English writing proficiency.

Colgate U
East Asian Studies
UConn
MBA

Education

Colgate U (East Asian Studies)

UConn (MBA)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I will come to your home, or we can meet at a public library or coffee shop. I do not tutor from my location.

Travel policy

Diane will travel within 7 miles of Stamford, CT 06905.