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Deborah P.

Experienced Certified Teacher: Italian; English Writing Skills; ESL

Experienced Certified Teacher: Italian; English Writing Skills; ESL

$75/hour

  • 2,610 hours tutoring

  • Skokie, IL 60077

About Deborah


Bio

I lived in Italy for twenty-five years, and am completely fluent in Italian. I have taught Italian language and culture for ten years in two public school districts, as well as privately for seventeen years.

I am a certified teacher in Illinois and possess a Master of Arts in Teaching. In addition to teaching Italian, I tutor middle school, high school, and college students needing help with their writing skills (including composition, grammar, syntax, vocabulary enrichment, and spelling, as...

I lived in Italy for twenty-five years, and am completely fluent in Italian. I have taught Italian language and culture for ten years in two public school districts, as well as privately for seventeen years.

I am a certified teacher in Illinois and possess a Master of Arts in Teaching. In addition to teaching Italian, I tutor middle school, high school, and college students needing help with their writing skills (including composition, grammar, syntax, vocabulary enrichment, and spelling, as well as writing essays, reports, short stories, prose, and poems.) I also help high school students write their personal essays for their college applications. Many of my students are adults whose objective is to improve their language skills.

I am enthusiastic about teaching online lessons. I find that online tutoring works amazingly well, and is extremely convenient for people with busy schedules.

I love foreign languages, reading, and writing. My goal is to help all of my students reach their maximum potential in an engaging, fun, and relaxed atmosphere.


Education

The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Bachelor of Arts
National-Louis University, Chicago, Illinois
MEd

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $75
  • Rate details: I offer discounted rates for both in-person and online lessons at off-peak times, as well as special pricing for multiple weekly lessons. Please contact me to learn more.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 6/1/2017

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English to Italians for nine years while living in Italy. I taught English as a Foreign Language to groups of elementary and middle school students. I also taught high school and college students, as well as adults. My adult students were from all walks of life. I have been teaching English to English Language Learners of all ages in the Chicago metro area for the past seven years. My students have come from a variety of countries, including Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Poland, Russia, China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand. Having lived in another country for many years helps me identify with my students. I know what it feels like to find oneself struggling to comprehend a different country, culture, and language.
Grammar,

Grammar

Unfortunately, grammar is no longer emphasized in most schools. Therefore, many people struggle with it, and are unfamiliar with the most common grammatical terminology, as well as how to put together a sentence. Having studied other languages in depth, my grasp of English grammar has deepened, and I feel that I have a great deal to offer my students. I have always loved grammar, and am determined to find creative ways to show my students how proper grammar can help them improve their writing skills.
Italian

Italian

I have taught Italian for seventeen years, to students of all ages. I teach grammar, conversation, writing, culture, and Italian for travel. I tailor my lessons to each student, according to his or her specific needs. Having lived in Italy for twenty-five years, and having taught the Italian language in two public school districts for ten years (and on a private basis as well), I feel that I have a great deal to offer students of all ages and at all ability levels. It is extremely gratifying to see my students make progress in leaps and bounds as they delve into the Italian language and its complexities. Having lived in Italy as an adult, I feel that I am able to explain all of the nuances of Italian with great ease, as I underwent this process myself after I finished college.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

Unfortunately, grammar is no longer emphasized in most schools. Therefore, many people struggle with it, and are unfamiliar with the most common grammatical terminology, as well as how to put together a sentence. Having studied other languages in depth, my grasp of English grammar has deepened, and I feel that I have a great deal to offer my students. I have always loved grammar, and am determined to find creative ways to show my students how proper grammar can help them improve their writing skills.
Spelling

Spelling

I have always loved spelling since I was a child, and pride myself on the fact that I never resort to computerized spelling programs when writing! By teaching my students the origin of words and why they are spelled a certain way (in addition to using spelling games to make my tutoring sessions more fun), my students quickly overcome their struggles with spelling in a fun and engaging manner.

