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University of California, Berkeley (BS)
Stanford University (MBA)
DEDICATED TO THE STUDY OF ESL AND TOEFL
My name is Sharon, and I am a certified tutor in English as a Second Language, ESL, and the Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL. I have a five-star rating from my WyzAnt students. Furthermore, I am certified by the Minnesota Literacy Council to teach ESL. I have a masters degree from Stanford University and a bachelors degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
I would like to help you and your family improve your skills in English. Although a fourth-generation American, I grew up in a bi-lingual, bi-cultural home speaking English as a first language, and Cantonese Chinese with elderly family members. Subsequently, I learned Mandarin and Spanish, and have studied French, Italian, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesian, and Korean. Being able to communicate well in English and other languages, has afforded me opportunities beyond my parents' and grandparents' dream. It is for this reason that I am dedicated to helping you and your family to overcome the barriers in English communication.
OVERCOMING THE ENGLISH BARRIER
I understand your challenges with the second language. I learned English from parents spoke English, mixed with Chinese. In high school, I was a very strong in math and science. But I knew I needed to perfect read comprehension, vocabulary and grammar to get into a great university. I improved my reading skills, grammar, and vocabulary through the study of classical Latin. As a result, I attained high scores on the SAT and Achievement college admissions exams and was awarded a 4-year scholarship to attend U.C. Berkeley, where I received the BS. A few years later, I scored over 95 percentile on the GMAT, Graduate Management Aptitude Test and was awarded the recipient of a two-year fellowship at Stanford University, where I received the MBA. Education changes my life.
For more than 20 years, I specialized in business communications. I coordinated the process of drafting strategic plans, responding to requests for proposals, and overseeing advertising and promotional campaigns for well-known companies and start-ups who conducted business in the US, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Through work, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit, work and live in more than ten countries, being exposed to many languages and cultures. I empathize with how difficult it is to learn another language!
MINNESOTA LITERACY COUNCIL; CERTIFIED TO TEACH ESL
Today, I have been trained and certified by the Minnesota Literacy Council to teach English as a Second Language, also known as ESL. I teach ESL in a small classroom environment with students from Mexico, Ecuador, Congo, and Somalia at Centro Guadalupano in Minneapolis. My class uses the curriculum called Future, English for Results, as well as Rosetta Stone. Our English language lessons focus on life skills. They include English dialogs and written exercises on: meeting people, renting an apartment, calling the doctor, reading a prescription, applying for jobs, and interviewing.
My students have progressed quickly in their study of ESL, excelling at the CASAS exam. CASAS is the most widely used system for assessing adult basic reading, math, listening, writing, and speaking skills throughout the United States. My students have exceeded the state average in their CASAS exam scores.
Here are some methods I have found effective for helping novice students in English.
- Practicing makes perfect. Distinguishing between words that sound similar.
- Replicating English vowels, consonants, and diphthongs.
- Sounding out new word.
- Using derivative root words to expand vocabulary.
- Linking nouns to adjectives, adverbs, and verbs.
- Reviewing nouns for singular and plural.
- Studying agreement between subject and verb.
- Memorizing irregular verbs.
- Understanding present, past, perfect and subjective verb tenses.
- Converting infinitives to gerunds.
- Using prepositions properly: by, at, in, on, to, from.
- Utilizing adverbs: who, what, when, where, how.
- Recognizing the sentence structure for questions and answers.
- Finding the similarities and differences between English patterns and other language patterns.
MORE ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS EXPERIENCES
- Coaching Communications for Dale Carnegie
- Private speech coaching for media figures, C-level business executives and political candidates
- Publishing press releases and preparing others for press conferences
- Drafting requests for proposals RPFs, business plans for venture capital, and strategic plans for an initial public offering, IPO
- Preparing others for job interviews
It gives me much joy to help people understand, speak, read, and write English better. I have focused my coaching to English as a Second Language, as well as to helping individuals who speak more than one language, to gain confidence in oral communication and public speaking.
Certified in teaching and tutoring ESL by the Minnesota Literacy Council, and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Stanford, I am dedicated to getting you or your children into a great university, getting you the next-level job that stretches your potential, or helping you making good friends and neighbors through meaningful conversations in English.
My schedule is flexible to meet your needs.
Looking forward to meeting you!
