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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)
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
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.
Thomas is approved to conduct lessons through WyzAnt Online. WyzAnt Online allows students and tutors to work remotely via video, audio, and collaborative whiteboard tools. For more information about how online tutoring works, check out WyzAnt Online.
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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!
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.
I have spent considerable time with different language programs and felt I was a solid mid-level beginner. I wanted to be able to consider myself an intermediate speaker. I needed two things; 1. A solid foundation of Italian grammar and 2. Additional comfort level at a speaking and hearing at a faster pace. Tom did a superb job filling in the gaps the commercial programs could not regarding grammar. That alone gave me a nice solid base to complete my climb towards an Intermediate understanding of Italian. I will continue to use Tom as I grow in Italian and will use him for my business Spanish studies as well.
Grazie Tomasso! Parlare con voi presto!
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
After continued English courses and many frustrations I decided to find a private tutor to help me improve my English skills. Since my first class with Thomas I realized how good, professional, patient, excellent tutor he is. I´m so happy and excited to continue improving my English, because I know how important it is to adapt to the american culture and be able to talk without fear with others. I highly recommend his tutoring. Don´t be afraid to do a class with him. You will never regret!
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.
I've been studying Portuguese with Thomas for a month, and his lessons have been very easy to understand and helping me a lot to build my Portuguese understandings. I had studied Portuguese for more than a year before studying with Thomas, and so far he has been giving me things to review my former studies and also new things to challenge! All the documents he offers me are really easy to understand and also has lots of information. Also, since I just moved in to the U.S. and I'm not American, he also gives me tips on living in the U.S., which has been really helpful.
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.
I appreciate the fact that from our first lesson today I feel like I will be able to greatly improve my Italian.
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
Thomas makes the lesson interesting and fun. He provides a lot of information on Italy and provides great working lessons to prepare me for conversing in Italian when I travel. I really like him.
The kind comments are greatly appreciated. Thank you for choosing to work with me for your Italian development prior to going to Italy.
I had a lesson with him regarding TOEFL. He helped me a lot in our lessons by providing a good lesson plan and materials to review. Had a wonderful experience and time
Thank you Jose Angelo for the positive comments and lots of success with your physical therapy certification. It was a pleasure working with you
As he started tutoring my child, he seemed to be nice except teaching in slow pace. The problem starts when you ask him if he has a little flexibility. You aren't asking him to go out of his way but you're simply checking out. For example, we asked him if he can start 30 minutes late because my child was thinking to attend a sporting event. Normally a tutor would give yes or no answer and you adjust your child's schedule accordingly. However, Mr. Thomas R. cancelled the lesson all together. So, my advice to others is: Once you schedule lessons with him, don't ask him to change anything or talk about additional lessons, it will confuse him. The lower price comes with its own problem.
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.
Daughter is a great student, Very gifted young lady. Was a pleasure working with the student.
He is very responsible and very patient. He knows what way we have to take to improve my English.
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.
After only a few sessions, my son is already feeling more confident in his Spanish skills and performing better on tests. Thomas takes a personal interest in each student and goes above and beyond by sending additional study materials throughout the week. So glad we found this tutor!
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.
Thomas agreed to teach my son in a very short notice as he needed help on major test. He setup an online session and went over the material. After the lesson, my son contacted with additional questions late night and Thomas replied with answers immediately. I would highly recommend him for Spanish tutoring.
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.
I could not have found a better teacher than Thomas. He has made learning Italian fun and teaches as to where it all make sense! Brilliant man with incredible knowledge of language. So happy I chose him.
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.
My tutor makes the lesson so easy to learn because of the knowledge that he has about Spanish. I am learning how to write, speak and understand the Spanish culture. Thomas makes the lesson so much fun that I enjoy coming weekly to his class and because of that, this is making me a better Spanish speaker.
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.
Thomas R. has been my Spanish tutor for 7 months. I have three main comments to describe my tutoring experience with Thomas:
1. FUN: He is VERY enthusiastic about teaching languages. He loves teaching language and culture!!! His knowledge and appreciation for the Spanish language were apparent from our first meeting. I also appreciate his ability to provide tips related to practical conversation. Further, he made really, really sure that my pronunciation of terms was correct and he was quick to fix any errors.
