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Elaine C.

$45/hour

  • 945 hours tutoring

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I currently own and operate several different businesses, but my favorite one is tutoring. In fact, I speak 5 different languages in varying degrees of fluency, but I prefer to teach French because it is the language in which I am most comfortable. I was fortunate enough to spend 2 years in France, first in a small village in Brittany, where I attended a French High school, and secondly, in Paris, where I was able to perfect my language abilities. Today, some 20+ years later, I have still...

I currently own and operate several different businesses, but my favorite one is tutoring. In fact, I speak 5 different languages in varying degrees of fluency, but I prefer to teach French because it is the language in which I am most comfortable. I was fortunate enough to spend 2 years in France, first in a small village in Brittany, where I attended a French High school, and secondly, in Paris, where I was able to perfect my language abilities. Today, some 20+ years later, I have still retained my native accent and continue to seek out contacts in the Washington, D.C. area that will allow me to utilize the language on a daily basis. Additionally, one of my other companies is a chocolate business called SPECIALITES D'ELEGANCE. This allows me to maintain my fluency, as I am called on to speak French on a daily basis, when dealing with the factory who supplies my business. I welcome students of all ages: the youngest one I teach currently is 6 years old while the oldest one is 77 years old. One of my greatest sources of satisfaction is being able to work with adults who are MOTIVATED to learn French again after a long hiatus. I provide the same emphasis on correct pronunciation and vocab development, as I do with my school-age students. It is SO important to be able to say things CORRECTLY!! And, with the proper instruction, virtually ANYONE can learn correct pronunciation.

While there are many language tutors in this area, the old adage applies: you get what you pay for. TRY ME BEFORE YOU BUY ME! I am pleased to offer a FREE INTRODUCTORY SESSION to acquaint you with the calibre and quality of my teaching.


Education

Georgetown University
French
George Washington University
Graduate Coursework
American Graduate School of Internatl Management
MBA

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Business

Career Development,

Career Development

As someone who has owned my own resume writing and career counseling firm for the past decade, I specialize in assisting both adults and college-level students in putting together a resume that will get the attention of an employer. I worked initially for Management Recruiters International in the IT arena, prior to starting my own company and have counseled hundreds of candidates—including both career-transitioning adults and first-time job seekers. I know what resume formats work best; both in terms of visual appeal and content, and am able to help create a compelling product. I am also frequently called upon to assist in drafting a multi-purpose resume. In addition, I assist clients in preparing a cover letter which is tailored to a specific position. In the event that no position has been identified yet, I work to create a more generic letter which lends itself to adaptation in the future. Given today's busy work world, I also strongly suggest that a job seeker write his or her own letter of recommendation for a previous employer to sign. This strategy serves a dual purpose: first, it doesn’t constitute an unwelcome burden for an already-overloaded manager and second, it allows a candidate to highlight his/her strong points. Because it is typically very difficult to talk about oneself—much less write a letter attesting to one’s personal virtues—I identify and analyze the strengths and capabilities of each client that may otherwise go unnoticed if an employer is asked to prepare this recommendation. Furthermore, I conduct a series of mock interviews to evaluate the way a candidate presents him/herself and following these sessions, I provide a constructive critique of what was said, along with suggestions for improvement in the future. Over time, I have developed an extensive set of resource materials on all aspects of the job search process. These include such key areas as salary negotiations, networking, interviewing, entrepreneurship, personal finance, getting hired/fired, retirement and re-t
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

For the past 15 years, I have run a computer repair business alongside my husband. My role is, in a word, keeping the customers happy! This includes not only listening to them describe technical problems they are experiencing, but also, assisting them in resolving these. Sometimes I can do this on the phone, but more than not I have to travel to them to find out exactly what it is they don't fully understand. I usually end up answering questions not only about Microsoft Word, but also about how to do basic things such as doing a cut/copy/paste, inserting photos into a text document, formatting a piece of correspondence, working with templates, setting up a basic Excel Spread sheet or even printing text! It would certainly be my pleasure to help you tame the Microsoft beast!! By way of background, I have a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University AND an MBA in International Marketing from Thunderbird. In fact,I speak French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese in varying degrees of proficiency, and strongly suspect that this is the reason I've mastered MS Word so easily. It is, after all, just another 'system.' I've taught for WyzAnt for the past 5 years now, but I actually owned and operated a private tutoring business for 12 years prior to that. I would love to hear from you about what you have encountered that is the most troublesome to you.

