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Renata U.

Deerfield Beach, FL

$50/hour

ESL, TOEFL, German, Italian, French, Public Speaking and more

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Background check passed as of 1/26/15
4.9 average from 69 ratings
The best TOEFL tutor I've ever met
— Gabriella, Boca Raton, FL on 4/24/15

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Language studies (English, German, French, Italian)
Translation
BA Economics/ International Business Administration
Other
HR T&D/ Trainer qualification/ CELTA
Other

Education

Language studies (English, German, French, Italian) (Translation)

BA Economics/ International Business Administration (Other)

HR T&D/ Trainer qualification/ CELTA (Other)

About Renata

My name is Renata. I am bi-lingual English and German, and I have a multi-lingual/ multi-cultural background. I call on many years of experience in teaching ESL, German, French and Italian, language and communication skills for business (presentations, meetings, negotiations, telephoning, written correspondence, interview skills) and intercultural communication skills. In addition to that, I offer translation/ interpretation services, and I also have a business background, specializing in Human Resources Training and Development, Public Relations, Communications and Marketing.

I am able to draw from many years of experience helping people improve their language and communication skills and preparing them for working internationally or for relocation. I have plenty of international and intercultural working experience and have been a language learner myself throughout my entire life. Being passionate about learning, training and development, I can empathize with language and culture related issues and can help you reach your goals. I have worked with both adults and adolescents.

I specialize in language development (vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation) and communication skills for business, relocation, travel and leisure, translation/ interpretation services, proof reading, communications/ public speaking and test preparation (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, Cambridge tests, DAF, Zertifikat Deutsch, etc.). I will customize the training to your individual needs and go the extra mile to help you succeed.

I meet most of my clients at their place of work, university, school or any other public place. In addition to face-to-face lessons, I also offer email and Skype lessons. Translations and writing assignments are usually done remotely. Please contact me for more details.
My name is Renata. I am bi-lingual English and German, and I have a multi-lingual/ multi-cultural background. I call on many years of experience in teaching ESL, German, Read more

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Cancellation
36 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"The best TOEFL tutor I've ever met"

- Gabriella, Boca Raton, FL on 4/24/15

"Proffesional in English."

- Andrey, Hollywood, FL on 9/9/13

"Great tutor! Highly recommend."

- Maria, Roswell, GA on 8/22/13

"Excellent tutor and personality"

- Oleg, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 5/21/13

"If you want a good teacher who is nice and friendly, Renate is who you need."

- Yulia, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 2/21/13

"Interesting way of teaching"

- Mohammed, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 1/29/13

"Great tutor!"

- Sigal, Pompano Beach, FL on 11/11/11

"went above and beyond"

- Christopher, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 2/17/11
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

As a teacher of English as a second language and a teacher for writing, reading and communication skills, I started looking into ACT English and ACT Reading and have since prepared several of my students for the ACT. Regarding ACT English, I am able to give you an overview of the test, explain useful strategies, and prepare you for self study by showing you the typical questions and coping strategies for this part of the test. I will focus on the usage and mechanics of English (punctuation, grammar and sentence structure) and rhetorical skills (sentence organization and style). I am also familiar with the new format of the optional ACT Writing and can train you to write successful essays for the ACT.

ACT Reading

As a teacher of English as a second language and a teacher for writing, reading and communication skills, I started looking into ACT English and ACT Reading and have since prepared several of my students for the ACT. Regarding ACT Reading, I am able to give you an overview of the test, explain useful strategies, and prepare you for self study by showing you the typical questions and coping strategies for this part of the test. I will focus on 'Referring Questions' and 'Reasoning Questions', which are an essential part of ACT Reading. I am also familiar with the new format of the optional ACT Writing and can train you to write successful essays for the ACT.

Career Development

I have been a language and communications trainer for many years and have helped numerous people improve their English language and communication skills. In addition to my linguist background, I can also draw from many years of business experience working in Human Resources, Public Relations and Marketing/ Communications. I was actively involved in recruiting, assessing, profiling and further development of employees. Therefore, I do have an in-depth insight into the recruiting process and what HR people usually look for in an applicant. Moreover, I am an excellent writer and proof-reader and can not only help you prepare for an interview, but also help you write a resume and cover letter that will give you the attention you are looking for.

