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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Master's)
Portland State University School of Education (Master's)
I am a very dedicated and patient ESL, English, writing, and test prep tutor who has worked with adults and high school students from all over the world. My credentials include a Master's degree in Adult Education and a graduate certificate in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second or Other Language).
I have experience working with English language learners at all levels, from beginners to TOEFL/IELTS students and business professionals. I also have considerable experience as an academic writing tutor with both native and non-native English speakers.
My approach is very customized, and I will take care to design tutoring sessions that focus on your specific needs and interests. I have many student texts and workbooks that we can use, but I also like to incorporate a lot of "real world" materials such as newspapers, magazines, websites, newsletters, maps, menus, etc.
I have conversational proficiency in Spanish and basic proficiency in French. I have volunteered and/or worked in several countries in Asia and Latin America. I look forward to meeting and working with you! I am a very dedicated and patient ESL, English, writing, and test prep tutor who has worked with adults and high school students from all over the world. My credentials include a
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I needed a 26 in the speaking part of Toefl. Those who have taken Toefl know how hard it is to get a 26. Janet was very helpful. She is a very experienced person. She always answered my e-mails and questions immediately. She provided me lots of practice material and would go through my answers before the day of class. She is one of the most responsible and dedicated teachers I have ever had. I always felt that she was trying her best to help me. She is very knowledgeable in her field. As a result of her hard work, I got 27 in the speaking and 27 in the writing part of Toefl. I strongly recommend her as your tutor if you want to pass your tests with a wonderful grade.
Before I was hopeless to study the IELTS preparation test but when I met Janet, everything changed. She taught me how to write the task 1 and 2. I gained confidence. It show me the way and technique of IELTS writing tasks. She knows what is weakness of each students and know how to deal with it. For example, from the first class she start with observing the student writing to find his difficulty and teach him the right way. I really encourage anyone going to take the IElTS to hire her. Janet is the best.
As a Spanish person, meeting Janet has been lucky for me. As a teacher, she seems like a great, serious and professional person. She has great teaching skills to convey ideas and knowledge, and in addition, she had much ability to detect and determine what were my weaknesses and offered immediate solutions. Her classes have been very dynamic and complete, because we have been combining grammar, speaking, listening, and writing. In conclusion, I have been able to improve my English in a very effective way and in a record time. I hope that others have the same luck to work with Janet as I have had. Thanks a lot !!!
We recently hosted a 21 year-old Italian man in our home for two months. At the time of his arrival his English conversation skills were very limited, but by the time he returned to Italy last week his skills had improved to a tremendous degree. We were amazed! Wyzant's Janet W. contributed greatly to the improvement of our guest's English-speaking skills. She was extremely professional, very punctual, and always well-prepared. Our guest felt Janet W.'s instruction was "very, very helpful" to him, he enjoyed his instruction time with her very much, and he always looked forward to his lessons with her. I would highly recommend Janet W. to anyone else who is searching for high quality, professional English/ESOL language instruction. You will not be disappointed!
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I hold a Master's degree in Adult Education from Portland State University. My Master's project involved developing a participatory approach to Adult ESOL.
I also hold a graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL) from Seattle Pacific University.
I have been teaching adult ESL (paid and volunteer) for many years, and I have worked with students from all over the world. My experience includes students at all proficiency levels, from true beginners to TOEFL and business English students. I have taught several Level 1 and 2 adult ESOL groups at Portland Community College, and I own my own adult ESL tutoring practice (ESL PDX).
My tutoring expertise related to MCAT preparation focuses primarily on the Verbal Reasoning and Writing Sample sections. I have more than 10 years of experience teaching English, ESL, TOEFL preparation, and preparation for the English sections of the MCAT, the GMAT, and the GRE. I have helped both native and non-native English speakers obtain the scores they needed on these sections of the MCAT exam. Please note that I do charge a slightly higher hourly rate for MCAT tutoring ($55/hour).
In addition to teaching and tutoring adult English and ESL, I have specific experience helping students prepare for the TOEFL exam. I have successfully helped several students achieve composite TOEFL scores above 100 on the IBT exam.
The TOEFL exam tests English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills with a focus on academic/collegiate topics and situations. My customized approach to TOEFL preparation begins with an assessment to help identify the student's current strengths and areas for improvement. We then systematically work on a combination of language skills and test-taking skills so that the student feels confident and prepared for all sections of the TOEFL exam.