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Deborah P.

Experienced Certified Teacher: Italian; English Writing Skills; ESL

Experienced Certified Teacher: Italian; English Writing Skills; ESL

$75/hour

  • 2,270 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
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 15 miles of Skokie, IL 60077
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 6/1/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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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 (1,067 ratings)
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Reviews


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, 23 lessons with Deborah

Great experience!

Deborah tutored my two children in VA this summer. The experience was wonderful, fit in with our crazy schedule, and my upcoming 10th and 8th grader found Deborah easy to learn from and talk with. That is worth a million to me! We are going to stay in touch with Deborah throughout the school year for as-needed help.

Cathy, 14 lessons with Deborah

The one who knows what needs to instruct as ESL tutor, Debora

I moved here to co-work with one of our third party company as software engineer from Korea which is one of least English-speaking countries :( Then, I was discouraged by my poor English but I was able to overcome it thanks to my excellent English tutor, Deborah. We have had online lesson over 14 months every weekend. Wyzant online lesson provides us efficient tools to communicate each other such as screen sharing, file/image uploading. I think it is no less than in-person lesson. I prefer online lesson which is more comfortable and relaxing to me. Deborah has provided suitable materials and corrected my English. It was enjoyable time to have lesson with her. I appreciate her endeavor and enthusiasm, coaching skills as tutor. I highly recommend her to whom looking for excellent tutor.

SunKyo, 97 lessons with Deborah

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Deborah tutored my high school aged daughter in writing. She helped her with her college essay. They also worked on writing styles. My daughter met with Deborah one on one several times and also had one session online. My daughter developed a wonderful working relationship and plans to continue using Deborah on a need be basis. We highly recommend her.

Keri, 9 lessons with Deborah

Wonderful experience

Deborah was very helpful in explaining everything clearly in providing feedback for my essay! I would recommend her to any friends who need their paper's critiqued.

Chris , 1 lesson with Deborah

Answered all my questions

I came to the lesson with questions on things from the first section of the textbook. Deborah answered my questions before going into our lesson. The only thing I can compare these lessons to is my high school Spanish...these are much more interesting!

Susan, 11 lessons with Deborah

High School Writing Help

Deborah helped my son with his writing and English skills. He has struggled with writing and mastering English skills over the years. After meeting with Deborah I see a different person. He’s more confident and self assured..I’m excited for our future tutor - student relationship!

Tamra, 3 lessons with Deborah

Strong process for creative writing

Deborah started tutoring my son about one year ago. He was going into seventh grade and needed support to improve his writing skills (grammar, spelling, vocabulary, structure, support). What we didn't know is that my son has a love for writing, but was getting stuck on the technicalities. In working with Deborah, he learned to express himself freely with out any technical restrictions, then they would revise the paper together. This has now moved to him completing the revisions himself with much less support. With this process his is no longer intimidated by the technicalities and is a much more expressive writer. He even chooses to write for fun! Thank you Deborah for your great support this year and for the wonderful growth we have seen in Connor.

Lisa, 40 lessons with Deborah
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