The University of Arizona (Political Science)
My life as a teacher began when I moved to South Korea in October 2008, to teach English. For the majority of the nearly seven years since, I have been a teacher of elementary, middle school, high school, and adult students. I have taught them the basics of grammar, helped improve their listening skills, worked with them to improve their speaking proficiency, built up their vocabulary, and I have sought to strengthen their desire to read (in English), as well as improve their writing.
What I've enjoyed the most is the interactions with students...from learning about their needs, to figuring out how to best help them achieve their goals, and, above all, then helping them get across the goal line. I began this teaching/tutoring adventure more than seven years ago, without much experience. The jobs I've had since have provided basic training methods, and examples of best practices, but my work in the classroom is where I - as the teacher - have learned the most.
I have nearly six years of experience helping people whose first language isn't English learn how to use it, in a variety of way. I've taught and tutored students of all levels, from beginners looking for a quick start, to those who are nearly fluent and merely want to practice. As for reading, I've taught Book Discussion classes, helped people learn the basics of summarizing, analyzing, and writing book reports, and...well, it helps that I spend a lot of my own free time reading. I love to read.
If you need proofreading help, my years of near-constant exposure to common English writing mistakes have helped me gain a sense of how to make a text flow. Whether you're looking for help with a cover letter, or how to polish up an essay, I can not only correct your mistakes, but work with you to help you catch your own mistakes in the future. I think that's necessary, to become a better writer on your own.
As for history, I minored in History in college. Ever since middle school, I've had an abiding fascination with world history, but in particular, American, European, and Middle Eastern History (with a strong emphasis on the mid-twentieth century, and since). Living and traveling in East Asia also exposed me to a whole new area of study I'd not considered before. As a result, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese history also catch my interest nowadays.
I know that learning English (or any other subject) isn't always fun or interesting, but I do my best to help people try to enjoy it. Whatever your level, if you want the kind of help that will have a positive impact, I believe I can provide it. If you have questions, or want to schedule lessons, don't hesitate to contact me! My life as a teacher began when I moved to South Korea in October 2008, to teach English. For the majority of the nearly seven years since, I have been a teacher of elementary, middle school, high school, and adult students. I have taught them the basics of grammar, helped improve their listening skills, worked with them to improve their speaking
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