Language and communication, natural and easy.
Language and communication, natural and easy.
Tutoring is serious fun for me. I have just returned from living and working for two years in Moscow, where I tutored Russian students of all ages and at all levels in English as a foreign language. I also taught classes for Language Link Russia, the biggest (and most prestigious) language school in Moscow. There, my students were adults, and I taught all levels of English, including Advanced Business English. Before going to Russia, I was an adjunct college professor for about ten years,...
Tutoring is serious fun for me. I have just returned from living and working for two years in Moscow, where I tutored Russian students of all ages and at all levels in English as a foreign language. I also taught classes for Language Link Russia, the biggest (and most prestigious) language school in Moscow. There, my students were adults, and I taught all levels of English, including Advanced Business English. Before going to Russia, I was an adjunct college professor for about ten years, teaching English to foreign students planning to attend colleges or universities in the USA. In that capacity, I usually taught reading and communication classes, but I have experience teaching writing, too. I also have taught Russian language courses in adult education programs at two colleges. Tutoring is my favorite mode of teaching, however, as it seems to allow for more spontaneity in the teaching-learning relationship.
My educational background is in anthropology (undergraduate degree) and linguistics (two years of graduate school), the combination of which has served me well in teaching English to people from different countries. A knowledge of linguistics allows me to diagnose language learning problems specifically and to offer tailored solutions to those problems. One of my most successful niches, for example, has been accent reduction, which can be very important, as in the case of healthcare workers.
My teaching style is eclectic, relaxed, and supportive, with emphasis on actually using the language as opposed to just learning about the language. My approach is student-centered, paying attention first of all to what students want and need from me, and then depending on my substantive knowledge of the material to find creative ways to help students reach their goals.
Personally, reading has always been as natural and necessary to me as breathing. My interests are broad, so I enjoy reading about all kinds of things, and this helps in my teaching, too. Besides a lot of novels, I read about science, art, history, philosophy, food, and gardening, just to give you an idea! Besides reading, I love painting, music, swimming, dancing, cooking, and just eating and talking and being with my friends and family.
Kathryn has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 12 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
Personable and Knowledgeable
Kathryn helped my son get started with Russian. She was very patient and engaged. We are pleased with the outcome.Robert, 2 lessons with Kathryn
knowledgeable and passionate about what she does.
She works with my son. He says he loves working with her. She is every nice, helpful and patient with my son. He has always struggled in school but he enjoys working with Kathryn every much.Winter, 7 lessons with Kathryn
Very knowledgeable and patient tutor!
I am so happy to have had Ms. Kathryn as my tutor! I have had five lessons with her, and my GRE Verbal score improved by 10 points! Whenever I had questions or felt unsure about any of the vocabulary- she automatically knew the answer and would help explain the material to me.Sabrina, 5 lessons with Kathryn
Patience and understanding wins the day!
Watching Kathryn patiently work with Alex to create a story was eye opening to me. This was Alex's greatest success to date at writing! I believe using this narration/ scribe method will bring out his inner writer with far less stress than we've experienced to this point. I also love how she allows him to be his energetic self and works with his nature rather than trying to force him to be something he's not.Michelle, 12 lessons with Kathryn
We had our first session with Kathryn to help my 11-year-old son with Language Arts and let me just say WOW!! She is so wonderful with my son. She is so patient and kind. She has such a warm, kind hearted energy. When she reads a story she brings it to LIFE!!! My son is excited for her to come back and that is very rare for him to be excited about tutoring, so that speaks volumes!! I feel she will be very promising for my son and improving with Language Arts. Thank You!!!Chelsea, 8 lessons with Kathryn
English is my second language and I struggle with grammar and pronunciation. Kathy is helping me tremendously. Kathy is knowledgeable and patient.Gabriela, 4 lessons with Kathryn
Great tutor for ESL
I´m Paulo, Elisa's husband. I was the one that was tutored by Kathryn. The classes with Kathryn were so useful, because I could improve my listening and speaking. We had a couple of hours of conversation about day to day subjects, in which she brought ways of improve my grammar and my fluency. I liked the way she conducted the conversation, giving me a lot of room to express myself. It forced me to remember the words and expressions and use it... some that I didn't even know I could use. After the lessons the great accomplishment for me was the increase of my self confidence, that I can speak good English as a foreigner. Definitively I recommend Kathryn as a ESL tutor.Elisa, 4 lessons with Kathryn
Greatest tutor I've ever had
Kathryn taught me a lot of vowel reduction skills and corrected my pronunciation. I think my English is improving without my knowing. She really help me a lot and I would recommend Kathy to my friends. She is really good at linguistics and tutoring.Chi-An, 17 lessons with Kathryn
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