2. STUDENT CENTERED: He is very concerned about meeting the needs of his students. He applies each lesson to help the student meet their goal. The examples and resources he uses are likewise based specifically on the needs of his students.
3. TEACHING MODES: I had several lessons both in person and on-line. Both are effective modes of instruction with Thomas. Regardless of the mode, Thomas is very dependable and makes sure you get a lesson and assignments packed full of useful information.
I recommend Thomas. He is a wonderful, enthusiastic, energetic person that wants nothing more than for his students to succeed and meet their individual goals!
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.
Thomas R is very helpful and encouraging. He has been helping my daughter with her second year Spanish. His knowledge is amazing!! He rates 5 out of 5 stars!!
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.
This was just the first class but he made my daughter very comfortable, and helped her understand. I hope to continue with the same results.
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.
Thomas is an excellent tutor.. He is engaging and extremely knowledgeable not only about the language but the culture as well... I highly recommend him to anyone who's looking to learn and speak Italian .. I know I would excel much quicker if I studied more but even not studying I have excelled quicker than expected.. You won't be disappointed!!!
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.
This was our first lesson and my son and I were both nervous. As soon as we say Thomas he made us both feel welcomed and at ease. He worked immediately to assess my child's level and had age appropriate material. He is patient and consistent and we had a wonderful experience. Can't wait until next week.
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.
American English pronunciation, and methods to practice. I understood the 4 sections estructure of the Toefl, and the evaluation process.
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.
Solid curriculum coupled with teaching tactics that beginners can implement immediately. Thomas speaks many languages and because he has so much real life experience he can easily augment the training/course as necessary to accommodate all skills and levels. Highly recommend!
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 a very knowledgeable, enjoyable and well prepared tutor. Since the first day he detected the areas of my speaking that I needed to improve, so from the first to the last class he helped me to improve my grammar and pronunciation. He makes every class very fun and enjoyable, he will not only tell you to read or repeat words during the whole class, he actually will tell you interesting stories and real life examples. I'm really amazed with all the tools and up to date material he gave me to improve my score in the speaking section of my TOEFL ibt. I am a native Spanish speaker, and he understands the cultural differences between my culture and the american culture. He explained to me those differences because it is an influence when you are expressing your words in a foreign language. He has a lot of experience!
Overall I would say that I learned a lot and I was always encouraged to be confident and give my best. Thank you very much Thomas!
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.
I like how he is available for online sessions because it is much more convenient for me during the week! I enjoy his Spanish lessons because they help me in the things that I've always struggled with such as pronunciation and grammar. And if i don't understand what a word is, he gives me a thorough explanation of what it means. Awesome teacher :)
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.
Thomas is one of best tutor I have ever met. He is very thorough and versed in the language.
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.
Thomas focuses on getting the basics right first and laying a strong foundation. He also quotes interesting facts about the language during the courses.
He is very prompt with his schedules and is very easy to approach. He encourages the learning process and is very patient regardless of the student's knowledge level, learning capacity and the effort the student puts in.
Thomas has a very good & extensive teaching background and has worked with people from diverse cultures. If you want to start speaking Spanish in your second class, this is not the session for you. But if you want to be thorough with the basics and are ready to compare & analyze and learn a language for real, Thomas is the apt tutor for it!
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.
After having several tutoring sessions with Mr. Thomas R. I can say that he is very knowledgeable in every aspect of the Spanish language, and the culture behind it. He is very friendly, and his teaching style is just like that of a school teacher. I provide the material, and he teaches me the information to my full understanding. Overall, a great Spanish tutor.
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.
Anyone who truly wants to learn French and correctly, you should have Thomas tutor you. He is very patient and listens to you. He wants you to succeed in your goal. But with any language you have to do your part as well and practice practice practice!!! I'm so thankful I found Thomas and I'm doing so much better than I was. I will be moving to France for about one or two years and with Thomas's help I know I'll be fluent by the time I have to go. I would recommend him to anyone!
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.
When I say I'm blessed to have found Thomas, I don't say so lightly. I'm a Hispanic woman who grew up around the romantic language of Spanish but never received formal language training, so, while I can speak and understand the language, reading and writing Spanish is difficult. Cue Thomas and his tutoring services. Thomas is an extremely educated, patient man. Rather than focus the lessons on ditto forms and longs lists of grammar rules, he allows the lesson to be organic. For example, a practice in pronunciation led to the conjugation of several irregular verbs, which then led to a conversation, in Spanish, on the gender of nouns and how to tell the difference. Don't second guess yourself on reaching out to Thomas for Spanish tutoring. You'll be in good hands.
