Foreign Language/English Tutor
Foreign Language/English Tutor
Amy, 15 lessons with Gilda
Response time: 6 hours
Teaching is my passion. I am a retired foreign language teacher from Rochester, NY who has taught in middle school, high school, and college, as well as adults in Adult Education. I hold permanent NY teacher certification in German, Spanish, and Russian K-12. I find teaching to be very rewarding and I miss the interaction with students. I enjoy the one on one aspect of tutoring because it enables me to tailor lessons to the specific needs of the student. The smiles on students' faces when they are successful is the best part of the job. I have a Master's degree in Liberal Studies with many graduate level courses in English and Linguistics, and many hours of literacy training, so I would also be very comfortable tutoring English, especially as a second language. I am very organized and have over 20 years in the classroom designing lessons and tutoring students who needed extra help. I like to use a variety of materials in lessons and different approaches to learning the four skill areas of language. My teaching philosophy has always been that all students are capable of learning.
Gilda is absolutely phenomenal. I've only been with her a little over a month now but I've learned more Spanish from her than 3 months worth of group classes, duolingo, rosetta stone, and countless other audio/visual methods combined. As a retired language teacher, Gilda knows how to properly teach an adult a brand new language in a fun and creative way so it sticks! She's truly amazing and I'd recommend her to anyone.Amy, 15 lessons with Gilda
Learning a new language will never be described as an easy task. It takes a lot of time, dedication and consistency to learn amother language properly. Gilda facilitates a very positive learning environment to help build a strong foundation for learning a new language. Her lessons are structured very well and easy to understand. I have been taking lessons for Russian with Gilda for 5 weeks now, and i have already learned so much; it has been a very you rewarding experience thus far! If you are considering learning Russian, or any other language on her list I highly recommend giving Gilda P. a shot. And always remember: Practice makes perfect!Zachary, 14 lessons with Gilda
I took lessons with Gilda as a program of self-study for the German language. Before we began, we discussed my goals and expectations for the tutoring sessions and set realistic, achievable goals for the study. At the first class, she had me take a diagnostic exam to determine my weakest and strongest areas. Then, for much of the class we worked through a German textbook, with robust supplementary materials supplied by Gilda for further practice. Our lessons focused on grammar, vocabulary, usage, and reading comprehension, with practice in writing as well as conversation. As we progressed, Gilda did a great job of balancing clear and accessible explanations with more in-depth practice with the material at hand. What's more, Gilda was also extremely responsive to questions; if she did not know the answer to my question, she would always come back the next week with a well-researched response. Gilda's positive, cheerful, encouraging demeanor was also balanced nicely by her willingness to push me beyond my comfort zone and help me get the most out of my lessons. She is a natural teacher, and it is easy to see she is passionate about languages and language learning. Gilda was always punctual with our meetings and I never had a problem with rescheduling or canceling sessions. At several points over the course of our lessons, we would also discuss my progress and whether there was anything else I wanted to focus on or see in more depth. On our mutually-agreed upon final session, Gilda gave me the same diagnostic test I had taken in the beginning so I could see my progress. My goal was go reach a solid B1 level of German (based on CEFR standards), and I am pleased to say that I passed a B1 exam from the Goethe Institut at the conclusion of our classes. The progress I made with Gilda was achievable, realistic and measurable. I would recommend her highly to anyone seeking to begin or improve their language skills.Steve, 25 lessons with Gilda
Wonderful Language Tutor!
Once again I appreciate Gilda's patience and competency. She is both clear in her explanations and in her expectations (homework) for me. I especially appreciate her pragmatic approach.Bill, 13 lessons with Gilda
Flexible and knowledgeable tutor
Gilda is very helpful in pointing me in the right direction in my German studies, and answers every question I have in the best way possible. Also gives good recommendations on what I can do outside of our tutoring lessons. She is a very nice teacher, and would highly recommend!Mitchell, 2 lessons with Gilda
Honest and intuitive
Gilda was very honest and upfront during our initial phone consultation. She met with my daughter for an hour, evaluated her skills, gave her helpful information and offered her opinion that at this point, she didn't see the need for my daughter to have a tutor. I very much appreciated her honesty and evaluation of my daughter's skill level and the helpful tips she provided her with.Debra, 1 lesson with Gilda
Knowledgeable and patient tutor
Gets you working, explains the real context of what people say in different situations, but with firm overview of the language.Dagmar, 14 lessons with Gilda
Very knowledgeable. Explains things clearly and is very understanding of students abilities. Always comes prepared and remembers the students strengths and weaknesses.Gregory, 5 lessons with Gilda
Very thorough, calm, patient. Also very resourceful in being able to catch my son up from deficiencies he had by taking FLVS Spanish 1 and 2 so that he can succeed in Spanish 3 in public HS this yr.Jodi, 10 lessons with Gilda
Excellent tutor for an adult ESL student.
Gilda creates an excellent learning atmosphere. She works hard for our lessons and makes me also work harder to improve my English. She brings new exercises for every lesson and gives me challenging homework. Gilda has a great talent to recognize what I need to practice more and she encourages me to do my best. I feel relaxed and full of energy with her. We laugh a lot and have interesting conversations. Gilda brings me material about everyday American life as topics for our discussions. She is absolutely an excellent teacher.Tiina, 26 lessons with Gilda
Response time: 6 hours