English

English,

English

I love grammar and spelling, and I spend much of my spare time playing online competitive Scrabble, as well as reading an eclectic assortment of books. Nothing pleases me more than teaching English to both native and non-native speakers, and watching them make progress in leaps and bounds. Since grammar and spelling are often left by the wayside in our schools, I am more than happy to fill in the gaps for my students. I have taught English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language for a total of 17 years. I do feel that English as a First Language is underrated. No subject is more important. Without knowing how to express oneself in proper English, how can anybody succeed in life? Excellent language arts skills are fundamental for all content areas, as well as for every profession under the sun. Tutoring English is incredibly gratifying for me as a professional teacher. I especially like studying different approaches, according to my students' individual learning styles and abilities, in order to help them succeed.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English to Italians for nine years while living in Italy. I taught English as a Foreign Language to groups of elementary and middle school students. I also taught high school and college students, as well as adults. My adult students were from all walks of life. I have been teaching English to English Language Learners of all ages in the Chicago metro area for the past seven years. My students have come from a variety of countries, including Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Poland, Russia, China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand. Having lived in another country for many years helps me identify with my students. I know what it feels like to find oneself struggling to comprehend a different country, culture, and language.
Grammar,

Grammar

Unfortunately, grammar is no longer emphasized in most schools. Therefore, many people struggle with it, and are unfamiliar with the most common grammatical terminology, as well as how to put together a sentence. Having studied other languages in depth, my grasp of English grammar has deepened, and I feel that I have a great deal to offer my students. I have always loved grammar, and am determined to find creative ways to show my students how proper grammar can help them improve their writing skills.
Spelling,

Spelling

I have always loved spelling since I was a child, and pride myself on the fact that I never resort to computerized spelling programs when writing! By teaching my students the origin of words and why they are spelled a certain way (in addition to using spelling games to make my tutoring sessions more fun), my students quickly overcome their struggles with spelling in a fun and engaging manner.
Writing

Writing

It gives me great pleasure to transmit a love of writing to my students. I enjoy crafting short stories, essays, memoirs and poems. Once my students have learned the basics of proper grammar, syntax, spelling and composition, they realize what a wonderful creative outlet writing can be, in addition to being an absolute necessity for school and in the current highly-competitive job market. I teach students at all levels (elementary school, middle school, high school, and college students, in addition to adults who are returning to school or merely wish to improve their writing skills.) I am also specialized in helping high school students write their personal essays for their college applications. Many people struggle with writing, and it is extremely rewarding for me to help each and every one of my students overcome their difficulties and achieve their goals.

Homeschool

English,

English

I love grammar and spelling, and I spend much of my spare time playing online competitive Scrabble, as well as reading an eclectic assortment of books. Nothing pleases me more than teaching English to both native and non-native speakers, and watching them make progress in leaps and bounds. Since grammar and spelling are often left by the wayside in our schools, I am more than happy to fill in the gaps for my students. I have taught English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language for a total of 17 years. I do feel that English as a First Language is underrated. No subject is more important. Without knowing how to express oneself in proper English, how can anybody succeed in life? Excellent language arts skills are fundamental for all content areas, as well as for every profession under the sun. Tutoring English is incredibly gratifying for me as a professional teacher. I especially like studying different approaches, according to my students' individual learning styles and abilities, in order to help them succeed.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English to Italians for nine years while living in Italy. I taught English as a Foreign Language to groups of elementary and middle school students. I also taught high school and college students, as well as adults. My adult students were from all walks of life. I have been teaching English to English Language Learners of all ages in the Chicago metro area for the past seven years. My students have come from a variety of countries, including Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Poland, Russia, China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand. Having lived in another country for many years helps me identify with my students. I know what it feels like to find oneself struggling to comprehend a different country, culture, and language.
Spelling,

Spelling

I have always loved spelling since I was a child, and pride myself on the fact that I never resort to computerized spelling programs when writing! By teaching my students the origin of words and why they are spelled a certain way (in addition to using spelling games to make my tutoring sessions more fun), my students quickly overcome their struggles with spelling in a fun and engaging manner.
Writing