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.
When you hire Thomas as a tutor, you're getting way more than Spanish language instruction, but someone who can advise you on various educational and vocational opportunities within the your language of choice. Mr. R has helped me explore the Peace Corps, MBA programs, and several other opportunities I had no idea existed.
In terms of his foreign language instruction, he goes beyond that of a regular teacher or tutor. Sure, he teaches grammar and culture. In fact some of the cultural topics have blown my mind. But what sets him apart is that he goes into what part of words should be emphasized. For example, depending on whether a word is being used as a noun or verb, requires different emphasis. If you don't follow these rules, you will not be easily understood in the Spanish speaking community.
In conclusion, every week I spend with Thomas is time well spent. I know I'm on the right track to learning Spanish and being understood by native speakers.
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.
Thomas is really a very Great Tutor. He always has a lot of patience with me. I'm a German Woman and for some months will be in Texas for Work.
I'm really happy that I found Thomas as Tutor. He has a lot of experience and is very flexible. If I need support in Special issues he Switched immediately. He has really good and helpful advice for every Situation I asked him. Every lesson is different and I am every Time interested. I had some issues with my Internet Connection and Thomas was really patient. In summary I could not Imagine to find a better Tutor. Thank you Thomas.
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.
I spent a wonderful two-lesson hours with Thomas! He immediately understood my desires and my necessities. He gave me important advice about my English study, I'm really thankful for that.
Thank you for the kind comments Alessandra - good luck with your studies here in the USA. A pleasure meeting you.
I love working with him. He is very positive and friendly. He adjusts his lesson so that it will match your ability or needs.
Not only is he very good at teaching you how to speak Spanish, he also talks about Spanish culture and his experiences in various country, which is very related to the lesson (which helps me remember the words well).
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.
I am student at UT Dallas struggling with French and Mr. R has been extremely helpful. He's very enthusiastic, patient, humorous and flexible when it comes to learning environments. He can work with you one on one, which is how I do my tutoring sessions with him, or via webcam if you can't make it. It also helps that his sessions are very affordable. I would definitely recommend this tutor if you are looking to better your linguistic skills.
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.
Tom is an outstanding Tutor, very patient and dedicated. I am completely sure that as a foreign professional this is one of the greatest opportunities I have had in this country. I am 100% convinced that there is a lot of very good and educated foreign people in this country that could definitely give much more to the society if they could have the chance of having a tutor like Tom, who not only gives you the tools you need to communicate perfectly in American English but also gives you a wonderful understanding of the American culture.
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.
I have been attending class with Thomas about once a week for a couple of months now.
I am presently working for a company that has decided to enter the Latin American market with our engineered construction materials, and having a history of speaking Spanish over the years, I have the chance to drive that initiative. I minored in Spanish in my university days and had the opportunity to get pretty good at it in the construction business. However, over the last 6 or 7 years, I have had less chances to keep my skills honed and as a result have lost some of it. I went to Thomas with the goal to regain my conversation skills and be able to sell my goods in a Spanish-speaking environment.
But having so much personal experience in various Latin American business, he knew that I also needed to understand the nuances of dealing with other cultures in a business environment. So instead of giving me some words and phrases to use while doing a power point presentation, he is guiding me towards a higher understanding of what it will take to be successful in a variety of business and cultural situations. So I am on my way from being the novel blue-eyed gringo who can throw down some tex-mex to a businessman from the US who can work his way through the maze of challenges of building meaningful business relationships in an environment that is much different from home.
I have already experienced the difference our time together has made for me based on the ease I have recently experienced in dealing with Spanish speaking clients over the phone which have resulted in some purchase orders and invitations to get down to Costa Rica, Lima, and Santiago for some direct discussion on how to move forward. If you need some guidance increasing your comfort level and abilities to do business on a one-on-one basis (and people always buy from people...) in Latin America, I highly suggest giving Don Thomas a call and getting on his teaching schedule.
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.
Thomas is really a nice and smart guy who can always come up with some ideas that help you better learn English in an efficient manner. Besides in his class, he never stops trying to make the studying environment interesting so that you are willing to thoroughly involve yourself in every content he builds exclusively for you.