English

I have taught English as a second language for many years. Being bilingual (English and German) and having learned other languages myself (Italian, French, Spanish) has deepened my understanding of problem areas when learning a foreign language and how to solve these issues. I have been a language and communications trainer for many years and have helped adults, teenagers and children improve their English language and communication skills as well as prepare them for living and working/ schooling in an English speaking environment. I also offer TOEFL test preparation. I will customize the training to my students' individual needs and go the extra distance to help them succeed.

ESL/ESOL

I have taught English as a second language for many years. Being bi-lingual (English and German) and having learned other languages myself (Italian, French, Spanish) has deepened my understanding of problem areas when learning a foreign language and how to solve these issues.

I have been a language and communications trainer for many years and have helped adults, teenagers and children improve their English language and communication skills as well as prepare them for living and working/ schooling in an English speaking environment. I also offer TOEFL test preparation. I will customize the training to my students' individual needs and go the extra distance to help them succeed.

French

Voudriez-vous apprendre le français?
Est-ce tu voudrais apprendre le français?
Would you like to learn French?

French is an important language and I've always enjoyed speaking French. Even though I'm not a native speaker, I started learning French more than 20 years ago. I have used French in business and for traveling, have traveled to France many times and have taught French to beginners for many years.

Due to the fact that I'm not a native speaker, I wouldn't feel comfortable teaching very advanced students, but I am very comfortable and very experienced in teaching lower level students and beginners.

Hardi! Parlons français!

German

Möchtest du deutsch lernen?
Möchten Sie deutsch lernen?

If you would like to start learning German from scratch or perfect your German, I'm the right trainer for you. I am bi-lingual German and English and have lived in Germany and Great Britain for most of my life. I am now a resident of South Florida, have international living and working experience, and I am a language trainer and translator by profession. Working with me, you are not only in professional hands, but I will make this an enjoyable learning experience, too.

No matter what you need German for, I can help you achieve your goals. I can draw from many years of teaching basic "survival" German, German for day-to-day life, for traveling and for business. I have also prepared students for relocation to Germany and the TestDaF which is often required by employers and universities.

I will customize the training to my students' individual needs and go the extra distance to help them succeed.

Grammar

I have taught English as a second language for many years and have thus become an expert in English grammar. I have helped adults, teenagers and children improve their English language and communication skills as well as prepare them for tests such as the TOEFL, which includes grammar. Do you need to work on grammar for school, work, or an upcoming test, in order to write correct essays or business correspondence, or do you need to brush up on your oral grammar skills for day to day life? I can help you improve in all areas of grammar, such as tenses, prepositions, articles, singulars and plurals, adjectives and adverbs, comparatives and superlatives, pronouns, if-clauses, phrasal verbs, passive, reported speech, questions and answers/ question words, sentence structure and many other areas you feel you need to work on. I will customize the training to my students' individual needs and go the extra distance to help them succeed.

IELTS

I have been a TOEFL teacher in the US for more than 5 years now. However, before that, I used to be an IELTS teacher and teacher for all other Cambridge tests in Europe for many years. Hence, I am very familiar with the IELTS test and can help students increase their score. In addition to that, I am a certified ESL teacher. Therefore, I can also help students with general vocabulary and grammar problems to improve their English for IELTS.

Italian

Vorreste/ Vorresti imparare l'italiano?
Would you like to learn Italian?

Italian is one of the most beautiful languages in the world and I've always enjoyed speaking Italian. Even though I'm not a native speaker, I started learning Italian more than 20 years ago. I have used Italian in business and for traveling, have traveled to Italy and the Italian speaking part of Switzerland many times and have even lived in Italy for some time.

Due to the fact that I'm not a native speaker, I wouldn't feel comfortable teaching very advanced students, but I am very comfortable and very experienced teaching lower level students and beginners. I am particularly keen on introducing this wonderful language to beginners and to make the Italian culture more accessible to them because Italy is a country truly worthwhile traveling to.

Avanti! Parliamo l'italiano!

Phonics

The area of phonetics is an integral part in language training. There are hundreds of sounds of human speech, which greatly vary from language to language. These sounds cannot be described by using our normal alphabet, but a specialist alphabet, the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). Using the IPA will help you spell words phonetically and practice their correct pronunciation. Phonetics is about physiological production of sounds, acoustic properties and auditory perception. I have studied phonetics and have used the IPA when teaching ESL and foreign languages. Phonetics classes are also sometimes called pronunciation classes or accent reduction classes, which I have offered to students for many years.

