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Holly W.

Experienced Instructor of English, Spanish, Linguistics, and Writing

Experienced Instructor of English, Spanish, Linguistics, and Writing

$28/hour

  • 1,287 hours tutoring

About Holly


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I have a strong educational background in my subject areas and over 40 years' experience as a teacher of English, Spanish, and Linguistics. I have a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and English, a Master's degree in Linguistics with Specializations in Spanish Linguistics and teaching English as a Second Language, and a Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics, which is the study of how to apply linguistics to the teaching of languages.

I started tutoring English composition as an undergraduate...

I have a strong educational background in my subject areas and over 40 years' experience as a teacher of English, Spanish, and Linguistics. I have a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and English, a Master's degree in Linguistics with Specializations in Spanish Linguistics and teaching English as a Second Language, and a Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics, which is the study of how to apply linguistics to the teaching of languages.

I started tutoring English composition as an undergraduate student. Later, as a graduate student, I taught courses in English composition and linguistics at the University of New Mexico, where I was studying. I also taught adult ESL at a community college. When I completed my Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics, I became a professor of students who were preparing to teach English as a Second Language. As a professor, I oversaw Masters' theses and Doctoral dissertations. This means I understand research design and can help students writing research papers, theses and dissertations.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and also studied Spanish linguistics as part of my Master's degree. I first started studying Spanish in high school and moved to New Mexico so I could be in an area where Spanish is spoken. Since then, I have become very fluent in Spanish by being able to speak it here in New Mexico, and in my travels to several Spanish-speaking countries. Because I studied Spanish, I know a lot about its grammar and vocabulary, and because I am a good speaker of Spanish, I can help with speaking and pronunciation.


Education

University of New Mexico
Linguistics and Spanish
University of New Mexico (TESOL and Spanish Linguistics Specializations)
Masters
University of New Mexico (Educational Linguistics)
PhD

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Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English as a Second Language to adults for many years and then taught teachers how to teach ESL at all levels. I know a lot about English pronunciation, grammar and spelling. Recently, I volunteered to teach English language poetry to children in elementary school. I know a lot about how people learn another language and can use that information to teach English to non-native speakers.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have loved grammar since I was in middle school. I know English grammar in detail, and can explain it clearly and give examples so students can understand it. In college, I tutored English composition at a writing lab, which also included teaching grammar. As a professor, I taught teachers how to teach grammar, and wrote a grammar book for teachers called "American English Grammar".
Spanish,

Spanish

I have a BA in Spanish and I studied Spanish linguistics as part of my Masters degree. I started studying Spanish in high school and then moved to New Mexico so I could continue learning Spanish in a place where it is spoken. Since then I have become very fluent. I have visited several Spanish-speaking countries, and have been told by Spanish speakers that they are impressed with my ability to speak the language. Since I studied Spanish linguistics, I understand how it is pronounced. I can identify problems students have with pronunciation and give them practice to overcome those problems. I can also help students read and write the language.
Proofreading

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

I have loved grammar since I was in middle school. I know English grammar in detail, and can explain it clearly and give examples so students can understand it. In college, I tutored English composition at a writing lab, which also included teaching grammar. As a professor, I taught teachers how to teach grammar, and wrote a grammar book for teachers called "American English Grammar".
Reading, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

As a graduate student, I taught English composition for many years at the college level. Then as a professor, I taught BA, MA, and Ed.D. students who were preparing to become English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers. I have also proofread and edited many Master's theses and doctoral dissertations, and wrote a book about English grammar.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English as a Second Language to adults for many years and then taught teachers how to teach ESL at all levels. I know a lot about English pronunciation, grammar and spelling. Recently, I volunteered to teach English language poetry to children in elementary school. I know a lot about how people learn another language and can use that information to teach English to non-native speakers.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have loved grammar since I was in middle school. I know English grammar in detail, and can explain it clearly and give examples so students can understand it. In college, I tutored English composition at a writing lab, which also included teaching grammar. As a professor, I taught teachers how to teach grammar, and wrote a grammar book for teachers called "American English Grammar".
Linguistics,

Linguistics

I studied linguistics for over 10 years and have three degrees in linguistics. My dissertation focused on the psycholinguistics of bilingualism. I have taught linguistics to students in various majors, especially to teachers who were studying to become teachers of English as a Second or Foreign Language, so they could apply their knowledge of linguistics to the teaching of English. This includes Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Semantics, Syntax, Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics,
Writing,

