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Karen J.

TOEFL to Score, English to Succeed

TOEFL to Score, English to Succeed

$45/hour

  • 55 hours tutoring

  • Woodley Park Washington, DC 20008

About Karen


Bio

Proven success in teaching TOEFL English, English as a Second Language, and GRE/SAT English. I have taught TOEFL for 15 years--here in DC at small private schools, at KAPLAN, and one-on-one. I've taught foreign language speakers from The Republic of Georgia, China, Finland and all points in between. Some of my students have been from the World Bank or the IMF, some just out of high school, and many who are applying to college and grad school. My students remain life-long friends who return...

Proven success in teaching TOEFL English, English as a Second Language, and GRE/SAT English. I have taught TOEFL for 15 years--here in DC at small private schools, at KAPLAN, and one-on-one. I've taught foreign language speakers from The Republic of Georgia, China, Finland and all points in between. Some of my students have been from the World Bank or the IMF, some just out of high school, and many who are applying to college and grad school. My students remain life-long friends who return just for fun or for refresher courses. I have a great time and so will you as you learn to use English the way a native speaker does. We will increase your scores so you can get into the school you want.


Education

Boston College
undergrad
New York University (NYU)
Graduate Coursework
The George Washington University
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $45
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 14 miles of Washington, DC 20008
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

English as a Second Language is taught as a special English subject - the goal is to get students to express themselves in a language (English) other than their own, using reading, speaking and listening techniques for non-native speakers. Initially relying on pictures and short conversation, students graduate to studying by using "realia" of the language -- signs, brochures, real written material. Ultimately, students will learn through listening to long radio programs or tv shows, reading news articles and stories,and participating in conversations and repetitive spoken exercises. I have taught ESL/ESOL for more than 15 years in Washington, DC; I also had a 5-week assignment teaching in Tbilisi, Georgia. I have relied on and reference Longman, Pearson, and Azar grammar books, among many others. I engage students in conversation as soon as possible to encourage direct student-centered learning. I play English tapes for them to repeat and engage in actual situations to encourage dialogue.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have been a professional in the publications field for more than 20 years, working as an editor and writer for non-profit associations and organizations, including the American Association of University Women. In my capacity as managing editor, I have been responsible for editing and proofreading hundreds of publications annually. I freelance as an editor and writer and often find myself unconsciously proofreading randomly presented information, including elevator signs and menus, but I can't help it.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

English as a Second Language is taught as a special English subject - the goal is to get students to express themselves in a language (English) other than their own, using reading, speaking and listening techniques for non-native speakers. Initially relying on pictures and short conversation, students graduate to studying by using "realia" of the language -- signs, brochures, real written material. Ultimately, students will learn through listening to long radio programs or tv shows, reading news articles and stories,and participating in conversations and repetitive spoken exercises. I have taught ESL/ESOL for more than 15 years in Washington, DC; I also had a 5-week assignment teaching in Tbilisi, Georgia. I have relied on and reference Longman, Pearson, and Azar grammar books, among many others. I engage students in conversation as soon as possible to encourage direct student-centered learning. I play English tapes for them to repeat and engage in actual situations to encourage dialogue.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have been a professional in the publications field for more than 20 years, working as an editor and writer for non-profit associations and organizations, including the American Association of University Women. In my capacity as managing editor, I have been responsible for editing and proofreading hundreds of publications annually. I freelance as an editor and writer and often find myself unconsciously proofreading randomly presented information, including elevator signs and menus, but I can't help it.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

I have taught TOEFL prep for more than 15 years, seven of which were at KAPLAN, the leading test-prep center in the country. I started teaching TOEFL test prep with paper-based tests, then computer-based, and now internet-based tests. I have had great success with my students, who have advanced their TOEFL test scores with minimal tutoring. I use a variety of test prep materials, including ETS, Barron's, Princeton Review, and Longman.
English, Grammar, Literature, Reading, Vocabulary

Homeschool

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

English as a Second Language is taught as a special English subject - the goal is to get students to express themselves in a language (English) other than their own, using reading, speaking and listening techniques for non-native speakers. Initially relying on pictures and short conversation, students graduate to studying by using "realia" of the language -- signs, brochures, real written material. Ultimately, students will learn through listening to long radio programs or tv shows, reading news articles and stories,and participating in conversations and repetitive spoken exercises. I have taught ESL/ESOL for more than 15 years in Washington, DC; I also had a 5-week assignment teaching in Tbilisi, Georgia. I have relied on and reference Longman, Pearson, and Azar grammar books, among many others. I engage students in conversation as soon as possible to encourage direct student-centered learning. I play English tapes for them to repeat and engage in actual situations to encourage dialogue.
English, Reading

