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Thomas R.

Dallas, TX

$35/hour

Spanish - French - Italian - Brazilian Portuguese - ESL - Language Pro

4.9 average from 767 ratings
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— Douglas, Dallas, TX on 1/28/16

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Saint Francis - New York, Univ. Pontifica de Chile, Univ. de Lille, France
French Spanish Portuguese Italian
UCLA - Los Angeles, California
Master's
University of Southern California (USC)
Master's

Education

Saint Francis - New York, Univ. Pontifica de Chile, Univ. de Lille, France (French Spanish Portuguese Italian)

UCLA - Los Angeles, California (Master's)

University of Southern California (USC) (Master's)

About Thomas

Thomas R. is a US citizen from birth speaking English, Spanish and Italian at home being born into a polyglot family resident legally in the USA and then learning French by attending French high school in France - eventually teaching in France as an adjunct professor and finally learning Brazilian Portuguese by working in South America.

My education and work experience include many years spent in Mexico, the Caribbean, South America and Western Europe studying and working in the corporate and academic worlds and prompted me to become certified also in English, ESL, and TOEFL once I joined Wyzant. So, for approximately the past two years I have successfully tutored in - alphabetical order English (ESL, TOEFL), French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish - and - with over 65 student comments about my verbal abilities and a designation by Wyzant as to being ranked for 2015 in the top 250 tutors listing for Wyzant - please consider me for your language needs without hesitation.

A professional certification as a Spanish instructor By IACET (THE ASSOCIATION OF CONTINUING EDUCATION TRAINERS) allows me to provide you CONTINUING ED CREDIT approved by the Texas Education Agency when you take Spanish professional courses in this language with me, such as, Medicine, Nursing, Law Enforcement, Education, Real Estate, Mortgage Banking, Construction, Business, etc. AND MANY MORE - yes - I can issue Spanish credits the same as you taking the course at the community college of your choice any where in the USA.

I have taught ESL in France during the day at the college level on dual Fulbright Fellowships from both the French and US governments while studying at the Universite de Lille, Roubaix-Tourcoin, France in the evening.

The past several years, retired from a full time position, were spent traveling and tutoring, teaching languages and Latino - Anglo workforce cultural diversity to many hundreds of students in one on one as well as group classes in Continuing Ed and corporate training venues. These opportunities allowed me also to teach as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas, SMU, Dallas Baptist University and TCU. By the way my university experience includes also an adjunct teaching opportunity at UCLA in Los Angeles, California within the LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES DIVISION - I was at UCLA because the US Government gave me a Smith - Mundt Fellowship to attain the Masters degree in this study area with graduate certification achieved in Spanish - Portuguese - and French for the Caribbean.

I want to be your personal language tutor in any one or more of the following languages mentioned above at any level - BEGINNING - INTERMEDIATE - ADVANCED - WITHOUT YOU HAVING to FEAR THAT THE INSTRUCTION WILL BE SECOND RATE OR EXTREMELY SUPERFICIAL.

Yes, I have studied all my languages in school ALL OVER THE WORLD AT MANY LEVELS as well as used them either at home , on the MEAN streets, in everyday situations. and like that.

As a parting comment - I have taken the US GOVERNMENT FOREIGN SERVICE EXAMS IN BOTH FRENCH AND SPANISH AND WAS TESTED OUT AT THE 98 PERCENTILE OR NEAR NATIVE PROFICIENCY - SO MY READING - WRITING - SPEAKING (INCLUDING A PROPER ACCENT) DEFINITELY ARE IN ORDER.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING - COME WORK WITH ME AND BREAK DOWN ALL THE STEREOTYPES YOU HAVE HEARD THAT AMERICANS CAN'T SPEAK FOREIGN LANGUAGES.

THANK YOU - MERCI BEAUCOUP - GRAZIE TANTE - OBRIGADO - MUY AGRADECIDO

Specifically, my academic studies include an MA degree from UCLA-USC in Latin American Studies-Spanish/Portuguese as well as a BA in French from Saint Francis College and a certificate of completion in Italian Studies from Columbia University, New York. I have studied as well at the Universidad Pontifica - Santiago, Chile; La Universidad de San Marcos - Lima, Peru; La Universidad de Salamanca - Salamanca, Spain, L'universite de Lille, France. All of these studies were completed via scholarships with honors.

