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Glenn L.

Matawan, NJ

$29/hour

Ex Peace Corps Volunteer For Spanish and ESL Tutoring

$29/Hour


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University of Michigan
Business Admin

Education

University of Michigan (Business Admin)

About Glenn

My love of teaching comes from my many years of experience. Ever since I entered Peace Corps Panama in 2005, I have been teaching. At that time, I was teaching members of a coffee cooperative basic accounting skills in Panama. As a secondary project, I began teaching English to students in the local high school. After finishing Peace Corps, I had the opportunity to take the SIT TESOL (Teaching English to speakers of other languages) course in Costa Rica, providing me with the necessary tools to be an even more effective teacher. The course consisted of eight-five hours of instruction in methodology, twenty-eight hours of lesson planning, six and three quarter hours of individual assessed teaching, thirty-two hours of peer observation, three hours of observation of experienced ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers, and ten hours of feedback on my teaching. By the end of the course, I was able to:

-) Rigorously reflect on teaching decisions in terms of their effect on individual student learning.
-) Plan for and effectively implement, and reflect upon language-centered learning.
-) Analyze, plan for, effectively teach and reflect upon language in terms of its meaning, form, and use.
-) Plan, teach, and reflect on all stages of a productive skills lesson (Either speaking or writing.)
-) Plan, teach, and reflect on all stages of a receptive skills lesson (Either listening or reading.)
-) Plan, teach, and reflect on all stages of a lesson in terms of cultural impact on the learners.

After finishing the course, I was accepted into the first of year of a program initiated by the President of Costa Rica to help improve English teaching instruction in high schools, where I was assigned to partner with a Costa Rican English teacher for a year. Afterwards, I moved to Colombia and taught Business English to professionals (ages 25-50) both privately and through a university, utilizing my Business degree from the University of Michigan. I have also taught English to teenagers (ages 13-19) at several private language institutes. At this point in time, I speak Spanish fluently after living in Colombia for over five years and ten years total in Spanish speaking countries. In addition, I have received years of formal training prior to Peace Corps, both in high school and college. Recently, I successfully completed a course in teaching Spanish to foreigners at the University of Antioquia. The course spanned four months and 160 hours, covering:

-) The brain and how it relates to language learning.
-) Spanish language morphology and syntax.
-) Frequent grammar mistakes in Spanish.
-) Strategies for teaching Spanish to foreigners.

Now, I have moved back to New Jersey.

I feel that my passion for language learning, patience, lesson planning skills, and ability to reflect on a class make me a great tutor. I communicate well with my students and tailor the classes to meet their specific needs. Also, I can relate to my students because I have gone through the language learning process and understand their frustration. I know the common problems that Spanish students face and am very effective in explaining concepts in a way that makes sense. Not only will I be able to impart knowledge of the Spanish language, but also aspects of the culture since I have lived in several countries in Latin America.

After figuring out the student's specific needs, I will design a class that is both demanding and interesting, but not overwhelming. I assign challenging homework assignments in order to internalize new material, committing it to long-term memory; it will also serve as a diagnostic tool to determine areas of strength and weakness, ensuring that the student has a thorough understanding of the material before moving on. Problem areas will be reviewed at the beginning of each class.

I try to be flexible with time. While I do have a 24-hour cancellation policy, I offer makeup classes.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve success in your studies. My experience ensures that you will make substantial improvements in your Spanish language skills very quickly.
My love of teaching comes from my many years of experience. Ever since I entered Peace Corps Panama in 2005, I have been teaching. At that time, I was teaching members of a coffee cooperative basic accounting skills in Panama. As a secondary project, I began teaching English to students in the local high school. After finishing Peace Corps, I had Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Matawan, NJ 07747
English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Spanish

Besides six years of formal education in Spanish between high school and college, I have also taken group classes in Spain before entering the Peace Corps in Panama. Once there, I received ten weeks of private instruction while living with a Panamanian family. Since then, most of my improvements have been due to self-study and constant interaction with native speakers.

University of Michigan
Business Admin

Education

University of Michigan (Business Admin)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $29.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Glenn will travel within 30 miles of Matawan, NJ 07747.