John G.

Houston, TX


M.A. from Rice - French, Spanish, English, Composition, Linguistics

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Texas A&M University
Rice University


Texas A&M University (French)

Rice University (Master's)

About John

My name is John. I'm a linguist and my passion is languages! I have had over 5 years of experience in helping people understand:
- English (grammar, writing, and reading)
- French
- Spanish
- Linguistics (like Phonetics, Syntax, and Psycholinguistics)

About me: I have a B.A. in French from Texas A&M University, and a Master's Degree in Linguistics from Rice University. I have taught English in France, acted as substitute teacher for Spanish, French, and Music classes at the middle school and high school levels, and have served as Teaching Assistant of French at Texas A&M University and at Rice University for Linguistics. I currently teach Academic Writing and test prep courses (TOEFL/IELTS/GRE/SAT) as well.

Contact me at if you have any questions, or if you would like to start learning, and I can get you the help you need in a way you can understand it.
My name is John. I'm a linguist and my passion is languages! I have had over 5 years of experience in helping people understand:
- English (grammar, writing, and
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24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Houston, TX 77003
Algebra 1, Prealgebra, SAT Math
General Music, Piano
Grammar, IELTS,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Spanish, TOEFL
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Vocabulary

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Having an M.A. in Linguistics, I have three years teaching English as a Second Language to adults. I also have eight years teaching/tutoring French and Spanish.


After getting my master's degree in Linguistics from Rice University, I now provide language training services in Houston. With over eight years of language education experience, I can help you achieve your language goals.


I received my B.A. in French from Texas A&M University. Additionally, I spent a year abroad improving my reading, writing, speaking, and cultural skills.


I've been coaching students on the GRE for over three years. Most of my clients' first language is not English, so a majority of the Verbal section focuses on strategy for understanding vocabulary. The test can be challenging for even native speakers of English, so I coach using a variety of test-taking strategies that we work on in our sessions.


For the past three years, I have been providing private IELTS courses, increasing students' scores by at least .5 points from test to test.


I have my master's degree in Linguistics from Rice University and my expertise is in phonetics and pronunciation.


I am a self-taught musician, beginning with classical piano and recently finding my love for jazz. I have been playing piano for 25 years, and I'm a big fan of jazz piano. These days, I play tenor saxophone with a local funk band in town and piano with various musicians. Over the past few years, I have played with the Rice University Big Band on piano, and with the Rice Jazz Combo on piano and sax. Other recent experience includes playing keyboard in the Free Radicals, and saxophone in the Free Radicals Second Line. I have been teaching myself clarinet recently.


Having taught English as a second language to adults for three years, I have a keen eye for catching grammar mistakes and can help you utilize usage and style in a way that will be most effective for your writing.


I have been teaching TOEFL and IELTS private classes for the past three years. In my Private Lessons, I track our progress, make recordings, and provide feedback using Google Docs.


John holds a master's degree in Linguistics and is currently a freelance editor. He also has a background in teaching writing skills to adult learners.

Texas A&M University
Rice University


Texas A&M University (French)

Rice University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

John will travel within 15 miles of Houston, TX 77003.