Computer

Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

For the past 15 years, I have run a computer repair business alongside my husband. My role is, in a word, keeping the customers happy! This includes not only listening to them describe technical problems they are experiencing, but also, assisting them in resolving these. Sometimes I can do this on the phone, but more than not I have to travel to them to find out exactly what it is they don't fully understand. I usually end up answering questions not only about Microsoft Word, but also about how to do basic things such as doing a cut/copy/paste, inserting photos into a text document, formatting a piece of correspondence, working with templates, setting up a basic Excel Spread sheet or even printing text! It would certainly be my pleasure to help you tame the Microsoft beast!! By way of background, I have a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University AND an MBA in International Marketing from Thunderbird. In fact,I speak French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese in varying degrees of proficiency, and strongly suspect that this is the reason I've mastered MS Word so easily. It is, after all, just another 'system.' I've taught for WyzAnt for the past 5 years now, but I actually owned and operated a private tutoring business for 12 years prior to that. I would love to hear from you about what you have encountered that is the most troublesome to you.
General Computer

Corporate Training

Career Development,

Career Development

As someone who has owned my own resume writing and career counseling firm for the past decade, I specialize in assisting both adults and college-level students in putting together a resume that will get the attention of an employer. I worked initially for Management Recruiters International in the IT arena, prior to starting my own company and have counseled hundreds of candidates—including both career-transitioning adults and first-time job seekers. I know what resume formats work best; both in terms of visual appeal and content, and am able to help create a compelling product. I am also frequently called upon to assist in drafting a multi-purpose resume. In addition, I assist clients in preparing a cover letter which is tailored to a specific position. In the event that no position has been identified yet, I work to create a more generic letter which lends itself to adaptation in the future. Given today's busy work world, I also strongly suggest that a job seeker write his or her own letter of recommendation for a previous employer to sign. This strategy serves a dual purpose: first, it doesn’t constitute an unwelcome burden for an already-overloaded manager and second, it allows a candidate to highlight his/her strong points. Because it is typically very difficult to talk about oneself—much less write a letter attesting to one’s personal virtues—I identify and analyze the strengths and capabilities of each client that may otherwise go unnoticed if an employer is asked to prepare this recommendation. Furthermore, I conduct a series of mock interviews to evaluate the way a candidate presents him/herself and following these sessions, I provide a constructive critique of what was said, along with suggestions for improvement in the future. Over time, I have developed an extensive set of resource materials on all aspects of the job search process. These include such key areas as salary negotiations, networking, interviewing, entrepreneurship, personal finance, getting hired/fired, retirement and re-t
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

With an MBA in international affairs, and a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics, I have worked as a tutor for the past two decades. As such, I have seen an increasing proportion of students who need help with their English language skills. Initially, I tutored U.S.-born students at the Jr High and High School level who were having problems with their writing and reading skills. However, over the past 3 years, I have been tutoring a larger percentage of students from other countries as well who are looking to improve their speaking ability. In many cases, these are adults who want to present themselves well to a potential employer, while other times, I have assisted children who are struggling to learn English for the very first time. For example, one of my clients adopted two teenagers from Somalia, who came to the United States knowing virtually not a single word of English. The family called me to assist them with their verbal skills, and by the time I finished up with them, they were able to both initiate and respond to others correctly. In another instance, I was asked to tutor an 8 year old from Argentina, whose parents only spoke Spanish in the home. Consequently, the child was having difficulties not only with pronunciation and grammar, but also with vocabulary and spelling. Over a period of 8 months, he was able to achieve a level of language proficiency such that his parents came to rely on him to communicate with service personnel and others, as needed. I could go on and on, detailing my experiences in teaching both English AND English as a Foreign Language. However, suffice it to say that this is something that I enjoy, and something from which I derive tremendous satisfaction, as it ultimately benefits students and helps them live more successfully in our society. One of the things I emphasize in particular is CORRECT PRONUNCIATION. Americans are notoriously mono-lingual, so when someone speaks with a foreign accent, they often do not exert the effort or take the time to understan
French,

French

Having lived for 2 1/2 years in France, I have received numerous compliments on my native fluency in French. In fact, during my graduate school days, the Chairman of the Department insisted on recording me speaking french--to prove to other students that it was, in fact, possible to achieve this degree of proficiency.
German,

German

After arriving back in the United States after 2 years of residency and school in France, I applied to and was accepted by Hostra University. During the weekends, I stayed with my godparents on Long Island. One day, I was poking around in the oldest daughter's room and found a tattered copy of a first year German book. I opened it up; read several pages, and decided to teach myself German. I proceeded to do exactly this in my spare time for the entire semester, and the following January, I took a language test which placed me into 3rd year German, skipping both the first AND the 2nd year of classes! This was an exhilarating moment for me, as it validated my theory that learning multiple languages simultaneously was the way to go. I did well in my 3rd year German, and that summer, I left on a trip to Bavaria where I was gratified to discover that I had minimal difficulty communicating in the language.
Italian,

