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Maisoun H.

Jackson Heights, NY


Experienced English, Arabic and ESL Tutor

Background check passed as of 12/18/12
4.9 average from 32 ratings
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— Esther, Forest Hills, NY on 2/23/16

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Damascus University, Faculty of English Literature


Damascus University, Faculty of English Literature

About Maisoun

I have a Bachelor degree in English and my mother tongue is Arabic. I was a teacher back home for more than five years. I taught college students as well as high, middle and elementary school students. With the elementary school students, I taught just Arabic, but with the other students taught English. I also worked as a translator from English to Arabic and vice versa. I have some experience in tutoring as I tutored two high school students United States, I worked as a substitute teacher for a year and half. I obtained three courses in education from the college of Saint Rose In Albany on my way to obtain teaching certificate. The courses were about cooperative learning, reading and writing classroom and class management.

I will assess their skill level and write down the different topics the students will be learning. I have to see what they mastered, need to review and what they do not know at all. As a teacher I learned that when I believe my students can master the material and feel good about themselves then they will succeed.
I have a Bachelor degree in English and my mother tongue is Arabic. I was a teacher back home for more than five years. I taught college students as well as high, middle and elementary school students. With the elementary school Read more

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Travels within 15 miles of Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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I was born in Syria. My mother tongue is Arabic. I graduated from high school in 1977. Then I entered Damascus University where I got a Bachelors degree in English literature. While I was in college, I taught elementary school children in Arabic. After graduating, I worked as a teacher of grammar at Damascus University. I also worked as a translator at Embassy of Pakistan from Arabic to English and vice versa. I have a Sworn Translation certificate from the Syrian government. I came to the United States in 1994.

For beginners, I will be teaching the Alphabet, how we construct words, gender, the demonstratives, vocabulary, and sentence structure. I will teach them question words and personal pronouns, days of the week, names of the months, the four seasons, numbers, and telling the time.

For intermediate students, I will be teaching grammar: possessive constructions, pronoun suffixes, comparative and superlative adjectives, relative pronouns, past and present tense, the numerals and ordinal numbers, vowels, nunation, definites, root consonants and word shapes.

For advanced students, I will be teaching verbs, plurals, future and imperative tense, adverbs, relative clauses, conjunctions, the passive of the verb and conditional sentences.

For all students, practicing conversation will be a priority.


I aim at teaching students language that will help them achieve their goals appropriately. They will use English to communicate in social settings and to succeed academically in all content areas. I will assess their level, what they need to learn, how best to teach them and how they learn best. I will do the lesson plan accordingly.

I will explain the objective, the task, and the criteria for success. I learned that consistency is essential key to a successful learning because it provides the student with a sense of well-being. I will let the student know what is expected of him and what he should expect from others.

I will teach them reading and writing so that they develop interpretation and comprehension skills. My approach to that is the fact that skills must never be separated from meaning.

I will teach them all aspects of grammar: basic sentence patterns, basic and transformed sentences, the role of auxiliaries, complex and compound sentences, noun and verb phrases, non-finite forms, verb tenses, adverbs and use of the modal auxiliaries.

I will teach them how to write essays. This is essential as they will be better able to structure their thoughts and arguments.

Conversation is a priority for all students.

Knowing English is vital for success in today's international world and I guarantee my curriculum will teach you English.


Being bilingual, I know that language aspects give non-native speakers a hard time. Many ESL students can feel extremely overwhelmed being immersed in a country that does not speak their native language. It can be very frustrating.

Through one-on-one interaction, children, teens, college students and adults will learn how to reduce or change their accent thereby perfecting pronunciation and allowing them to be understood more easily by others.

I will help students learn more about common sayings because slang and idiom phrases are prevalent within the United States. Through our work together, students will learn more about the local culture, values and society.

After assessing their level, I will cover the four skills of the English language: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
They will have a comprehensive knowledge of the language. As a teacher, I learned that skills must never be separated from meaning.I will follow whole-part-whole method which concentrates on knowledge of the language parts (letter names and sound letter relationship) that are useful for reading and writing, then it goes back to the whole text for application.
To learn speaking and listening, I will concentrate on conversational skills and teach dialogue by giving them a role to play. Some of the tools I will use to teach vocabulary are Semantic Mapping and Word Splash.

Teaching grammar is a huge priority because it is central to the learning of a language.
I will be teaching conditionals, modals, noun clauses, nouns: count and non-count, passive voice, simple past and past progressive, simple present and present progressive and tense.

My goals are to help students acquire the English skills necessary for academic success and ultimately for success in a global, multicultural and multilingual society.

Damascus University, Faculty of English Literature


Damascus University, Faculty of English Literature

very responsible — For the student's outcomes, Maisoun has been valuing it frequently and adjusting the way of teaching to meet the needs of the student. ...

— Esther, Forest Hills, NY on 2/23/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Maisoun will travel within 15 miles of Jackson Heights, NY 11372.