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Merl B.

Orlando, FL

$60/hour

English Tutor with experience and compassion.

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 11/29/13

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Loreto College , Calcutta
English Honors
Jadavpur University Calcutta
Master's
Calcutta University
Other

Education

Loreto College , Calcutta (English Honors)

Jadavpur University Calcutta (Master's)

Calcutta University (Other)

About Merl

I am a National Board Certified Teacher & have been teaching for 40 years. I am certified to Teach English & Reading and have my ESOL endorsement. I enjoy interacting with learners and am thrilled when I can share in their voyage of discovery.

Since I come from a family of teachers, education has been my vocation.I have taught at all levels from Elementary school, Middle school, High school and College level. At present I am an adjunct professor at Valencia College teaching Freshman Composition 1& 2. I have taught EAP classes, Reading classes and also English to non-English speakers in their Global Languages department.

My varied experience, makes it easy for me to discern the needs of the student and work to fill in any deficiency, instill confidence and a sense of self worth. I am patient, concerned, kind and friendly as my former students will confirm. On the other hand I do not accept excuses or slip shod work and have been known to be a stickler for rules and perfection especially where correct grammar is concerned.

As a widely traveled and knowledgeable person, I have a balanced and expansive world view. I spend my free time engaged in the following spheres Reading, Writing, Scrabble, Cooking, Theater, Movies & Gardening. I have been married to my husband for 37 years and am currently fascinated by my adorable grand daughter who is just 10 months old. I have a zest for life and bring the same to my work.
I am a National Board Certified Teacher & have been teaching for 40 years. I am certified to Teach English & Reading and have my ESOL endorsement. I enjoy interacting with learners and am thrilled when I can share in their voyage of Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Orlando, FL 32819
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

I have a Master's in English and have been teaching the subject for 40 years. My National Board Certification is also in English. At present I teach English to College Freshman. I feel I am adequately prepared to tutor anyone who needs my help.

ESL/ESOL

During my entire teaching career of 40 years, I have always taught English to non-native speakers. As a result I am adequately qualified to teach ESL & ESOL students. I have also completed the ESOL requirements for teaching English in the State of Florida.

Grammar

Grammar is an integral part of the English language and as an English teacher for the past 40 years I know its importance and the need to reinforce it. I have passed the grammar requirements for my national board assessments and am also certified to teach English for grades 6-12.

Literature

I have a Master's in English and have been teaching the subject for 40 years. My National Board Certification is also in English. At present I teach English to College Freshman. I feel I am adequately prepared to tutor anyone who needs my help.

Proofreading

Every good writer has to be skilled in the art of editing and proofreading. It is one of the requirements that I stress in my writing classes. I have been a proofreader for writers publishing their thesis or books.

Public Speaking

I have been a Teacher for over 40 years and as a result have been engaged in Public Speaking. I have trained my students to perform in Public Speaking, Elocution and Drama. As a Toastmaster for several years I have first hand experience of the stress and strain involved in Public Speaking.

TOEFL

Having taught English to non English speakers for the major part of my teaching career I feel I am adequately qualified to be a TOEFL tutor. I understand the difficulties faced when English is a foreign language & I know how to dissipate those fears and how to instill confidence in my students. I believe that regular practice in both Speaking, Listening and Writing is the pathway to success.

Vocabulary

My love for Vocabulary began as a child and even today I am interested in acquiring new words and adding them to my repertoire. I enjoy a game of Scrabble whenever I get the opportunity and I am also found of word games. I feel a strong vocabulary is an asset and motivate my students to buildup their own because it is as good as having a big bank balance!

Writing

As a Language Arts teacher all my life I know the importance of writing. I have attended several training programs geared towards helping students to write with confidence such as Write Right, Six Traits, FCAT writing, and many others. I am teaching Freshman Composition to college students and am aware of the needs and difficulties students encounter when it comes to writing.

Loreto College , Calcutta
English Honors
Jadavpur University Calcutta
Master's
Calcutta University
Other

Education

Loreto College , Calcutta (English Honors)

Jadavpur University Calcutta (Master's)

Calcutta University (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Merl will travel within 20 miles of Orlando, FL 32819.