Proofreading

I've been a language trainer for many years and have helped numerous people improve their language and communication skills, including writing and proofreading texts.

I can draw from many years of experience working with native and non-native speakers of English who were looking to improve their writing skills for business, day-to-day correspondence, academic purposes and even novel writing and composition. I have not only helped people improve their writing skills, but have also proofread their essays, speeches and papers.

Proofreading can be done remotely by email, skype or telephone and doesn't always require an in-person meeting. However, if you live within my travel radius, I would of course also meet with you and discuss things with you in person.

Public Speaking

As a language and communications trainer, I work with native and non-native speakers of English in order to help them improve their language and communication skills, which includes public speaking and writing.

I have both a language training and PR/Communications background and can draw from many years of experience working in PR/Communications, giving presentations and training others to excel in this field.

Everyone can become proficient in public speaking. I have shown people how to prepare, how to structure their presentation, how to overcome their fear of speaking in public and how to feel more comfortable when delivering speeches and presentations, giving interviews, making announcements or any other occasion that requires speaking in front of an audience, no matter how big or small.

Be prepared, practice, be confident. Everyone can do this!

Reading

Having been an ESL and TOEFL teacher for many years, I teach all language skills including reading. I select level appropriate reading texts for my students, make sure that I pre-teach necessary knowledge and vocabulary, give students during-reading and post-reading tasks and enable students develop good reading strategies so that they can continue learning and benefitting from reading on their own in future.

TOEFL

The TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) is a common test to prove a new student's academic English language skills and an IBT score of 75 to 100 is usually required. The test is highly demanding and cannot be mastered without preparation.

The TOEFL consists of four parts, reading, listening, speaking and writing. Usually, speaking and writing are perceived as the two most challenging parts by students. These are the two parts most students actually need a tutor for, whereas the reading and listening parts can be tackled as a self-study task with a little bit of guidance by a tutor.

I have taught many TOEFL preparation courses, have all necessary books and CDs as well as many other materials I've created over time. I can let you do a full sample TOEFL test, give you your current score, analyze your strengths and weaknesses and help you improve critical areas.

I can draw from many years of experience in teaching English as well as preparing students for the TOEFL, so you're in professional hands.

Vocabulary

Having been an ESL and TOEFL teacher for many years, I teach all language skills including vocabulary development. I elicit and evaluate my students' previous knowledge, set realistic goals and present vocabulary in a relatable context making sure that students understand the fuction of new vocabulary. Furthermore, I enable my students to develop an increased awareness of word families in order to develop an even wider range of vocabulary. These techniques allow students to continue learning on their own in future.

Writing

I've been a language trainer for many years and have helped numerous people improve their language and communication skills, including writing.

I can draw from many years of experience working with native and non-native speakers of English who were looking to improve their writing skills for business, day-to-day correspondence, academic purposes and even novel writing and composition. I have not only helped people improve their writing skills, but have also written various essays, speeches and papers for my students. Furthermore, I've given a lot of writing training in conjunction with my TOEFL preparation courses, which require amongst others writing skills.

Writing requires a lot of practice. Therefore, writing students usually spend a lot of time writing their own texts, essays and compositions and I would proof-read their work, correct mistakes and highlight and explain recurring mistakes, which can also be done remotely by email, Skype or telephone and doesn't always require an in-person meeting. However, if you live within my travel radius, I would of course also meet with you and discuss things with you in person.

Language studies (English, German, French, Italian)
Translation
BA Economics/ International Business Administration
Other
HR T&D/ Trainer qualification/ CELTA
Other

Education

Language studies (English, German, French, Italian) (Translation)

BA Economics/ International Business Administration (Other)

HR T&D/ Trainer qualification/ CELTA (Other)

The best TOEFL tutor I've ever met — I felt extremely lucky to find Renata. She has the knowledge, patience and dedication what makes someone a good teacher. She helped me tremendously prepare for my TOEFL exam. I would definitely recommend her! ...

— Gabriella, Boca Raton, FL on 4/24/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

Renata will travel within 8 miles of Deerfield Beach, FL 33441.