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Michael T.

Experienced University Foreign Language Instructor and Private Tutor

Experienced University Foreign Language Instructor and Private Tutor

$39/hour

  • 25 hours tutoring

  • Clarksville, TN 37043

About Michael


Bio

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...

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.


Education

US Military Academy
Elec Engr
Air University
Masters
The Ohio State University
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $39
  • Rate details: Discount rates available for small group instruction.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 0 miles of Clarksville, TN 37043
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Arabic

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.

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Arabic

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.

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Knowledgeable and Flexible Tutor

Michael is teaching me Arabic at the moment. We not only learn common phrases and of course the Arabic alphabet, but also small words as we learn the sounds each letter makes. Since day one I was equipped with common phrases to greet my Syrian friends and introduce myself. In addition, I asked questions about the culture there and since Michael has lived there for so long he was able to basically give me a geology lesson with additional facts about the religions found in the area. Michael provides great service for a lower price than any other Arabic tutor online here on Wyzant.

Christina, 11 lessons with Michael

$39/hour

Michael T.

$39/hour

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