Italian

After enrolling in the American College in Paris, I found that the Italian language intrigued me, so I signed up for one semester evening class at the nearby 'Lyceo Italiano.' Being in Paris, the class was naturally given in FRENCH! So...there I was, an American student still in the process of mastering French, taking a class in Italian! I didn't have the time to translate from Italian into French and then back into English and given the similarities in grammar and structure of the former two languages, I was able to by-pass my native English and go from French to Italian directly. I am convinced that it was this experience that helped me subsequently skip from 1st year Italian to 4th year. I was shocked myself to receive the results. I later persuaded the Dept. chair--during a conversation I held with him in exclusively in Italian--to allow me to forego the 4th year and go right into a graduate literature class.)
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

For the past 15 years, I have run a computer repair business alongside my husband. My role is, in a word, keeping the customers happy! This includes not only listening to them describe technical problems they are experiencing, but also, assisting them in resolving these. Sometimes I can do this on the phone, but more than not I have to travel to them to find out exactly what it is they don't fully understand. I usually end up answering questions not only about Microsoft Word, but also about how to do basic things such as doing a cut/copy/paste, inserting photos into a text document, formatting a piece of correspondence, working with templates, setting up a basic Excel Spread sheet or even printing text! It would certainly be my pleasure to help you tame the Microsoft beast!! By way of background, I have a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University AND an MBA in International Marketing from Thunderbird. In fact,I speak French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese in varying degrees of proficiency, and strongly suspect that this is the reason I've mastered MS Word so easily. It is, after all, just another 'system.' I've taught for WyzAnt for the past 5 years now, but I actually owned and operated a private tutoring business for 12 years prior to that. I would love to hear from you about what you have encountered that is the most troublesome to you.
Spanish,

Spanish

As Italian and Spanish are so similar, I opted to take a Spanish class at Hofstra, along with my French and German classes. I enjoyed my studies to such an extent that I applied for--and was accepted to-- a year long study program in Valladolid. However, at the last moment, I opted to solidify my fluency in French and spent the year in Paris instead. This in no way diminished my enthusiasm for the Spanish language: I continue to enjoy it (and tutor it) here in No VA.
General Computer, Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Spelling,

Spelling

As the daughter of a published author and HIS journalist father, words (and their meanings) have always held a special fascination for me as I was growing up. I take pride in my spelling abilities, and rarely need to use the spell checker. I also studied 5 foreign languages as an undergraduate and went on to master 4 of these as a graduate student. (I currently ALSO tutor French, Spanish, Italian and German.) I usually conduct a review of phonics for those students who are struggling with spelling and then I go on to help the student 'sound out' the word. I also identify troublesome sounds and find words with similar sounds so that the student sees the spelling over and over and over. I have discovered three things in my nearly two decades of teaching. The first is that 50% or more of spelling errors are due to the child just wanting to GET THROUGH the assignment and not paying close attention to what s/he has written. The second, is that time is rarely spent pronouncing troublesome words OUT LOUD, and writing them down with the appropriate stress markings, while the third is that a dictionary--be it an actual book or an on-line resource, is rarely consulted to determine how a word should be spelled! I therefore encourage my students to look words up and I show them how to use a dictionary. (Surprisingly enough, few students are either taught this or are able to remember this from their earlier education!) Lastly, I like to encourage the use of a Thesaurus early on as it fosters the development of an enriched vocabulary. English is such a rich and powerful language that it is a shame to not take advantage of the diverse vocabulary it offers to improve both speech and writing. I look forward to passing on my knowledge to my tutoring students!
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

As a published author myself, I am particularly sensitive to the nuances of the English language. During my earlier school years, I always enjoyed the class when the teacher was reviewing various aspects of grammar. Over the years, I have come to believe that this 'affinity' for English--both writing and speaking--is born of the fact that both my father and grandfather as well are published authors and journalists themselves. As early as my first year in high school, I remember correcting papers written by my classmates (for fun) and I continued to do so later in college, but this time as a part-time paying job! Today, I have an active practice of WyzAnt students who come to me to sharpen their skills with a view to perhaps being promoted on the job, or else simply being able to communicate better with those around them. In addition to in-depth vocabulary studies, I also emphasize the importance of grammar which serves as the building block for the language. The better acquainted a student is with various grammatical components, the able he is to write cohesive English language sentences. I enjoy teaching English to both children and adults alike, and in the case of the latter, I spend a significant amount of time on writing skills: particularly parallel structure, coordinating conjunctions and prepositional phrases--all of which enable writing to flow better.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

