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Kahlil C.

Pittsburgh, PA

$50/hour

Engaging Bilingual Tutor of Spanish, Literature, and Writing, PhD

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UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO
Comparative Literature
University of Chicago
Master's
New York University
PhD

Education

UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO (Comparative Literature)

University of Chicago (Master's)

New York University (PhD)

About Kahlil

Hola, my name is Kahlil! I am a bilingual, native Spanish speaker from Puerto Rico and a passionate language, literature, and culture teacher with extensive experience educating and tutoring at the college and adult level.

What I love the most about tutoring is the act of sharing my knowledge with other folks and helping them to accumulate knowledge and think critically. Furthermore, I bring to the table positive energy and lots of enthusiasm. Education is power!

I have lived in the United States for the past 16 years: I first did an M.A. at the University of Chicago and then a Ph.D. at New York University, concentrating on Latin American literatures and cultures. After finishing my doctoral degree. I taught for two years at Harvard University as a College Fellow and then at the University of Pittsburgh, thanks to a Postdoctoral Fellowship. I began my teaching career in 2012, when I organized a thesis seminar for undergraduate students, assisting them with their research and writing. After taking a class dedicated to language teaching methodologies at New York University, I taught Spanish language classes for five years while finishing my PhD at the same university. In teaching literature and culture courses in English and in Spanish at Harvard and Pitt, I have also developed my pedagogical skills in teaching writing in both languages. At the same time, I have tutored students and adults who were either preparing to take Spanish proficiency exams, improve their grades, or just wanting to refine their language skills.

As a bilingual, native speaker of Spanish who learned English as a second language at the elementary and high school level and then had to take the TOEFL to enter the University of Chicago and New York University, I understand very well the complex processes of learning ESL and preparing for the TOEFL exam. These experiences have helped me develop the necessary tools for helping students succeed in these areas. My extensive training in comparative literature--learning and writing about subjects that interconnect American, Western European, and Latin American literature--also makes me an excellent candidate for assisting students in literature and writing.

I am fully bilingual and a native speaker of Spanish, skills that help make a language tutor distinguished. In teaching language and grammar for five years, I cultivated strategies to make learning more fun, active, and productive. And because of my experience teaching different levels of students and folks with different sets of demands, I can easily adapt to your personal learning style and educational needs.

I look forward to hearing from you and would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have. ¬°Saludos!
Hola, my name is Kahlil! I am a bilingual, native Spanish speaker from Puerto Rico and a passionate language, literature, and culture teacher with extensive experience educating and tutoring at the college and adult level.

What I love the most about tutoring is the act of sharing my knowledge with other folks and helping them to
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

My rate can vary depending on the needs and economic situation of the student.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15224
English:
ESL/ESOL,
Literature,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL
Test Preparation:
SAT Writing,
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish,
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

The fact that I am fully bilingual in Spanish and English has helped me understand the intricacies of teaching English as a second language. Throughout graduate school, I refined my English language skills not only by writing articles in that language, but also in correcting my students's output in the two general education classes I taught. In addition, as managing editor of the web journal e-misférica, which is published in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, I developed a keen eye for errors common among non-native speakers.

Literature

The study of literature has been the heart and soul of my life for more than twenty years. Throughout college, graduate school, and my years as a visiting professor at Harvard and as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, I have refined the necessary skills to analyze the form and content of literature, as well as a broad understanding of its history. In the numerous literature and culture classes I have taught, I have dedicated myself to transmitting this knowledge through lively conversations with my students. I hope to follow the same path as a tutor of literature.

SAT Writing

As a scholar of literature, writing has been an essential part of my life for many years. I have developed a keen eye for the intricacies of the English language not only by writing and publishing articles but also as an editor and translator: I have translated scholarly articles into English and have worked as copy editor and managing editor of texts written in English. In addition, in the general education and introduction to literature courses I have taught at New York University, Harvard University, and the University of Pittsburgh, I have helped my students to improve their language skills, reinforcing the importance of clarity, style, and correct grammar and vocabulary usage in their writing. I aspire to do the same with my tutees.

Spanish

I have taught Spanish language, literature, and culture for more than ten years at the college level: first at New York University, then at Harvard University and lastly at the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout that time I have tutored students with varying needs. For example, I have focused on improving my students's oral skills by discussing current events, news items, literature, and film in a fun, engaging manner. have also developed examples and exercises to improve the understanding of grammar.

UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO
Comparative Literature
University of Chicago
Master's
New York University
PhD

Education

UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO (Comparative Literature)

University of Chicago (Master's)

New York University (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My rate can vary depending on the needs and economic situation of the student.

Travel policy

Kahlil will travel within 5 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15224.