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Will M.

Washington, DC

$40/hour

Enthusiastic and Experienced Language Tutor (ESL, Spanish, French)

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Georgetown University
International Law

Education

Georgetown University (International Law)

About Will

After graduating from Georgetown University in May 2013, I stayed on to work as the Project Coordinator and then Project Manager on a series of U.S. Department of State grants focused on the design, development, and implementation of academic curricula and certificate programs for universities in Tunisia and Yemen regarding bioethics, biosecurity, and biosafety. Over the past three years, collaboration with academics and educational experts from over twelve universities spanning five different countries in tandem with intensive self-study as well as the management of similar projects in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia has enabled me to accrue a mastery of curricular development from conception to execution. This experience complements almost three years of experience as an instructor primarily in English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language and Composition.

As a volunteer instructor in English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language and Composition, I primarily taught university-age students from South and Central America, Ethiopia, and Eastern Europe whose proficiency in written and spoken English varied considerably. Although I enjoyed creating lesson plans for and teaching classes at all levels of proficiency, my favorite were those classes in which students had attained a grasp of formal written and spoken English sufficient for the study of basic composition and literature. Language and culture exist in complete symbiosis; and, as such, language without culture devolves into an inorganic fusion of consonants and vowels, a lifeless taxonomy of subjects and predicates: sterile and irrelevant outside the realm of communication. I thus relished the opportunity to present students with passages from foundational texts in the canon of English Literature in context and, together, engage in literary exegesis. When I asked the more advanced students to what they would compare our readings of short stories, poems, and excerpts, the most common reply was “a game,” or, even more gratifyingly, “a puzzle.”

In terms of my educational background, as an undergraduate pursuing a degree in International Politics with a focus on International Law, I took classes that forced me to consider the legal strictures and international organizations underpinning the international system not merely in the abstract; but rather as part of the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (e.g. care for the whole person), in the concrete through the study of literature. Courses in politics, law, history, philosophy, and religion required that I read, analyze, and interpret works by authors ranging from Thucydides and Homer to Jerzy Kosinski and Eudora Welty, to understand the effects of events in the international system from a humane perspective for the state as well as the individual. My education consequently emblazoned my love of English language and literature while heightening my appreciation of their critical role in the cultivation of the self-awareness and empathy requisite in the development of future educators, life-long learners, and global citizens.

My overall experience as a student, teacher, and mentor over the past several years has ultimately given rise to an educational philosophy based on the idea that the best courses make students feel as if the classroom is incidental. In brief: if an instructor ensures that the material taught corresponds with the students not merely qua students, but as whole individuals with unique interests, wants, needs, and life experiences, then students will find the material relevant and actively participate out of a true, vested interest in the subject matter. Education in this fashion thus organically promotes critical-thinking and introspection so that student involvement in the classroom translates seamlessly and holistically into intellectual, academic, and personal growth.

In addition to the educational and professional qualifications mentioned in my biography, I completed a 240-hour TEFL certification course in May of 2016 that included a five-day teaching practicum and heavily emphasized the theory and empirics Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and English as a Second Language (ESL).
After graduating from Georgetown University in May 2013, I stayed on to work as the Project Coordinator and then Project Manager on a series of U.S. Department of State grants focused on the design, development, and implementation of academic curricula and certificate programs for universities in Tunisia and Yemen regarding bioethics, biosecurity, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Washington, DC 20009
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Literature, Writing
Language:
Arabic, ESL/ESOL, Farsi, French, Spanish

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Georgetown University
International Law

Education

Georgetown University (International Law)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Will will travel within 5 miles of Washington, DC 20009.