University of Omaha Nebraska/UNO (BA in Speech)
I classify people as primarily 'word' people or 'numbers' people with most being some of both. I am most definitely a word person and always have been. Good English was always spoken in our home when I was a child, and I always achieved top grades in language related courses in school. I have studied four foreign languages: Latin, German, French and Spanish. I'm not the world's greatest speller, but I figure that's what dictionaries and spell check are for. I'm especially strong in reading, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary.
I am a Nebraska state certified substitute teacher in the parochial schools of Omaha and have privately tutored English for three years. I have a BA in Speech, have edited two books and have years of experience in public speaking I am also a student training assistant at the University of Nebraska and Creighton University Medical Schools.
I love teaching people of all ages proper English, both written and spoken and look forward to working with you or your child. Although I have years of experience tutoring on my own, I just recently signed up with WyzAnt for greater exposure. I will be raising my rates for newer students (only) after I get more WyzAnt students enrolled. I classify people as primarily 'word' people or 'numbers' people with most being some of both. I am most definitely a word person and always have been. Good English was always spoken in our home when I was a child, and I always achieved top grades in language related courses in school. I have studied four foreign languages: Latin, German, French
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I've been a Nebraska State certified substitute school teacher in English in Omaha and have subbed successfully in all grades including K-6 for five years.
Both my parents were college educated, and good English was always spoken in our home, so proper speaking and writing have always come naturally to me. I enjoy writing, and I have edited two books. I have always gotten top grades in all language related courses, and I enjoy speaking, writing and teaching proper English.
I have a bachelor's degree in Speech, and classes in grammar were required for that. I have always gotten good grades in the subject, and I'm very cautious to always use proper English when I speak or write, because I know how often people are judged on that. I guess that comes naturally for me because proper English was always spoken in my childhood home. Without consciously intending to do so, I find myself mentally correcting others' incorrect English.
I spent the majority of my career in marketing, either directly with advertising media or in direct sales and sales management. I worked several years in broadcasting , both radio and TV and then in sales, sales management and company ownership. This involved buying advertising and promoting not only a product, but a whole new way for people to keep in touch with each other. Because of this experience I am a business consultant with SCORE, the Service Core Of Retired Executives, a division of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
In order to earn the BA that I have in Speech, I took a course in voice and phonetics which broke down the individual parts of words and sharpened my ear for correct pronunciation. I learned the phonetic alphabet which helped me to listen for specific sounds.
I especially enjoy working with students who have speech impediments or those with foreign accents who want to sound more 'American'. I use a hand held mirror for the student so he/she can more easily see how to match my mouth shape for a specific sound. For over a year I tutored a mother and her son who are from India in order to help them with their accent.
I try to always proofread my own writing because I want it to not only look right, but I know how a simple error in punctuation can alter the meaning of a sentence. I am currently writing a book and am continually amazed at the number of errors I find in my own writing when I proofread it. I have edited two books which of course includes proofreading for typos as well as grammar, punctuation, etc. I am very detail oriented, and I seem to be able to spot errors and inconsistencies easily. My good command of English even allows me to spot errors in grammar and syntax, which seem to jump out at me.
I firmly believe that people benefit greatly by being read to as children. It not only strengthens the bond between parent or teacher and child, but it also familiarizes them with new words and how they are pronounced. In tutoring I once had a parent who only wanted their child to read to me, but I insisted that we take turns reading to each other, and I'm glad I did because his reading improved.
I once worked in a call center where we read scripted questions to people who volunteered to take a survey. In order to keep them interested enough to complete the survey we had to read the questions with a great deal of personality and enthusiasm which I believe helps intelligibility as well as interest.
I grew up with proper English always being spoken in our home. I received a BA in Speech from the University of Omaha, now called the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).
I have an excellent vocabulary and enjoy learning new words. I have dictionaries at both my desk and my easy chair and am constantly looking up words if I'm at all unsure of their meaning. I try to make judicious use of my good vocabulary however by not using a big or unpopular word when a simpler one would do.
I enjoy writing and have always gotten top grades in anything I've written. I am currently writing a book and am mindful not just of the content, but also of how I think it will be perceived by the reader. Good grammar and proper use of punctuation is essential. The text should flow easily and be readily understandable.