Lets talk ASAP - regardless of the language so I can customize a course for you.

Thank you very much.

Tom R.
Thomas R. is a US citizen from birth speaking English, Spanish and Italian at home being born into a polyglot family resident legally in the USA and then learning Read more

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My rate schedule is from $35 - $50/hr either at the student site or my office at home and $25/hr for online tutoring. Special group and multi-hour rates are available.

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"Truly a Wise Ant!"

- Douglas, Dallas, TX on 1/28/16
Thomas replied on 2/5/2016

Thank you for the kind response - your Spanish preparation for advanced study is excellent - it is a pleasure working with you to achieve greater Spanish fluency in order to attain an international management position in the near future. - you are well on the way to achieving your goal.

"Solid Foundation in Grammar"

- Tony, Addison, TX on 4/4/16
Thomas replied on 4/6/2016

Thank you for the kind comments Tony - enjoy your upcoming trip to Italy and an especial thanks for recommending my Italian tutoring to you wife - who is now a student.

Tante grazie - Ci vediamo presto - Buon viaggio

"Excellent tutor!!!!!"

- Lucineia, Frisco, TX on 3/24/16
Thomas replied on 3/27/2016

Your kind comments are greatly appreciated and your English language preparation in Brazil certainly was well done. I'm certain that you and your husband will have much success here in the United States both socially and in the work place. I 'm looking forward to working with you in both everyday American English as well as the English necessary to succeed in your dental career.

"Great and very kind tutor!"

- Emi, Dallas, TX on 3/22/16
Thomas replied on 3/25/2016

Emi - your comments are very kind and your American English and Brazilian Portuguese are just super- both you and your teachers back in your native land - Japan - can be very proud of your achievements. Thank you for continuing your Brazilian Portuguese studies with me.

"Knowledgeable in several different languages"

- Lora, Lewisville, TX on 1/10/16
Thomas replied on 1/11/2016

LORA - Thanks for the kind comment about my Italian expertise now back to work and get those two Italian dialogues ready for the next lesson. SEE YOU THEN,

CI VEDIAMO PRESTO - GRAZIE TANTE
TOMMASO

"A fun and involved tutor"

- Steven, Rockford, IL on 12/22/15
Thomas replied on 12/22/2015

The kind comments are greatly appreciated. Thank you for choosing to work with me for your Italian development prior to going to Italy.

"Great and professional instructor!"

- Jose Angelo, Lewisville, TX on 12/14/15
Thomas replied on 12/16/2015

Thank you Jose Angelo for the positive comments and lots of success with your physical therapy certification. It was a pleasure working with you

"His Spanish teaching was OK except being slow. But his understanding of the English language becomes a problem for communication."

- Sisay, Boston, MA on 12/3/15
Thomas replied on 12/7/2015

Thank you Sisay for the update.

I am having great difficulty meeting your requirements for scheduling Spanish tutoring.

Please excuse me for any difficulties I may have caused either you or your daughter but I recommend another tutor with a more flexible schedule.
WyzAnt will gladly work with both you and your daughter to provide several other Spanish tutors who will meet your time requirements.
Thank you very much for having allowed me to work online with your daughter. She is a very pleasant person and a hard working student.
The lesson for tomorrow is canceled from my calendar and you will not be billed for any services.

Respectfully,

Thomas R.
Daughter is a great student, Very gifted young lady. Was a pleasure working with the student.

"Great teacher!!/professor!"

- David, Dallas, TX on 10/30/15
Thomas replied on 11/1/2015

You are very kind with your comments, David. Your hard work to achieve a much higher score on the next round of the TOEFL is well within sight. Keep working and I will keep working with you.

"Goes above and beyond"

- Kristina, Dallas, TX on 10/22/15
Thomas replied on 10/28/2015

Kristina - your kind comments are very appreciated, and with the great work ethic of your son, I am certain he will score very high in Spanish this semester.