Sharon W. in Eden Prairie DEDICATED TO THE STUDY OF ESL AND TOEFL
My name is Sharon, and I am a certified tutor in English as a Second … Read more
$60/hour for 1 or 2 student
Sharon is clearly a proficient speaker of Cantonese and Mandarin. Because English is her first language, she understands the difficulty English speakers, particularly older ones like myself, have in dealing with these languages and the tones so needed to speak either one. And she is very patient and creative in helping me to master them. She is teaching me key phrases in Cantonese that I'll need to meet and welcome my daughter's future Cantonese in-laws. Sharon not only prepares lessons that outline the language terms and phrases to be learned but also provides the cultural context so that I can use them in appropriate ways. Sharon is a joyful person and my lessons are a high point of the week for me. I highly recommend her.
My 4-year-old son has really enjoyed spending time with Sharon - she knows just how to interact with him and uses different teaching methods (flash cards, singing songs, chalk on the sidewalk, writing/drawing, cookies with vocabulary words, and using his toys to teach new words, for example) throughout one lesson to address his attention span at this young age. He is always excited when we wake in the morning and I tell him that today is "Sharon Day"! We chose to have 90-minute lessons because Sharon was willing to tutor him in our home. There are times when my son is not participating (90 minutes is a long time for a preschooler) and Sharon recognizes that he needs a break and doesn't force the lesson to continue. At times she will instruct him in Mandarin to run or jump, fast or slow. This is always fun whether we are inside or outside.
And the days that she brings treats are very special! I think she goes above and beyond to make sure my son is enjoying the lessons and learning at the same time. One observation I have made during the lessons is that sometimes Sharon is a little quick to give my son the answer to her review questions - I think he just needs a minute to respond as he is thinking about the answer (or is distracted by something in the room or in his thoughts!). It takes a lot of patience to teach a young child and I believe Sharon is definitely up for the challenge on every visit. We've had 7 lessons and my son has learned more than I would have ever expected in such a short time! He loves to share his new words and songs with his cousins, grandparents, and friends. And even though I sit in on every lesson, it is not uncommon for him to correct my pronunciation of a word or provide me with the correct word altogether. We are very sad that her full-time work schedule has changed and as a result, we are unable to continue lessons with Sharon since our schedules don't match any longer. Sharon is a wonderful tutor and we would recommend her to anyone.
Before I contacted Sharon over the phone, I searched through many names of tutors and what made me contact her was how she opened up and share herself to the public. I believe it is very important for the student to trust even before meeting the tutor - and that's how I felt. Her record says it all. She is very smart. Learning is fun because she has her way to make the subject fun and easy. She shares strategies, which are very helpful in understanding the context of the subject. My preparation for TOEFL is so different from the last time, and I believe that with Sharon's help, I will reach my goal.
I was very satisfied with our first lesson. Sharon is a very interesting personality with an outstanding professional career. It was a pleasure to talk to her. She explained thinks very structured and easy to understand. I'm looking forward to improve my English: grammar and vocabulary during the short time.
Sharon makes me feel confident because she has a huge background. She is also very clear on her point and I believe that I will reach my goal which is pass in my Toefl test speaking section. I am glad that I found her! Thanks for your excellent work.
I am uniquely qualified to tutor any American to speak basic Cantonese and to come to cherish its customs and traditions.
1. First, I was born and raised in Chinese American household where both Cantonese and English were spoken daily and interchangeably.
2. For six years, I studied Cantonese reading, writing, and calligraphy at St. Mary's Chinese Day School in San Francisco.
3. While working on my undergraduate degree at the University of California, I furthered my Cantonese language skills while tutoring ESL to Cantonese youth on a one-to-one basis.
4. For work and pleasure, I have successfully maneuvered Hong Kong, where Cantonese was the most commonly spoken language.
5. I am an experienced tutor. For two years, I have been certified by WyzAnt in ESL, TOEFL and Public Speaking. My past students have demonstrated their satisfaction ranking my lessons consistently with five star ratings.
6. Each year, I renew my teaching certification at the Minnesota Literacy Council. I have taught ESL in a small classroom environment for over a year at Centro Guadalupano in Minneapolis.
7. Academically, I have a Masters degree from Stanford University and a Bachelors degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
I would like to share my knowledge of the Cantonese dialect and my love of Cantonese customs, foods, and history with my students.
My teaching method is interactive and experiential.
My proficiency with English, Mandarin and Cantonese allows me to deepen a student's learning process by drawing out the similarities and differences amongst the three languages.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher and Tutor
- Certified by the Minnesota Literacy Council in ESL. Required to maintain certification continuing ESL coursework annually. During 2012, I have completed 16 hours of ESL training.
