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Josiah L.

Abingdon, MD

$50/hour

English Teacher Knowledgeable in Academic Writing and Reading

Background check passed as of 8/15/16
4.7 average from 7 ratings
Josiah is great instructor.
— Sakhamuzi, Baltimore, MD on 8/10/16

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University of Valley Forge
Theology
Fuller Theological Seminary
Master's

Education

University of Valley Forge (Theology)

Fuller Theological Seminary (Master's)

About Josiah

Four years of teaching academic English in Chinese universities taught me that any motivated student can successfully communicate well. Believing in students is the best skill I gained, and the second skill is knowing how to listen well. After carefully listening I try to see the problem from the student's perspective so I can know what to clarify, what to provide more examples for, and when to reverse course. This is one part coaching, a large part visualizing, and the rest is communicating my understanding to the student.

While I enjoy finding solutions to difficult problems (this is probably why I acquired a Master of Arts in Theology), solving difficulties together is always more rewarding.

I look forward to helping you,
Josiah L.
Four years of teaching academic English in Chinese universities taught me that any motivated student can successfully communicate well. Believing in students is the best skill I gained, and the second skill is knowing how to listen Read more

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In person: $50/hour Online: $30/hour

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Abingdon, MD 21009
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"Josiah is great instructor."

- Sakhamuzi, Baltimore, MD on 8/10/16
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math
Science:
Archaeology, Philosophy
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, IELTS,
Literature,
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, GED, GRE, IELTS,
PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL
Computer:
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
IELTS,
TOEFL
History:
American History, Archaeology, Classics,
European History, Geography, Religion,
World History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Homeschool, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Baseball, Football

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Bible Studies

I have a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies from the University of Valley Forge. I completed two studies abroad at Oxford University's Wycliffe College and The Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies at Oxford. I am trained in critical reading techniques, historical methods, and Biblical Languages (2.5 years of Biblical Hebrew and 1 year of Intensive Koine Greek).

In brief, Biblical Studies is my research field. I am able to aide in better understanding study methods for individual books of the Bible, an overview of Biblical themes, and how to connect ideas overall into theological arguments.

Classics

"False praise dies away...Contrarily, a genuine work...can kindle admiration afresh in every age." In his chapter 'On Reputation', Arthur Schopenhauer compares works which win short-lived praise to meteors while great works are planets or fixed stars. The difference is permanence of value.

C.S. Lewis has said that good readers read again. For me his stories are the sort which I can always read again; a fact I have made use of in my summer study at Oxford University and in discussions while a founding member of a book club for fellow Master's students.

The Western and Eastern canons contain a great many works which are not only worth reading, but re-reading; the point remains. I enjoyed an honors course in Classics (our lead-reader or professor had received a degree from St. John's School of the Great Books) where readings from the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, and Sophocles' tragic plays were discussed at length in a round-table format. These works bear their fingerprints over much of the western corpus and it is important to allow students the chance to dialogue with them, for like the planets and fixed stars they stimulate the greatest motions in recorded history.

ESL/ESOL

I teach at Howard Community College's English Language Center, taught for four years at universities in China, have CELTA (the Cambridge TESL certificate), and completed a Master of Arts degree. My students have worked through all major sorts of skill deficits, increased confidence, and navigated cultural understanding issues. Because I have worked through each of these issues with many students, I am confident I can help you improve your English communication skills.

IELTS

I have taught two years of classes (totaling over 1200 academic hours) in academic English at Beijing University of Agriculture. All of these students required IELTS training, particularly for the writing section.

I heavily emphasize structure, as achieving a good score in the writing requires a clear structure, a summary, comparisons, and excellent support. The reading and writing both require the ability to use synonyms & antonyms, while the reading section demands skills in different levels of reading.

Information and tips for listening are available as well, though this essentially requires practice on the student's part. For speaking, fluency practice and vocabulary are an excellent place to start.

Literature

I used English and American literature to teach critical reading and writing skills as a teacher of Academic ESL. For example, I used 'How to Read a Book' to teach analytical reading skills. Additionally I like to use Martin Luther King Jr's other speeches to teach persuasion, and George Orwell's 'Politics and the English Language' to teach metaphor. Finally, I have introduced questions to help visualize better some works of Shakespeare and 'the Hobbit'.

Microsoft Excel

I completed coursework in Excel at the college level and used Excel as an engineering student. As a teacher I use the program to produce grade reports and set an appropriate grade distribution. I also used Excel to manage my student loans by predicting how much I could save depending on how much I paid and when.