"Highly knowledgeable spanish tutor"

- Vinutha, Flower Mound, TX on 9/17/15
Thomas replied on 9/18/2015

Vinutha, your kind comments are greatly appreciated. It was a pleasure working with both you and your son as he prepared for his Spanish exam. Thank you very much.

"Conversational Italian"

- Sandy, Dallas, TX on 9/16/15
Thomas replied on 9/18/2015

Sandy, it is a pleasure working with you in the wonderful world of Italian conversation.
The kind comments are greatly appreciated and I hope you really enjoy your upcoming return trip to northern Italy. Thank you very much.

"Fun!"

- Wesley, Dallas, TX on 9/5/15
Thomas replied on 9/8/2015

Thanks a lot Wesley - it's a pleasure working with an educator so devoted to the welfare and understanding of his students. You will reach your goal to become a bilingual Spanish - English teacher.

"If you are looking for a tutor who concerned about your goals, fun, and energetic, then look no further than Thomas R."

- Paul, Dallas, TX on 7/8/15
Thomas replied on 7/10/2015

Thank you doctor for your very kind and eloquent comments about my Spanish language tutoring abilities. It is really a pleasure working with you and Barney your ever present canine companion as you continue your mastery of the Spanish language.

"Awesome tutor!!"

- Michelle, Hood River, OR on 7/6/15
Thomas replied on 7/8/2015

It's a pleasure working with Michelle on her always interesting Spanish projects. Pretty soon she will be fluent in the language and she can try some total immersion Spanish to complete her studies. Thank's for the kind comments.

"Thomas is great"

- Bryan, Picayune, MS on 7/1/15
Thomas replied on 7/4/2015

Thank you for the kind comments - it is a pleasure working with your daughter in her quest to become a Spanish speaker and "A" student in the language.

"Excellent Tutor"

- Byron, Allen, TX on 6/29/15
Thomas replied on 7/3/2015

Byron your comments are greatly appreciated and it is evident that you will be speaking good Italian very soon not only from classroom tutoring but because of your own "desire to do so. Thank you very much.

"Wonderful Experience!"

- Latisha, Desoto, TX on 6/28/15
Thomas replied on 7/3/2015

Latisha it's fun working with your family in Spanish and thank you for the kind words.
Next week let's continue to enjoy ourselves not only at the birthday party but at the park with the whole Spanish speaking gang so your son can continue to progress in Spanish.

"His experience is extraordinary, I feel very excited, he is a great tutor"

- Gustavo, Dallas, TX on 6/21/15
Thomas replied on 6/25/2015

Thank you very much Gustavo for your very kind comments. I hope you enjoy the USA as much as I enjoyed living, studying, and working in your country, Spain.

"Excellent Tutor! Education plus life experience makes learning interesting!"

- Shawna, Addison, TX on 6/21/15
Thomas replied on 6/25/2015

SHAWNA your kind comments are greatly appreciated. Thank you, It's a pleasure having you work with me in Spanish as your tutor of choice. Good luck with your studies.

"Thomas is one in a million tutor!"

- Liliana, Plano, TX on 6/9/15
Thomas replied on 6/10/2015

Liliana:

I wish you a long, happy, successful and prosperous career here in the USA as a very real and capable, much needed bilingual
American ENGLISH - SPANISH of the Americas - certified teacher.

Muy amable a ud.

Siempre a sus ordenes.

"He's a very patient and kind tutor!"

- Michael, Frisco, TX on 5/14/15
Thomas replied on 5/20/2015

Thank you Michael for the kind comments - it is very interesting and a pleasure working with Ellie, Zoe and Zack to improve their
live, extemporaneous spoken Spanish. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

"Great tutor"

- Omar, North Richland Hills, TX on 5/14/15
Thomas replied on 5/15/2015

Thank you very much Omar. It is a pleasure working with you to achieve your TOEFL goal. With your effort that you present in every session I am sure you will achieve it in a short period of time.

Good luck.