With an MBA in international affairs, and a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics, I have worked as a tutor for the past two decades. As such, I have seen an increasing proportion of students who need help with their English language skills. Initially, I tutored U.S.-born students at the Jr High and High School level who were having problems with their writing and reading skills. However, over the past 3 years, I have been tutoring a larger percentage of students from other countries as well who are looking to improve their speaking ability. In many cases, these are adults who want to present themselves well to a potential employer, while other times, I have assisted children who are struggling to learn English for the very first time. For example, one of my clients adopted two teenagers from Somalia, who came to the United States knowing virtually not a single word of English. The family called me to assist them with their verbal skills, and by the time I finished up with them, they were able to both initiate and respond to others correctly. In another instance, I was asked to tutor an 8 year old from Argentina, whose parents only spoke Spanish in the home. Consequently, the child was having difficulties not only with pronunciation and grammar, but also with vocabulary and spelling. Over a period of 8 months, he was able to achieve a level of language proficiency such that his parents came to rely on him to communicate with service personnel and others, as needed. I could go on and on, detailing my experiences in teaching both English AND English as a Foreign Language. However, suffice it to say that this is something that I enjoy, and something from which I derive tremendous satisfaction, as it ultimately benefits students and helps them live more successfully in our society. One of the things I emphasize in particular is CORRECT PRONUNCIATION. Americans are notoriously mono-lingual, so when someone speaks with a foreign accent, they often do not exert the effort or take the time to understan
Spelling,

Spelling

As the daughter of a published author and HIS journalist father, words (and their meanings) have always held a special fascination for me as I was growing up. I take pride in my spelling abilities, and rarely need to use the spell checker. I also studied 5 foreign languages as an undergraduate and went on to master 4 of these as a graduate student. (I currently ALSO tutor French, Spanish, Italian and German.) I usually conduct a review of phonics for those students who are struggling with spelling and then I go on to help the student 'sound out' the word. I also identify troublesome sounds and find words with similar sounds so that the student sees the spelling over and over and over. I have discovered three things in my nearly two decades of teaching. The first is that 50% or more of spelling errors are due to the child just wanting to GET THROUGH the assignment and not paying close attention to what s/he has written. The second, is that time is rarely spent pronouncing troublesome words OUT LOUD, and writing them down with the appropriate stress markings, while the third is that a dictionary--be it an actual book or an on-line resource, is rarely consulted to determine how a word should be spelled! I therefore encourage my students to look words up and I show them how to use a dictionary. (Surprisingly enough, few students are either taught this or are able to remember this from their earlier education!) Lastly, I like to encourage the use of a Thesaurus early on as it fosters the development of an enriched vocabulary. English is such a rich and powerful language that it is a shame to not take advantage of the diverse vocabulary it offers to improve both speech and writing. I look forward to passing on my knowledge to my tutoring students!
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

Homeschool

English,

English

As a published author myself, I am particularly sensitive to the nuances of the English language. During my earlier school years, I always enjoyed the class when the teacher was reviewing various aspects of grammar. Over the years, I have come to believe that this 'affinity' for English--both writing and speaking--is born of the fact that both my father and grandfather as well are published authors and journalists themselves. As early as my first year in high school, I remember correcting papers written by my classmates (for fun) and I continued to do so later in college, but this time as a part-time paying job! Today, I have an active practice of WyzAnt students who come to me to sharpen their skills with a view to perhaps being promoted on the job, or else simply being able to communicate better with those around them. In addition to in-depth vocabulary studies, I also emphasize the importance of grammar which serves as the building block for the language. The better acquainted a student is with various grammatical components, the able he is to write cohesive English language sentences. I enjoy teaching English to both children and adults alike, and in the case of the latter, I spend a significant amount of time on writing skills: particularly parallel structure, coordinating conjunctions and prepositional phrases--all of which enable writing to flow better.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

With an MBA in international affairs, and a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics, I have worked as a tutor for the past two decades. As such, I have seen an increasing proportion of students who need help with their English language skills. Initially, I tutored U.S.-born students at the Jr High and High School level who were having problems with their writing and reading skills. However, over the past 3 years, I have been tutoring a larger percentage of students from other countries as well who are looking to improve their speaking ability. In many cases, these are adults who want to present themselves well to a potential employer, while other times, I have assisted children who are struggling to learn English for the very first time. For example, one of my clients adopted two teenagers from Somalia, who came to the United States knowing virtually not a single word of English. The family called me to assist them with their verbal skills, and by the time I finished up with them, they were able to both initiate and respond to others correctly. In another instance, I was asked to tutor an 8 year old from Argentina, whose parents only spoke Spanish in the home. Consequently, the child was having difficulties not only with pronunciation and grammar, but also with vocabulary and spelling. Over a period of 8 months, he was able to achieve a level of language proficiency such that his parents came to rely on him to communicate with service personnel and others, as needed. I could go on and on, detailing my experiences in teaching both English AND English as a Foreign Language. However, suffice it to say that this is something that I enjoy, and something from which I derive tremendous satisfaction, as it ultimately benefits students and helps them live more successfully in our society. One of the things I emphasize in particular is CORRECT PRONUNCIATION. Americans are notoriously mono-lingual, so when someone speaks with a foreign accent, they often do not exert the effort or take the time to understan
French,

French

Having lived for 2 1/2 years in France, I have received numerous compliments on my native fluency in French. In fact, during my graduate school days, the Chairman of the Department insisted on recording me speaking french--to prove to other students that it was, in fact, possible to achieve this degree of proficiency.
Spanish,