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.
Thomas is absolutely fabulous. I'm a business person needing to brush up on my Spanish for my job. Thomas totally tailored my lessons for my abilities... No cookie cutter approach there. He's astute, picking up on where I needed to focus and offering lessons geared specifically to me. Furthermore, he's extremely dependable and professional. If you email or call, you'll get a response quickly, and he'll try his best to accommodate your schedule.
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.
I liked Tom from the first time I talked with him on the phone. He is enthusiastic and makes learning fun. We have had three lessons now and based his willingness to adapt to what I need instead of making all students fit one mold. I believe that I will be speaking Spanish confidently in short order. I'm so glad that I found his profile on WyzAnt.
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.
My son needed help with French II and Mr. R. has certainly helped him! My son's confidence and grammar skills were lacking, but after working with Mr. R., he is much more confident and his grades have risen steadily. Mr. R. has been very fair with tuition since we have to travel a ways to get to him. He is also quick to respond to emails and very communicative about the lessons. Using this service has been easy, hassle free and very worth the money. I will definitely use this service again if need be and would recommend it to others gladly!
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.
I have accompanied my Spanish speaking co-worker for several of his tutoring sessions with Mr. R, who is working with him to improve his English conversational skills. From my observations he is very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate about teaching. He is very much in tune with the particular needs of the student and customizes each lesson to their level. He not only presents the lesson material but presents it in a manner that makes it very interesting. We are very satisfied with Mr. R and would highly recommend him to anyone.
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.
I'm currently working with Tom on my Spanish conversational skills and filling in grammatical weak spots. Tom is supportive, knowledgable and has an engaging teaching style. The hour passes quickly. This is exactly what I was looking for.
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.
There is no word to express my appreciation to a great Spanish tutor that my son has with Mr. Thomas for more than 4 months. If anyone is looking for a Spanish tutor, I would like to recommend him. As my knowledge, he teaches other foreign language too. (I tested him once for speaking French language and he impressed me! I did not test him on other languages because I know only French...). If you would like to test him with any other language, you won't regret it because he is very fun and adorable.
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.
Thomas is a helpful, kind, wonderful teacher. We are so appreciate to have tutoring with him. Thank you.
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.
I am very pleased with the tutoring that Thomas has provided me in every lesson. He is patient, kind, fair, and very helpful. I really like how careful he is to make sure I understand not only the words we're speaking, but also how they are really used in the real world, and in what dialects. And, there is no breezing over the accent or colloquial language, which I believe are the most critical parts of communication. Furthermore, I speak another similar language that in the past has inhibited my ability to learn this new language. Thomas not only recognizes where I might get confused, he attacks the possible difficulties head-on. He speaks both languages and instead of my other knowledge getting in the way, Thomas has made it an asset. I feel lucky to have a tutor so knowledgeable in so many languages. I would highly recommend Thomas for learners who want an in-depth language learning experience.
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.
Iniciando las clases de inglés con ilusión. pronto se verán resultados con mi nuevo profe de inglés que estoy seguro que avanzara en mi ingles.gran conocedore de las tecnicas de aprendizaje y un virtuoso de las lenguas latinas(i began my English classes very excited) very soon we will see the results with my new English teacher, I am sure I will advance much quicker with him. Large knoledge of teachings technics and Latin language s.
(Starting English lessons with enthusiasm. I've had early results with my new English teacher. I'm sure I'll advance my learning techniques and a master of the Latin languages ??[I began English classes very excited.] Very soon we will see the results with my new English teacher. I am sure I will advance much quicker with him. Large knowledge of teaching techniques and Latin languages.)
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)
Thomas is an experienced TOEFL, ESL teacher and you will see this if you talk with him once. He was prompt to send me feedback about my essays and provided holistic and detailed advice to improve my abilities in different areas. I got to learn what I need to practice more to improve my English skills. He is patient and provides me with great examples of speaking, pronunciation and American English.
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.
I've only had one session with Tom so far, but his confidence and hybrid textbook/conversation style of teaching makes learning Spanish effective and enjoyable.
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.
Señor R. is excellent. Patient, clear, interesting, and knowledgeable are just a few of many words I could use. My daughter and I are having a great time learning Spanish from Tom.
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.
