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Mary Jo M.

Experienced English/ESL tutor for native and non-native adult students

Experienced English/ESL tutor for native and non-native adult students

$40/hour

  • 882 hours tutoring

  • Tampa, FL 33609

About Mary Jo


Bio

I've made my living using the English language throughout my working life. I've been a newspaper columnist and have published fiction. These days, I am on the part time English faculty at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida, where I live, and I tutor ESL adults. Conversation and pronunciation are particular passions of mine because the rules of rhythm and stress can be tricky for non-native speakers.
Previously, I tutored international university students in all aspects of English and...

I've made my living using the English language throughout my working life. I've been a newspaper columnist and have published fiction. These days, I am on the part time English faculty at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida, where I live, and I tutor ESL adults. Conversation and pronunciation are particular passions of mine because the rules of rhythm and stress can be tricky for non-native speakers.
Previously, I tutored international university students in all aspects of English and scored the written portion of the TOEFL test.

Due to my family background, I have been around languages other than English all my life. I have basic fluency in both French and Spanish, so I know firsthand the anxieties and worries we have when learning a new language. I work hard with all my students to make them comfortable as they work on their pronunciation. Unless you started learning English when you were very, very young, you're not likely to ever completely sound like a native speaker. However, together, we can work to improve key features of the language and improve your speaking sound.

For native speakers, I am able to guide you in editing and revision, as well as do up-close proofreading. If you are a university student, I am very familiar with MLA and APA style. If you call me a grammar nut, I'll take it as a compliment.

I received an MA in applied linguistics--teaching English as a second language-- from the University of South Florida. I hold two other degrees, a Masters in Fine Arts in fiction writing, also from the University of South Florida, and a bachelor's degree, cum laude, in political science from Barnard College. I have also studied fiction writing at the Yale Writers Workshop.

Please contact me so we can discuss what help you think you need, and we will arrange how to meet and begin our work together. We'll start with a discussion what you would like to work on. After that discussion, and my analysis, we will put together a plan on how to proceed. I look forward to hearing from you.


Education

Barnard College
political science
University of South Florida, fiction
Masters
University of South Florida, TESOL
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $40
  • Rate details: If you cancel within 24 hours of the lesson, you will be charged a full session fee for the cancellation.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 2/7/2018

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received my master's degree at the University of South Florida. As part of my studies, I spent four years tutoring international students, both undergraduate and graduate, in all aspects of English, including speaking and pronunciation. This means I know what difficulties students have with spoken English, depending on their first language. I also am a professional writer, in both fiction and non fiction.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have used the English language to earn a living for many years--as a newspaper columnist and reporter, a short story writer, a university writing teacher, and English language tutor for non-native speakers. I even know how to diagram sentences the old-fashioned way! English grammar is not easy, but I know how to fix the tiny details that can trip you up as well as help you see the big picture. My academic training says it all: I hold a BA in political science, an MFA in fiction writing, and an MA in applied linguistics. I prefer to work with adults.
Proofreading

Proofreading

Because I have been a professional writer in one setting or another all my life, I have had to become an absolute expert at proof reading, so I would produce error-free copy. I can teach you to do the same. I am a university level teacher, a fiction writer, and a linguist with experience teaching non-native English speakers. I have also been a journalist, in print, broadcast and online. And I have certainly written my share of university papers, in both undergraduate and graduate school. I'm glad to work with you, whatever your needs.

Elementary Education

Grammar

Grammar

I have used the English language to earn a living for many years--as a newspaper columnist and reporter, a short story writer, a university writing teacher, and English language tutor for non-native speakers. I even know how to diagram sentences the old-fashioned way! English grammar is not easy, but I know how to fix the tiny details that can trip you up as well as help you see the big picture. My academic training says it all: I hold a BA in political science, an MFA in fiction writing, and an MA in applied linguistics. I prefer to work with adults.

