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McGill University (Psychology, Teaching)
Michigan State University (Master's)
Wayne State University (Graduate Coursework)
I am an ESL teacher as well as a Spanish tutor.
My foreign language teaching background includes French with elementary and middle school students, and Spanish 1 and 2 and 4 with high school and college students.
My ESL teaching includes students with Arabic, Korean and Spanish as their first languages. I have TOEFL students who are pharmacists who are required to have high scores including 26 on speaking. I have students who have achieved the required scores, and others whose scores are improving with each test.
I enjoy tutoring because it allows my students to progress at the pace that works best for their learning style. Students can expect a warm and supportive learning environment. I pride myself on being able to identify an individual's strengths, and using them as encouraging starting points to target areas to work on. I will use your materials, review specific concerns, and augment each session with conversation practice. Additionally, I can recommend websites and materials that you may find helpful. Depending on the age of student, we can also review study skills.
About me: I love traveling and learning about foreign cultures. I've traveled extensively to French and Spanish speaking countries, most recently to Costa Rica and Ecuador. I also have a background in nature photography.
I meet my students at Baldwin Library in Birmingham, The Bloomfield Township Library and The Farmington Hills Library on 12 Mile Road near Orchard Lake. I am an ESL teacher as well as a Spanish tutor.
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Nancy is very knowledgeable and patient. She is very nice and friendly. She helped me a lot in improving my English language by working with her on a variety of speaking questions and by correcting my essays. She is very professional and punctual. Two weeks ago, I took my test and finally had a big jump in my score. Thank you Nancy!
Nancy had developed a wonderful relationship with my daughter, she is kind, encouraging, and thoughtful.
They have worked on both French verbiage, pronunciation and sentence structure. In addition, Nancy helps her with English assignments as needed.
Nancy has been tutoring my son in Spanish II /III over the last year. She thoroughly reviews the study materials in their study sessions, offers lots of positive encouragement, and has been very flexible with her availability. Overall she has been a big benefit in helping my son understand the Spanish language.
She is a great tutor. Since the first time, she was very focused on what we were doing and explaining to me everything I wasn't understanding. She prepared the class and gave me some tips for the test that helps me a lot. Nancy is a very nice person and very careful with the students.
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Initially I was a special education teacher working with students with a variety of diagnosed learning disabilities, both in public schools and private clinics. As a teacher certified through grade 9 in a variety of subjects, I have successfully taught students writing, reading skills, and foreign language.
My MA degree was in Education and I spent a lot of time working on how young people learn a new language most easily. When adults choose to learn a second language, it requires focus, repetition and lots of practice, but ultimately it is a pleasure to be able to communicate in another language, regardless of your skill. English is my first language but having grown up in a French city, I have always had a second language as part of my life. As an adult I learned Spanish and I'm currently working on Korean. I have had students from Syria, Korea, Mexico, Japan and Peru.
French is interesting, especially when you realize how much of the vocabulary is part of the English language. Although it sometimes appears to be difficult to pronounce, there is a lot of online exposure to French and with regular listening, repetition, and coaching, it can become familiar quickly, so that basic sentences can be utilized in a conversation. My goal as a teacher is to have my students feel comfortable trying out their language skills as quickly as possible, and to make the grammar easy to understand.
Students prefer to cover the material they are required to learn for class, so that is where we start. In addition, I have students use their oral language while we are working, to lessen what is generally the most anxiety producing. I always compare and contrast Spanish and English grammar as students are not always sure of English grammar and that can be a handicap as they move forward in Spanish.
As an elementary school trained teacher, organizational skills have always been a key part of my teaching strategy in order for students to manage the increasing complexity of their school subjects. We discuss motivation and planning, as both have to be included for any student to be successful with class work.