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Bethany G.

Scranton, PA

$40/hour

Dedicated & Dynamic ESL, English, French & Reading Tutor!

Background check passed as of 4/28/14
4.9 average from 121 ratings
Impressive and very knowledgable
— Michael, Long Pond, PA on 6/23/16

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Muhlenberg College, Allentown
French, Education, English
Marywood University, Scranton, PA
Graduate Coursework
Cambridge Teaching House
Graduate Coursework

Education

Muhlenberg College, Allentown (French, Education, English)

Marywood University, Scranton, PA (Graduate Coursework)

Cambridge Teaching House (Graduate Coursework)

About Bethany

EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND:

I have been tutoring for several years now, but am constantly seeking opportunities for professional development. I am currently enrolled in King's College's post-baccalaureate certification program for French and English as a Second Language. In addition to tutoring, I currently teach adult English Language Learners (ELLs) at the UCEDA School at King's College. Last summer I earned my CELTA, or Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, from Cambridge University. I also graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College in 2011.

At Muhlenberg, I served as French Club Secretary and volunteered as a math and reading tutor at Casa Guadalupe after-school program, where I worked with underprivileged, inner-city students. I also brought my love for foreign languages and creative writing to life as Editor-in-Chief of Kalliope, Muhlenberg's foreign language literary journal, and as a contributor to Muses, an arts journal. I am a member of the Alpha Mu Gamma foreign language honor society through the University of Scranton.

I studied abroad in Paris through CIEE’s Critical Studies program in the spring semester of 2009. During this amazing experience, I was fortunate to be able to take a 3rd year comparative literature course at the Sorbonne.

You can find sample resources that I have created for some of my French classes under the "Resources" section.

I also completed Master's-level coursework in pedagogy, psychology, and teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) at Marywood University.

TESOL:

I have ample experience working with international students. My family has taken in French, Spanish, and other exchange students regularly for 10+ years now. During my studies there, I was an active member of Marywood's International Club. I know how to interpret for, communicate with, understand, and make myself understood by internationals, even when I don't speak their native tongue. I am, however, fluent in French, and I possess a basic knowledge of Spanish. I was also fortunate and skilled enough to complete an internship at the United Nations in the summer of 2008.

I teach adult ELLs for the UCEDA School at King's College. I'm also a member of the TESOL International Association.

You can find sample resources that I have created for some of my ELL students under the "Resources" section.

GENERAL TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:

"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."-Ignacio Estrada. This basically sums up my philosophy of teaching.

I have had numerous classes in and experiences with differentiating instruction. The more my students employ their own unique learning styles, the better. I equip them with tools and training while guiding them through their individual learning processes, encouraging epiphanies, or "ah-ha! moments," along the way. I'm a firm believer in Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, and I apply this to all of my work.

As a teacher, I provide a structured environment and thorough lesson planning. In my previous work as a counselor to children and adolescents, I have found that the younger the age of the child, the more routine and structure are required. However, I do not get tripped up by changes in the plan; I am willing and able to readily adapt to any situation.

You can find sample resources that I have created for my Reading students under the "Resources" section.

I find 5 areas in which I excel: thorough subject knowledge, adaptability, creativity, patience, and organization-- to be the strongest indicators of a good teacher.

I believe that all students are intelligent, in varied ways. Whether a student exhibits verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, musical, bodily/kinesthetic,visual/ spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal intelligence, or a combination of several of these, ALL students have the ability to learn. Every instructor should PRESUME intelligence; it is their responsibility to create engaging lessons, activities, and materials, as well as to make any necessary adaptations to facilitate the learning process.

I find that delivering a learning styles assessment, thoroughly researching, adapting, and creating materials, administering regular benchmark assessments, and checking often for comprehension are essential strategies for tutoring.

I try to be flexible with my time, but I do need to distribute it fairly among my students. Therefore, I have a standard 24-hour cancellation policy. If you do notify me by WyzAnt message, text, or phone call within 24 hours, then I will do my best to re-schedule your missed lesson once without penalty. If you do not wish to re-schedule, then I will charge you for half of the scheduled lesson time in order to recover travel expenses, material costs, and lost preparation time. For late students, the lesson begins at the scheduled time, and I will charge accordingly. If you are more than 15 minutes late, then I reserve the right to cancel the lesson and to charge you for half the scheduled time. I try to be flexible and understanding, but I do have other students and classes to teach. I will, of course, make exceptions for emergencies such as sudden illness. Tutoring is a privilege, not a right; please be respectful of me and my time, as I am of you and yours.

Please message me with any questions or requests. I would be happy to meet with you, whether in person or online; first meeting's always free!
EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND:

I have been tutoring for several years now, but am constantly seeking opportunities for professional development. I am currently enrolled in King's College's post-baccalaureate certification program for French and
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 22 miles of Scranton, PA 18508
Background Check: Passed

"Impressive and very knowledgable"

- Michael, Long Pond, PA on 6/23/16

"Bethany is doing a great job"

- Melissa, Carbondale, PA on 2/6/16

"excellent tutor"

- Chelsea, Omaha, NE on 12/23/15

"Knowledgeable and great tutor"

- Amal, Scranton, PA on 11/9/15

"She is a calm teacher!"

- Lewzha, Scranton, PA on 10/25/15

"Wouldn't have made it without her!"

- Alicia, Mount Pocono, PA on 2/3/15

"Great Tutor Who Personalizes Lessons"

- Stephanie, Scranton, PA on 1/15/15

"Very Patient and Professional!"

- Linda, Archbald, PA on 7/7/14
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ESL/ESOL

I am CELTA-certified (Cambridge University Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

French

I hold a B.A. in French language, literature, and culture from Muhlenberg College. I studied abroad through CIEE'S Critical Studies program during the Spring 2009 semester. While in Paris, I took a 300-level literature course at the Sorbonne. I have housed French exchange students for years, and I make frequent trips to Quebec to keep up with my French as well.

Reading

I've had several graduate-level courses in Reading Education. I've been helping 3rd and 4th graders develop and improve their reading skills for years now. I usually help with motivation, fluency, decoding, and comprehension.

Muhlenberg College, Allentown
French, Education, English
Marywood University, Scranton, PA
Graduate Coursework
Cambridge Teaching House
Graduate Coursework

Education

Muhlenberg College, Allentown (French, Education, English)

Marywood University, Scranton, PA (Graduate Coursework)

Cambridge Teaching House (Graduate Coursework)

Impressive and very knowledgable — the first lesson with Bethany was great. She went over my educational goals, and assured me that that I will obtain them. She provided numerous websites and additional strategies to assist me in getting better in learning French. She's very patient, knowledgeable and respectful. I'm looking forward to the next session. ...

— Michael, Long Pond, PA on 6/23/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Bethany will travel within 22 miles of Scranton, PA 18508.