"Very methodical & detailed approach"

- Kavitha, Plano, TX on 4/20/15
Thomas replied on 4/21/2015

Kavitha, your comments are greatly appreciated pertaining to the Spanish tutoring method we are using with your lessons. Not only are you progressing very well linguistically and culturally but I am benefiting from your comparisons of this new language, Spanish, for you - both to the sounds as well well as the mores of your languages and culture from India. Thank you for sharing.

"Great tutor, passionate about the language"

- Alice, Plano, TX on 4/9/15
Thomas replied on 4/10/2015

Thank you Alice for the kind response. Your knowledge of Spanish is excellent and will only get much better as you continue to study and practice speaking. It's a pleasure being able to add to your Spanish knowledge.

"GREAT TEACHER!!!!"

- Mindy, Plano, TX on 4/8/15
Thomas replied on 4/10/2015

Great effort on your part Mindy to develop not only a knowledge of French but a good speaking ability - that speaking ability is not easily attained but you are well on your way. Thank you for including me in your French study program ans I am positive you will do very well in the land of LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE.

"Understands the Needs of His Students!"

- Dani, Richardson, TX on 4/8/15
Thomas replied on 4/8/2015

Your kind comments coming from someone who grew up within the Hispanic culture here in the United States is greatly appreciated. My best to you and your daughter and keep that language connection to the past alive and kicking. It really has value.

Thank you.

"A Rare Jewel In The Tutoring Profession."

- Brandon, Fort Worth, TX on 4/2/15
Thomas replied on 4/4/2015

Thank you very much Brandon. I will do the best I can with my part the rest is all up to you. You can do anything you decide to do - you will be successful.

See you soon.

Tom R

"Great Tutor"

- Marina, Fort Worth, TX on 3/24/15
Thomas replied on 3/24/2015

It's a pleasure to work with you Marina on your already very good comprehension of American English - I am learning a lot about Germany also - thank you for your kind comments - you definitely will be successful with your "RFQ" implementation project from the home office in Germany.

"Enthusiastic!"

- Alessandra, Dallas, TX on 3/13/15
Thomas replied on 3/17/2015

Thank you for the kind comments Alessandra - good luck with your studies here in the USA. A pleasure meeting you.

"Great tutor! Positive experience!"

- Lily, Carrollton, TX on 2/20/15
Thomas replied on 2/21/2015

Thank you very much for your kind comments Lily. Your progress in Spanish is good and will definitely get better as you begin to speak the language more and more. That is our goal - to have you understand spoken Spanish and be able to reply. You certainly are on the right path.

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Asia, Richardson, TX on 2/9/15
Thomas replied on 2/13/2015

The kind comments are greatly appreciated and now on to the real work that only you yourself can do - that is feeling much more comfortable with the French language. You will be there sooner than you think. Keep getting there one lesson at a time.

"Great Tutor"

- Adiac, Carrollton, TX on 2/6/15
Thomas replied on 2/8/2015

Adiac it is a pleasure working with you in your attempt to broaden your scope of an already very good knowledge of American English. I am certain you will do very well in your soon approaching medical exams. There is no doubt that you will achieve your goal to become a medical doctor in the United States.

"Understands My Goals"

- Dan, Garland, TX on 1/29/15
Thomas replied on 1/31/2015

Your comments and observations about doing business south of the border are as accurate as your Spanish speaking abilities - that is, very good. Thank you for acknowledging me as a part of your success. Now when do we close those next big orders in Costa Rica, Lima and Santiago?

Thank you and continued business success through multilingual language ability.

"Very interesting and smart"

- Jian, Dallas, TX on 1/27/15
Thomas replied on 1/28/2015

A pleasure to work with you. Your English is good and with your approval we will wok together to make it even better so that you may express yourself at a higher conceptual level.

"Excellent Tutor, Really Knows the Latin American Business World Too"

- Desiree, Richardson, TX on 1/27/15
Thomas replied on 1/28/2015

Your comments are very appreciated - it really is a pleasure working with a native English Speaker who speaks Spanish as well as you do - lots of luck in your new executive position dealing with the southwest of the US and Mexico - I am positive you will be very successful.

