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Mark R.

Minot, ND

$40/hour

Teacher of English, History, Pschology, Univ. Testing, Acting

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Wayne State
Oakland University Auburn Hill Michigan
Master's

Education

Wayne State

Oakland University Auburn Hill Michigan (Master's)

About Mark



My name is Mark.

I've just completed 22 years of teaching in the Far East in a country that still has tigers, orangoutangs, elephants, people who hunt with spears whose grandparents used to be cannibals, but also have cities with skyscrapers, and cable. You'll have to contact me if you want to know which country.

While in the Orient, I taught English at primary and secondary schools, psychology and communications at universities, testing, business and a variety of other subjects at schools, banks, government institutions, and so on.

In addition, I co-hosted a local radio program for 12 years, acted in TV series, commercials, and film as a gangster, football coach, comedian,air force co-pilot (my plane crashes) among other things.

Regarding my teaching style, I believe in the communicative method; that means the goal is to get the student actively involve in all aspects of learning.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,
Mark

P.S. As for the missing photo, I'll describe myself instead. I'm 6'2'', 184lbs. in the Orient, 200 in the U.S. I have all my limbs and a few gold teeth - one is missing.

P.S.S. My interests are playing the guitar, hiking, canoeing and making sure my two sons do their homework and don't get in too much trouble at school (it would make me look bad!).


My name is Mark.

I've just completed 22 years of teaching in the Far East in a country that still has tigers, orangoutangs, elephants, people who hunt with spears whose grandparents used to be cannibals, but also have cities with skyscrapers, and cable. You'll have to contact me if you want to know which country.
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Policies
Cancellation
10 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Minot, ND 58707
In-person lessons
Art:
Theatre
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
GMAT, GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
Mathematica
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History, European History, Government & Politics, Religion, World History
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Business, GMAT, GRE, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I taught ESL, or, more specifically, Creative Writing, Vocabulary Acquisition, Reading and Listening Comprehension, General and Natural History and Basic Science to grades 1-6 at Sekolah Dian Kasih in West Jakarta from July 2006 to July 2007. In addition, I was required to submit weekly lesson plans and create and grade monthly tests. Moreover, I had to correct every exercise in each of my students' (110!) textbooks daily so that both administrative staff and parents knew that all students were given individual attention. Furthermore, I had to write end-of-semester individual student evaluations and attend the occasional staff meeting and extra-curricular activities.

From January 2009 through March 2010 I taught Pre-K, 1st, 7th and 10th grades at the Pa Hoa Chinese Academy in West Jakarta where I was subcontracted to work by Interlingua, a language school I worked for from Jan. 2006- March 2010 (021-722-7121: Mbak Besti). Teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten involved using flash cards for vocabulary development (names of objects, fruit, vegetables, animals, weather, seasons, family members, etc.), singing, dancing and story telling.

For grades 1, 7 and 10 an ESL text was used, which included reading, writing, grammar and listening activities; I was also responsible for grading. However, for grades 7 and 10, as I was the only native speaker English teacher working with a team of nonnative speaker teachers, it fell to me to teach Writing and Speaking. In addition, I was required to submit a daily lesson plan, attend daily staff meeting, make entries into a daily teacher's log, create the writing and speaking portion of periodic exams, as well as grade them, advise staff on curricula, and translate from Indonesian to English a school calendar containing maxims from Confucius.

Besides the foregoing, from 1995 to 2010 I taught General English classes for children at American Language Center (021-797-5156: Sonny Carlsen), English First (1998-2005), Interlingua (20006-2010), Intract, where I also taught Kindergarten, Junior School teachers and Junior High School principals, and other institutions as a guest native English speaker teacher.

In sum, I gained invaluable experience with respect to how to interest students in the joy of learning in a wide variety of subjects.

English

With regard to English, I have taught English at the primary, secondary, tertiary and corporate level for 22 years in Indonesia, and several in the US. Specifically, I have taught its grammar, writing, vocabulary acquisition, and its role in developing public speaking skills and other aspects that help individuals communicate effectively both in writing and in conversing.

ESL/ESOL

On June 23, 1988, I earned an M.A. in Linguistics with a specialization in T.E.S.O.L. (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; G.P.A.: 3.84) from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. I subsequently began teaching ESL in Jakarta, Indonesia for American Language Training (ALT) from Oct. 1988 through July 2010. Specifically, I taught at the Pre-K, primary, secondary, tertiary and corporate level, which included not only General English level courses (elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, etc.), but also English for Specific Purposes. Accordingly, the latter encompassed English for International Banking and Finance, English for Marketing, English for Academic Purposes (a Graduate Prep program for government officers intending to study overseas), Banking Correspondence, Banking Transactions, English for the Insurance Industry, English for the Oil Industry, Developing and Giving Oral Presentations, Academic Writing, Business Report Writing, English for International Business, Memo, Letter and Email Writing, English for Negotiating Skills, Audit Report Writing, English for Airport Customs and Public Information Officers, teaching TOEFL, IELTS, and the Verbal Section of SAT, GRE, GMAT and so on.

In 1995, I was promoted by American Language Center (formerly ALT) to become the Materials Coordinator, Intensive Program Coordinator and Non-intensive Program Coordinator. My duties were as follows:
-assisting and advising administrative and teaching staff
-designing and/or selecting course materials
-giving presentations to and liaising with clientele
-teaching as required
-holding teacher-training workshops
-co-hosting a twice-weekly English radio program
-writing project proposals
-etc.

In short, I acquired considerable ESL teaching experience during that time.

Phonics

I obtained an M.A. in Linguistics with a specialization in T.E.S.O.L. (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; G.P.A.: 3.84) from Oakland University, in Rochester, MI on June 23, 1988. Accordingly, I studied the following subjects:
-SPA 541 Chicano-Cuban-Puerto-Rican (this was a transfer credit from Wayne State University; grade: 4.0 - and was taught entirely in Spanish)
-LIN 501: Linguistic Structures; grade: 4.0
-ALS 576: Sociolinguistics; grade: 3.6
-LIN 580: Proseminar in Linguistics (Semantics); grade: 3.8
-LIN 590: Directed Readings (American Linguistics); grade: 4.0
-LIN 490: Independent Study (Historical Linguistics); grade: 4.0
-LIN 610: Contrastive Analysis; grade: 3.9
-ALS 428: Teaching English as a Second Language; grade: 3.9
-ALS 429: Practicum; grade: 3.7
-LIN 680: Seminar in Linguisitics (performed field -Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - and library research, mostly using the University of Michigan's Graduate Library for the latter, for a paper entitled: "The Legacy of a Colonial Language: A History of English Usage in Singapore and West Malaysia); grade: 3.7

Wayne State
Oakland University Auburn Hill Michigan
Master's

Education

Wayne State

Oakland University Auburn Hill Michigan (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 10 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mark will travel within 15 miles of Minot, ND 58707.