Hawaii Pacific University (TESOL)
Hello! I'm Jenny and I would love to help you learn English.
MY EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: I graduated with a bachelor's degree in TESOL from Hawaii Pacific University in 2012. I love teaching language, and I have taught ESL to adults in Prince George's County Community College, Maryland from 2013-2014, at LADO International College in Arlington, Virginia in early 2013, and at EF (Education First) in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2012. I have also tutored ESL and EFL students throughout my college and teaching years for whatever they needed assistance in and for the IELTS and TOEFL exams. I have also tutored native English speakers, EFL, and ESL students in undergraduate-level essay writing. I have experience tutoring English-speaking students in the beginning to intermediate levels (as measured by the typical undergraduate university program) of the Japanese and Korean languages.
WHAT TO EXPECT: My goal is to bring you a comfortable, friendly, fun, and effective learning experience in a full English language immersion lesson. My approach with absolute beginners is to start with what is called Total Physical Response (TPR) and other task-based learning strategies that will quickly build vocabulary as well as confidence. My approach with students above low beginning level is to learn about each student's immediate goals and interests. After all, a student studying for a TOEFL exam, a student who wants to communicate better at work, and a student who wants to understand their child's teacher at parent-teacher conferences won't be needing the same focus! From there, your own personally tailored sessions will be built with those goals, your abilities, preferred learning pace and style in mind. I use the communicative and content-based approach to learning. That means we'll focus on practical language (for your goals) and learning the grammar and technicalities through usage instead of through endless drills and conjugations in sentences with no context, so that you can learn to truly USE the language, not just analyze it.
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, late evenings on a case-by-case basis
Sunday: case-by-case basis
SCHEDULING AND PAYMENT POLICY:
I teach lessons between 1 hour and 3 hours in length. A minimum of 1 hour must be scheduled in order to have a lesson with me. I only charge for lessons on an hourly basis. If you come to a lesson that was scheduled for 2 hours and leave after only 1.5 hours, you will still be charged for 2 hours. All payments must be processed through WyzAnt, and so all students must have a profile and a payment method on file with WyzAnt before scheduling lessons. If you schedule a 1 hour lesson and come 10 minutes late, the lesson will end 1 hour from the scheduled start time (not 1 hour from when you arrived) and you will be charged for the full hour.
Cancellations must be made through WyzAnt email AND by phone (call or text me). Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance in order to avoid being charged the cancellation fee. Cancellations made fewer than 24 hours ahead of time will be charged $20 PER HOUR SCHEDULED. If you are very ill today and even THINK that you MIGHT MAYBE be too sick to come to a lesson tomorrow, just cancel it. You need the rest. PLEASE NOTE that cancellations made 1 hour or less before the scheduled lesson start time are counted as NO SHOWS (see the no show policy below).
NO SHOW POLICY:
If you are a no-show, you will be charged the full rate for your scheduled session. This means that if you scheduled more than 1 hour, you will still be charged for all of it. A NO SHOW is defined as: you didn't show up, OR you waited until 1 hour or less before the scheduled start time to cancel, OR you arrived more than 15 minutes late to the scheduled lesson. I WILL NOT WAIT MORE THAN 15 MINUTES AFTER THE SCHEDULED START TIME FOR YOU TO ARRIVE. If you are a no show you will be charged accordingly, barring proof of some catastrophic emergency (e.g. you got in a car accident on the way to your lesson and were so injured you could not contact me, you found out today that a close relative died and you didn't have the presence of mind to cancel, etc).
WHAT TO BRING TO A LESSON:
Lined white paper in a notebook or binder
Erasers that work
Any completed homework assigned from the previous lesson
Any medications or special things the student may have need of
A positive attitude
PARENTS: If you are a parent and you have a lesson scheduled with me that is for yourself and not for your child, do NOT bring your child(ren) to lessons that are being held outside YOUR own home.
ABOUT ME: I was born in Louisiana, grew up in Oklahoma, and have lived in Texas, California, Hawaii, Maryland, and Korea. I used to translate Korean for the military (Air Force) in the past and studied it formally through the Defense Language Institute and similar government programs for over 2 years (so I know what it's like to be learning a difficult language!). I was stationed to Korea for 1.5 years, and have spent 1 month traveling in Japan. I have studied Japanese formally (in college) for 2 years and informally off-and-on for over 6 years. I have taught students of many cultures, languages, and backgrounds from: Korea, Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Togo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ethiopia, French Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, and Brazil. I love learning about my students, their cultures, their countries, and their beautiful languages. I am currently studying Spanish, French, and Welsh and am planning to begin pursuit of a master's degree in linguistics at Bangor University (in Wales, UK) in the Fall (of 2015). Looking forward to studying with you! Hello! I'm Jenny and I would love to help you learn English.
MY EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: I graduated with a bachelor's degree in TESOL from Hawaii Pacific University in 2012. I love teaching language, and I have taught ESL to adults in Prince George's County Community College, Maryland from 2013-2014, at LADO International
For groups at the same time in the same place: 2 students = rate x1.5 (instead of x2). 3 students = rate x2.25 (instead of x3). I will not take groups of more than 3 students.
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