Writing

It gives me great pleasure to transmit a love of writing to my students. I enjoy crafting short stories, essays, memoirs and poems. Once my students have learned the basics of proper grammar, syntax, spelling and composition, they realize what a wonderful creative outlet writing can be, in addition to being an absolute necessity for school and in the current highly-competitive job market. I teach students at all levels (elementary school, middle school, high school, and college students, in addition to adults who are returning to school or merely wish to improve their writing skills.) I am also specialized in helping high school students write their personal essays for their college applications. Many people struggle with writing, and it is extremely rewarding for me to help each and every one of my students overcome their difficulties and achieve their goals.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English to Italians for nine years while living in Italy. I taught English as a Foreign Language to groups of elementary and middle school students. I also taught high school and college students, as well as adults. My adult students were from all walks of life. I have been teaching English to English Language Learners of all ages in the Chicago metro area for the past seven years. My students have come from a variety of countries, including Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Poland, Russia, China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand. Having lived in another country for many years helps me identify with my students. I know what it feels like to find oneself struggling to comprehend a different country, culture, and language.
Italian

Italian

I have taught Italian for seventeen years, to students of all ages. I teach grammar, conversation, writing, culture, and Italian for travel. I tailor my lessons to each student, according to his or her specific needs. Having lived in Italy for twenty-five years, and having taught the Italian language in two public school districts for ten years (and on a private basis as well), I feel that I have a great deal to offer students of all ages and at all ability levels. It is extremely gratifying to see my students make progress in leaps and bounds as they delve into the Italian language and its complexities. Having lived in Italy as an adult, I feel that I am able to explain all of the nuances of Italian with great ease, as I underwent this process myself after I finished college.

Most Popular

English,

English

I love grammar and spelling, and I spend much of my spare time playing online competitive Scrabble, as well as reading an eclectic assortment of books. Nothing pleases me more than teaching English to both native and non-native speakers, and watching them make progress in leaps and bounds. Since grammar and spelling are often left by the wayside in our schools, I am more than happy to fill in the gaps for my students. I have taught English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language for a total of 17 years. I do feel that English as a First Language is underrated. No subject is more important. Without knowing how to express oneself in proper English, how can anybody succeed in life? Excellent language arts skills are fundamental for all content areas, as well as for every profession under the sun. Tutoring English is incredibly gratifying for me as a professional teacher. I especially like studying different approaches, according to my students' individual learning styles and abilities, in order to help them succeed.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English to Italians for nine years while living in Italy. I taught English as a Foreign Language to groups of elementary and middle school students. I also taught high school and college students, as well as adults. My adult students were from all walks of life. I have been teaching English to English Language Learners of all ages in the Chicago metro area for the past seven years. My students have come from a variety of countries, including Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Poland, Russia, China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand. Having lived in another country for many years helps me identify with my students. I know what it feels like to find oneself struggling to comprehend a different country, culture, and language.
Writing

Writing

It gives me great pleasure to transmit a love of writing to my students. I enjoy crafting short stories, essays, memoirs and poems. Once my students have learned the basics of proper grammar, syntax, spelling and composition, they realize what a wonderful creative outlet writing can be, in addition to being an absolute necessity for school and in the current highly-competitive job market. I teach students at all levels (elementary school, middle school, high school, and college students, in addition to adults who are returning to school or merely wish to improve their writing skills.) I am also specialized in helping high school students write their personal essays for their college applications. Many people struggle with writing, and it is extremely rewarding for me to help each and every one of my students overcome their difficulties and achieve their goals.

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I taught English to Italians for nine years while living in Italy. I taught English as a Foreign Language to groups of elementary and middle school students. I also taught high school and college students, as well as adults. My adult students were from all walks of life. I have been teaching English to English Language Learners of all ages in the Chicago metro area for the past seven years. My students have come from a variety of countries, including Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Poland, Russia, China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand. Having lived in another country for many years helps me identify with my students. I know what it feels like to find oneself struggling to comprehend a different country, culture, and language.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English to Italians for nine years while living in Italy. I taught English as a Foreign Language to groups of elementary and middle school students. I also taught high school and college students, as well as adults. My adult students were from all walks of life. I have been teaching English to English Language Learners of all ages in the Chicago metro area for the past seven years. My students have come from a variety of countries, including Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Poland, Russia, China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand. Having lived in another country for many years helps me identify with my students. I know what it feels like to find oneself struggling to comprehend a different country, culture, and language.
Italian,

