Baldwin-Wallace College (English)
University of Toledo (Master's)
I received a BA in English from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2006. I obtained a TESOL certificate in July 2007 from Oxford Seminars. I graduated with an MA in English (ESL) and also a Certificate in the Teaching of Writing from the University of Toledo.
My teaching and tutoring experiences stretch far from the small borders of Ohio. I spent two years in Istanbul teaching a large age range of students, from sixth graders to middle-aged adults. I also instructed people one-on-one for four months, tutoring people at various companies around the same city in Turkey. Topics varied - but my main focuses were (and are) conversation and writing.
I spent two years teaching Composition at the University of Toledo (both to native- and non-native-English speakers). I have worked with many international students in the classroom as well as in reading and speaking labs at the American Language Institute. Along with my MA in English, I also have a Certificate in the Teaching of Writing. I have taught writing and other ESL-related topics (grammar, speaking, reading, writing) in the Cleveland area over the past 3 years: John Carroll University, Cuyahoga Community College, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and at ELS (English Language Schools) -- Cleveland branch.
Ever since I started my teaching and tutoring career, I have found the most gratification from instructing students and seeing how they may have grown from the first day of class to the last. I love being able to impart the knowledge I have so that my students can be successful in all aspects of their lives, from everyday interaction with others to business and educational achievement.
I have found tutoring to be even more beneficial and rewarding, as I am able to focus on one person as opposed to the classroom dynamic where there are multiple levels and there is not as much focus on the individual. I am able to talk one-on-one more often and discuss what the exact desires of the tutee are; this is especially helpful when I was teaching students whose first language isn't English. They are more comfortable and are willing to speak up and use the language with just myself present.
Additional information: If you are a student whose first language isn't English, we have many areas to work with: we can have conversation classes (which would be cheaper than other tutoring sessions). I also can tutor with writing (academic, business) and hone reading and grammar skills if that is what you desire; I have helped many students revise and edit their theses and dissertations.
For those who are native speakers of English, I will focus mainly on writing and the skills that are involved with this. Since I have taught composition and have had a lot of experience with that, academic writing will therefore be my specialty.
I am currently looking for one-on-one tutoring sessions for the summer months (mainly June-August). I currently live in Beachwood. I look forward to hearing from you! I received a BA in English from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2006. I obtained a TESOL certificate in July 2007 from Oxford Seminars. I graduated with an MA in English (ESL) and also a Certificate in the Teaching of Writing from the University of Toledo.
My teaching and tutoring experiences stretch far from the small borders of Ohio. I
ESL conversation practice -- $35/hour ESL writing instruction -- $45/hour Editing/Proofreading -- $45/hour In-Person Discussion/Revision -- $45/hour
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In 2007, I took a TEFL certification course in Cleveland, Ohio through Oxford Seminars. Through the month I was taught the basics of classroom teaching skills, different procedures and activities to use in the classroom with a variety of age levels.
After being certified and posting applications, I was accepted to teach at one of the English Time language schools in Istanbul, Turkey. It was there that I taught for 10 months. The lessons were either 3 to 4 hours long and I taught mostly people aged 18 and older. Grammar, reading, writing, and speaking were the four major areas of focus for ESL teaching. I tried to make lessons interesting by incorporating articles, music lyrics, activities, and writing exercises depending on the level (this included, for example, writing a newspaper in my upper-intermediate class and having the students edit their peers' stories). I also participate in conversation classes during free hours during the week. The number of students ranged from just one to sometimes 20; the topics ranged from travel destinations to love and relationships.
I feel as if I can use all the experience of teaching a class and also those small conversation lessons to help tutor and assist those people who might need some additional help in their subject. There were times when I would personally help out those students in my classes that needed some extra help and practice.
I took multiple public speaking courses while getting my BA in English with a minor in Communication Studies. Specifically, one course dealt with business and professional speaking and how to most efficiently transmit information to the audience. I presented at a conference on rhetoric in 2012, which necessitated my ability to speak well publicly for a particular audience. I have also taught English and composition for seven years at multiple universities in two countries; some of these courses had presentation elements to assignments where students would stand in front of the class and describe their research or have an opinion on a certain subject. I instructed these students on how best to present their findings to the class.