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Margaret K.

Rowley, MA

$45/hour

Experienced and professional German and ESL tutor

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100+ Hours
4.8 average from 36 ratings
great tutor!
— Elsa, Arlington, MA on 4/4/17

$45/Hour


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Gordon College
Foreign Language
Tufts University
Master's
Goethe Institut, Munich, Germany
Graduate Coursework

Education

Gordon College (Foreign Language)

Tufts University (Master's)

Goethe Institut, Munich, Germany (Graduate Coursework)

About Margaret

My teaching and tutoring experience is extensive. First, I taught German in Massachusetts public schools for 18 years. During that time I also taught Adult Ed classes to engineers, which led to a position with a large multinational company teaching German to some of their employees.

At this point I left public education and began a career as a German Language and Culture Consultant. Additionally, I began teaching English as a Second Language to the multinational employees (executives, scientists, engineers, spouses too) of the German owned company. I have worked with people from Germany, Poland, China, Japan, India, Vietnam, Colombia, Russia and the Ukraine.

During that time, I occasionally taught German courses at Gordon College on the North Shore of Boston. Meanwhile, I also wrote a handbook for Americans working with Germans or in Germany, and one for the Europeans who were delegated to working in the American subsidiary. This lead to developing Cross Cultural Communication seminars for the company.

From 2010 to 2011 I taught ESL group classes with Embassy CES at Merrimack College in Andover, MA. Currently, I offer English tutoring to adult individuals working for pharmaceutical an high tech companies and am an adjunct instructor in basic ESL courses for adults preparing to enter Northern Essex Community College. Occasionally I teach a Toefl course to international students seeking entrance to American colleges and universities.

I hold a Bachelor's in Foreign Language from Gordon College, a Master's in German Language and Literature from Tufts University, and have completed 6 total immersion seminars at the Goethe Institute in various locations in Germany.

I was awarded a full scholarship from Tufts for my graduate study and in 1994 received the Massachusetts German Educator of the Year award from the American Association of Teachers of German.

My teaching style varies according to the student or group to which I am responsible. I incorporate all four skills in language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Younger people can more easily learn languages and so different approaches can be taken with younger people than with adult learners. In all cases, the goal is to give the student what they need practically and functionally, with a good dose of humor.

Notice: I do not teach children under age 17. My experience is entirely with young adults and older.
My teaching and tutoring experience is extensive. First, I taught German in Massachusetts public schools for 18 years. During that time I also taught Adult Ed classes to engineers, which led to a position with a large multinational company teaching German to some of their employees.

At this point I left public education and began a
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Group rate is $65 per hour. Individual beginners rate is $45. Advanced degree tutoring is $55 per hour.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Rowley, MA 01969
In-person lessons

"great tutor!"

- Elsa, Arlington, MA on 4/4/17
Margaret replied on 4/6/2017

Danke sehr, Else. Ich wäre sehr glücklich weiter mit dir zu arbeiten.

"Friendly, patient, knowledgeable"

- Lisa, Newburyport, MA on 7/18/16

"Very knowledgeable and pleasant"

- Lena, Rowley, MA on 10/22/15
English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
German
Business:
ESL/ESOL

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Approved subjects

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ESL/ESOL

My experience teaching ESL is with multinational adults at a community college, in community programs and in a business setting. I have also worked with individuals and spouses of expatriates who work in the US.

I have taught small group classes of 12-15 people and done individual tutoring in homes. We have worked on grammar and sentence structure, conversation and pronunciation. Another important area of interest is English idioms; this is especially important in the US and something which is not included when one learns English in school in Europe or other parts of the world. I often use the topic of cultural differences as a stimulus to discussion.

German

Although considered one of the more difficult languages to learn, for English speakers, the vocabulary is remarkably similar. Forty percent of English words are Germanic in origin and there are many easily recognizable cognates. I build on this basis and make learning interesting and enjoyable.

Gordon College
Foreign Language
Tufts University
Master's
Goethe Institut, Munich, Germany
Graduate Coursework

Education

Gordon College (Foreign Language)

Tufts University (Master's)

Goethe Institut, Munich, Germany (Graduate Coursework)

great tutor!

Margaret was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about the German language. She was very patient with me and answered all my questions. Hope to be able to have more sessions with her in the future!

— Elsa, Arlington, MA on 4/4/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Group rate is $65 per hour. Individual beginners rate is $45. Advanced degree tutoring is $55 per hour.

Travel policy

Margaret will travel within 20 miles of Rowley, MA 01969.