"Wonderful Teacher"

- Pat, Dallas, TX on 1/5/15
Thomas replied on 1/6/2015

Hello Pat and thank you for the kind words.

You brought a great amount of knowledge to the Spanish class with you, and I will use that as a base to increase your Spanish proficiency as painlessly and as quickly as possible.

It's a pleasure working with you.

"Wonderful, worry-free tutoring experience!"

- Vikki, Rowlett, TX on 12/21/14
Thomas replied on 12/22/2014

Thank you for the comments about the improvements your son has made in French. His effort was outstanding. It would be my pleasure to continue to work with him as he advances in his French studies.

"Very passionate about teaching!"

- Duane, Plano, TX on 12/19/14
Thomas replied on 12/19/2014

Thank you very much for the kind words about the English language classes. It's a pleasure working with both you and your Spanish speaking co-worker. His English continues to improve after every session thanks to his personal study efforts and desire for self improvement.

"Great tutor!"

- George, Addison, TX on 12/17/14
Thomas replied on 12/17/2014

Your comments are greatly appreciated George - you have a very good base from which to continue your Spanish studies. My compliments both to you and your former Spanish instructors.

"Five Stars For This Spanish Tutor!"

- Vicky, Plano, TX on 12/12/14
Thomas replied on 12/16/2014

Thank you, Vicky, for the kind comments. Your French really is very, very good. It's a pleasure to work with your son and watch him progress in his knowledge of Spanish. I am certain he will get an A grade this semester.

"Responsible teacher"

- Mie, Dallas, TX on 11/8/14
Thomas replied on 11/11/2014

Thank you very much, Mie H., for your kind words and comments. I am looking forward to working with your Japanese speaking son to advance his knowledge of American English as he progresses with his studies in the USA.

"A confident and very capable language tutor."

- Laura, San Dimas, CA on 11/3/14
Thomas replied on 11/11/2014

Laura D, it is truly a pleasure working with you as your tutor in Brazilian Portuguese. Only because of your excellent knowledge of Spanish do we make comparisons between the two languages when it is absolutely necessary to avoid confusion and expedite the learning experience. You are to be commended for your desire to dominate both of them.

Thank you very much.

"Primera Clase Exitosa (Successful First Class)"

- Fernando, Irving, TX on 10/25/14
Thomas replied on 10/29/2014

Gracias mil por las palabras tan amables - vamos a ver lo que ocurre mas tarde despues de la temporada del noviazgo.

A sus ordenes.

Tomas Rizzo di Misa

(Thank you very much for the kind words - Let's see what happens after the getting to know you period is over. At your service, Thomas Rizzo)

"Helpful tutor; identified my strengths and weaknesses"

- Rachel, Frisco, TX on 9/6/14
Thomas replied on 12/17/2014

Thank you Rachel very much for your kind comments. You worked very hard on your degree as well as your American English usage to obtain your present teaching position here in Texas. Good luck with your advancement within the school system where you now work.

"Knowledgeable, Easy-going, and Extraordinarily Helpful"

- Aaron, Fort Worth, TX on 8/16/14
Thomas replied on 8/20/2014

Aaron, it is a pleasure working with you in your quest to achieve fluency in not only Medical Spanish but in the Spanish language and its associated culture itself.

Thank you for the opportunity.

"Great Spanish Tutor"

- Craig, Argyle, TX on 8/2/14
Thomas replied on 8/4/2014

Thank you Craig for the kind words. It's lots of fun working with both of you as you learn spoken Spanish and the culture of both Spain and the Americas.

"Fun Lessons!"

- Dylan, Euless, TX on 7/8/14
Thomas replied on 7/13/2014

Thank you for the kind response it's a pleasure working with both of you.

"The best tutoring experience I have ever had!"

- Benjamin, Garland, TX on 6/24/14
Thomas replied on 6/30/2014

Thank you for the kind words Benjamin - it's a pleasure working with you online in Italian.

"A good listener and attentive in getting detail information"

- Esther, Mesquite, TX on 6/24/14
Thomas replied on 6/24/2014

Thank you for the kind comments and I wish you every success in your new role as a Medical Practitioner at the MASTERS LEVEL.

