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Shawn C.

Boston, MA

$50/hour

Customizing the ESL Experience for Academics and Professionals

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 9/29/17

$50/Hour


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About Shawn

Over the last ten years, I have been both a teacher of large classes and an individual tutor, effectively instructing both children and adults. ESL has been my full-time employment since graduating with a both a degree in Applied Linguistics and TEFL certification from Ohio University. Learning Spanish while living in South America for eight years taught me to see each of my lessons through the eyes of the student.

My approach to instruction is based on Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), an approach that emphasizes the communication of a message over traditional goals such as error correction and rule memorization. Through my knowledge of technical syntax and phonological rules, I frame them within relevant contexts and examples in a way that develops consistent grammatical habits.

I focus on the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing in a way natural for the student I am tutoring. Adaptation occurs weekly, keeping the lessons fresh and progressively more focused. An interested student should expect a tutor who motivates through positive reinforcement and an insistence on production and creativity. Whether your goals with learning English are academic or professional, my lessons will lead to the habits and the perspective needed to succeed.

TOEFL
Applied Linguistics

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Over the last ten years, I have been both a teacher of large classes and an individual tutor, effectively instructing both children and adults. ESL has been my full-time employment since graduating with a both a degree in Applied Linguistics and TEFL certification from Ohio University. Learning Spanish while living in South America for eight years Read more

Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 3 miles of Boston, MA 02115
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, IELTS, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, TOEFL, Writing
Test Preparation:
IELTS, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
IELTS, Reading, TOEFL, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ESL/ESOL

Upon receiving my Applied Linguistics degree, I spent the next eight years in South America honing my craft as an ESL instructor. Currently teaching in Boston, I have continued to apply my degree to my profession, forming lessons unique to each student while maintaining a theoretical base firmly within the progress of modern academia. My linguistics degree gives me an edge in approaching students' issues regarding phonetics, syntax and semantics.

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Shawn will travel within 3 miles of Boston, MA 02115.