Over 10 tutoring hours

Wesley S.

Philadelphia, PA

$40/hour

UPenn Grad Offering Spanish, Portuguese, and ESL Tutoring

Background check passed as of 2/17/16
5.0 average from 4 ratings

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University of Pennsylvania
Latin American Study

Education

University of Pennsylvania (Latin American Study)

About Wesley

Dear Student,

My name is Wesley S., graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Spanish, Portuguese, and ESL tutor. Learning foreign languages is a passion of mine, something that excites and engages me. Though it is a difficult process, its rewards make language learning tremendously worthwhile.

Having majored in Latin American and Latino Studies, I am well-equipped to offer tutoring in Portuguese and Spanish. In my four years at Penn, I took every advanced Portuguese and Spanish grammar course offered by the university, receiving only grades of a B+ or higher. In addition to this work, I had the opportunity to study abroad in both Brazil and Spain, in the cities of Salvador and Alicante, respectfully. These experiences solidified my command of both Spanish and Portuguese and deepened my cultural understanding of these areas of the world. I have also taught ESL in Philadelphia for the last two years at schools such as Philadelphia Language School and Congreso de Latinos Unidos.

When it comes to teaching Spanish and Portuguese grammar, there are some principles to which I hold.
First on the list is that by studying and mastering grammar, the student will unlock the key to reading, writing and conversation. When a student is equipped with a thorough understanding of grammar, he/she will be able to express him/herself accurately, communicating just what is on his/her mind rather than relying on circumlocution. The second principle is that pronunciation is vital. When one's pronunciation is faithful to that of a native, he/she will be understood and respected to a much greater degree. When I arrived in Brazil with only three semesters of training, many natives were surprised to hear that I had not been living in Brazil for five years. This was largely a result of my bonafide accent.

To the dedicated student, the study of a foreign language opens many doors and provides for a deeply enriching life experience. I look forward to working with you to unlock these doors and enjoy the process of learning a new language.

Sincerely,
Wesley S.
Dear Student,

My name is Wesley S., graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Spanish, Portuguese, and ESL tutor. Learning foreign languages is a passion of
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

$40/hour Discounts available for students who meet two or more times in a week.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19104
Background Check: Passed
English:
ESL/ESOL

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ESL/ESOL

-Taught ESL in class and one-on-one formats at Philadelphia Language School for 1 year
-Taught ESL classes at Congreso de Latinos Unidos for 1 year

Portuguese

My educational background and experience in Brazil qualify me to effectively teach Portuguese. I studied Portuguese for three years at the University of Pennsylvania, where I completed all of the advanced grammar courses and never scored lower than a B+. In addition to my studies at Penn, I spent 6 months in Brazil, where I lived with a native family and studied at a Brazilian university. This not only strengthened my command of Portuguese grammar, but gave me a near-native fluency in conversation.

Spanish

I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as a Latin American and Latino Studies major. I spent a summer abroad in Alicante, Spain in 2010 (A- and above).

University of Pennsylvania
Latin American Study

Education

University of Pennsylvania (Latin American Study)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$40/hour Discounts available for students who meet two or more times in a week.

Travel policy

Wesley will travel within 10 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19104.