Italian

I have taught Italian for seventeen years, to students of all ages. I teach grammar, conversation, writing, culture, and Italian for travel. I tailor my lessons to each student, according to his or her specific needs. Having lived in Italy for twenty-five years, and having taught the Italian language in two public school districts for ten years (and on a private basis as well), I feel that I have a great deal to offer students of all ages and at all ability levels. It is extremely gratifying to see my students make progress in leaps and bounds as they delve into the Italian language and its complexities. Having lived in Italy as an adult, I feel that I am able to explain all of the nuances of Italian with great ease, as I underwent this process myself after I finished college.
Writing

Writing

It gives me great pleasure to transmit a love of writing to my students. I enjoy crafting short stories, essays, memoirs and poems. Once my students have learned the basics of proper grammar, syntax, spelling and composition, they realize what a wonderful creative outlet writing can be, in addition to being an absolute necessity for school and in the current highly-competitive job market. I teach students at all levels (elementary school, middle school, high school, and college students, in addition to adults who are returning to school or merely wish to improve their writing skills.) I am also specialized in helping high school students write their personal essays for their college applications. Many people struggle with writing, and it is extremely rewarding for me to help each and every one of my students overcome their difficulties and achieve their goals.

Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (1,257 ratings)
5 star
(1,183)
4 star
(70)
3 star
(3)
2 star
(1)
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Reviews


Learning can be easy and fun

Deborah is a wonderful teacher! She is helping me with proper pronunciation and focuses on what is important for learning. She has provided tools to help me learn more quickly and makes the time fly during our lessons. This is the best way for a busy professional to learn. I just login, which save driving time, and then we have our lesson. Lei è il migliore!

Laura, 11 lessons with Deborah

Knows how to enter the topic based on my background with Italy

Deborah P. knows theory, practice and a variety of reinforcing tools to help cement the pieces. I think she knows opportunities and possibilities very well, which is so important arriving to reasonable fluency earlier than later. Italian is fun and yet also a serious challenge. Multiple learning strategies are helpful, and she has them. Deborah lived, worked, and studied in Italy for 25 years. Text lessons take on more meaning more quickly from her practical and classroom studies in Italy. After all this is a life style and a language we are trying to master!

Edward, 107 lessons with Deborah

Reliable and knowledgeable tutor

Cognizant of "adult learners" with demands on time. Willing to review work completed independently and provide feedback on homework.

Susan, 3 lessons with Deborah

Always wonderful and helpful

Deborah did a wonderful job helping my son with not only writing but spelling also. She created a fun Jeopardy style game to help him work on spelling. Having an 8th grade boy say that his tutoring session was not only helpful, but pretty fun as well is awesome. Thanks, Deborah.

Debra, 45 lessons with Deborah

Great teacher!

Deborah is great at teaching English and very patient. She also speaks Italian so that helps if I don’t know some words in English. She writes down sentences if I don’t understand and it’s a pleasure to converse with her in English.

Paola, 5 lessons with Deborah

Great first lesson!

Deborah and I had a great start to our lesson as she assessed my needs and learning style. We are establishing a weekly tutoring session to get me going but from the first lesson, she was friendly and made Italian feel approachable.

Kristina , 5 lessons with Deborah

She is great.

She is very focused to the client goal. She is great. She would explain and asks the client if they agree with she present as idea. She has very flexible schedule for clients.

Daniel, 25 lessons with Deborah

Deborah was knowledgeable and patient and that was much appreciated.

I struggled more with what I wanted/needed then Deborah's abilities to teach. She certainly has that down. I am learning that most tutor's like to look at your work and make suggestions or point out inconsistencies to further improve your writing to make it more concise. I need the later, but more so, I desperately need help with grammar, including rudimentary things like apostrophes, etc. Teaching that interactively and online is a bit more difficult. Deborah, however, gave a lot of different options such as grammar books or sending her smaller writing samples, such as emails where I may have tripped up. Her professionalism and knowledge were superb.

Lori , 3 lessons with Deborah

Knowledgeable and patient

Deborah is awesome at helping me organize my paper with the proper grammar and sentence syntax structure. It provides more clarity to my paper. I write numerous papers and send emails and without the assistance I've been able to receive from Deborah, I would not have had the confidence to move forward in various areas of business and furthering my education,

Felicia, 33 lessons with Deborah
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