Boston University (English, Linguistics)
Boston University SED (EdD)
School for International Training [World Learning] (Master's)
I am a teacher with a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the School for International Training at the Experiment for International Living or World Learning in Brattleboro, Vermont. I received this degree in May of 1984 and have been teaching or tutoring on all levels from preschool to college students and adults for more than 30 years. As an undergraduate I studied, taught, and worked abroad in Israel during my freshman and junior years of college. I studied Linguistics, Comparative/Contrastive Analysis of Hebrew and English, as well as the Hebrew Language, Biblical and Modern History, Israeli Geography and Culture. As a Master's Degree student I taught English and Linguistics at the Instituto Bi-lingual, Bi-Cultural in Morelia while living with a Mexican family and bringing my Spanish up to a level of conversational fluency. Over the years I have taught in countless small group settings and one on one tutorials, usually to ESL students speaking several different languages.
In the mid-90's I returned to college as a post graduate student for an additional degree in Early Childhood Education. I studied the theory and methodology of teaching Math, Science, Social Studies, Music, Art and Drama to young children as well as additional advanced studies in Language Acquisition, Reading and Writing. For the past six years I have taught Hebrew and all preschool subjects at Children's Torah Center in Amherst. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a teacher and teaching has been the love of my life!
I am an avid student with a curious mind and diverse interests. I was never able to study the sciences on the college level but have endeavored to study them independently with rigor. I love the laws of nature and their practical application in the mathematics of physics. I excelled in geometry and pre-calculus in high school and always regretted not taking a course in Physics then! I graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with A's in freshman Biology and the Philosophy of Logic. I am a perpetual student. I love studying as much as teaching!!
I have B.S. in Education with a concentration in Linguistics and English Literature from Boston University. I graduated summa cum laude in May, 1976. I had also completed two years of study in Israel during my freshman and junior years. In Israel I majored in Hebrew as well as Hebrew/English Linguistics, English Literature, Psychology, Sociology, and Philosophy. I decided to become an ESL teacher while I was still in high school and taught English to Israeli high school students while living in Jerusalem as a freshman. At the Boston University School of Education I majored in Linguistics and the English Language and minored in English Literature. In my senior year I took graduate courses in Educational Philosophy, Teaching Reading, Bi-lingual Education, and Teaching ESL. After teaching college students at Boston University for two years I transferred to the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont to participate in their vanguard, progressive Master of Arts Program in Teaching ESL, second languages, and Bi-lingual Education.
Over the past 40+ years I have taught people of all ages from all over the world. I have taught English to students representing more than 50 different languages and have worked with little ones, elementary school students, high schoolers, college students, and adults! I have taught all subjects and have worked extensively with the learning disabled. I have expertise in Grammar, Phonetics, Literature, Reading, Composition, and all aspects of Linguistics. I learned Hebrew, mostly from 3 and half year olds in my care on Kibbutz. I learned Spanish from studying, teaching, and living with a Mexican family in Morelia. As of late I have been teaching at a Bilingual Jewish preschool where children are taught to read Hebrew at a very young age.
I am looking forward to hearing from ESL students of all ages (3 to 100) who live in the general locale of the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts! I am interested in tutoring in diverse groupings, either one-on-one, or in small groups, family groups, or in any number of settings. I am communicative and encourage full participation and input from my students. I love using the arts, music, dance, drama, movement and physical exploration (think experimentation) and all types of interdisciplinary activities to facilitate language learning in a holistic way! I am a teacher with a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the School for International Training at the Experiment for International Living or World Learning in Brattleboro, Vermont. I received this degree in May of 1984 and have been teaching or tutoring on all levels from preschool to college students and adults
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