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Jeff S.

Lincolnwood, IL

$40/hour

ESL, Writing, and American history Tutor: At Your Command!

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University of Wisconsin, Madison
American history
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Other

Education

University of Wisconsin, Madison (American history)

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (Other)

About Jeff

I am qualified to teach English as a Second Language (ESL), Writing, and/or American history, because I have a Bachelors of Arts degree in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (May 2012) and a TEFL/TESOL certificate from the International TEFL Academy (June 2013) in Chicago, Illinois. Also, I took two Creative Writing classes at Northwestern University, which furthered my appreciation for the English language and the writing process.

In college, I did extensive research on historical topics; stayed aware of current debates within the academic community; and studied under some of the most accomplished historians in the U.S, such as Jeremi Suri and William Cronon. Also, I worked as an Undergraduate Writing Fellow in the University of Wisconsin’s English Department, helping fellow undergraduates improve their academic writing. These are just a few of the accomplishments which qualify me to be a Writing and American history tutor.

I taught beginner, intermediate, and advanced ESL students during a practicum to earn my TEFL/TESOL certificate. To prepare for the practicum, I wrote lesson plans, made multimedia activities, and drafted practice worksheets for my students. I also took an intensive 180-hour course on TEFL/TESOL theory, in addition to the practicum; for this course, I completed numerous writing assignments, studied the fundamentals of grammar, and participated in class discussions on how best to teach English. Thus, I hope to continue teaching and tutoring using humor, patience, and compassion with all of my students.
I am qualified to teach English as a Second Language (ESL), Writing, and/or American Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 11 miles of Lincolnwood, IL 60712
In-person lessons
English:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History, Government & Politics
Elementary Education:
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ESL/ESOL

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
University of Illinois, Chicago; August 2015-May 2017
Masters of Arts in Applied Linguistics
Coursework: Grammar for TESOL, Methodology and Second Language Teaching, Intro to General Linguistics

International TEFL Academy; Chicago, IL; June 2013
TEFL/TESOL Certificate (10 hours of practicum work / 180 hours of coursework)

Northwestern University; Evanston, IL; 2012-2013
Creative Writing Certificate Program

University of Wisconsin-Madison; Madison, WI; 2012
Bachelors of Arts in American History

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
Oakton Community College; Skokie, IL; 2015
English as a Foreign Language Instructor
• Taught a class of over 25 beginning English Language Learners three times a week
• Prepared lessons using a textbook and adapted outside materials to the classroom
• Attended professional development classes: including “Cultural Sensitivity in the ESL Classroom” and “Classroom Testing Strategies”
• Kept attendance and determined when students needed testing and which tests to give students

Indo-American Center; Chicago, IL; 2015
English as a Second Language Instructor
• Taught a class of 8-10 beginning English Language Learners twice a week
• Tutored students one-on-one once a week

The Peace Project Nicaragua; Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua; 2014
English as a Foreign Language Instructor
• Gave English lessons to Spanish-speaking adults, teenagers, and children
• Tailored lessons to students’ particular needs and interests and worked with other teachers and supervisors to construct an engaging and instructive ESL classroom
• Adapted to the limited resources available in rural Nicaragua

University of Wisconsin; Madison, WI; 2010
• Worked one-on-one with 12 college students to improve their academic writing
• Edited students’ papers for writing-intensive courses
• Learned techniques to help students improve their writing

ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Bethany Methodist Healthcare; Chicago, IL; 2012-2013
Administrative Assistant
• Provided administrative support—delivering interdepartmental mail, entering information into a computer database, and completing various office projects for the Business Manager of Bethany Methodist Healthcare
• Edited business correspondences for grammar and punctuation

University of Wisconsin-Madison; Madison, WI; 2010
Research Assistant
• Researched the history of real estate and presented research to a conference of scholars
• Wrote a 20-page research paper

University of Wisconsin, Madison
American history
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Other

Education

University of Wisconsin, Madison (American history)

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jeff will travel within 11 miles of Lincolnwood, IL 60712.