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Michael T.

Clarksville, TN

$39/hour

Experienced University Foreign Language Instructor and Private Tutor

$39/Hour


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US Military Academy
Elec Engr
Air University
Master's
The Ohio State University
Master's

Education

US Military Academy (Elec Engr)

Air University (Master's)

The Ohio State University (Master's)

About Michael

I have been teaching foreign languages for over 15 years including almost five years of teaching Arabic at the university level. I have been a small group instructor and private tutor as well to help students of Arabic, French, Farsi, and Turkish. Although these languages are very different, learning each one has made me better at the others as I develop nuances for the vocabulary, grammar and other lexical features of the languages. I have also lived abroad for almost seven years affording me the opportunity to understand the cultures of the peoples and to gain proficiency akin to a native speaker.

I love learning new languages myself and sharing them with others. This has fueled my drive to learn new languages as well as teach. I have learned various languages through traditional classroom studying, private tutoring, and self instruction. The combination of these methods has helped me to learn the challenges that students face in learning foreign languages and the techniques that work to make you successful.

I am a native English speaker and have acquired near native proficiency in Arabic by living in the Arabic speaking world for almost 7 years and teaching the language for over 15 years. My study of Arabic and Middle Eastern History led me to pursue additional studies in French, Farsi, and Turkish so that I could conduct more in depth research in these languages and also to assist me as I traveled through the region. Each language helps to unlock some of the more difficult aspects of the other language and helps to explain the similarities and differences of the languages and provides me with a unique set of tools to explain the "how?" and "why?" questions that generates from students' natural curiosity.

To teach your own native language, in my case English, it is immensely helpful to learn another foreign language. As I struggled to learn to speak others' languages, it helped me greatly to better understand my own. I enjoy using this advantage to help English as a Second Language students understand the intricacies of the language wile quickly grasping the most fundamental aspects required to communicate effectively in English.

I am a knowledgeable and experienced language instructor with a student centered approach. Your ability to quickly learn the language is my focus. I also believe in making language instruction interesting and entertaining. Traditional language classes that focus on rote memorization and grammar-translation methods are absolutely boring. I use methods that are custom fit to my students to allow them to progress and enjoy the language at the same time.
I have been teaching foreign languages for over 15 years including almost five years of teaching Arabic at the university level. I have been a small group instructor and private tutor as well to help students of Arabic, French, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Discount rates available for small group instruction.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Clarksville, TN 37043
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra
Science:
Chemistry
English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
Arabic,
ESL/ESOL, Farsi,
Turkish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Arabic

I earned a Master's of Arts in Arabic Studies from The Ohio State University in 2008.

I taught Elementary Arabic to undergraduate students at The Ohio State University in 2007 and 2008.

I taught Elementary and Intermediate Arabic to undergraduate students at the US Military Academy at West Point from 2008-2011.

I have earned Professional Proficiency level ratings for eight consecutive years on the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT).

I have lived and worked for a total of 7 years in various Arabic speaking countries including Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain.

Farsi

I served as substitute Farsi Language instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

I authored the foreign language immersion plan for a government student population of over 2,000 language students.

I co-led Persian cultural immersion education in New York City.

I mastered over 10,000 words in Persian Farsi.

I tutored beginning students in Farsi Language Acquisition.

Turkish

I lived and worked in Turkey for over two years using the language on a daily basis for personal and business needs.

I tutored US government students in small groups and one-on-one basis to achieve elementary to intermediate proficiency in the language.

I conducted classes on Turkish culture and language to facilitate business engagements.

I led multiple cultural education trips to teach students of the Turkish language about Turkish history, geography, and culture.

I have over 2,500 hours of Turkish language study and instruction.

US Military Academy
Elec Engr
Air University
Master's
The Ohio State University
Master's

Education

US Military Academy (Elec Engr)

Air University (Master's)

The Ohio State University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $39.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Discount rates available for small group instruction.

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 40 miles of Clarksville, TN 37043.