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

English as a Second Language is taught as a special English subject - the goal is to get students to express themselves in a language (English) other than their own, using reading, speaking and listening techniques for non-native speakers. Initially relying on pictures and short conversation, students graduate to studying by using "realia" of the language -- signs, brochures, real written material. Ultimately, students will learn through listening to long radio programs or tv shows, reading news articles and stories,and participating in conversations and repetitive spoken exercises. I have taught ESL/ESOL for more than 15 years in Washington, DC; I also had a 5-week assignment teaching in Tbilisi, Georgia. I have relied on and reference Longman, Pearson, and Azar grammar books, among many others. I engage students in conversation as soon as possible to encourage direct student-centered learning. I play English tapes for them to repeat and engage in actual situations to encourage dialogue.
TOEFL

TOEFL

I have taught TOEFL prep for more than 15 years, seven of which were at KAPLAN, the leading test-prep center in the country. I started teaching TOEFL test prep with paper-based tests, then computer-based, and now internet-based tests. I have had great success with my students, who have advanced their TOEFL test scores with minimal tutoring. I use a variety of test prep materials, including ETS, Barron's, Princeton Review, and Longman.

Most Popular

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

English as a Second Language is taught as a special English subject - the goal is to get students to express themselves in a language (English) other than their own, using reading, speaking and listening techniques for non-native speakers. Initially relying on pictures and short conversation, students graduate to studying by using "realia" of the language -- signs, brochures, real written material. Ultimately, students will learn through listening to long radio programs or tv shows, reading news articles and stories,and participating in conversations and repetitive spoken exercises. I have taught ESL/ESOL for more than 15 years in Washington, DC; I also had a 5-week assignment teaching in Tbilisi, Georgia. I have relied on and reference Longman, Pearson, and Azar grammar books, among many others. I engage students in conversation as soon as possible to encourage direct student-centered learning. I play English tapes for them to repeat and engage in actual situations to encourage dialogue.
English, Reading

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

English as a Second Language is taught as a special English subject - the goal is to get students to express themselves in a language (English) other than their own, using reading, speaking and listening techniques for non-native speakers. Initially relying on pictures and short conversation, students graduate to studying by using "realia" of the language -- signs, brochures, real written material. Ultimately, students will learn through listening to long radio programs or tv shows, reading news articles and stories,and participating in conversations and repetitive spoken exercises. I have taught ESL/ESOL for more than 15 years in Washington, DC; I also had a 5-week assignment teaching in Tbilisi, Georgia. I have relied on and reference Longman, Pearson, and Azar grammar books, among many others. I engage students in conversation as soon as possible to encourage direct student-centered learning. I play English tapes for them to repeat and engage in actual situations to encourage dialogue.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

English as a Second Language is taught as a special English subject - the goal is to get students to express themselves in a language (English) other than their own, using reading, speaking and listening techniques for non-native speakers. Initially relying on pictures and short conversation, students graduate to studying by using "realia" of the language -- signs, brochures, real written material. Ultimately, students will learn through listening to long radio programs or tv shows, reading news articles and stories,and participating in conversations and repetitive spoken exercises. I have taught ESL/ESOL for more than 15 years in Washington, DC; I also had a 5-week assignment teaching in Tbilisi, Georgia. I have relied on and reference Longman, Pearson, and Azar grammar books, among many others. I engage students in conversation as soon as possible to encourage direct student-centered learning. I play English tapes for them to repeat and engage in actual situations to encourage dialogue.
Reading

Test Preparation

TOEFL

TOEFL

I have taught TOEFL prep for more than 15 years, seven of which were at KAPLAN, the leading test-prep center in the country. I started teaching TOEFL test prep with paper-based tests, then computer-based, and now internet-based tests. I have had great success with my students, who have advanced their TOEFL test scores with minimal tutoring. I use a variety of test prep materials, including ETS, Barron's, Princeton Review, and Longman.

Ratings and Reviews


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4.5 (17 ratings)
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Reviews


Great teacher!

Karen is a great teacher and she speaks very clear, she is very patient. Perfect and complete lesson! Grammar, conversation and TOEFL writing.

Natalia, 1 lesson with Karen

Great

She was really nice. Helped me improve my score greatly and boosting my confidece in TOEFL. I would really recomend her to anyone on problems doing TOEFL.

Alejandro, 1 lesson with Karen

Great tutor

Karen is a great tutor. Their dedication and professionalism ensure the use of the class. She knows all about the preparation for the TOEFL.

Carlos, 1 lesson with Karen
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Karen J.

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