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Ben S.

Writing, literature, ESL, languages tutor

Writing, literature, ESL, languages tutor

$50/hour

  • 119 hours tutoring

About Ben


Bio

I’m Ben, a professional writer with a degree in Classical languages. I offer tutoring in three subjects: writing (college, high school, other), English as a Second Language (all levels), and ancient languages/literatures (Biblical Hebrew and Classical/New Testament Greek).

As a writer I’ve published with The Paris Review, Bookforum, Hyperallergic, and several other publications. I was a part of the fiction selection process at The Paris Review, and have published essays about literature for...

I’m Ben, a professional writer with a degree in Classical languages. I offer tutoring in three subjects: writing (college, high school, other), English as a Second Language (all levels), and ancient languages/literatures (Biblical Hebrew and Classical/New Testament Greek).

As a writer I’ve published with The Paris Review, Bookforum, Hyperallergic, and several other publications. I was a part of the fiction selection process at The Paris Review, and have published essays about literature for years. In Winter 2019, I was a writer-in-residence at Arabesque in Akko, Israel. My creative work consists mainly of short fiction. Working with you on short fiction, a novel, or other creative piece (including nonfiction) would delight me to no end. If you would like help with college or high school essays, I am equipped to do that as well (I published two papers about the Middle East, ancient and modern, in journals as an undergraduate at Macalester College).

If you are a non-native speaker of English and would like to improve your conversational skills, I am the right person for you. Typically sessions will last an hour, with 20 minutes of casual discussion, and 40 minutes on a topic we’ll both agree upon beforehand. As we get to know one another better, the casual discussions will get longer. I correct some mistakes as we talk, but I believe that allowing you to speak with fluency is more important than pointing out every imperfect sentence construction. I realize that speaking often comes much faster than composition, so if you are struggling in school with writing in English, I am more than happy to work on that as well. If you are a beginner, we can do listening, speaking, and writing exercises that will improve your grasp on the language and equip you to soon have free-flowing conversations in English. Different exercises work better for different students, so we will figure out as we go how you learn best and what tools are most helpful to you.

Finally, I teach all levels of Biblical Hebrew and Classical/New Testa


Education

BA- Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
Classics
Bar-Ilan University
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $50
  • Rate details: Cancellations made under 24 hours before are subject to 50% of the regular fee. I make exceptions in extreme cases such as a hospitalization.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I currently teach English conversation to a Chinese college student, and am studying for a TEFL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). I've taught English abroad, and this fall I will begin teaching ESL classes at a high school in Manhattan.
Greek,

Greek

I studied ancient languages and literature in college, and Classical Greek was one of my specialties. I completed a major Greek philology project, and led translation seminars on Sophocles. I completed every semester of Greek that my college offered, and have advanced knowledge of Greek vocabulary, grammar, and literature.
Hebrew

Hebrew

I studied ancient languages and literature in college, and Biblical Hebrew was my specialty. I completed a major Hebrew philology project, and led translation seminars on The Book of Jonah. I completed every semester of Hebrew that my college offered (as well as studied it at my term enrolled in University College London), and have advanced knowledge of Biblical Hebrew vocabulary, grammar, and literature.

Elementary Education

Reading

Reading

I'm a professional writer and studied languages in college. I know all the parts of language like the back of my hand and can help with anything from the basics of reading to advanced grammatical terminology.

English

English,

English

I am a professional writer and have tutored in college-level writing for five years. I have worked with middle schoolers and high schoolers as well on book reports, research papers, and college entrance essays.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I currently teach English conversation to a Chinese college student, and am studying for a TEFL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). I've taught English abroad, and this fall I will begin teaching ESL classes at a high school in Manhattan.
Reading

Reading

I'm a professional writer and studied languages in college. I know all the parts of language like the back of my hand and can help with anything from the basics of reading to advanced grammatical terminology.