Tom

"Perfect Tutor"

- Sivaprasad, Duluth, GA on 6/20/14
Thomas replied on 6/23/2014

It's a pleasure working with you - I wish you lots of success with raising your TOEFL scores from their now good levels to even a higher standard. Thank you for choosing my services.

"Great tutor for our child!"

- Cara, Rowlett, TX on 6/15/14
Thomas replied on 6/24/2014

Thank you very much for allowing your son to study Italian with me prior to you relocation to Italy. The assistance of both you and your husband by participating in the class really helped to motivate him to both learn and have fun simultaneously. Please tell your son that MOMO says hello and is saving a balloon for him.

TOM

"Great Tutor"

- Biju, Irving, TX on 5/26/14
Thomas replied on 5/27/2014

Thank you very much Biju for the kind words - it's a pleasure working with you either in person or on the Wyzant online network. I'm positive you will meet your American English goals

Thomas

"Very knowledgeable and experienced!"

- Lewis, Dallas, TX on 5/18/14
Thomas replied on 5/19/2014

Thanks for the kind comments, Lewis. Your progress in Spanish is truly amazing. I wish you lots of continued success with your new transportation ventures.

"Great tutor!"

- Andrea, Richardson, TX on 4/10/14
Thomas replied on 5/2/2014

Thank you very much for the kind comments. Your progress, that of both you and your wife, has been outstanding. You will do great at the World Cup in Brazil. My pleasure to work with you both.

"Great Instructor"

- David, Dallas, TX on 4/9/14
Thomas replied on 5/2/2014

David, it is a pleasure working with you. Thank you for the kind comments and my best to your wife, the doctor from Brazil, who I am sure is checking your homework. Always a pleasure.

"Fun To Work With And Very Patient"

- Cathy, Dallas, TX on 3/12/14
Thomas replied on 3/12/2014

It is a pleasure working with you on your Spanish journey, and rest assured we will work out this thing with Canadian French. After all, you are from there (Canada), and I really did work in Quebec. It's just a matter of time before you will be ordering everything that there is on a Mexican restaurant menu completely in Spanish. Thank you very much.

"Makes Learning Spanish Fun!"

- Cindy, Dallas, TX on 3/9/14
Thomas replied on 3/11/2014

Thank you very much for your continued support of my language classes and your continued desire to improve your spoken Spanish.
You certainly are doing very well. Always a pleasure to have your participation.

"Very Knowledgeable"

- Cynthia, Allen, TX on 3/7/14
Thomas replied on 3/9/2014

Doctor - your comments are greatly appreciated and I hope my training abilities will live up to your expectations for both you and your patients.

Thank you very much.

"I didn't know they made tutors like this!"

- Jessica, Lewisville, TX on 3/6/14
Thomas replied on 3/9/2014

Your comments are overwhelming and I appreciate them very much.
However, remember an instructor is only as good as the finished product - you. Your Italian speaking ability is progressing very well. Thank you for the praise and I am positive the finished product will be speaking Italian 'MULTO, MULTO, BENE'.

Grazie tante.

"Great Tutor!!!"

- Brian, Dallas, TX on 2/23/14
Thomas replied on 2/25/2014

Brian it's a pleasure working with you once again in French. Also, it's wonderful to hear that your daughter now lives in Europe traveling between France and Switzerland for business -
I really remember your anxiety when you first tried to learn French to go to her wedding in France - well let's lessen your worries even further as you get ready to visit the French grand kids. Truly a pleasure and thank you for the kind comments.

"More Than Vocabulary and Grammar"

- Hal, Irving, TX on 2/3/14
Thomas replied on 2/10/2014

Thank you very much for your kind comment about both my Spanish tutoring ability and knowledge of Hispanic culture and History. I wish you much success in choosing your Spanish speaking destination be it Costa Rica or Ecuador.

