University of Louisville (History)
University of Louisville School of Education (MEd)
Are you learning English as a new language? Are you a native-speaker of English? I can help you in all areas of English and ESL: writing, reading, grammar, conversation, pronunciation, and vocabulary development.
Do you have to give presentations at school or work? I can help you to become more confident when you are giving a presentation or speaking in front of others. If you are working on increasing your vocabulary, I can help you understand academic and technical words. Grammar rules are very tricky. I can explain English grammar in a clear way. Correct usage of English is very important. For example, do you know when and where to use adjective clauses, infinitives, noun clauses, gerunds, and passive voice?
If you are going to take the ACT, I can help with the Reading and English sections. (In the last few years, I have worked with my two daughters on the ACT!) I can also give you some strategies and techniques that are important in taking tests. For example, ACT questions always have one or two answers that are clearly not correct. Learning to recognize these incorrect answers can help you take the test faster. You will have a few more minutes to go over your answers before time is up.
Do you have problems understanding what other people say in a conversation? If you cannot understand others or if you cannot express your ideas clearly, I would love to help you get better. You might need to learn more Idioms and expressions and slang. For example, in formal and casual conversations, you may need to learn ways to ask someone to repeat something or you might want to learn polite ways to ask someone to clarify something. What happens if you don't agree with another person? Can you express your disagreement in a nice way? I can help with that! Do you have the vocabulary and the confidence to talk with someone at your bank? with a police officer? with a supervisor or manager at work? with a doctor? If not, I can help with that!
In my teaching career, my students have been adults, high school students, college students, and professionals (doctors and engineers ). In America, I have taught at the University of Louisville and the University of Tennessee, and I have volunteered for Catholic Charities. Outside of the USA, I have taught in Saudi Arabia (at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, in Dhahran) and in Venezuela (at the Escuela Bella Vista, in Maracaibo). In Louisville, I am now an Associate Professor in the ESL Department (https://jefferson.kctcs.edu/media/documents/international/esl-overview-english.pdf) at Jefferson Community and Technical College.
My educational background: I have an MA in Education and a BA in American history. I am a member of TESOL, which is the professional organization for ESL teachers (www.tesol.org).
When I am not teaching English, I like to swim, study Spanish, read newspapers, and go on vacations (usually to the ocean) with my wife and kids. Are you learning English as a new language? Are you a native-speaker of English? I can help you in all areas of English and ESL: writing, reading, grammar, conversation, pronunciation, and vocabulary development.
Do you have to give presentations at school or work? I can help you to become more confident when you are giving a
The hourly rate is flexible. Lessons that focus on conversational skills are $25.00. For students who only need an occasional lesson, the rate is $20.00.
Marc was a very good listener trying to understand my English language difficulties and needs. I think he caught what I was intending even the short time I stayed in the USA. His tips in English learning will be useful for me from now on.
Thank you very much.
I learned so much about your country when we met for lessons! I hope someday we meet again when you are back in the US.
I am now an English as a Second Language instructor at Jefferson Community and Technical College. I have taught at the University of Tennessee, the University of Louisville and schools in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. I like to teach all aspects of English--writing, grammar, reading, and vocabulary development. I also like to help students with specific areas of language. For example, a student who is interested in a nursing career may need help with the vocabulary and grammar of nursing expressions.
I have also helped students in giving presentations. Students often need assistance in creating a clearly organized presentation, sometimes with a Powerpoint.
I am a member of TESOL, which is the professional organization for ESL instructors.
My Masters in Education (M. Ed.) is from the University of Louisville.
Basic verb tenses necessary for conversation are covered: present, present continuous, past, past continuous, future, and present perfect. English clause structure is covered including independent and dependent clauses, noun clauses and adjective clauses. High-frequency irregular verbs are presented (for example, leave, buy, bring). Use of active and passive voice is emphasized.
I now teach academic reading classes to college students. The students are fluent in speaking, but their reading skills can be at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level. My methods include teaching students 1) to recognize nouns and the pronouns that refer to them, 2) to make inferences about the content of a text, 3) to make predictions based on information in a reading, 4) to identify the main idea of a whole reading, and 5) to identify the main ideas of the paragraphs in a reading.
I also stress the ways that grammar influences the meaning of a reading. For example, a clause that starts with "although" is going to present a contrast, as in "Although the Chinese left the area in the 16th century, Chinese influence continued for many years."
Finally, for any student of reading--at any proficiency level--vocabulary is reviewed. I stress the review of words in the Academic Word List (developed by Averil Coxhead at Victoria University).
Vocabulary review means learning the definitions and uses of academic words in English. These words are found in high school and college textbooks and they are important for educated speakers of English to know. I approach vocabulary through books in the "Inside Reading" series (Oxford).