History

Bible Studies

Bible Studies

In college I studied Greek and Hebrew, the languages of the Bible, to the advanced level. I read the Hebrew Tanakh (Old Testament) and Greek Scriptures (New Testament) often and have led seminars teaching both. My research specialties with Biblical literature are The Book of Jonah and the Gospel of Mark. I also led a Bible Study group, and have participated in multiple.

Homeschool

English,

English

I am a professional writer and have tutored in college-level writing for five years. I have worked with middle schoolers and high schoolers as well on book reports, research papers, and college entrance essays.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I currently teach English conversation to a Chinese college student, and am studying for a TEFL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). I've taught English abroad, and this fall I will begin teaching ESL classes at a high school in Manhattan.
Reading

Reading

I'm a professional writer and studied languages in college. I know all the parts of language like the back of my hand and can help with anything from the basics of reading to advanced grammatical terminology.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I currently teach English conversation to a Chinese college student, and am studying for a TEFL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). I've taught English abroad, and this fall I will begin teaching ESL classes at a high school in Manhattan.
Greek,

Greek

I studied ancient languages and literature in college, and Classical Greek was one of my specialties. I completed a major Greek philology project, and led translation seminars on Sophocles. I completed every semester of Greek that my college offered, and have advanced knowledge of Greek vocabulary, grammar, and literature.
Hebrew

Hebrew

I studied ancient languages and literature in college, and Biblical Hebrew was my specialty. I completed a major Hebrew philology project, and led translation seminars on The Book of Jonah. I completed every semester of Hebrew that my college offered (as well as studied it at my term enrolled in University College London), and have advanced knowledge of Biblical Hebrew vocabulary, grammar, and literature.

Most Popular

English,

English

I am a professional writer and have tutored in college-level writing for five years. I have worked with middle schoolers and high schoolers as well on book reports, research papers, and college entrance essays.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I currently teach English conversation to a Chinese college student, and am studying for a TEFL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). I've taught English abroad, and this fall I will begin teaching ESL classes at a high school in Manhattan.
Reading

Reading

I'm a professional writer and studied languages in college. I know all the parts of language like the back of my hand and can help with anything from the basics of reading to advanced grammatical terminology.

Other

Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

In college I studied Greek and Hebrew, the languages of the Bible, to the advanced level. I read the Hebrew Tanakh (Old Testament) and Greek Scriptures (New Testament) often and have led seminars teaching both. My research specialties with Biblical literature are The Book of Jonah and the Gospel of Mark. I also led a Bible Study group, and have participated in multiple.
ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I currently teach English conversation to a Chinese college student, and am studying for a TEFL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). I've taught English abroad, and this fall I will begin teaching ESL classes at a high school in Manhattan.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I currently teach English conversation to a Chinese college student, and am studying for a TEFL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). I've taught English abroad, and this fall I will begin teaching ESL classes at a high school in Manhattan.
Reading

Reading

I'm a professional writer and studied languages in college. I know all the parts of language like the back of my hand and can help with anything from the basics of reading to advanced grammatical terminology.

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My Hebrew Tutor Ben

When it became clear that we would all be "sheltering in place" for a long while, I took up a new hobby: Hebrew. I had no education or former experience with any Semitic language, so I was starting from scratch. Since then, I have been meeting with Ben for one hour a week, every Saturday morning. I greatly look forward to each lesson. Ben is a very effective teacher. He is patient yet deliberate with each lesson, looking for the most efficient way to communicate difficult concepts. Ben is also personable and kind. We enjoy catching up after the lesson is finished. I am very satisfied with my progress under Ben's guidance. After one year, I can read large portions of the Biblical text, along with being able to write and speak a decent amount. The language becomes increasingly interesting

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$50/hour

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Ben S.

$50/hour

  • No subscriptions or upfront payments

  • Only pay for the time you need

  • Find the right fit, or your first hour is free

Contact Ben

Response time: 13 minutes