Writing

I love writing and am a writer myself. I started my teaching career tutoring college students in English composition in a writing lab. Later I taught English composition courses to freshman college students. As a professor of students preparing to be teachers of English as a second language, I taught my students how to teach writing. I am also very good at grammar and spelling, and wrote a book about English grammar for teachers. I have overseen many Masters theses and Doctoral dissertations and am familiar with APA style.
Proofreading, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary

Homeschool

English,

English

As a graduate student, I taught English composition for many years at the college level. Then as a professor, I taught BA, MA, and Ed.D. students who were preparing to become English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers. I have also proofread and edited many Master's theses and doctoral dissertations, and wrote a book about English grammar.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English as a Second Language to adults for many years and then taught teachers how to teach ESL at all levels. I know a lot about English pronunciation, grammar and spelling. Recently, I volunteered to teach English language poetry to children in elementary school. I know a lot about how people learn another language and can use that information to teach English to non-native speakers.
Spanish,

Spanish

I have a BA in Spanish and I studied Spanish linguistics as part of my Masters degree. I started studying Spanish in high school and then moved to New Mexico so I could continue learning Spanish in a place where it is spoken. Since then I have become very fluent. I have visited several Spanish-speaking countries, and have been told by Spanish speakers that they are impressed with my ability to speak the language. Since I studied Spanish linguistics, I understand how it is pronounced. I can identify problems students have with pronunciation and give them practice to overcome those problems. I can also help students read and write the language.
Writing,

Writing

I love writing and am a writer myself. I started my teaching career tutoring college students in English composition in a writing lab. Later I taught English composition courses to freshman college students. As a professor of students preparing to be teachers of English as a second language, I taught my students how to teach writing. I am also very good at grammar and spelling, and wrote a book about English grammar for teachers. I have overseen many Masters theses and Doctoral dissertations and am familiar with APA style.
Reading

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English as a Second Language to adults for many years and then taught teachers how to teach ESL at all levels. I know a lot about English pronunciation, grammar and spelling. Recently, I volunteered to teach English language poetry to children in elementary school. I know a lot about how people learn another language and can use that information to teach English to non-native speakers.
Spanish,

Spanish

I have a BA in Spanish and I studied Spanish linguistics as part of my Masters degree. I started studying Spanish in high school and then moved to New Mexico so I could continue learning Spanish in a place where it is spoken. Since then I have become very fluent. I have visited several Spanish-speaking countries, and have been told by Spanish speakers that they are impressed with my ability to speak the language. Since I studied Spanish linguistics, I understand how it is pronounced. I can identify problems students have with pronunciation and give them practice to overcome those problems. I can also help students read and write the language.
TOEFL

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English,

English

As a graduate student, I taught English composition for many years at the college level. Then as a professor, I taught BA, MA, and Ed.D. students who were preparing to become English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers. I have also proofread and edited many Master's theses and doctoral dissertations, and wrote a book about English grammar.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English as a Second Language to adults for many years and then taught teachers how to teach ESL at all levels. I know a lot about English pronunciation, grammar and spelling. Recently, I volunteered to teach English language poetry to children in elementary school. I know a lot about how people learn another language and can use that information to teach English to non-native speakers.
Spanish,

Spanish

I have a BA in Spanish and I studied Spanish linguistics as part of my Masters degree. I started studying Spanish in high school and then moved to New Mexico so I could continue learning Spanish in a place where it is spoken. Since then I have become very fluent. I have visited several Spanish-speaking countries, and have been told by Spanish speakers that they are impressed with my ability to speak the language. Since I studied Spanish linguistics, I understand how it is pronounced. I can identify problems students have with pronunciation and give them practice to overcome those problems. I can also help students read and write the language.
Writing,

Writing

I love writing and am a writer myself. I started my teaching career tutoring college students in English composition in a writing lab. Later I taught English composition courses to freshman college students. As a professor of students preparing to be teachers of English as a second language, I taught my students how to teach writing. I am also very good at grammar and spelling, and wrote a book about English grammar for teachers. I have overseen many Masters theses and Doctoral dissertations and am familiar with APA style.
Reading

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I taught English as a Second Language to adults for many years and then taught teachers how to teach ESL at all levels. I know a lot about English pronunciation, grammar and spelling. Recently, I volunteered to teach English language poetry to children in elementary school. I know a lot about how people learn another language and can use that information to teach English to non-native speakers.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I taught English as a Second Language to adults for many years and then taught teachers how to teach ESL at all levels. I know a lot about English pronunciation, grammar and spelling. Recently, I volunteered to teach English language poetry to children in elementary school. I know a lot about how people learn another language and can use that information to teach English to non-native speakers.
Spanish,

