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The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) (English)
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) (Master's)
Besides academic credentials (graduated Phi Beta Kappa), I've had very rich experience, both in employment and non-academic learning. I taught several years in secondary education and have substituted for simply everything. I so enjoy weaving students' textbook lessons with input of my own that students seldom found my classes dull.
I know Traditional English and Transformational Grammar, can teach either, and show the link between them. I have some simple fail-proof methods for teaching students how to construct organized, readable matter. I have certification and experience in Technical Writing and expository, persuasive writing that teach the practical needs of students in the work force. As for Literature, my students will learn how to extract important themes and how to relate its value to their present lives.
ACT English, word analogies, critical thinking are all within my scope of directing students how-to. Grammar I know well. I know literature and how to use quotes to great advantage. Public Speaking includes Area & District champion of Toastmasters, as well as Triple Crown and other wins and titles. I can be very analytical and persuasive. Have been sought by management many times to write the request, the explanation, the summation of many work-related matters
I can probably handle any kind of need a person has in the field of "English," whether it term papers, expository papers, resumes, or controversial issues. I do feel I teach the power of self-reflection on their own writing, and how to enhance it with literary knowledge. Besides academic credentials (graduated Phi Beta Kappa), I've had very rich experience, both in employment and non-academic learning. I taught several years in secondary education and have substituted for simply everything. I so enjoy weaving students' textbook lessons with input of my own that students seldom found my classes dull.
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I believe I understand and can help with the type questions and learning required for this test. I am a good communicator and teacher, and love to be part of it. My own ACT English score was 99.5, and the ACT hasn't changed much since then.
Grammar is my forte. I learned both traditional grammar in parochial schools, and transformational grammar in college. I can teach different methods and give meaning to the syntax of English -- why it is constructed that way. I've taught 9-12 for several years, and am good at understanding what the student is weak in, and why. My credentials are a BA and MA in English.
I've always been a reader, have taught literature on all levels 9-12 and above. I have a BA and MA in English Literature, and I see there are many ways to interpret a reading. I score high on ACT and similar tests. So I can probably help students grasp the topic in a way that will improve their scores, as well as understanding important themes.
In teaching, I developed a fool-proof method for students to write essays and papers for which they would get a good grade.
I had a postgraduate Speech class at UTEP. I have done formal teaching and informal tutoring on elements of speech, eg. pathos, logos, ethos, appropriateness of each. I have several years' experience in teaching classroom grammar and literature, cohesive instruction for students writing essays, term papers. This requires organization on part of the presenter.
In addition, I have two years experience as an active member in Toastmaster International. Toastmaster curriculum requires 1) Extemporaneous Table Topics; 2) Designated speeches of many different topics and styles; 3) Methods of critiquing speeches by others. I performed all these easily, won so many I received Triple Crown within first year. Also won Area and District contests for 5-8 minute motivational speech.
The combination of giving classroom instruction on a daily basis, the education of a formal speech class, and the extremely practical lessons (eg. how to get from A to Z, speaking articulately), I believe make me qualified to teach and/or improve anyone's oratorical skills.