University of Wisconsin - Madison (German Literature)
Emerson College (Master's)
Hello! I have been an ESL teacher since 1999 and I have taught hundreds of students from all over the world and from all walks of life. I love languages, and helping people express themselves. I have studied German, Spanish, and French, and I have lived abroad, so I know first-hand how difficult and frustrating it can be to learn a language. Generally I take a very conversational approach to tutoring, finding out what the student needs to work on, and helping them to learn it through relaxed questioning and answering. I find that helping the students tell a story either about themselves or something they love can help them to relax and speak freely. When this happens, it is easy to help the students improve their grammar and practice new vocabulary.
I believe that a big part of learning a language is practicing it. And one of the things I focus on in my lessons is instilling the confidence in the student to continue practicing the language outside of the lesson -- at work, and at school, and in the community. And part of developing confidence is having fun in the lesson while learning. So, I also bring songs, games, and drawing supplies to the lesson, so that they can access their confidence in different ways.
I was initially trained at the Berlitz Language Institute in New York, and worked there for 4 years, where much of the time I taught one-on-one. In Boston I got my TEFL Certificate at the Boston Language Institute, and have taught at The Boston School of Modern Languages, Embassy English, and the Fisher College International Learning Center. Finally, I have Massachusetts K-12 Licensure.
After having studied German for 3 years in School, I spent my final year of High School in Germany as an exchange student, living with a German family and going to school in German. When I returned to the U.S. I got my bachelor's degree in German Literature. I speak fluently, and I apply the same techniques in my German tutoring as I do in my English - working conversationally, and mixing in the grammar and vocabulary that the student needs.
I am principally available on Fridays during the day, though weekend late afternoons or evenings are a possibility. My area of expertise is working with adults, but can also work with young people. I prefer to meet in the Library or a cafe in Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, or Downtown, but can also go to Cambridge. I have a 24-hour cancellation policy, but if you miss that, I will try to arrange a make-up.
I look forward to hearing from you. I love meeting new students and helping them to express themselves fully, and to find the fluency they need to succeed. Hello! I have been an ESL teacher since 1999 and I have taught hundreds of students from all over the world and from all walks of life. I love languages, and helping people express themselves. I have studied German, Spanish, and French, and I have lived abroad, so I know first-hand how difficult and frustrating it can be to learn a language.
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