Spanish

As Italian and Spanish are so similar, I opted to take a Spanish class at Hofstra, along with my French and German classes. I enjoyed my studies to such an extent that I applied for--and was accepted to-- a year long study program in Valladolid. However, at the last moment, I opted to solidify my fluency in French and spent the year in Paris instead. This in no way diminished my enthusiasm for the Spanish language: I continue to enjoy it (and tutor it) here in No VA.
Spelling,

Spelling

As the daughter of a published author and HIS journalist father, words (and their meanings) have always held a special fascination for me as I was growing up. I take pride in my spelling abilities, and rarely need to use the spell checker. I also studied 5 foreign languages as an undergraduate and went on to master 4 of these as a graduate student. (I currently ALSO tutor French, Spanish, Italian and German.) I usually conduct a review of phonics for those students who are struggling with spelling and then I go on to help the student 'sound out' the word. I also identify troublesome sounds and find words with similar sounds so that the student sees the spelling over and over and over. I have discovered three things in my nearly two decades of teaching. The first is that 50% or more of spelling errors are due to the child just wanting to GET THROUGH the assignment and not paying close attention to what s/he has written. The second, is that time is rarely spent pronouncing troublesome words OUT LOUD, and writing them down with the appropriate stress markings, while the third is that a dictionary--be it an actual book or an on-line resource, is rarely consulted to determine how a word should be spelled! I therefore encourage my students to look words up and I show them how to use a dictionary. (Surprisingly enough, few students are either taught this or are able to remember this from their earlier education!) Lastly, I like to encourage the use of a Thesaurus early on as it fosters the development of an enriched vocabulary. English is such a rich and powerful language that it is a shame to not take advantage of the diverse vocabulary it offers to improve both speech and writing. I look forward to passing on my knowledge to my tutoring students!
Reading, Writing

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

With an MBA in international affairs, and a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics, I have worked as a tutor for the past two decades. As such, I have seen an increasing proportion of students who need help with their English language skills. Initially, I tutored U.S.-born students at the Jr High and High School level who were having problems with their writing and reading skills. However, over the past 3 years, I have been tutoring a larger percentage of students from other countries as well who are looking to improve their speaking ability. In many cases, these are adults who want to present themselves well to a potential employer, while other times, I have assisted children who are struggling to learn English for the very first time. For example, one of my clients adopted two teenagers from Somalia, who came to the United States knowing virtually not a single word of English. The family called me to assist them with their verbal skills, and by the time I finished up with them, they were able to both initiate and respond to others correctly. In another instance, I was asked to tutor an 8 year old from Argentina, whose parents only spoke Spanish in the home. Consequently, the child was having difficulties not only with pronunciation and grammar, but also with vocabulary and spelling. Over a period of 8 months, he was able to achieve a level of language proficiency such that his parents came to rely on him to communicate with service personnel and others, as needed. I could go on and on, detailing my experiences in teaching both English AND English as a Foreign Language. However, suffice it to say that this is something that I enjoy, and something from which I derive tremendous satisfaction, as it ultimately benefits students and helps them live more successfully in our society. One of the things I emphasize in particular is CORRECT PRONUNCIATION. Americans are notoriously mono-lingual, so when someone speaks with a foreign accent, they often do not exert the effort or take the time to understan
French,

French

Having lived for 2 1/2 years in France, I have received numerous compliments on my native fluency in French. In fact, during my graduate school days, the Chairman of the Department insisted on recording me speaking french--to prove to other students that it was, in fact, possible to achieve this degree of proficiency.
German,

German

After arriving back in the United States after 2 years of residency and school in France, I applied to and was accepted by Hostra University. During the weekends, I stayed with my godparents on Long Island. One day, I was poking around in the oldest daughter's room and found a tattered copy of a first year German book. I opened it up; read several pages, and decided to teach myself German. I proceeded to do exactly this in my spare time for the entire semester, and the following January, I took a language test which placed me into 3rd year German, skipping both the first AND the 2nd year of classes! This was an exhilarating moment for me, as it validated my theory that learning multiple languages simultaneously was the way to go. I did well in my 3rd year German, and that summer, I left on a trip to Bavaria where I was gratified to discover that I had minimal difficulty communicating in the language.
Italian,

Italian

After enrolling in the American College in Paris, I found that the Italian language intrigued me, so I signed up for one semester evening class at the nearby 'Lyceo Italiano.' Being in Paris, the class was naturally given in FRENCH! So...there I was, an American student still in the process of mastering French, taking a class in Italian! I didn't have the time to translate from Italian into French and then back into English and given the similarities in grammar and structure of the former two languages, I was able to by-pass my native English and go from French to Italian directly. I am convinced that it was this experience that helped me subsequently skip from 1st year Italian to 4th year. I was shocked myself to receive the results. I later persuaded the Dept. chair--during a conversation I held with him in exclusively in Italian--to allow me to forego the 4th year and go right into a graduate literature class.)
Spanish

Spanish

As Italian and Spanish are so similar, I opted to take a Spanish class at Hofstra, along with my French and German classes. I enjoyed my studies to such an extent that I applied for--and was accepted to-- a year long study program in Valladolid. However, at the last moment, I opted to solidify my fluency in French and spent the year in Paris instead. This in no way diminished my enthusiasm for the Spanish language: I continue to enjoy it (and tutor it) here in No VA.

