Search

Richard C.

Williams, OR

$46/hour

Academic Tutoring in Writing and Reading

5+ Hours
5.0 average from 1 ratings

$46/Hour


Send a message explaining your needs and Richard will reply soon.

Response time:

Contact Richard

Loma Linda University
Bachelor's of Science
Shenandoah University
Master's

Education

Loma Linda University (Bachelor's of Science)

Shenandoah University (Master's)

About Richard

Hi, many years ago when I was studying Japanese in Japan, I remember thinking to myself one day that no one could really speak this language at home. Certainly they must speak English when they relax. After all, for me English was my mother tongue and came easily, but this Japanese was hard. So certainly this also must be true for them. Well, after many years of studying, practicing, and struggling with this new language, I slowly begin to discover that Japanese really wasn’t that difficult. What had been difficult at the beginning of the journey, had slowly become more workable and even manageable.

In the end (if there is an end to language learning), I learned more than a language; I learned what I believe to be the basic principles to language acquisition, which I wish to share with you here.

First, I learned that language cannot be memorize. When I first started to learn Japanese I tried this, but could never find a situation that matched a dialog. I learned that language is absorbed through meaningful listening and reading, in reality, becoming part of a community.

Second, language must be spontaneous. If I tried to translate words or grammar when communicating, the conversation would not go very far. Even if errors are made, the language must be spontaneous.

Third, language is best learned in meaningful interactions with native speakers. As I used the language that I knew, I found that I could begin to understand the language that I didn’t know.

The forth thing that I learned was the value of reading. I found that when I read material that was both interesting and easy to understand, that language then begin to become part of my thinking. Reading develops a natural flow of words.

Now I can hear someone saying, “What about grammar?” In my own experience, I found that if I studied a grammar book, one grammar point at a time, I soon became bored, discouraged and ready to give up. But if I used the grammar book as a reference when I heard or read something new, then the new grammar became meaningful in real-life communicate.

As I look back now on my Japanese learning experience, it proved to be very helpful in developing my own methods and classroom curriculum. Now when students come with their language struggles and frustrations, I am able to give them a new perspective and help them in their journey. After all, learning a new language is only difficult when we think it to be so. We may not all be native speakers, but we all can learn to communicate.
Hi, many years ago when I was studying Japanese in Japan, I remember thinking to myself one day that no one could really speak this language at home. Certainly they must speak English when they relax. After all, for me English was my mother tongue and came easily, but this Japanese was hard. So certainly this also must be true for them. Well, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 35 miles of Williams, OR 97544
English:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL,
Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ESL/ESOL

Richard holds a Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and has 25 plus years of ESL teaching experience in Asia and in the United States. His primary focus in his career has been on developing effective classroom curriculum and methodologies.
Currently, he is assisting international students learn language skills in academic reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Richard believes strongly in teaching the language in such a way that students are able to achieve realistic language goals.

TOEFL

Doing well on the TOEFL is a matter of understanding how language is organization, and how to organize the language. My background in teaching international students over the years has given me insight into helping students develop their skills in reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Students in my classes have been able to score higher on standardized testing, such as the TOEFL, simply by understanding how the language is organized and then practicing their skills.

Writing

Richard holds a Master's Degree in Education, and has 25 plus years of teaching experience in Asia and in the United States. His primary focus in his career has been to inspire students to go beyond their expectations.
For the past eight years Richard has taught academic reading and writing helping students prepare for college entrance exams and for university coursework.

Loma Linda University
Bachelor's of Science
Shenandoah University
Master's

Education

Loma Linda University (Bachelor's of Science)

Shenandoah University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $46.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Richard will travel within 35 miles of Williams, OR 97544.