Tom is a fun teacher. My wife is a Portuguese speaker who is learning English. Tom has done a good job assessing her level and teaching accordingly. I highly recommend him.
Thank you for the kind response it's a pleasure working with both of you.
Even after only one session, it is clear to me that Thomas R. is supremely knowledgeable on a wide variety of topics, well-versed in the histories and cultures of multiple languages, and absolutely confident with any kind of person. My first hour working with him was the best hour I've ever spent working on Italian. I cannot wait until the next meeting!
Thank you for the kind words Benjamin - it's a pleasure working with you online in Italian.
Mr. Thomas was very patient in gathering detailed information to find out what my needs are. I was able to gain a lot of information in our first meeting. I highly recommend him.
Thank you for the kind comments and I wish you every success in your new role as a Medical Practitioner at the MASTERS LEVEL.
I have seen many tutors in my life, but none of them have ever been perfect. Thomas is the perfect tutor who can help you achieve your goals. He understands his students and keep plans according to their requirements. Thomas responds to your emails or phone calls on time. Thank you.
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.
We brought our 4 year old to Italian lessons with Thomas. He did a wonderful job preparing our son for Italian preschool for when we move overseas. Our son learned letters, numbers, colors, and conversation skills in fun and interactive ways. Even my husband was able to pick up a lot in a short period of time! Our son loved visiting with Thomas and would talk about him during the week. We highly recommend Thomas as an instructor and we will miss him while in Italy!
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.
I am taking ESL class with Tom and he is a great tutor. His ability to assess student learning, analyze outcomes, and adapt instruction to meet student needs are awesome. He is very patient and makes his student comfortable and gives full support to his student to achieve his student's goal. I am very lucky to have Thomas as my instructor.
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
I had Thomas as a teacher who taught us the basics of Spanish. He is very knowledgeable and experienced and knew how to teach us the basics of Spanish in a way we could understand. I have recently began to use him as a tutor to become fluent. Well worth the money!
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.
Me and my wife both decided to study Portuguese because we have plans to visit Brazil for the upcoming World Cup. We also thought it might be useful for when we need to interact with Brazilian folks for our jobs. We found Thomas with WyzAnt and have had a great experience so far. He is fun to be around, very well organized, and has a well structured class.
He is very passionate about tutoring and has a wide knowledge of different languages and different accents. He also has many life experiences to share from the countries he has visited or worked in. Without any doubt, I will recommend Thomas.
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.
He knows many languages, teaches very well, with a deep understand of the language and culture of Brazil, knows where English speakers get in trouble and works on ways to learn.
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.
I have enjoyed working with Tom for several years. He always amazes me with his knowledge of Spanish cultures worldwide and his many travel experiences. I particularly enjoy learning about various country's customs, facial expressions, and body language that make learning a language so much more interesting than doing it from a book or computer program. He knows how to pace the lessons based on the students ability and even speak faster or slower based on my comprehension. He is very patient me and always helps me learn how to say things better or find ways to remember the vocabulary. Since he knows several other languages as well and I have a history with French, he understands when I get mixed up with the French words or grammar. I really enjoy working with Tom and would recommend it for people wanting to learn Spanish at any level - beginner through advanced.
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.
Thomas is a wonderful tutor. I decided to try to learn to speak Spanish as an older adult. He goes slowly when I need it and gives very clear explanations. The materials he provides are interesting for adults so my enthusiasm continues. I am amazed that I am actually starting to speak Spanish in class! For anyone looking for a Spanish tutor, I highly recommend Thomas R.
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.
Learning a language is not just learning the words. It must also be learning about the people with whom you wish to speak. I hadn't realized the importance of that until meeting with Thomas. I know I will achieve my goal with Thomas to help me.
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.
A few months ago I was plateauing in my language learning and half-heartedly searched for an Italian tutor. I stumbled on WyzAnt and Thomas' profile. Based on his reviews & credentials I knew I had found someone that could help me, but what I didn't know was how much fun I would have during our sessions. Thomas is brilliant; he knows so much about everything and I love coming to our sessions. Not only has he helped me with Italian but he's also taught me so much about the history of the language. He has a lot of experience in teaching language and knows how to curtail his lessons based on your current level and needs. I never worry about where we're going in our lessons, each week when I arrive he has a lesson planned. He's very energetic and enthusiastic during our lessons, he makes it fun and interesting. After Italian I'd love to study another language with him. He's one of those people you love being around, I could talk to him about anything and he'd be able to teach me something. Can't say enough great things about him and his tutoring. I'd go everyday if I could! Grazie Thomas!
