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University of Toronto (Liberal Arts)
University of Toronto (MEd)
Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary (Other)
I have taught Academic English and English as a Second Language at the post-secondary level for nine years, In addition to this, I have taught communications skills, critical thinking, research methods, reading strategies and composition to adult students at Centennial College and the University of Toronto. My students were both undergraduate and graduate students. All of the material for teaching used by these students was developed by me and implemented reflective teaching methods which integrated diversified language teaching methods. I create new course materials, implement curriculum and prepare teaching materials that are custom made for each school, classroom or student. In presenting my material, I have designed virtual lessons using educational technology in the classroom. I have specifically used Moodle, Blackboard, and Desire2Learn in a hybrid method of presenting teaching materials. I was an academic tutor for underprepared students and students at risk at Centennial College.
I am interested in tutoring students in a wide variety of language skills. I have extensive experience in coordinating and planning as it applies to teaching newcomers, volunteer supervision, and outreach coordination in organizations of a variety of types. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts at the University of Toronto (Russian/French) and a Bachelor of Theology from the State University of New York where I had teaching and tutoring experience as an undergraduate student mentor. I completed my educational studies and research at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto with a Master of Education – Curriculum, Teaching and Learning - Second Language Education. I am an accredited member of Teaching English as a Second Language Professionals of Ontario and TESL Canada.
I studied the Ministry of Ontario approved curriculum for most high school subjects including mathematics, language literacy, academic English, and basic French. I have a strong theoretical background in issues that concern social development, equality/equity in education, mathematics/science teaching, language teaching, socioculturally sensitive pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, differentiated instruction, minority identity, intercultural development, citizenship, and multiculturalism policies. I have tutored adults, older teenagers, and young adults for 9 years. The students that I have taught have been from a more that twenty countries and cultures. In terms of social practice.
My recent experience as a teacher and planning lessons, coupled with my own business experience in real estate, entrepreneurial sales and marketing allow me to offer myself to the business minded student who wants to learn about business communication. I have run my own renovations company, project managed and marketed myself in various businesses for profit and in not-for-profit organizations. For the past 5 years, I have taught all levels but most specifically English for Academic Purposes, TOEFL for business, Academic English, Business English, pronunciation, and Speaking for Academic/Business Purposes. As an organized self-starter, I have supervised staff, collaborated in training, and planned curriculum for two Language Instruction for New Immigrants centres. I have an advanced knowledge of newcomer issues, literacy, job search techniques, and business/employment training. I have taught Academic English and English as a Second Language at the post-secondary level for nine years, In addition to this, I have taught communications skills, critical thinking,
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I have six years experience cooking in an educational institution. I cook as a volunteer for church organizations and not-for-profit groups. I was a prep cook and a line cook in Manhattan. I received hands on training from the famous American chef, Judy Rodgers.
I have tutored academic English students at Centennial College in study skills at the Centre for Academic English. I have taught study skills as an integrated component of teaching Business English, Academic English, Comprehensive English at the University of Toronto - School of Continuing Education. I am accredited to teach adult student with a Masters in Education - Second Language Education - Curriculum Teaching and Learning from the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for studies in Education.