English

English,

English

I have made my living through the English language all my life. I am a university level writing teacher, a fiction writer, and a former journalist and am trained to work with non-native as well as native English speakers. I hold two related master's degrees in the field, a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing and a Master of Arts in applied linguistics. I know I can help you improve your language and communication skills.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received my master's degree at the University of South Florida. As part of my studies, I spent four years tutoring international students, both undergraduate and graduate, in all aspects of English, including speaking and pronunciation. This means I know what difficulties students have with spoken English, depending on their first language. I also am a professional writer, in both fiction and non fiction.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have used the English language to earn a living for many years--as a newspaper columnist and reporter, a short story writer, a university writing teacher, and English language tutor for non-native speakers. I even know how to diagram sentences the old-fashioned way! English grammar is not easy, but I know how to fix the tiny details that can trip you up as well as help you see the big picture. My academic training says it all: I hold a BA in political science, an MFA in fiction writing, and an MA in applied linguistics. I prefer to work with adults.
Linguistics,

Linguistics

For three years, while a graduate student in linguistics, I tutored hundreds of international college-level students in all aspects of academic English. Further, I have tutored ESL adults through Wyzant's platform for over 700 hours and have tutored other adults individually through my own business. I have also taught beginning writing to a class of male Arabic speaking college students and have taught second-language writers in English courses at three different colleges and universities in Tampa.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Because I have been a professional writer in one setting or another all my life, I have had to become an absolute expert at proof reading, so I would produce error-free copy. I can teach you to do the same. I am a university level teacher, a fiction writer, and a linguist with experience teaching non-native English speakers. I have also been a journalist, in print, broadcast and online. And I have certainly written my share of university papers, in both undergraduate and graduate school. I'm glad to work with you, whatever your needs.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

I hold an MA in applied linguistics, the field of teaching English as a second language, and have several years experience tutoring university-level international students in all levels and circumstances in which they use English. I am also an English pronunciation tutor through Wyzant. Good pronunciation is certainly necessary to do well on TOEFL. I look forward to working with you.
Writing,

Writing

I have spent my life as a professional writer, in both fiction and non-fiction, and as a teacher, for both native and non-native speaking students. I am particularly interested in working with university students and other adults. I hold an MFA in fiction writing and an MA in applied linguistics, am a published short-story writer and a veteran journalist, in print, broadcast and online. I look forward to working with you.
Literature

History

Political Science,

Political Science

I hold a BA, with honors, in political science from Barnard College. Further, as a veteran journalist, in print, broadcast, and online, I have seen up close and in detail how the political process, particularly in the U.S. context, works and doesn't works. I am knowledgeable about politics and urban affairs, racial issues as they affect politics, and the relationships between reporters and newsmakers that affect the way politicians are seen and succeed--or don't.
American History, Geography, Government & Politics

Homeschool

English,

English

I have made my living through the English language all my life. I am a university level writing teacher, a fiction writer, and a former journalist and am trained to work with non-native as well as native English speakers. I hold two related master's degrees in the field, a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing and a Master of Arts in applied linguistics. I know I can help you improve your language and communication skills.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received my master's degree at the University of South Florida. As part of my studies, I spent four years tutoring international students, both undergraduate and graduate, in all aspects of English, including speaking and pronunciation. This means I know what difficulties students have with spoken English, depending on their first language. I also am a professional writer, in both fiction and non fiction.
Writing

Writing

I have spent my life as a professional writer, in both fiction and non-fiction, and as a teacher, for both native and non-native speaking students. I am particularly interested in working with university students and other adults. I hold an MFA in fiction writing and an MA in applied linguistics, am a published short-story writer and a veteran journalist, in print, broadcast and online. I look forward to working with you.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received my master's degree at the University of South Florida. As part of my studies, I spent four years tutoring international students, both undergraduate and graduate, in all aspects of English, including speaking and pronunciation. This means I know what difficulties students have with spoken English, depending on their first language. I also am a professional writer, in both fiction and non fiction.
TOEFL

TOEFL

I hold an MA in applied linguistics, the field of teaching English as a second language, and have several years experience tutoring university-level international students in all levels and circumstances in which they use English. I am also an English pronunciation tutor through Wyzant. Good pronunciation is certainly necessary to do well on TOEFL. I look forward to working with you.

