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Deborah P.

Experienced Certified Teacher: Italian; English Writing Skills; ESL

Experienced Certified Teacher: Italian; English Writing Skills; ESL

$80/hour

  • 2,976 hours tutoring

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: $80
  • 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 8/5/2020

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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.
French,

French

My love of the French language, cuisine, art and literature began in high school. I was rewarded with a perfect score of 800 on the French SAT. I continued to pursue my studies of French throughout college. I took so many French classes that I was considered a French major (without trying to fill necessary requirements, but merely because I enjoyed it so much and took loads of French classes.) I spent my junior year abroad in Paris, where I took classes at the Sorbonne, as well as through Hamilton College's study abroad program. In addition, I spent a semester in Besançon, where I lived with a French family and learned about French life and culture in a smaller city. I derive great pleasure from finding creative and entertaining ways to make French fun for students of all ages.
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.
Proofreading

Proofreading

I am a nitpicker, which is an essential skill when proofreading. I notice everything. I am detail oriented, and enjoy helping my students improve their written essays, documents, and reports by showing them where to add in the missing punctuation and making sure that everything is not only spelled correctly, but that proper grammar and syntax are being used. I am punctilious to the point of being a perfectionist!

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have Illinois type 03 teacher certification, which means that I am licensed to teach grades kindergarten through eighth. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University. Therefore, I am highly qualified to tutor kindergarten through sixth grade, since I have been trained to teach elementary school students in all of the five content areas (reading, language arts, social studies, math, and science).
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.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

I love what I refer to as "fancy words", and enjoy teaching them to my students. Anything you write will sound much better if you enrich your vocabulary. I have fun with vocabulary, and love transmitting that enjoyment to my students.

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.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I am a nitpicker, which is an essential skill when proofreading. I notice everything. I am detail oriented, and enjoy helping my students improve their written essays, documents, and reports by showing them where to add in the missing punctuation and making sure that everything is not only spelled correctly, but that proper grammar and syntax are being used. I am punctilious to the point of being a perfectionist!
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.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

I have indeed experience tutoring the TOEFL. Be prepared to dedicate a lot of time to it, assuming that your objective is a high score. My last TOEFL student worked exceedingly hard. We spent many hours together, with a focus on the spoken portion, which is tremendously difficult, since it is timed, and you will only have 45 to 60 seconds to summarize and express your thoughts. This particular student scored an amazing 116 out of 120 points! It goes to show that diligence and effort pay off in the end. Not only will you score well on the TOEFL if we work together. You will also greatly improve your English language skills.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I love what I refer to as "fancy words", and enjoy teaching them to my students. Anything you write will sound much better if you enrich your vocabulary. I have fun with vocabulary, and love transmitting that enjoyment to my students.
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

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have Illinois type 03 teacher certification, which means that I am licensed to teach grades kindergarten through eighth. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University. Therefore, I am highly qualified to tutor kindergarten through sixth grade, since I have been trained to teach elementary school students in all of the five content areas (reading, language arts, social studies, math, and science).
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.
French,

French

My love of the French language, cuisine, art and literature began in high school. I was rewarded with a perfect score of 800 on the French SAT. I continued to pursue my studies of French throughout college. I took so many French classes that I was considered a French major (without trying to fill necessary requirements, but merely because I enjoyed it so much and took loads of French classes.) I spent my junior year abroad in Paris, where I took classes at the Sorbonne, as well as through Hamilton College's study abroad program. In addition, I spent a semester in Besançon, where I lived with a French family and learned about French life and culture in a smaller city. I derive great pleasure from finding creative and entertaining ways to make French fun for students of all ages.
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.
French,

French

My love of the French language, cuisine, art and literature began in high school. I was rewarded with a perfect score of 800 on the French SAT. I continued to pursue my studies of French throughout college. I took so many French classes that I was considered a French major (without trying to fill necessary requirements, but merely because I enjoyed it so much and took loads of French classes.) I spent my junior year abroad in Paris, where I took classes at the Sorbonne, as well as through Hamilton College's study abroad program. In addition, I spent a semester in Besançon, where I lived with a French family and learned about French life and culture in a smaller city. I derive great pleasure from finding creative and entertaining ways to make French fun for students of all ages.
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.
TOEFL

TOEFL

I have indeed experience tutoring the TOEFL. Be prepared to dedicate a lot of time to it, assuming that your objective is a high score. My last TOEFL student worked exceedingly hard. We spent many hours together, with a focus on the spoken portion, which is tremendously difficult, since it is timed, and you will only have 45 to 60 seconds to summarize and express your thoughts. This particular student scored an amazing 116 out of 120 points! It goes to show that diligence and effort pay off in the end. Not only will you score well on the TOEFL if we work together. You will also greatly improve your English language skills.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have Illinois type 03 teacher certification, which means that I am licensed to teach grades kindergarten through eighth. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University. Therefore, I am highly qualified to tutor kindergarten through sixth grade, since I have been trained to teach elementary school students in all of the five content areas (reading, language arts, social studies, math, and science).
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.
French,

French

My love of the French language, cuisine, art and literature began in high school. I was rewarded with a perfect score of 800 on the French SAT. I continued to pursue my studies of French throughout college. I took so many French classes that I was considered a French major (without trying to fill necessary requirements, but merely because I enjoyed it so much and took loads of French classes.) I spent my junior year abroad in Paris, where I took classes at the Sorbonne, as well as through Hamilton College's study abroad program. In addition, I spent a semester in Besançon, where I lived with a French family and learned about French life and culture in a smaller city. I derive great pleasure from finding creative and entertaining ways to make French fun for students of all ages.
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.

