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Debra C.

Minoa, NY

$30/hour

Let's have conversations in English!

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$30/Hour


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Alfred State Univeristy of New York
Secretarial Science

Education

Alfred State Univeristy of New York (Secretarial Science)

About Debra

I love to tutor and help people speak English better! It's wonderful to have learned it in your native country or online, but it's entirely different to be able to speak clearly and easily in conversations with Americans and other English speakers.

In conversation, many of the choices of words, grammar and colloquial slang are very different than what you may have been taught as proper English. Also, many of the words and phrases used in the US are quite different, or not used, in other English-speaking countries. I am native to the US, born and raised in Syracuse, NY.

I have been volunteer teaching and tutoring ESL for many years, and also write articles and stories. My high school and college education focused on secretarial science, which means that all my writing, correspondence and office interactions had to be correctly spelled, and using correct grammar and punctuation. Of course, those are very important to your education in correct English.

However, in my opinion, for non-English speakers hoping to integrate into US or other English speaking society, it's much more important that you become comfortable, confident and expressive in conversation. If you will be working in a business environment, or just speaking with local friends and neighbors, your ability to keep up, express your thoughts and personality, and share in humor are key to enjoying your life.

It will be my pleasure to work with you in person or via phone or Skype, at a mutually agreeable time. I'm in Syracuse, NY, which is the Eastern time zone of the US, and am self-employed, so have a flexible schedule - I can even work later in the evening hours.

I graduated high school and attended college in New York State, studying secretarial science and office procedures. Through the years, I have been a secretary, office manager, and word processor, which means I had to be extremely accurate with spelling, vocabulary, proofreading, grammar and other aspects of the English language. I have also written many articles, brochures, blogs, social media posts and websites which have all needed to have the right "voice" to be engaging, interesting and conversational in nature.

Although there may be plenty of tutors that can help you with more exacting rules of English grammar, I am a friendly, outgoing and patient teacher of conversational English. Please contact me with any questions or to set up your first conversation!
I love to tutor and help people speak English better! It's wonderful to have learned it in your native country or online, but it's entirely different to be able to speak clearly and easily in conversations with Americans and other English speakers.

In conversation, many of the
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Policies
Cancellation
5 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Minoa, NY 13116
In-person lessons
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar,
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Computer:
Macintosh
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
History:
American History
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading, Spelling,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Grammar

As a native English-speaking American, I traveled to Europe and the Middle East, and ended up marrying an Italian man who did not speak English. While I learned Italian, I taught him and many others the English language. I have also tutored ESL, and am a writer.

Public Speaking

I have been a lecturer on many topics for over 30 years, including lectures at seminars, libraries, on Google Hangout, Youtube, and at churches, business meetings and classrooms. I understand many of the most effective ways to have your audience be engaged, responsive and appreciative of your presentation. I can teach, advise and guide others to become more effective public speakers, whether in person or online.

Spelling

I'm one of those people that used to win Spelling Bees as a kid, and now I usually spot the spelling errors in printed material and online. As a secretary for many years, part of the proofreading of all my work was the spelling of regular and legal terms. It would be a pleasure to help you get better with your spelling.

Alfred State Univeristy of New York
Secretarial Science

Education

Alfred State Univeristy of New York (Secretarial Science)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Debra will travel within 20 miles of Minoa, NY 13116.