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Naphtali B.

Charleston, SC

$50/hour

Prince of The King's English

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Adelphi University
English Communicatio

Education

Adelphi University (English Communicatio)

About Naphtali

Hey There, Prospective English Student! My name is Naphtali, and I invite you to let me help you get "coached-up" on the proper aspects of what some people refer to as “King’s English”. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Adelphi University, where I graduated after four years in 1975.

Back in 2003, during a personal financial low point, I heard a PSA (Public Service Announcement) on a college radio station for volunteer tutors, who were needed by the Nashville Adult Literacy Council. I checked it out as a way to distract myself from my wrongful termination woes of that time and became a Certified English Tutor with them in June of that year.

Working one-on-one with several adult Learners in the ensuing years there was a surprisingly rewarding and educational experience for me! They even published a short story I wrote about how tutoring prevented "self-doubt creep" in their annual book of anecdote from Learners and tutors. One Learner there was seventy years old. Her target was composition and so I helped her with vocabulary, spelling and grammar. We are still friends today, even though separated by long-distance; she and my mother, who is now ninety-one, developed a friendship as well because, as luck would have it, they were both raised in the same geographic area of North Carolina! I am a product of two teachers: My mother who taught Special Education on the elementary level for over forty years and father who became an expert of Romance Languages after World War II. My maternal grandmother and several of my aunts on their side were also Educators.


Since the other half of my college double-major was Communications, I like to use all available media to help you improve your English comprehension and usage such as recording lessons onto mp4 files so that you can review them in your spare time. I performed as a music radio on-air talent ("DJ") for almost forty years, therefore my voice is said to be one of my greatest teaching aspects, as you will hear.

I will let you guide me to what part of the language is most important for you to improve. You can keep your recorded lessons, once you have "graduated" from me, of you'd like. I found this method especially fruitful with one particular gentleman who was, at that time in 2009, an MBA graduate school candidate who was working towards his degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He was originally from Seoul, South Korea and planned to return there with his wife at the end of that spring semester. Once again, this became a dual learning experience because he was my first "ESL" (English As a Second Language) student and it highlighted how accents and listening are key aspects of linguistics. We met on-campus in a private room in the Business Administration library, twice per week and used everything from the chalk blackboard to newspaper, CD and books because his target was "comprehension". I recorded all of his lessons on cassette tape, and by by spring he had a nice collection to take back to Korea with him. One of my favorite English reference books is "The Elements of Style".

I am popular with students from twelfth grade in high school through seniors and hope to hear from you! Take good care.
Hey There, Prospective English Student! My name is Naphtali, and I invite you to let me help you get "coached-up" on the proper aspects of what some people refer to as “King’s English”. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Adelphi University, where I graduated after four years Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Charleston, SC 29401
In-person lessons
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Vocabulary

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Adelphi University
English Communicatio

Education

Adelphi University (English Communicatio)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Naphtali will travel within 20 miles of Charleston, SC 29401.