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Southern Illinois University (Education)
I served in the United States Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer. I taught electronics in the Navy for more then three years. I taught electronics at a Naval Training Center for an additional seven years. I obtained an AA degree with a focus on Spanish. I then earned a Bachelor's degree in Education.
I taught Cellular Technology courses in Spanish in Chile, Spain, England and at a Motorola facility. I also taught these course in English in Ireland, Hong Kong, South Korea, and many client sites in the United States. I obtained a TESOL Certificate (Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages). I now do volunteer tutoring for a Literacy Society. I currently tutor two levels of English, entry and intermediate levels.
My personal educational philosophy centers on the affective domain. I believe that my role as a teacher is to kindle the learner's desire to learn, to motive the learner and encourage the learner to excel. I think it is vital to establish a caring, friendly, safe environment for learning. To compel a learner succeed and to want to learn more is my goal. I have an endless well of patience. I expect that a learner to new subject material will naturally make mistakes. This is absolutely natural and expected. The mutual trust between the tutor and learner must be established for maximum effectiveness. I served in the United States Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer. I taught electronics in the Navy for more then three years. I taught electronics at a Naval Training Center for an additional seven years. I obtained an AA degree with a focus on Spanish. I then earned a
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I have extensive experience in teaching ESL. For example when I married my wife her only language was Spanish. I helped to teach her English. My wife and I adopted two Spanish speaking boys and we immersed them into a total English environment. I have a state TESOL certificate. I volunteer tutoring English for the Lake County Literacy Society. I enjoy teaching English.
I believe that teaching reading is important because it is the key to the other three language skills in an advanced culture where so much information is often available only in printed form.
First of all learners are afraid of the word GRAMMAR. Most have been told by their friends or parents (sorry parents) that grammar is difficult. It is not difficult, it is an attitude. Grammar is important for writing and speaking. It is a system that determines the purpose of words and the structure of how they are used. Most learners already know Grammar. They just don't know the jargon or the rules. I have completed a lot of grammar courses, both in English and Spanish with a lot of grammar. Grammar doesn't teach a language, it makes it understandable to the people who use it. People do not speak "grammar". It is a tool used to make language understandable.
The ability to READ is not just looking at a page and parroting what is printed on it. Comprehending what is written is what is important. I use reading to teach the other three language skills; listening, speaking, and writing. The secret is to choose reading material that captures the learners imagination and hooks them on the benefits of reading. I use printed matter when I tutor and my learners are never bored. They implicitly learn listening, speaking, and writing skills because they don't feel like they have to learn them. I never tell them that I am assessing the other three skills when I teach reading.
I have taught about twenty years. Mostly to adult students in age from their high-teens up into their sixties or older. I have also developed and taught both low and high level technical courses. My industrial teaching was in the U.S. Navy and Motorola. I also tutor English for speakers of other languages. I am fluent in Spanish and have experienced the difficulties one encounters when learning a new language. Learning any new language seems to prepare the mind for greater accomplishments.