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Deborah B.

New York, NY

$60/hour

Internationally experienced tutor, specializing in writing and reading

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 9/18/13
4.9 average from 18 ratings

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Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
English Composition
U-C Berkeley TESL Certification program
Enrolled
University of Iowa Writers' Workshop
Graduate Coursework

Education

Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (English Composition)

U-C Berkeley TESL Certification program (Enrolled)

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop (Graduate Coursework)

About Deborah

After a successful career as copywriter in communications and advertising, I earned my TESOL certification from UC Berkeley and now have over ten years experience helping a diverse array of students of all ages—native as well as second language learners—improve their language skills. I have taught ELA and ESL for the Department of Labor in San Francisco, in California’s Adult Ed program, and most recently at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. Private clients have ranged from elementary to college level as well as in the professional arena, including corporations, international diplomats and government officials. After an initial assessment in which we set goals—short or long-term—lessons are created featuring tools that underscore and address particular strengths and weaknesses. Concentration often centers around reading comprehension and writing skills—concept, structure, grammar, vocabulary—outline and first draft through final submission.

An effective tutor functions alternately as coach, mentor, advisor, and advocate. I’ve even found that my experience as an illustrator has proven surprisingly useful. Watching my clients’ growth in every aspect of English—reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and TOEFL performance—has been deeply gratifying.

English is the language of the modern world. Future prospects, academically and professionally, depend on how well we master it. Whether it’s a one-time project or ongoing support, I’d be happy to help build your own or your child’s English proficiency.
After a successful career as copywriter in communications and advertising, I earned my TESOL certification from UC Berkeley and now have over ten years experience helping a diverse array of students of all ages—native as well as second language learners—improve their language skills. I Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of New York, NY 10023
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Reading, TOEFL,
Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ESL/ESOL

I hold certification from UC Berkeley in ESL instruction.

TOEFL

I hold ESL certification from UC Berkeley and a BA degree in Creative Writing. I attended the Iowa Writers Workshop at University of Iowa as an undergraduate.

Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
English Composition
U-C Berkeley TESL Certification program
Enrolled
University of Iowa Writers' Workshop
Graduate Coursework

Education

Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (English Composition)

U-C Berkeley TESL Certification program (Enrolled)

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Deborah will travel within 5 miles of New York, NY 10023.