Most Popular

English,

English

I have made my living through the English language all my life. I am a university level writing teacher, a fiction writer, and a former journalist and am trained to work with non-native as well as native English speakers. I hold two related master's degrees in the field, a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing and a Master of Arts in applied linguistics. I know I can help you improve your language and communication skills.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received my master's degree at the University of South Florida. As part of my studies, I spent four years tutoring international students, both undergraduate and graduate, in all aspects of English, including speaking and pronunciation. This means I know what difficulties students have with spoken English, depending on their first language. I also am a professional writer, in both fiction and non fiction.
Writing

Writing

I have spent my life as a professional writer, in both fiction and non-fiction, and as a teacher, for both native and non-native speaking students. I am particularly interested in working with university students and other adults. I hold an MFA in fiction writing and an MA in applied linguistics, am a published short-story writer and a veteran journalist, in print, broadcast and online. I look forward to working with you.

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received my master's degree at the University of South Florida. As part of my studies, I spent four years tutoring international students, both undergraduate and graduate, in all aspects of English, including speaking and pronunciation. This means I know what difficulties students have with spoken English, depending on their first language. I also am a professional writer, in both fiction and non fiction.
Geography, Government & Politics

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I received my master's degree at the University of South Florida. As part of my studies, I spent four years tutoring international students, both undergraduate and graduate, in all aspects of English, including speaking and pronunciation. This means I know what difficulties students have with spoken English, depending on their first language. I also am a professional writer, in both fiction and non fiction.
Writing

Writing

I have spent my life as a professional writer, in both fiction and non-fiction, and as a teacher, for both native and non-native speaking students. I am particularly interested in working with university students and other adults. I hold an MFA in fiction writing and an MA in applied linguistics, am a published short-story writer and a veteran journalist, in print, broadcast and online. I look forward to working with you.

Test Preparation

TOEFL

TOEFL

I hold an MA in applied linguistics, the field of teaching English as a second language, and have several years experience tutoring university-level international students in all levels and circumstances in which they use English. I am also an English pronunciation tutor through Wyzant. Good pronunciation is certainly necessary to do well on TOEFL. I look forward to working with you.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (234 ratings)
5 star
(218)
4 star
(12)
3 star
(2)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(1)

Reviews

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My tutor Marie Jo is very efficient and helped me a lot, providing good advice: I’m a French native and my goal was to improve my oral skills. I could tell the difference very quickly. I also appreciate that my tutor provides many documents and materials to work on. Thanks a lot.

Cecile, 44 lessons with Mary Jo

Excellent Tutor

Mary Jo identified my errors in my pronunciation. Also she explained how I should correct them, I am very thankful for her guidance; in addition, she will give me exercises to practice.

Alexandra, 2 lessons with Mary Jo

Knowledgeable and Patient

Mary taught me how to pronounce the sentence with stress, emphasis and rhythm. She is an excellent tutor and let me realize what is my problem of my English. Her class is very helpful for my speech and communication. I am very thankful to know her through Wyzant Tutoring.

Ruby, 64 lessons with Mary Jo

Excellent Teacher

Mary has been helping me for my accent reduction and understandable to American people whom I work with. She's very patient and explains concepts so patiently. She listens carefully and corrects my mistakes. She also does research about my accent and always try to improve it. She's also so fun and great to work with her. I wish her all the best.

Sarat, 21 lessons with Mary Jo

Very good

She was very diligent and very kindness. She knew very well what the student was needed. She tried to talk with the student and adapted her class following her student. It was so good that the student were satisfied with the class. Thank you very much.

Changhun, 7 lessons with Mary Jo
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Mary Jo M.

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