"Fantastic tutor"

- Sam, Auburn University, AL on 1/11/14
Thomas replied on 2/10/2014

Thank you very much for your kind comments about my French tutoring ability and knowledge of both French and French Canadian culture. Congratulations to your daughter for the A in French last semester and let's try for A + this semester.

"Great Tutor"

- Zainab, Plano, TX on 1/7/14
Thomas replied on 2/10/2014

Thank you for your kind comment about my French tutoring abilities. I am positive that both you and your husband will successfully pass the French language interview you will soon have for official entry into Canada and its work force.

"Outstanding instructor."

- John, Fort Worth, TX on 1/2/14
Thomas replied on 2/10/2014

Thank you very much for your comments about my Spanish tutoring capability and bilingual speaking proficiency in Spanish-English. I am positive your new office in either Mexico or Chile will be a tremendous success with completely bilingual personnel to increase both customer satisfaction and enhance profitability.

"The Best Spanish Tutor in Dallas!"

- Rishma, Houston, TX on 11/12/13
Thomas replied on 11/14/2013

Thank you very much for your kind comments and good luck to your daughter with her future academic endeavors.

"Just what we needed!"

- Joe, Plano, TX on 10/12/13
Thomas replied on 10/16/2013

Thanks for the kind words and the endorsement. I am very happy that your trip to Italy was a great success and that the time you spent with me in preparation studying Italian proved both pleasurable and valuable.

Please consider my services for more Italian study or when you decide to travel to Spanish speaking South America, Portuguese speaking Brazil or France or its territories in the French speaking Caribbean.

Thank you very much. Tom R.

"Great tutor"

- Elizabeth, Dallas, TX on 10/4/13
Thomas replied on 10/15/2013

Hi Matthew A:

Thank you very much for the kind comments and observations. You come well prepared for beginning to advance your knowledge of Spanish to that of fluency and I will get you ready also for your future study program in one of the ITALIAN SPEAKING REGIONS OF SWITZERLAND. It is a pleasure working with you.


"Wonderful teacher"

- Ossodongarti, Dallas, TX on 8/1/13
Thomas replied on 10/15/2013

Ossodongarti M:

Your comments and observations of my language teaching methodologies are greatly appreciated. Working with your French and Mandarin Chinese speaking son to introduce him to American English was challenging but not very difficult. The reason for the lack of difficulty obviously was the support I received not only from your son but also from you and your wife. Thank you.

I am looking forward to working with him again when he returns to the United States to continue his studies.

English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Public Speaking, Reading, TOEFL,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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English

I have tutored students extensively in ESL and TOEFL with success in Europe, South America and USA.

I have taught ESL/TOEFL at the community college level.

I also have private tutoring experience with ESL training for mid level management within several corporations in USA and Mexico.

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL - Live teaching experience of English as a second language in both Europe and South America as well as the USA - my specialty is ENGLISH FOR LATINOS.

Taught English in the French school system in Roubaix, France at the middle school level on a Fulbright Fellowhip and worked part time in the evening tutoring IBM French speaking employees as well as giving private lessons to high school and college students in the northern FRANCE metroplex of Lille, Roubaix,Tourcoin.

My total experience in ESL includes teaching and privately tutoring French, Spanish, Latin American, Italian, Brazilian, Chinese, and Japanese nationals during my studies, travels and work experience.

The largest success in teaching English was attained training the management team from Bimbo, Mexico (competitor to Frito Lay now both in USA and South America) as well as sales reps from Relient Energy and many, many Latinos getting ready to take their US citizenship exam. Tremendous feeling of achievement when they showed me their new papers making them legal.

French

I received the BA in French with honors from Saint Francis College with additional study at Lille University, France a regional branch of the Sorbonne, the National University of France.

The study and travel in France was the result of a Fulbright fellowship as well as a 12 month travel grant from the French Educational Bureau, Paris.

I have tutored French in the USA as well as in Latin America having attended also the University of Chile studying both French and Spanish at this institution and UCLA in the
USA.

My tutoring method stresses listening and speaking skills but can include all levels of grammar when required.

My French teaching/tutoring experience in the USA include working with FUN ED and Inlingua specializing in young people, adults and with children from the ages of 4-16 as a private tutor - plus working as an adjunct French instructor for the Dallas County Community College System, the Collin County Community College System as well as Texas Christian University.