- Currently teaching at Centro Guadalupano in Minneapolis, MN. Small classroom environment with students from Mexico, Ecuador, Congo, and Somalia
- Prior experience teaching English to grammar school students in the Newcomers Program in San Francisco, CA
- Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, MBA
- University of California, Berkeley, Undergraduate School of Business, BS
- Other Education
- University of California, Intensive Mandarin Chinese, 1990
- Fairfax County Adult Education, Beginning Korean, 2003
- Eden Prairie Community Education, Spanish, 2008 - 2011
Passed certification for Grammar, administered by WyzAnt in March 2012.
Passed the GMAT, Graduate Management Aptitude Test, English verbal/qualitative skills with a score of 93 percentile.
PUBLIC SPEAKING COACH
Public Speaking is a common fear for many people. Some people have anxiety right before a speech. Some simply do anything to avoid any occasion to address a group. And still others get physically sick speaking to an audience. Previously, I experienced all three symptoms. However, after many attempts, I myself finally overcame the fear of public speaking 20 years ago. Since then, I have worked others to gain self-confidence, prepare material that tells the story from the heart, and dedicate the time practicing to make perfect.
HELPING OTHER TO DEVELOP SELF-CONFIDENCE
Public Speaking with Dale Carnegie. In 1990, I coached public speaking for Dale Carnegie in San Francisco, California. I worked with individuals, as young as high school students and as mature as business managers, to overcome their fear of speaking in public. Each course lasted 14 weeks, and so students were able to develop friendships and a support system amongst themselves.
It is important to get students through the first minute, as painlessly as possible, since most jitters subside after the first minute of a speech. Students redirect the anxiety by concentrating on responding to a three-part template. 1) Envision a single incident that was important to you, and describe in a sentence or two, what the incident was, as well as when and where it happened. 2) Tell what happened. What did you do and how did you feel? 3) Share what resulted and what you learned. Mid-way through the course, when the template became second-nature, students worked on impromptu stories.
For 14 weeks, I worked with a local TV news anchor, a bi-lingual Mexican-American woman, who wanted to alleviate the butterflies when she was live and on-the-scene. She went on to become an Emmy-winning reporter. Subsequently, she created news shows for the major networks, including a four-part story on China before she died in 1950.
COACHING LEADERS WITH A CAUSE
Political Speech Coach. In the 1990's, after coaching Dale Carnegie, and as a marketing professional, I specialized in preparing political candidates for press conferences and question and answer sessions.
Overcoming the bi-lingual barriers. In 1991, I coached a San Francisco mayoral candidate, who was born and raised in Shanghai, China, and had lived in San Francisco, California, for more than 20 years. While, he did not win the election, he did paved the way for other Chinese-Americans to be active in politics in San Francisco, a city where 21% of the population is Chinese-American.
Following that year, by referral, I worked with a candidate for councilman in Cupertino, California. This candidate grew up as a Lebanese-American, and learned to share his dreams with passion.
Keynote Speakers. A few years later, due to my sensitivity for bi-lingual speakers, I was sought out to become the speech coach for the founder of the Panda Express chain, with over 600 stores nationwide. He was a philanthropist and often invited to speak for many charity organizations.
Press Conferences. In 1999, as the head of marketing at Optical Solutions, a fiber optic start-up in Plymouth, Minnesota. I prepared a Pakistani-American CEO, for press conferences addressing trade media, as wells as for presentations to potential investors. Within a short year, I was instrumental in helping Optical Solutions generate more than $60 million in venture capital.
KNOWING HOW TO SAY IT ON A JOB INTERVIEW
Today, with the economy the way it is, job applicants with comparable skills can distinguish themselves by the way they present their experiences on the interview, whether it is over the phone or in-person.
NJ Department of Labor, Professional Services Group. From 2006 until 2008, before returning to Minnesota, I was a member of the New Jersey Professional Services Group and volunteered to coach job seekers through their job interviews. Most job seekers were supervisors, managers, and executive level officers. I conducted interview seminars once every two months, as well as one-on-one practice sessions weekly.
Centro Guadalupano. Currently, through teaching life skills through the English as a Second Language, ESL program at Centro Guadalupano, I help prepare recent immigrants for interviews, as they seek promotions with their current employer.
Experienced in coaching communications and public speaking for a wide spectrum of purposes, and having overcome my own fear of public speaking, I feel fulfilled helping students, job seekers, professionals, business executives and politicians to share their ideas and points of view.