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Sara B.

Chapel Hill, NC

$40/hour

Professional MEd Japanese & English Tutoring

5.0 average from 43 ratings
Highest recommendation!
— Scott, Hillsborough, NC on 2/1/14

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Ursinus College
East Asian Studies
Concordia College
MEd

Education

Ursinus College (East Asian Studies)

Concordia College (MEd)

About Sara

This spring I completed my Masters of Education degree in World Language Instruction, specializing in Japanese, through Concordia College. It helped me integrate the newest techniques to help students understand and internalize languages, and taught me about the best practices for language learning and teaching. I am excited to share these resources and methods with my WyzAnt students!

I began learning Japanese at Ursinus College, and then at International Christian University (near Tokyo). After graduation, I moved to Kobe, Japan and began teaching English. That experience is what helped me realize that my true calling in life was teaching languages - that what brought me the most joy was making connections for students, and providing them with what they need to grow in both cultural and linguistic knowledge. After almost six years in Japan, I am back in the States, and having completed my degree, I'm now ready to start working with even more motivated students. Let me be your guide to the intriguing, challenging, fun world of Japanese.

As for ESL, I have worked with students as young as 18 months, and students well into their retirement. I would be glad to work with you on particular topics, help you revise your papers, or introduce you to some of the great locations and opportunities around the Triangle as we brush up your grammar or smooth out your pronunciation. Please send me a message with questions!
This spring I completed my Masters of Education degree in World Language Instruction, specializing in Japanese, through Concordia College. It helped me integrate the newest techniques to help students understand and internalize Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Background Check: Passed

"Highest recommendation!"

- Scott, Hillsborough, NC on 2/1/14

"Helpful Tutor"

- Masaru, Durham, NC on 12/7/13
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Japanese,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary

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English

After teaching English abroad for several years, I found that I had developed a much more thorough appreciation and understanding for my native language. I would like to share that with more students now that I've returned to the U.S. I have experience with academic English, and feel confident in my ability to build a solid essay. Please let me help you expand your abilities and explore the range of expression English has to offer.

ESL/ESOL

I've just returned from living in Japan, where I taught English conversation, and helped students prepare for certification tests like TOEFL and TOEIC. I like to take a fun approach to lessons while maintaining a rigorous standard for grammar and vocabulary use.

Grammar

Most native English speakers never really stop to consider how and why we put sentences together the way we do. I spent several years teaching abroad, and found myself fielding questions about English grammar that had never crossed my mind! I feel now that I have a stronger grasp of English grammar than ever before. Put my experience in explaining exactly why we say what we do to use for you!

Japanese

I've been studying Japanese for almost 10 years, and last year I passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test at the highest level (level 1). I have experience instructing adults in elementary and intermediate Japanese, and can provide tips and tricks for learning those tricky kanji (since I had to do it too!). I would be happy to email in Japanese to help determine level.

Proofreading

While in Japan, I had the opportunity to prepare and proofread technical materials for the sciences as well as new educational materials for a variety of age groups. Through my interactions with second-language learners I began to question the details of English, why we say the things we do the way we do. Having to justify my changes to professionals and students who relied on me to be correct honed my sense of commitment to accuracy, and I'd be happy to go over any document that requires a little polish to make it the best it can be.

Reading

From a young age, my parents fostered in me a love of reading; I was surrounded by books and adults who loved them. I enjoyed science fiction and fantasy growing up, and in high school I spent summers volunteering at my local libraries, including managing summer reading programs for elementary-aged students. In the future I'd like to pursue a degree in library science.

TOEFL

While living in Japan, I tutored adult students who were preparing for the TOEFL. In general they were hoping to enter school in English-speaking countries, or were looking for employment abroad. In particular, students tended to have difficulties with the speaking and listening sections, although I did have the opportunity to work on writing strategies with one student as well.

Vocabulary

I adore words, I always have. For me, there is great joy in being able to select precisely the correct word for your meaning, in such a way as to make yourself absolutely clear. I think a lot of vocabulary can be gained through practical approaches (reading) with review through games and activities.

Ursinus College
East Asian Studies
Concordia College
MEd

Education

Ursinus College (East Asian Studies)

Concordia College (MEd)

Highest recommendation! — My wife and I are planning a trip to Japan, so we reached out to Sara hoping to learn some basic conversational Japanese, just enough to get us by. Instead of that, Sara has led us on a path of reading, writing, and speaking the language, and has given us a foundation for fluency and mastery as we continue to fall in love with the language and culture. Sara's experiences as a foreigner in Japan ha ...

— Scott, Hillsborough, NC on 2/1/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sara will travel within 30 miles of Chapel Hill, NC 27516.