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Ilene S.

Albuquerque, NM

$40/hour

CELTA -Certified EFL/ESL Tutor and Published Writer

10+ Hours
Background check passed as of 4/29/14
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SUNY Binghamton, Harper College
Sociology
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Master's
Harvard University--Museum Studies--Certification
Other

Education

SUNY Binghamton, Harper College (Sociology)

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Master's)

Harvard University--Museum Studies--Certification (Other)

About Ilene

Tired of using the textbook to learn English? Good--so am I. That’s why I tailor my lessons to your language needs--not to what comes next in your workbook. So if you're an advanced EFL student who wants to USE your English for job-seeking or to climb the social ladder, I'm the teacher for you!

I'm a native-English speaker from the US, with my CELTA certification. I just returned from Malta (south of Sicily) where I taught in several language schools, as well as freelanced as a language tutor, for the past five years. I'm also a published writer (Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, the Boston, Globe, among others) with a new book out on life as an American expatriate.

I believe in using “authentic material” in my lessons--things such as newspapers and magazines, brochures, movies, and YouTube videos, menus, websites, phone conversations, anything you will hear, read, or see in the real English-speaking world. I am happy to teach English or EFL on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. I am also available to teach via SKYPE.

My lessons and methods include:

First, I assess all your language skills--not just grammar and reading comprehension--and will provide you with a full report and recommendations on what we should work on.

Then, I like to focus on everyday English conversation, reading and writing--informal and formal. Over the years, students have told me this is what they want the most. If you want to sound more like a native speaker, I willI help you with pronunciation and intonation. The goal is to feel confident in shops, cafes, supermarkets and on the phone in the English-speaking community. I will also assist you with informal (emails, Facebook) and formal writing.

If you’re uneasy with grammar, I will give you personalized help with specific grammar problems by learning grammar in context--not just from books. I generally don’t believe in grammar exercises from worksheets.

A lot of my work involves coaching students on how to land a job in an English-speaking company or workplace. One of my students just joined the UN in Rome as a lawyer. We worked on his American English so he could pass a very rigorous test administered by the UN. And he did it. So if you want a better resume, cover letter or interview in English, I will be there for you all the way.

English for special purposes:

How would you like to see your first article in English published on the Web? We can work on that and turn it into a reality.

Or if you’re a physician, lawyer, pilot or wine maker (I’ve worked with all) who needs to improve your English for your career, we will work as a team to make it happen.

Finally, whether you're an EFL student or native speaker looking to improve your English, you'll receive a progress report after each lesson, summarizing your language goals, the content of your lessons and the new language skills you have acquired. At the end of your lessons, you'll receive suggestions on how to further improve or maintain your English skills.

So send me an email today, and we'll get started. I look forward to speaking with you soon!
Tired of using the textbook to learn English? Good--so am I. That’s why I tailor my lessons to your language needs--not to what comes next in your workbook. So if you're an advanced EFL student who wants to USE your English for job-seeking or to climb the social ladder, I'm the teacher for you!

I'm a native-English speaker from the US,
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 2 miles of Albuquerque, NM 87106
Background Check: Passed
Science:
Archaeology
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
TOEFL, Writing
History:
Archaeology, Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

English

I can help you “get good” at English--whether you’re a native speaker or an EFL student. Most important of all, I will teach you how to learn. I will be your English guide to teaching yourself what you need to know.

I will help you to: stop fearing grammar; read efficiently by learning how to skim and scan material; use a good basic format suitable for most writing assignments; and expand your vocabulary by learning fewer words but using them more.

Five years ago, I passed the CELTA course (developed by Cambridge University), one of the most rigorous training methods in the ESL/EFL field. This enables me to teach English anywhere in the world. In fact, I've taught ESL to students from all over the globe when I was based in Malta--an island south of Sicily. I'm experienced in teaching individuals and small groups.

Whether I teach EFL to foreign students or English to native speakers, the best part of my lessons is that I don't use boring textbooks. Instead, I use authentic material--newspapers, magazines, street signs, menus, museum brochures, TV and YouTube.

I'm also a published writer for national magazines in the US and the author of a book about life as an American expatriate.

ESL/ESOL

Five years ago, I passed the CELTA course (developed by Cambridge University), one of the most rigorous training methods in the ESL/EFL field. This enables me to teach English anywhere in the world. In fact, I've taught ESL to students from all over the globe when I was based in Malta--an island south of Sicily. I'm experienced in teaching individuals and small groups--both online via SKYPE and in person.

The best part of my lessons is that I don't use boring textbooks. The English world of authentic material--newspapers, magazines, street signs, menus, museum brochures, TV and YouTube provide enough material to learn English. I prefer upper-level adult students (18 years plus), but I do make exceptions for highly advanced, motivated younger learners.

I'm also a published writer (Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe and Yahoo!) among others). I also write and edit articles on ESL for a well-known Website, based in China. And I'm author of The Diary of an American Expatriate (AUK, London, 2013).

Grammar

If anyone knows grammar, it's me.

I'm a published writer (Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe and Yahoo!) among others). I also write and edit articles on ESL for a well-known Website, based in China. And I'm author of The Diary of an American Expatriate (AUK, London, 2013).

I like to take the fear out of grammar with my students. I don't think that grammar is a separate thing from the other parts of language. I like to teach it in context--during reading and speaking. This is the natural way of learning and improving it.

Proofreading

Everyone--even the most famous writer in the world--needs a proofreader or editor. And this should be a real, experienced person--not merely something like a spell or grammar checker on your PC.

As an American journalist and editor for the past 30 years, I will be happy to proofread or edit your writing. I have proofread for Ph.D. students. lawyers, healthcare professionals, job applicants--and even my own daughters when they had to write their college essays.

Reading

I have worked in the Dover, New Hampshire, school system as a literacy assistant. I helped students improve their reading skills through a variety of methods--from integrating new vocabulary into their lives to creatively guessing the ends of stories. Although it may sound silly, I even used M&M's as a reward one time to help a student learn to read silently, which she finally could master.

I am also a published writer for national publications. I am also the author of a book.

In order to be a writer, you have to love reading. I have many ways of helping students see reading as a joyful pastime--not merely as a homework assignment to get over with as soon as possible.

Vocabulary

Despite the fact that I think English has too many words, I can help make a difference in your school, social or career life by teaching you how to expand your vocabulary.

This doesn't mean memorizing lists of words. I will teach you a method of USING the words you learn so that you expand your vocabulary naturally. You will have fewer words to learn but will get a lot more out of the words you already have.

I'm a CELTA-trained EFL/ESL teacher with teaching experience abroad. I'm also a professional and published writer.

Writing

I'm a published writer (Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and Yahoo!) among others). I also write and edit articles on ESL for a well-known Website, based in China. And I'm author of The Diary of an American Expatriate (AUK, London, 2013).

While I think writing is a talent like music or art, I absolutely believe that people can increase certain writing skills to be able to turn in acceptable work for school or on the job.

The best advice I ever got about writing is: "Don't fall in love with your own words." In order to be a good writer, you have to be flexible and allow editing of your work to take place.

SUNY Binghamton, Harper College
Sociology
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Master's
Harvard University--Museum Studies--Certification
Other

Education

SUNY Binghamton, Harper College (Sociology)

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Master's)

Harvard University--Museum Studies--Certification (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ilene will travel within 2 miles of Albuquerque, NM 87106.