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'.
Tom is one of those teachers that you just get excited being around - so knowledgeable, so energetic, and who can really teach because, as the saying goes and is so true, especially in his case: "he has been there and done that" with real world experience. The other thing that is great about him is that he is tailoring his instruction to my personal level and desires. Tom is the best!!!
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.
Lots of teachers can give you vocabulary and grammar. You don't even need a teacher for that -- you can find those in books. Thomas makes languages come alive, teaching what you need to (quickly) begin speaking -- but also providing insight into the culture of those who speak the language, the history behind those people, and how the language is really spoken. Someone who lacks that insight may give you the skeleton of a language but you won't know (and you won't know that you don't know) the fullness of a living language.
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.
Tom has just begun to help my daughter with French 3. He has been so helpful and patient with her. What my daughter likes most is how engaging Tom is. His knowledge of the language, cultural and how he shares that keeps her interested in what she"s learning. He is always prepared. With Tom's help and guidance my daughter was able to bring her grade up and finish with an A. She is very pleased and will be continuing to use Tom's tutoring help throughout this year.
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.
We had our first class with Thomas last week and really liked his way of teaching and the warm, friendly and light hearted manner in which he teaches. We look forward to learning French from him!
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.
Thomas is a very good instructor and worked very hard to meet my requirements. I requested my classes to be completely in Spanish except to clarify words and concepts I am not familiar with, to assess my comprehension of conversational Spanish, to review an immediate need to ensure I can relate technical and business concepts appropriately in Spanish and to provide input on the most appropriate steps to become conversational in Spanish. Thomas exceeded my expectations in the first conversation.
Thomas clearly has a deep understanding of Spanish and knows how to best relate business and technical concepts in Spanish for those students seeking to expand their business and technical language skill set. I highly recommend Thomas to anyone regardless of their language level.
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.
My daughter is a Senior and was having a challenging time with AP Spanish IV.
We were fortunate to find a tutor in Mr. R. Besides his tuition rate being quite reasonable, he is an extraordinarily talented linguist. His profile is there for us to read. But what struck me the most is that he is a Fulbright Fellow, and that too, a *double* Fulbright Fellow, being thus awarded both, by France and the United States! This is one of the most prestigious, difficult-to-get awards and only students of extraordinary merit and dedication earn them.
This dedication readily exhibits itself in Mr. R's tutoring. He is a consummate master of Spanish teaching. He is also very patient, explains difficult vocabulary and grammar in a lucid manner and has a great sense of humor!
Mr. R is simply a warm, wonderful person and a linguistic guru. My daughter and I are very glad to have met him.
Thank you very much for your kind comments and good luck to your daughter with her future academic endeavors.
My husband and I just spent two weeks in Italy. Spending the time with Thomas to learn the basics of Italian was the best thing we did before leaving! It's true most people in the large cities speak English but in the smaller cities, not everyone does! We were able to say all the basics (hello, how are you, etc.) in Italian. For those Italians who spoke English you can just tell they appreciate the gesture of communicating what we could in Italian. For those times when there was no English, we were able to muddle our way through far better having spent time with Thomas than if we hadn't.
If you are traveling to Italy (or need Spanish instead!), I would highly recommend contacting Thomas for classes. The workbook and CD we received were the perfect compliment to 'class time' too. Thomas is passionate about what he does and it comes through in his classes. He is very easy to work with too. It was a great experience and we couldn't have had a better teacher!
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.
Very understanding, you can tell he has many years of experience in tutoring. He knows where to start in teaching me a new language and knows where to start again for a language I've been studying for years.
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.
I was very pleased to have Thomas as tutor for my son. Thanks to his professionalism and patience, Thomas has helped my son regain confidence and overcome his shyness. I was very surprised by Thomas' talent and teaching methodology when he kindly allowed me to attend the first two lessons with my son. I have was amazed to see him use different ways to let my son reach out and ask questions, give his opinion on different topics. I would recommend him to any parent who is looking for a talented Tutor with a very rich and strong background. Thank you very much Thomas for your kindness, professionalism and I wish you all the best.
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.
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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 - 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.