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Edmund A.

Gresham, OR

$40/hour

English Language, Indonesian Language, ESL/ESOL, Vocabulary, Grammar

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Wheaton College, Illinois
University of Southern California
Master's
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
PhD

Education

Wheaton College, Illinois

University of Southern California (Master's)

Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (PhD)

About Edmund

I have a BA in German from Wheaton College, Illinois, an MA in Linguistics from the University of Southern California, and a PhD in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University, with a minor in Anthropology.

I worked in Asia for 28 years. My first assignment: Founding Dir. of the Inter Mission Language Center for Crosscultural Communication in Bandung, W. Java, Indonesia. After a year as Principal of the Bandung Int'l School, and 2 years as Asst Dir. of the Indonesian-American Binational Center in Surabaya, E. Java, Indonesia and Course Leader of the English Language Program, I moved to Singapore where I spent 3 years as Specialist in Sociolinguistics at the Regional Language Center, under the supervision of the SE Asian Ministers of Education. From there, I served as Lecturer in the Dept of English Language & Literature at the National University of Singapore for 3 years. Finally, I moved to Hong Kong where I served as Assoc. Professor in the Dept of English Language & Literature at the Hong Kong Baptist University for 14 years.

In general, I have taught English language to students and adults in the USA (U. of Southern California, The Johns Hopkins U., Georgetown U.) and Asia (Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong) for over 40 years.

My approach to any language learning is based on a belief that language is meaningful only when seen in social and cultural context. The mnemonic S-P-E-A-K-I-N-G sums it up.
S = Language is always involved in social Situations and Settings in time and space.
P = Language always involves Participants with social identities, and with social roles in SPEECH EVENTS.
E = Language is always used for conventional and personal Ends/outcomes.
A = Language is always used to achieve certain Acts; these acts are performed in conventional sequences.
K = The use of language is enacted in certain Keys/emotional environments.
I = Language is used in different Instrumentalities: Face-to-face, Telephone, Email, Written letters....
N = Social NORMS OF INTERACTION are conventions under which communication takes place; NORMS OF INTERPRETATIONS are conventional positive or negative judgments of interactions.
G = Genre, refers to the forms in which messages occur.

Learning occurs through hands-on practice. The test of good tutoring is the tutored person succeeding in his/her language tasks, academically, and personally in his/her social interactions and business.
I have a BA in German from Wheaton College, Illinois, an MA in Linguistics from the University of Southern California, and a PhD in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University, with a minor in Anthropology.

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Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Gresham, OR 97030
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 2, Geometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English,
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GRE, Praxis, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
Indonesian
History:
European History, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE

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English

I can help develop English conversation skills.

The method I use is the Learning Cycle:
1. Determine what you need to get?
2. Get what you need.
3. Practice what you get?
a. Fluency Practice I.
b. Accuracy Practice.
1) Pronunciation
2) Grammar
3) Vocabulary
c. Fluency Practice II.
4. Use what you practiced (3a, 3b, 3c) out in the community.
5. Self-evaluate.
[Then, 1. Determine what you need next...]

My goal: to help you become an independent learner, while making myself available to help solve problems that may come up along the way.

Indonesian

I lived in Indonesia for 7 years. My first job was as Founding Director of the Inter Mission Language Center for Intercultural Communication in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.

Indonesian (or, bahasa Indonesia, lit. "the language of Indonesia") is the national language. There are also several hundred other languages, called regional languages, in the country.

There are 3 units to the course.
I. Learning to Fit In
II. Learning to Use Resources
III. Learning to Make Sense

Unit I. Learning to Fit In has 3 sections:
A. Getting Started Right
1. Encountering People
2. Simple Statements & Responses
3. Get Information & Request Action
4. Learning Vocabulary
B. Adapting to Different Situations
1. Talk to Strangers
2. Talk to Relatives
3. Talk to Associates/Coworkers
4. Talking in Public
C. Putting Emotions into Word
1. How People Communicate Bad Feelings
2. How People Communicate Sympathy
3. How People Communicate Good Feelings
4. How People Share Feelings of Joy

Unit II. Learning to Use Resources
A. Becoming Literate
1. Recognizing & Producing the Symbols
2. Text Organization: Phrases, Sentences, Paragraphs
3. Punctuation: Quotes, Abbreviations, etc.
4. Standards of Spelling & Penmanship
B. Using the Literature
1. School Books
2. Newspapers & Magazines
3. Novels & Short Stories
4. Reference Materials
C. Using the Mass Media
1. Folklore
2. Dramatic Performances
3. Using the Radio Effectively
4. Using TV, Movies, Films, & Internet

Unit III. Learning How to Make Sense
A. Exploring What People Know
1. Facts about Themselves
2. Important People in Their Lives
3. The Struggle to Survive & Be Secure
4. Problems with Others
B. Exploring What People Believe
1. Beliefs about Themselves
2. Beliefs about Others
3. Believes about Survival & Security
4. Beliefs about Interpersonal Problems
C. Exploring How People Make Decisions
1. People's Personal Preferences
2. Relating to Others
3. Survival & Security
4. Problems with Others

Every lesson follows a 4-step Learning Cycle:
Step 1. Get What You Need
Step 2. Practice What You Get
Step 3. Use What You Practice
Step 4. Evaluate, & determine What You Need Next

Step 1. Get What You Need
a. Authentic Speech/Conversation
b. Authentic Written Material

Step 2. Practice What You Get
a. Understand the Material
b. Practice
1) Fluency Practice
a) Mimicry
b) Fill-in-the-blanks
c) Role play: All roles
2) Accuracy Practice
a) Pronunciation Practice
1)) Differential Exercise
2)) Production Exercise
b) Grammar Practice
1)) Pattern Practice
2))Substitution Practice
c) Vocabulary Practice
1)) Categorize Terms
2)) Define Terms
3)) Differentiate Similar Terms
4)) Finding "Other terms" in a Category

Step 3. Use What You Practice
Find ways to use the language materials learned in live settings: Identify & locate Indonesian speakers.

Step 4. Evaluate; Determine What Is Next

Learning Indonesian will enrich your life if you work in Indonesia, 4th largest country in the world after China, India, & the USA.
I emphasize practical skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

The goal is to be ready to immerse yourself in the language when you step off the airplane in Jakarta.

Reading

Reading requires the reader's ability to construct the meaning of a text through the systematic processing of the written text in time.

There are seven principles which readers must master to re-construct the writer's meaning in writing the text.

This course will introduce the student to these 7 STANDARDS by which language TEXTS are constructed by a writer and understood by a reader. These STANDARDS are:

1. Cohesion; 2. Coherence; 3. Intentionality; 4. Acceptability; 5. Informativity; 6. Situationality; and 7. Intertextuality.

Informing the student of these standards and providing guided practical exercise will provide the student with a strong competence in professions such as journalism, the law, as well as competence to participate in public discourse in the mass media.

Wheaton College, Illinois
University of Southern California
Master's
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
PhD

Education

Wheaton College, Illinois

University of Southern California (Master's)

Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Edmund will travel within 15 miles of Gresham, OR 97030.