Gail C.

Portsmouth, RI


Experienced Language and Piano Teacher

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Stonehill College
Liberty University, Virginia


Stonehill College (Spanish)

Liberty University, Virginia (Enrolled)

About Gail

I am currently operating a start-up business after having been laid off from a position as an ESL Tutor at Community College of Rhode Island. I taught speaking, reading, writing and listening skills to adult immigrants who were laid off from their jobs.

I write my own quizzes and exams and use current event readings for writing assignments. I try to focus on critical thinking skills and use short stories to teach the skills. I have also used games, skits, and plays to help students apply what they have learned in class.

I have been taching piano to children for the last five years and taught high school Spanish at Bishop Hendricken High School. My students received 26 of the 33 foreign languages. Right now, I am mentoring a foreign student on how to start a business.

Because I know my subjects well, I am an excellent teacher. I have patience to help students correct their mistakes.

Please do not ask me if I am available if you have no intentions of hiring me. I am available from 6 pm - 9 pm Monday, Wednedsay, Thursday, Friday, and 9-5 on Saturday by appointment.
I am currently operating a start-up business after having been laid off from a position as an ESL Tutor at Community College of Rhode Island. I taught speaking, reading, Read more

24 hours notice required

$100 per hour for groups of five or more.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Portsmouth, RI 02871
In-person lessons
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business, Finance
Test Preparation:
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Business, ESL/ESOL,
Finance, Spanish

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Elementary Math

I am able to teach math concepts at an elementary level which includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and divisionof whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Children learn how to solve math problems.


I became interested in teaching ESL after I had enrolled as a Literacy Volunteer tutor in my city. Certification took place over the course of two eight hour days. During this time, I learned the characteristics of adult learners, as well as techniques to help the students learn the skills that are necessary in order to communicate in English. Having a degree in Spanish helped me to understand where students could use their own language to help them understand English.

I tutored two students before deciding to apply for a position at a local community college. One student needed to learn English for a speaking engagement at a waterfront festival. He struggled with the language , but made improvements in his speaking skills. The other was a prospective graduate student who wanted to learn the language so that she could take masters degree level courses. I tutored her for one full year and I am happy to report that because of her hard work, she was able to complete her degree requirements.

I applied for the position as an ESL instructor at a local community college. The director hired me to teach writing skills to advanced level students from all over the world. From there, I read books on ESL grammar issues, reading comprehension, and critical thinking. I created lesson plans, quizzes, tests, assigned homework, and administered state required examinations. As I have been writing for over twenty years, I was able to quickly identify patterns in incorrect word order and use of grammar.

When I received the class list, I reviewed the records of each student to determine their weaknesses and strengths. I quickly noticed that most of them had a problem with determining events occurring in time and in word order, which are common problems for immigrants of any country. Even though they were classified as advanced students, they had varying skill levels. Two students could not write in cursive.

I kept a journal of the weaknnesses of each student, what had transpired in the classes and used them to plan more classes and develop more lesson plans. I was able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each student and tried to help them to overcome their weaknesses as soon as possible. If they had strengths, I would give them more exercises to help them develop their strengths even further.

I wrote over 300 worksheets of which I am in the process of compiling into a workbook for ESL teachers. We used computers in the job development center where we held classes, and I had the students participate in games, and skits with costumes in order to learn the vocabulary.
Classes consisted of opportunities to develop reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. I did this through worksheets, having the students read short stories with questions about the readings, and having them read and write about current events.

Most of the students completed the course within nine months, while others took only six months and were able to advance to GED courses. Students took tests on their progress through quarterly state-sponsored examinations. Once they earned the required grade, they were able to progress to GED classes.

In order to teach them how to write properly, we would read and discuss short stories. I would engage the students in a discussion about the characters, the setting, the plot, and the conclusion of the story on a worksheet. I would summarize the story as I wrote the students' ideas on the blackboard so that they could learn the correct grammar and spelling as well as critical thinking skills. I spent much time on this exercise as the students had difficulty writing down their thoughts in English. I saw significant improvements in the students' ability to express themselves.

By studying the roots, prefixes, and suffixes of English words, the Europeans were able to see the common origins of the English language and their own romance language, enabling them to decipher the meanings.


My experience with the piano began as a child. My sister and I loved to play by ear anytime we came across a piano. I took lessons later on in life and then became more serious about it a few years ago. I enjoy writing and compaosing as well.

I have been playing piano for the last five years and have been teaching for the last two years. I play by ear as well as read music. I teach beginner students and welcome adults. My experience has been with inner city children at community centers, and I am amazed at the adaptability of the students. I have had the pleasure of encouraging many very talented students.

The one most memorable experience was with a young girl who loved to play the piano, but when she began lessons with me, she was very disobedieant and liked to hang out with the trouble makers. However, the more she played with me, the more she loved learning new songs. As a matter of fact, she spent more time on the piano than anyone else.

She eventually stopped hanging out with her friends so that she could spend more time on it. I later discovered that her mother had played the piano as a child and that the student was asking to spend more time at the grandmother's house, as there was a piano there. The student became more amiable and the mother becoame involved in her progress.

I give a piano recital once the student can play with both hands. We work on one hand and learn how to read music. I provide the music sheets and will recommend books. We will beging with the melodies of nursery rhymes and the add harmonies as we go along. Lessons are one half hour long. I will go to your home, so it is necessary to have a piano or keyboard.

If you child has some knowledge of piano playing, I can help her/him brush up on skills. I will work with each child individually developing the skills to play by ear, if this is what they do, as well as teach sight reading as all piano players must know how to site read. It takes ten years of sustained practice for your child to become an expert, so I will help the child develop a schedule for success.

I have done some research on the benefits of music for children in a Squidoo lens entitled Kids Create. You will find the research at Music will instill discipline in your child, help them with math problems and to see things through. If you are planning on a medical, finance or language career for your child, music will help them get into the best schools. Additionally, there are some great resource materials on the site.

I look forward to encouraging your child to become a better piano player.

SAT Writing

I have a total of 30 credits toward a Master's degree in Business. One on the courses that I took was in business writing. I taught writing skills to adults for almost three years at the Community College of RI.


I am able to teach first and second year Spanish reading, writing, and speaking. I have had experience teaching Spanish at the high school and junior high school level. I have expertise in helping students who are failing. I take a very intensive approach to the problem.

Many students who are failing do so because they do not know how to study properly for the tests and quizzes. I will work with student to teach them the proper study methods. I will also give them exercises which will help them to remember rules and vocabulary.


I have taught English as a Second Language to English speakers of other languages. I am a free-lance write and have published articles about business and finance. I have also written an e-book and am a blogger.

I taught English grammar and writing skills to intermediate students which included critical thinking skills, sentence structure, verb conjugation, punctuation, vocabulary, and syntax.

Stonehill College
Liberty University, Virginia


Stonehill College (Spanish)

Liberty University, Virginia (Enrolled)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$100 per hour for groups of five or more.

Travel policy

Gail will travel within 40 miles of Portsmouth, RI 02871.

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