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Patricia H.

Washington, DC

$40/hour

ESL Teacher: 8 years of ESL experience, CELTA certified

5.0 average from 4 ratings
knowledgeable and nice tutor
— Laura, Washington, DC on 6/29/16

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UNC-Asheville
Poli Sci
Trinity Washington
Master's
GW
Master's

Education

UNC-Asheville (Poli Sci)

Trinity Washington (Master's)

GW (Master's)

About Patricia

I received my CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English) in Budapest in 2004, after teaching in the Peace Corps in Georgia near the border with Russia. From there, I spent four years at a British language school in Kiev, Ukraine, where I taught all ages and all levels, including absolute beginners and Cambridge certificate courses. I also tutored individuals and pairs, adults and children, in my free time. Upon returning to the US, I completed a master's degree in nonprofit management, and am currently working on a second master's in European and Eurasian studies at George Washington University, where I also tutor Kazakh exchange fellows for the Central Asia Program at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.

My bachelor's degree in international relations is from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. I am an English teacher, but also a language learner. I have taken university-level French, Russian, and German, studied Latin and Spanish in school, and have taken classes in Persian and Arabic. I understand how it is for language learners, so I assess the needs of the student and go from there. Due to my experience with Russian speakers, I am especially adept at anticipating areas of difficulty with word order and grammar that are different in Russian and English.

I prefer the TEFL style (English as a foreign language, like you learn in university) over the TESOL style (English to speakers of other languages, which is less grammar-focused and more oriented towards dealing with situations in new countries), but can teach both. I have experience teaching immigrants in the US and TOEFL as well. The main thing is that I want my students to set the pace for their learning. We can tailor lessons to your needs, addressing your strengths and weaknesses, keeping in mind your individual learning style, whether you prefer learning by doing, listening, writing, reading, or speaking.

I have been a bicycle rider most of my life, and use my bike to get around town. I love animals, especially cats and dogs. I have been a vegetarian almost thirty years, and love trying food from other countries. My main theme in life is to stay curious. I am always interested in learning about other places and how they are similar to or different from the US. For this reason, cultural discussion is usually part of our lessons. I especially like learning about everyday cultural differences, but am also interested in traditional music, dance, and religious practices of other countries.

I have years of experience teaching adults and children. I am a facilitator and work according to your needs.
I received my CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English) in Budapest in 2004, after teaching in the Peace Corps in Georgia near the border with Russia. From there, I spent four years at a British language school in Kiev, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Negotiable rate, especially for multiple sessions.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Washington, DC 20002

"knowledgeable and nice tutor"

- Laura, Washington, DC on 6/29/16
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, IELTS,
TOEFL
Test Preparation:
IELTS,
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
IELTS,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar

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Approved subjects

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ESL/ESOL

I am CELTA-certified, and have eight years of classroom experience teaching ESL, both here and abroad, as well as three years of one-to-one tutoring experience.

IELTS

At the London School of English, I administered IELTS practice exams under the supervision of certified IELTS examiners during my last 2 years at the school.

UNC-Asheville
Poli Sci
Trinity Washington
Master's
GW
Master's

Education

UNC-Asheville (Poli Sci)

Trinity Washington (Master's)

GW (Master's)

knowledgeable and nice tutor — Patricia helped me prepare a presentation in English and she was very patient, providing useful advice on the grammar, spelling mistakes, punctualization, and pronunciation. She is also very nice and friendly, which makes it easiest enjoying the class. ...

— Laura, Washington, DC on 6/29/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Negotiable rate, especially for multiple sessions.

Travel policy

Patricia will travel within 10 miles of Washington, DC 20002.