Sports/Recreation

Cooking

Cooking

I learned how to cook Italian cuisine when I lived in Italy. My teacher was a trained chef, and I learned how to make a large variety of pasta sauces, in addition to meat and fish entrees. I also know how to make Italian side dishes. Recently, one of my WyzAnt students requested a cooking lesson. She studies Italian with me, and wanted me to teach her how to cook an Italian dish while explaining the various steps in Italian. We did this in my kitchen, since we meet in my home (and upon her request.) The lesson took place last week. It went very well. My student took notes (new vocabulary words regarding cooking), in addition to writing down the recipe. We made pasta with a pureed sauce (zucchini, garlic and olive oil were the main ingredients.) Afterward, we ate together. I think this is a great way to supplement my Italian lessons, since I have over twenty years of experience cooking in Italy. Upon my return to the United States, I continued cooking Italian food, as I had lost my taste for American dishes! I feel that my Italian students would particularly enjoy this. However, I could also teach Italian cooking in English, for students who are interested in learning how to cook Italian food but are not studying Italian.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have Illinois type 03 teacher certification, which means that I am licensed to teach grades kindergarten through eighth. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University. Therefore, I am highly qualified to tutor kindergarten through sixth grade, since I have been trained to teach elementary school students in all of the five content areas (reading, language arts, social studies, math, and science).
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.
French,

French

My love of the French language, cuisine, art and literature began in high school. I was rewarded with a perfect score of 800 on the French SAT. I continued to pursue my studies of French throughout college. I took so many French classes that I was considered a French major (without trying to fill necessary requirements, but merely because I enjoyed it so much and took loads of French classes.) I spent my junior year abroad in Paris, where I took classes at the Sorbonne, as well as through Hamilton College's study abroad program. In addition, I spent a semester in Besançon, where I lived with a French family and learned about French life and culture in a smaller city. I derive great pleasure from finding creative and entertaining ways to make French fun for students of all ages.
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.

Test Preparation

TOEFL

TOEFL

I have indeed experience tutoring the TOEFL. Be prepared to dedicate a lot of time to it, assuming that your objective is a high score. My last TOEFL student worked exceedingly hard. We spent many hours together, with a focus on the spoken portion, which is tremendously difficult, since it is timed, and you will only have 45 to 60 seconds to summarize and express your thoughts. This particular student scored an amazing 116 out of 120 points! It goes to show that diligence and effort pay off in the end. Not only will you score well on the TOEFL if we work together. You will also greatly improve your English language skills.

Examples of Expertise


Deborah has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 3 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Very patient and makes learning fun

Deborah has helped us gain confidence in learning a new language. She is a very patient tutor and makes the lesson fun. She is great at explaining things clearly and makes it comfortable for you to ask for help.

Jennifer, 28 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, 150 lessons with Deborah

Smart responsive tutor

She was great. First lesson so we discussed the course of study and what books to use. She recommended a movie. It was fun and useful. We talked about Italian culture and my goals and we discussed how far I might be able to get in my first few months.

Amy, 6 lessons with Deborah

Buongiorno a tutti!

Have you wanted to expand your horizons by learning a new language? Are you like me who said ‘I am not good at languages’ or ‘I cannot go to a class because of professional demands’? These were things I said over 80-classes ago when I found Deborah on Wyzant. At the beginning, I spoke no Italian but had visited Italy multiple times. I must say, I was apprehensive that this would be like a college class with drills, assignments, and tests. Though I know Deborah would help if I were taking classes, my experience has been very different. You ask, ‘how has it been different’? Here are some of the activities we do during our weekly session. 1. Grammar – I have chosen to do grammar exercises in an effort to learn correct sentence construction and spelling. These provide a structured method to learn and understand, not only the language, but the ‘why’ of using one term over another. We have discussed how do I greet a shopkeeper, my son, or a teenager. One mustn’t be rude after all! 2. Vacation – When I visited northern Italy in 2019, Deborah recommended a book with CD to prepare me for traveling. The focus was on planes, trains, and automobiles in situations my husband and I might come across. 3. Photos – To reinforce lessons, we have discussions pertaining to my photographs. For example: when learning family names (i.e., Mom, Dad, brother, sister), I described each person in the photograph. Most times Deborah has to hear about my cat and dog too! When we go on walks, I often take photos of flowers, trees, or neighborhood dogs to describe during our lessons. 4. Books in Italian – I do love children’s books! As I have begun to learn Italian, Deborah suggested books for me to read to myself and out loud. I still think about them when trying to remember a word. When traveling in Italy, I visited bookstores to find books to use in our lessons. Since I love to cook, one of them is a cookbook showcasing recipes from Verona. During the week I will translate the recipe and may even try it! To share with Deborah, I scan in the page and we discuss the instructions, quite often with me practicing my verbal reading skills. 5. Culture comparison. After physical visits, or internet research, I often have questions on life in Italy. Why do they do that? What does it mean? Do they have similar holiday traditions? Deborah’s experience from living in Italy and her continuing contacts, allow for insight into the local customs. The gist of this missive, is that I would recommend Deborah for anyone learning Italian or English. Susan R Stephenson

Susan R, 119 lessons with Deborah

Encouraging and helpful

Deborah does a nice job of encouraging & guiding my son with his writing assignments, without helping too much. She allows him to do the work himself & then offers suggestions & corrections as needed. He's learning how to structure his thoughts & put those on paper. Deborah is also very flexible with meeting times & can do in-person or on-line tutoring. Very helpful.

Anita, 33 lessons with Deborah

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, 16 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, 74 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
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