Most Popular

English,

English

As a published author myself, I am particularly sensitive to the nuances of the English language. During my earlier school years, I always enjoyed the class when the teacher was reviewing various aspects of grammar. Over the years, I have come to believe that this 'affinity' for English--both writing and speaking--is born of the fact that both my father and grandfather as well are published authors and journalists themselves. As early as my first year in high school, I remember correcting papers written by my classmates (for fun) and I continued to do so later in college, but this time as a part-time paying job! Today, I have an active practice of WyzAnt students who come to me to sharpen their skills with a view to perhaps being promoted on the job, or else simply being able to communicate better with those around them. In addition to in-depth vocabulary studies, I also emphasize the importance of grammar which serves as the building block for the language. The better acquainted a student is with various grammatical components, the able he is to write cohesive English language sentences. I enjoy teaching English to both children and adults alike, and in the case of the latter, I spend a significant amount of time on writing skills: particularly parallel structure, coordinating conjunctions and prepositional phrases--all of which enable writing to flow better.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

With an MBA in international affairs, and a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics, I have worked as a tutor for the past two decades. As such, I have seen an increasing proportion of students who need help with their English language skills. Initially, I tutored U.S.-born students at the Jr High and High School level who were having problems with their writing and reading skills. However, over the past 3 years, I have been tutoring a larger percentage of students from other countries as well who are looking to improve their speaking ability. In many cases, these are adults who want to present themselves well to a potential employer, while other times, I have assisted children who are struggling to learn English for the very first time. For example, one of my clients adopted two teenagers from Somalia, who came to the United States knowing virtually not a single word of English. The family called me to assist them with their verbal skills, and by the time I finished up with them, they were able to both initiate and respond to others correctly. In another instance, I was asked to tutor an 8 year old from Argentina, whose parents only spoke Spanish in the home. Consequently, the child was having difficulties not only with pronunciation and grammar, but also with vocabulary and spelling. Over a period of 8 months, he was able to achieve a level of language proficiency such that his parents came to rely on him to communicate with service personnel and others, as needed. I could go on and on, detailing my experiences in teaching both English AND English as a Foreign Language. However, suffice it to say that this is something that I enjoy, and something from which I derive tremendous satisfaction, as it ultimately benefits students and helps them live more successfully in our society. One of the things I emphasize in particular is CORRECT PRONUNCIATION. Americans are notoriously mono-lingual, so when someone speaks with a foreign accent, they often do not exert the effort or take the time to understan
French,

French

Having lived for 2 1/2 years in France, I have received numerous compliments on my native fluency in French. In fact, during my graduate school days, the Chairman of the Department insisted on recording me speaking french--to prove to other students that it was, in fact, possible to achieve this degree of proficiency.
Spanish,

Spanish

As Italian and Spanish are so similar, I opted to take a Spanish class at Hofstra, along with my French and German classes. I enjoyed my studies to such an extent that I applied for--and was accepted to-- a year long study program in Valladolid. However, at the last moment, I opted to solidify my fluency in French and spent the year in Paris instead. This in no way diminished my enthusiasm for the Spanish language: I continue to enjoy it (and tutor it) here in No VA.
Reading, Writing

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

With an MBA in international affairs, and a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics, I have worked as a tutor for the past two decades. As such, I have seen an increasing proportion of students who need help with their English language skills. Initially, I tutored U.S.-born students at the Jr High and High School level who were having problems with their writing and reading skills. However, over the past 3 years, I have been tutoring a larger percentage of students from other countries as well who are looking to improve their speaking ability. In many cases, these are adults who want to present themselves well to a potential employer, while other times, I have assisted children who are struggling to learn English for the very first time. For example, one of my clients adopted two teenagers from Somalia, who came to the United States knowing virtually not a single word of English. The family called me to assist them with their verbal skills, and by the time I finished up with them, they were able to both initiate and respond to others correctly. In another instance, I was asked to tutor an 8 year old from Argentina, whose parents only spoke Spanish in the home. Consequently, the child was having difficulties not only with pronunciation and grammar, but also with vocabulary and spelling. Over a period of 8 months, he was able to achieve a level of language proficiency such that his parents came to rely on him to communicate with service personnel and others, as needed. I could go on and on, detailing my experiences in teaching both English AND English as a Foreign Language. However, suffice it to say that this is something that I enjoy, and something from which I derive tremendous satisfaction, as it ultimately benefits students and helps them live more successfully in our society. One of the things I emphasize in particular is CORRECT PRONUNCIATION. Americans are notoriously mono-lingual, so when someone speaks with a foreign accent, they often do not exert the effort or take the time to understan

