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Robin S.

Schenectady, NY

$40/hour

English the way you want to use it

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 3/24/16
5.0 average from 13 ratings
Excellent Tips!
— Dare, Clifton Park, NY on 1/2/17

$40/Hour


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Eastern Michigan University
Master's
SUNY Albany
Master's

Education

Eastern Michigan University (Master's)

SUNY Albany (Master's)

About Robin

My interest in teaching English began as volunteering with refugees and exchange students. It led me back to school for a Master's in Teaching English as a Second Language and a position with a local language school. At the school I enjoyed teaching adults and university students who had relocated to the Capital District either temporarily or to make this their permanent home.

I believe that students learn best when they are talking, reading, writing and listening to things they enjoy. I teach vocabulary and phrases that they will use in writing and speaking about things that relate to their daily lives and encourage students to incorporate self-talk, music listening, and reading in their new language as a part of their everyday routine. I, too, study new languages, so my students and I can share learning experiences. Nobody is too old to learn a new language, but it involves repetition, experimentation, training the mouth to make new sounds — and making mistakes!

When children speak they make many language mistakes, but gradually the mistakes disappear. The same is true for adults if they aren't afraid to make mistakes. Simply mistakes, never failures. I make language learning fun.



My interest in teaching English began as volunteering with refugees and exchange students. It led me back to school for a Master's in Teaching English as a Second Language and a position with a local language school. At the school I enjoyed teaching adults and university students who had relocated to the Capital District either temporarily or to Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Schenectady, NY 12302
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent Tips!"

- Dare, Clifton Park, NY on 1/2/17
English:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ESL/ESOL

I have a MA in Teaching English as a Second Language and taught grammar, writing, and U.S. accent to adults for an accredited language school.

Writing

As an ESL teacher I have taught writing using Cambridge publisher's "Writers at Work" series. I have taken writing courses and had a children's story published in "UUWorld" I feel that writing is an art, best taught at both the micro and macro levels. The micro level is the mechanics: punctuation, grammar, vocabulary. The macro level is the ability of the piece to create a vision in the mind of the reader. I ask my students to imagine what they are trying to say as a movie they are directing. What is the opening scene? How can you bring all of the reader's senses into play? This is not just valid for the humanities, but science as well.

Eastern Michigan University
Master's
SUNY Albany
Master's

Education

Eastern Michigan University (Master's)

SUNY Albany (Master's)

Excellent Tips!

I learned tips that I hope will greatly improve my resume and make more relevant to my new career in web development. I will definitely recommend her to others.

— Dare, Clifton Park, NY on 1/2/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Robin will travel within 20 miles of Schenectady, NY 12302.