B.A. Sonoma State University (Psychology)
Sonoma State Univ. (Master's)
Boston College (MBA)
I am a certified TESOL/TESL/TEFL teacher. I have taught ESL classes, tutored ESL students and have facilitated several ESL conversation groups. Although my specialty is teaching English to non-English speakers, I can also tutor English speakers in the subjects of grammar, writing (including editing) and reading.
I began with a British education in East Africa, came to the U.S. for my high school years and continued here through college, family and work years. I have a B.A. & an M.A. in psychology. I worked as a counselor, including counseling teenagers for several years. Later I continued my education (M.B.A.) and worked in business-related enterprises, including running a B&B and as a jobs coordinator. More recently I added the TESOL certification to my box of teaching tools.
I can help people who need to learn organizational and staying-on-task skills and tools, such as prioritizing, scheduling, timing, use of calendars and other visible reminders. My daughter has a learning disability and I have learned a lot through her.
I have traveled extensively. I speak French quite well and Spanish and Italian a little. I love languages in general. Writing, reading and music are my passions.
All my different life experiences have taught me a calm, thoughtful perspective to life's challenges and possibilities. You will find me very patient, focused and flexible in my work with you. As a tutor I will listen to you carefully, make sure we are 'on the same page', and look for creative ways to get you where you want to be.
I am now semi-retired. I love to broadcast music and stories on radio. I keep my eyes and ears open for interesting opportunities. I am a certified TESOL/TESL/TEFL teacher. I have taught ESL classes, tutored ESL students and have facilitated several ESL conversation groups. Although my specialty is teaching English to non-English speakers, I can also tutor English speakers in the subjects of grammar, writing (including editing) and reading.
I began with a British
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I enjoy and am proficient at the use of the English language at work, in the classroom and in everyday situations. My education began with "the Queen's English," followed by an American education in more creative English pursuits. I will teach grammar, expressive vocabulary and the building of sentences as a way to communicate ideas and facts and opinions. Grammar, vocabulary and language structure can come alive when it is seen as a means to express what you want to say successfully, or perhaps even who you are.
I can help with editing written work or teach how to edit. In this regard writing what you mean to say and writing in a concise way are my focus areas.
Reading requires patience and choosing texts that appeal to the student if possible. Comprehension is the key. I take the time to make sure the student is comprehending the texts and ideas. Reading aloud can be helpful. I can teach how to skim-read if needed and give pointers for faster reading.
I am certified by Oxford Seminars as a TESOL/TESL/TEFL teacher (100 hour course). The training included lesson planning, classroom management techniques, development of teaching skills in grammar, pronunciation, listening, speaking, reading, writing, multi-level classes, teaching strategies and a teaching practicum. I have tutored an individual in Greenfield and another person in Amherst. I volunteered as a teaching assistant in a class at the Center for New Americans and hope to continue that work. I have also run one ESL conversation group and will be doing another this term at the Center.
My background as an immigrant to this country enables me to understand some of the challenges people can go through as newcomers to the U.S. Out of this understanding comes the patience needed to work closely with a non-native English speaking learner.
I have an M.B.A. from Boston College. Marketing was an important area of study. I had hands-on marketing experience through participation on two student consulting team projects at two different companies. For one company, we helped develop a marketing strategy for a new product, and for the other, an assessment of the overseas market for their product.
More recently, my wife and I developed and ran a successful B&B out of our home until we decided we would like our home back for ourselves. There is much to pass on about marketing within an entrepreneurial venture.
I believe I can be of help with the basic concepts/analyses/strategies of marketing, from market assessment, product development, placement, promotion, distribution all the way to analysis of results.
Reading can be so much fun and it can be very tedious. It requires patience and choosing texts well, if possible.
Comprehension is a key. I take the time to make sure the student is comprehending the texts and ideas - both the details and larger picture.
Sometimes fast reading is helpful and necessary. I can teach how to skim-read or scan a text if needed and give pointers for faster reading.
I learned to use the English language very well through both British and American schools. The British, more technical side of learning could have muted my love of reading and writing but for the creativity that was encouraged in this country. I am thankful to both.
Learning reading techniques as well as experiencing the reward of successful reading will found the activities I will use in my tutoring sessions.
I believe organization, motivation, focus, place and time are needed to study successfully.
These prerequisites to successful studying can be taught and learned with good initial support and time.
Each person has a different history of studying. Each person has their own attitude toward school and coursework. Each person studies differently and requires different attention to different facets of studying. Therefore, lessons in study skills need to be individualized.
I have a B.A. and M.A.in Psychology and an M.B.A. My masters work required completing a written dissertation. I figured out for myself how to accomplish the requirements of each of those degrees and put into practice the habits and behavior that were necessary for me to be successful.
I believe I can help other students figure out and learn the best study practices for themselves. These individualized practices will serve them far beyond their school study years.
I enjoy and am proficient at the use of the English language at work, in the classroom and in everyday situations.
I can teach essay organization and outlining, as well as grammar, expressive vocabulary and the building of sentences as a way to communicate ideas, facts and opinions.
Writing can come alive when it is seen as a means to successfully express what you want to say, or perhaps even who you are.
I can also help with the very important editing process. In this regard writing what you mean to say and writing in a concise way are my focus areas.