Phonics

As a credentialed foreign English teacher, pronunciation is consistently one of my students' concerns. And so students feel burdened doubly with the need to learn both the spelling and the way to pronounce the word. Personally, as a student of other languages (Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Mandarin, Korean, German) I am impressed how written form and spoken often match more easily in other language-cultures.

I was introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet while studying to be an English teacher (CELTA). Both in private tutoring and in the classroom of a Chinese University (Beijing U. of Agriculture), I have taught stress patterns and intonations, targeted pronunciation errors [often physical], and shown how memorizing root words improves overall comprehension, spelling skills, and improves the skill of reading aloud.

Public Speaking

At Renmin University of China I taught three terms of Public Speaking, a total of fourteen courses, from Fall of 2014 to Spring of 2016. My method in a group class is to develop a workshop approach with consistent practice. For one-on-one I will also focus on practice while incorporating the core concept from my course.

The first concept is to build trust with the audience. Only then can you influence the audience's emotions and finally provide clear logical support for your argument. Other tactics (such as eye contact, body language, and vocalization) help you to achieve the purpose of influencing, informing, or entertaining your audience.

Reading

I teach at Howard Community College's English Language Center and have taught Academic English for four years at Chinese universities. I like to teach the same skills which helped me in my graduate studies, namely: summarizing and analyzing the writer's ideas before responding to them critically. A few simple questions, and a lot of practice, make college level reading a much easier task.

Religion

I hold a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (a non-denominational Christian graduate school) and bachelor's in the same field of study from Valley Forge Christian College. I tutored for one year in the subject at Valley Forge Christian College as a student and was a Teacher Assistant and substitute lecturer for the Old Testament professor.

My particular skills include 2.5 years of Biblical Hebrew reading coursework, 1 year of Koine Greek, 1 term of Qur'anic Arabic, 1 term of Ecclesiastical Latin, 1 term of Theological German Reading, and a study abroad in which I explored al-Ghazali's 'Tahafut al-falasifa' under Dr. Martin Whittingham at the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies at Oxford.

The methods of instruction would depend on the student's particular goals, but I would recommend a reading and discussion centered format which takes the student's interest primarily.

SAT Math

In high school, in 2001, I earned a 690 on the Quantitative section. I then completed two years of coursework in Engineering before transferring into a Bachelor of Arts program. I maintained some connection to Math by tutoring Elementary Education teachers at my college. This past winter I brushed up on these skills and earned a 159 on the GRE. I can help you or your student recognize bad answers, understand the questions, and approach the SAT Quantitative section strategically.

SAT Reading

I teach at Howard Community College's English Language Center and have taught Academic English for four years at Chinese universities. I like to teach the same skills which helped me in my graduate studies, namely: summarizing and analyzing the writer's ideas before responding to them critically. A few simple questions, and a lot of practice, make college level reading (and therefore SAT Reading) a much easier task.

Spelling

In middle school I competed yearly in local homeschooling spelling bees, and competed in the Harford County Spelling Bee. I teach at Howard Community College's English Language Center and have taught Academic English for four years at Chinese universities.

It helped me to know the common patterns for words with French, Latin, or Greek roots. Therefore, I like to show the larger pattern when teaching spelling for a particular word.

TOEFL

I teach at Howard Community College's English Language Center (one of my courses is a TOEFL preparation course) and taught academic ESL for four years at Chinese universities. For test preparation I like to visualize the purpose of the real world task so students understand how the test questions appear in the real world. For all students I look to understand what their strengths are so I can build confidence while clarifying how to fix their weaknesses.

Vocabulary

I teach at Howard Community College's English Language Center. Previously, I taught for four years at Chinese universities in Beijing. Expanding students' vocabulary was an important part of strengthening their academic English. I often focus on teaching Greek, Latin, and French root words (prefixes, affixes, and patterns) because these quickly expand vocabularies.

Writing

I work at Howard Community College's English Language Center where I teach ESL. I have taught Academic Writing for four years at Renmin University and Beijing University of Agriculture. I prefer teaching writing for college, college preparation, or test preparation.

Philosophically, I focus on clearly communicating a meaning, supporting assertions in full detail, and Aristotelian persuasion (build trust and common ground, influence emotions, and logically close the deal).

University of Valley Forge
Theology
Fuller Theological Seminary
Master's

Education

University of Valley Forge (Theology)

Fuller Theological Seminary (Master's)

Josiah is great instructor. — Josiah he is a good tutor, and he is very patiently, he makes you understand, he breaks down one by one each questions, and make sure you understand everything, I will not hesitate to refer any person who got a school problem like mine,he is a great instructor ...

— Sakhamuzi, Baltimore, MD on 8/10/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

In person: $50/hour Online: $30/hour

Travel policy

Josiah will travel within 40 miles of Abingdon, MD 21009.