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ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

With an MBA in international affairs, and a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics, I have worked as a tutor for the past two decades. As such, I have seen an increasing proportion of students who need help with their English language skills. Initially, I tutored U.S.-born students at the Jr High and High School level who were having problems with their writing and reading skills. However, over the past 3 years, I have been tutoring a larger percentage of students from other countries as well who are looking to improve their speaking ability. In many cases, these are adults who want to present themselves well to a potential employer, while other times, I have assisted children who are struggling to learn English for the very first time. For example, one of my clients adopted two teenagers from Somalia, who came to the United States knowing virtually not a single word of English. The family called me to assist them with their verbal skills, and by the time I finished up with them, they were able to both initiate and respond to others correctly. In another instance, I was asked to tutor an 8 year old from Argentina, whose parents only spoke Spanish in the home. Consequently, the child was having difficulties not only with pronunciation and grammar, but also with vocabulary and spelling. Over a period of 8 months, he was able to achieve a level of language proficiency such that his parents came to rely on him to communicate with service personnel and others, as needed. I could go on and on, detailing my experiences in teaching both English AND English as a Foreign Language. However, suffice it to say that this is something that I enjoy, and something from which I derive tremendous satisfaction, as it ultimately benefits students and helps them live more successfully in our society. One of the things I emphasize in particular is CORRECT PRONUNCIATION. Americans are notoriously mono-lingual, so when someone speaks with a foreign accent, they often do not exert the effort or take the time to understan
French,

French

Having lived for 2 1/2 years in France, I have received numerous compliments on my native fluency in French. In fact, during my graduate school days, the Chairman of the Department insisted on recording me speaking french--to prove to other students that it was, in fact, possible to achieve this degree of proficiency.
German,

German

After arriving back in the United States after 2 years of residency and school in France, I applied to and was accepted by Hostra University. During the weekends, I stayed with my godparents on Long Island. One day, I was poking around in the oldest daughter's room and found a tattered copy of a first year German book. I opened it up; read several pages, and decided to teach myself German. I proceeded to do exactly this in my spare time for the entire semester, and the following January, I took a language test which placed me into 3rd year German, skipping both the first AND the 2nd year of classes! This was an exhilarating moment for me, as it validated my theory that learning multiple languages simultaneously was the way to go. I did well in my 3rd year German, and that summer, I left on a trip to Bavaria where I was gratified to discover that I had minimal difficulty communicating in the language.
Italian,

Italian

After enrolling in the American College in Paris, I found that the Italian language intrigued me, so I signed up for one semester evening class at the nearby 'Lyceo Italiano.' Being in Paris, the class was naturally given in FRENCH! So...there I was, an American student still in the process of mastering French, taking a class in Italian! I didn't have the time to translate from Italian into French and then back into English and given the similarities in grammar and structure of the former two languages, I was able to by-pass my native English and go from French to Italian directly. I am convinced that it was this experience that helped me subsequently skip from 1st year Italian to 4th year. I was shocked myself to receive the results. I later persuaded the Dept. chair--during a conversation I held with him in exclusively in Italian--to allow me to forego the 4th year and go right into a graduate literature class.)
Spanish,

Spanish

As Italian and Spanish are so similar, I opted to take a Spanish class at Hofstra, along with my French and German classes. I enjoyed my studies to such an extent that I applied for--and was accepted to-- a year long study program in Valladolid. However, at the last moment, I opted to solidify my fluency in French and spent the year in Paris instead. This in no way diminished my enthusiasm for the Spanish language: I continue to enjoy it (and tutor it) here in No VA.
Reading, Writing

Test Preparation

Career Development

Career Development

As someone who has owned my own resume writing and career counseling firm for the past decade, I specialize in assisting both adults and college-level students in putting together a resume that will get the attention of an employer. I worked initially for Management Recruiters International in the IT arena, prior to starting my own company and have counseled hundreds of candidates—including both career-transitioning adults and first-time job seekers. I know what resume formats work best; both in terms of visual appeal and content, and am able to help create a compelling product. I am also frequently called upon to assist in drafting a multi-purpose resume. In addition, I assist clients in preparing a cover letter which is tailored to a specific position. In the event that no position has been identified yet, I work to create a more generic letter which lends itself to adaptation in the future. Given today's busy work world, I also strongly suggest that a job seeker write his or her own letter of recommendation for a previous employer to sign. This strategy serves a dual purpose: first, it doesn’t constitute an unwelcome burden for an already-overloaded manager and second, it allows a candidate to highlight his/her strong points. Because it is typically very difficult to talk about oneself—much less write a letter attesting to one’s personal virtues—I identify and analyze the strengths and capabilities of each client that may otherwise go unnoticed if an employer is asked to prepare this recommendation. Furthermore, I conduct a series of mock interviews to evaluate the way a candidate presents him/herself and following these sessions, I provide a constructive critique of what was said, along with suggestions for improvement in the future. Over time, I have developed an extensive set of resource materials on all aspects of the job search process. These include such key areas as salary negotiations, networking, interviewing, entrepreneurship, personal finance, getting hired/fired, retirement and re-t

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French Tutor

It was a great first session. It may take me some time to grasp everything but Elaine is an excellent Tutor And I look forward to working with her.

