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University of Maryland University College
For the last five years I have been teaching English as a second language in Philadelphia. I hold certificates from Cambridge University's CELTA* certificate program and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education TESOL** Workshop. My undergraduate degree is in studio art from the University of Maryland, with a year of study in Provence, where I first taught English as a foreign language in a small agricultural community.
If you are an intermediate or advanced student who seeks to understand the nuances of English language, culture and conversation, please consider working with me. How do we start? Together, we begin with needs assessment and goal setting, be that a TOEFL score of 110, or the confidence to order off the dollar menu at McDonald's, or to present a new idea at work. I draw upon many sources, from the cultural features of the region to the political news of the day, to engage students in conversation in general. Along the way we'll tackle phrasal verbs, collocations, idioms, articles, and rules of pronunciation. Then we'll use textbooks, worksheets, writing assignments and practice tests in combination to clarify points of grammar, meaning and connotation, for measurable results.
As a native speaker, I will custom tailor lessons to your interests and goals, using the resources of the city when possible--from museums to market cafes--to add a memorable dimension to your experience of learning to speak English in America.
*CELTA - Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
**TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages For the last five years I have been teaching English as a second language in Philadelphia. I hold certificates from Cambridge University's CELTA* certificate program and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
Peggy is a very thoughtful tutor and she will try to customize the teaching method for you. I am grateful that she brought up so many important ideas for me to improve my English and especially the speaking skills. She even did many extra things for me such as getting in touch with my professor to help me reach my goals. She has great speaking skills and she invited me to attend her ESL student party so that I can get more involved in the English speaking atmosphere. She tried very hard to search for different resources to help me succeed. I cannot thank her enough and I strongly recommend choosing Peggy as your ESL tutor!
Peggy is a great teacher. She gives really complete lessons to improve all English skills (writing, speaking, pronunciation, grammar, listening).
Her classes are deeply interesting. She takes into account your interests. In addition to improve your English, you’re able to enrich your general culture and share on topics that matter to you.
She is also very attentive in your mood and if you have any problem. Peggy is a model of patience, calm and sweetness.
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As a native speaker who has worked in marketing, communication and public relations, I understand the demands of the work place as well as the goals of classroom learning. In 2013 I received a Certification in ESL from the Cambridge University CELTA program in Philadelphia. Prior to that I honed my English teaching skills at the workshop of Penn Graduate School of Education's TESOL training program. I have taught small groups at two excellent institutions in the Philadelphia area.
Please contact me if this kind of learning is of interest to you. I teach at intermediate one through advanced levels.
I have had the pleasure of successfully tutoring a student who needed to score 110 or above on the TOEFL exam to secure a job with a large corporation in the Philadelphia area. Together we reviewed his earlier test scores and created a plan to improve weak areas. In this case, it was spoken responses. Using some of the great online resources that are available, we drilled with practice tests, taped them, and analyzed the results. Then we drilled again until he was able to get the gist of the subject, to shape his thoughts and to respond clearly and thoroughly to the TOEFL questions in the time allowed.
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