French language certification exams passed
at UCLA and the US Foreign Service Institute,Washington, DC.at the 98th percentile or NEAR NATIVE FLUENCY.

Italian

I am a first generation Italian-American who spoke the language at home and then learned English in school.

I completed a program in Italian Studies at Columbia University to bring me up to date on what is actually taught and spoken in Italy today both in the school system and on the job - to overcome the confusion of hundreds of regional dialects.

My biggest Italian tutoring achievement was working on a two year program with Brinker International to train their US Sales Managers to speak Italian to open various franchise opportunities in Italy for USA franchisors.

Other successes included working on projects with Xerox in Torino and Nokia in Milano facilitating language cohesion between sales forces using English, Finnish and Italian.

With children from 6 to 16 I tutor using a totally different approach but still stress understanding and speaking Italian from the start.All my materials come from the Stanford University Children's Language Development program.

Portuguese

Studied Brazilian Portuguese both in the USA and in South America at the university level.

Certified Brazilian Portuguese Proficient at the graduate school level by UCLA.

Received the MA in Latin American Studies including Spanish/Portuguese from the University of Calif. - was awarded a full fellowship at UCLA.

Have tutored Brazilian Portuguese both in the USA and South America and developed a specific program to introduce USA business employees to Brazil,Brazilian culture and the Portuguese language.

Trained approx. 20 Experian employees from Mexico, Puerto Rico and the mainland USA in Brazilian Portuguese prior to opening their operations in Brazil - did similar work for another company Fogo de Chao in the restaurant franchise industry.

Have taught Brazilian Portuguese at the community college level in both Dallas and Collin County as well as Texas Christian University.

From a business perspective I have much work experience at the corporate level with both Verizon and Nokia in such areas of Brazil as Rio de Janeiro, Campinhas, Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, Manaus, Recife and Rio Grande do Sul.

Spanish

This language instructor/tutor lived and worked where the Spanish language is spoken every day and then got professional degrees and certifications to teach the language. I am certified here in Texas to teach Spanish at all levels by the Texas Education Agency.

My specialty is Spanish of the Americas and I have lived, worked and studied in Latin and South America as well as Spain.

The past four years I worked with more than 1000 students in group sessions and tutored many more in private lessons throughout Dallas and Collin counties.

Your tutor is bilingual, trained and exerienced teaching Spanish to both children and adults with an MA in Latin American Studies from UCLA specializing in Spanish/Portuguese.

TOEFL

1.I have taught ESL in the French school system after being tested and approved by the French Ministry of Education, Paris, France.

2.I have taught ESL classes in France for IBM French sales/marketing personnel.

3. I have taught ESL classes in the USA to NEC, Japanese and Bimbo, Mexico sales and administrative personnel.

4.I am actively teaching and tutoring ESL/TOEFL presently to private individuals as well as businesses stressing reading comprehension, vocabulary enhancement, pronunciation improvement, etc.

Saint Francis - New York, Univ. Pontifica de Chile, Univ. de Lille, France
French Spanish Portuguese Italian
UCLA - Los Angeles, California
Master's
University of Southern California (USC)
Master's

Education

Saint Francis - New York, Univ. Pontifica de Chile, Univ. de Lille, France (French Spanish Portuguese Italian)

UCLA - Los Angeles, California (Master's)

University of Southern California (USC) (Master's)

Truly a Wise Ant! — Sr. R finds a way to so thoroughly impart knowledge, wisdom and understanding that the process is seamless, painless and exacting without being overbearing. The beauty of this for me is that I have found in ONE instructor all that I require: Spanish, French and Italian. The rarity is that he speaks as a native speaker because he is a native speaker! Rare indeed!!! ...

— Douglas, Dallas, TX on 1/28/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

My rate schedule is from $35 - $50/hr either at the student site or my office at home and $25/hr for online tutoring. Special group and multi-hour rates are available.

Travel policy

Thomas will travel within 40 miles of Dallas, TX 75248.