Terry A, 5 lessons with Elaine

The Best Tutor I Ever Had!

She knows so much about languages! ESL, French, Spanish, Italian, even Japanese - no problem! She puts the emphasis particularly on the correct pronunciation and vocab development. She is very experienced, very patient, knows how to explain well, quality of the teaching is simply tremendous! Additionally, she knows how to motivate and support the student. During the last 6 weeks I could successfully sharpen my overall language skills, especially the pronunciation of some complex sentences containing distinctive idiomatic dialogues and expressions. So, she is simply brilliant! Thank you very, very much for your help, Elaine. You are my best friend now. And I hope, I'll see you soon again!

Mirko, 28 lessons with Elaine

Lesson Two- Looking forward to next lesson.

Speaking for myself (Jack) I was much more interested in the second lesson than I was for the first. Beginning to understand the personal pronouns and the verb endings that relate to the person speaking makes some sense. Realizing that I really have to open my mouth to correctly pronounce the Italian words also makes sense. Elaine's stressing the memorization of how to conjugate the "regular" verbs also makes sense. And her stressing the importance of knowing the numbers also made an impression on me. When I began to listen to the audio lessons in the car I thought I'd never be able to learn this language, but I am becoming confident that I'll be able to "get by" in most instances. Moreover I'm looking forward to the next lesson.

Maureen, 3 lessons with Elaine

Very Methodical Approach

Elaine is tutoring our elementary school aged daughter in Italian as we prepare for travel abroad. Her approach to teaching her is very logical and methodical - my daughter enjoys her lessons and says she teaches her in fun ways. Our daughter says her lessons also help with her Spanish classes at school.

Alexis, 9 lessons with Elaine

Great Tutor

I have been working with Elaine as my ESL tutor for more than a year now. She is absolutely excellent and has helped me a lot with my writing, editing and composition skills. She has a wonderful sense of humor and I always look forward to our time together. We have concentrated mainly on the projects I need to do for work, which require me to explain information to other people on my team. The way we do this is I write it first and then Elaine suggests ways to make it better. She always has great ideas and I have learned so much since I first started with her. I study vocabulary words too which will help me in my career and Elaine patiently explains the words to me and then asks me to write sentences using them. I keep all of the new words on index cards so that I can study them later on. I have had tutors in the past but never someone who is as patient and dedicated about helping students make as much progress as possible. If you are serious about improving your English, I would really recommend you to call her, She will be happy to help you, too.

Ana Maria, 9 lessons with Elaine

Elaine is great, very patient and detail oriented.

I have had two sessions with Elaine and she has been a great help with my ESL problems. She is very good at explaining the rules of English and has helped me improve the quality of my schoolwork.

Isabella, 15 lessons with Elaine

Knowledgeable, passionate instructor

Elaine is an extremely knowledgeable, passionate instructor and I am very grateful I found her through WyzAnt. Elaine took the time during our first session to understand my learning needs and expectations and works diligently each time to satisfy these needs. She offers her professional advice on other areas of learning we could pursue to make each session very effective. For example, my personal goal was to increase my vocabulary, but she also recommended that we can focus on pronunciation and the accent, given that I am an ESOL speaker. I am very impressed by her fluent and professional knowledge of several languages. Elaine is a very patient and flexible teacher, who puts her students at ease. She also has a great sense of humor, which I always find very important for the learning process. Given that I have already had 8 sessions with Elaine and my extreme satisfaction with the level of learning, I would strongly recommend Elaine as a language tutor/instructor. I look forward to each of my sessions with Elaine and feel I am making substantial learning progress.

Iliyana, 23 lessons with Elaine

Terrific Tutor!

I've only taken one class with her so far. Despite this, I am absolutely pleased to say, she is more than qualified as a tutor with her plethora of fluent dialect. I extremely pleased to say, I will not only gain mastery in German grammar but its complex dialect structure as well! Thanks Frau! I hope to continue these spectacular lessons!

Denny, 5 lessons with Elaine

Very talented teacher

Elaine has a special gift for teaching foreign languages. She is a true polyglot. My son benefited enormously from her tutoring in French. Thanks for your patience. Have a great summer.

Tom, 10 lessons with Elaine

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