Spanish

I have a BA in Spanish and I studied Spanish linguistics as part of my Masters degree. I started studying Spanish in high school and then moved to New Mexico so I could continue learning Spanish in a place where it is spoken. Since then I have become very fluent. I have visited several Spanish-speaking countries, and have been told by Spanish speakers that they are impressed with my ability to speak the language. Since I studied Spanish linguistics, I understand how it is pronounced. I can identify problems students have with pronunciation and give them practice to overcome those problems. I can also help students read and write the language.
Writing,

Writing

I love writing and am a writer myself. I started my teaching career tutoring college students in English composition in a writing lab. Later I taught English composition courses to freshman college students. As a professor of students preparing to be teachers of English as a second language, I taught my students how to teach writing. I am also very good at grammar and spelling, and wrote a book about English grammar for teachers. I have overseen many Masters theses and Doctoral dissertations and am familiar with APA style.
Reading

Test Preparation

TOEFL

Examples of Expertise


Holly has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 4 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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Ms Holly is amazing!

She is very kind, professional and full of knowledge. My son enjoyed working with Ms Holly so much. He will have her twice a week and I would love to have her much more time. I really recommend her tutoring. She is fluent in Spanish also, that is amazing to us. Thank You so much for your time and help Ms Holly!

Jose , 22 lessons with Holly

Knowledgeable and experienced

I began lessons with Holly to improve my pronunciation. She has since introduced me to the distinguishing specific sounds in the English language and how they relate to learning second languages. I now know how to hear mistakes and correct myself! She is very knowledgeable and patient. We did a wide range of activities like writing, poetry, etc, that helped me appreciate the English language more.

Sharon, 37 lessons with Holly

Ms Holly is amazing!

She is very kind, professional and full of knowledge. My son enjoyed working with Ms Holly so much. He will have her twice a week and I would love to have her much more time. I really recommend her tutoring. She is fluent in Spanish also, that is amazing to us. Thank You so much for your time and help Ms Holly!

Jose , 22 lessons with Holly

Awesome Tutor

Miss Holly is great with my 11yr old son. He requires lots of hand holding and has a short attention span. I noticed that he connects really well with Miss Holly and gets excited about the sessions. Thanks so much for all the help you have provided inclunding, correcting Tristan when he is not pronouncing or spelling or using proper grammar.....he us definitely thriving.

Shellon , 39 lessons with Holly

Very knowledgeable

Holly is very educated and it is evidentvthat she has taught in the past because of patience and her ability to explain concepts thoroughly. I have had fun with Holly and am very sad this will be our last week together.

Sibusisiwe, 5 lessons with Holly

👍🏻🤩

Thank you my teacher. Your method of teaching helped me to read better than before, and to understand some rules such as the past, the verb, the future, the present. I am very happy and I hope to speak English fluently, and I know who needs to speak English. Thank you, may God protect you.😊 اشكرك معلمتي. طريقتك في تعليم ساعدتني اصبحت أقرأ بشكل أفضل من قبل ، وافهم بعض القواعد مثل الماضي ، الفعل مستقبل حاضر. انا سعيده جداً و اتمنى ان اتحدث الغه الانجليزيه بكل طلاقه ، واعلم من هو بحاجه للتحدث في الانجليزية. متشكرة ربنآ يحفظك. 😊

Hnan, 68 lessons with Holly

Excellent tutor

Holly is very dedicated and knowledgeable also often have strong expectations of students. She encourages me to reach for the stars and not settle for anything less than the best of my abilities and skills. She is showing genuine passion and love for her career. She has a "who cares" attitude about her students' learning, and academic achievements. She promotes a healthy and positive sense of accomplishment in all sessions.

Dilma, 14 lessons with Holly

Knowledgeable and personable.

Holly is very knowledgeable in her field. She is personable which made me feel comfortable asking her questions. She is great! She is flexible with her schedule and has access to lots of resources.

Therese, 26 lessons with Holly

Knowledgable tutor

Worked with holly on completing a review sheet for my Phonetics final exam. Holly was patient and worked with me on understanding every question. She also gave me ideas of good sources to use while studying. Definitely recommend Holly as a tutor!

Reena, 1 lesson with Holly

Expert Tutor

The assignment was for a graduate assignment and Holly did an excellent job at going over the aspects of morphology, semantics, graphemes. She was truly patient, amazing and knowledgeable!

Chanel, 1 lesson with Holly
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