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Diane J.

Experienced bilingual tutor of ESL, ELA, Spanish, and Accent Reduction

Experienced bilingual tutor of ESL, ELA, Spanish, and Accent Reduction

$37/hour

  • 147 hours tutoring

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Bio

Hi. I'm Diane. I am originally from Michigan and have a Master's degree in Education specializing in English as a Second Language and a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Upon graduating, I moved to Venezuela and taught ESL to children, adolescents, and adults there for 30 years. Since returning to the U.S. three years ago, I have been an ESOL Reading Instructor at Lone Star College, I have also taught beginner to advanced level ESL courses and Accent...

Hi. I'm Diane. I am originally from Michigan and have a Master's degree in Education specializing in English as a Second Language and a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Upon graduating, I moved to Venezuela and taught ESL to children, adolescents, and adults there for 30 years. Since returning to the U.S. three years ago, I have been an ESOL Reading Instructor at Lone Star College, I have also taught beginner to advanced level ESL courses and Accent Reduction for several language companies, and tutored Spanish and English Language Arts Reading Courses.

I have an extensive background in Accent Reduction, having studied Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German and Linguistics while at the University of Michigan and achieving bilingual fluency in Spanish. Because of this experience, I can easily diagnose the reason for a particular student's difficulties in pronunciation and devise strategies for solving them. Many of these difficulties are the result of a lack of information about how the native speaker links words in the stream of speech and how to decipher the confusing spelling of English. As a result the student acquires many learned errors in pronunciation. Once these things are explained, a student's pronunciation can improve dramatically.

I am a qualified Spanish tutor since I have bilingual fluency as well as a degree in the language. If the source of a Spanish-speaking student's grammar or pronunciation errors in English are due to a "transfer" from their native language, my knowledge of Spanish is extremely helpful in identifying and correcting them.

There is nothing more rewarding than seeing one's students improve and excel, and having been a part of it. I believe good teachers are born, not made. The ability to connect with and inspire one's students, a sincere belief in their abilities, dynamic classes and enthusiasm are key to becoming an outstanding teacher. This is the teacher I strive to be. My students are the highlight of my day; they truly inspi


Education

(Graduated) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Spanish
(Graduated) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Masters

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Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor graduate with MA Degree in Education majoring in English as a Second Language. ESOL professor at Lone Star College and private instructor in Houston area and online. 20+ years-experience teaching the four language skills and all levels of English. Extensive experience in teaching Accent Reduction to students from different language backgrounds, and a thorough knowledge of the pronunciation, intonation, stress and rhythm patterns of American English. BA Degree in Spanish and fluent speaker. Lived in a Spanish-speaking country for 20+ years. Firsthand experience in adapting to a new culture and language.
Spanish,

Spanish

I have a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Michigan. I am fluent in both spoken and written Spanish and lived in a Spanish-speaking country for many years. I also have a Master's degree in Education specializing in English as a Second language and many years experience teaching students of all ages.
Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Reading,

Reading

I have a Master's degree in Education specializing in ESL from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I taught ESL to children for 30 years while living in Venezuela. My students were taught the four language skills, including oral reading and reading comprehension. Not only were these children learning English as a Second Language, but they had the added difficulty of learning a completely different sound system represented by the same alphabet. All became exceptional readers in my classes.
Grammar, Vocabulary

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor graduate with MA Degree in Education majoring in English as a Second Language. ESOL professor at Lone Star College and private instructor in Houston area and online. 20+ years-experience teaching the four language skills and all levels of English. Extensive experience in teaching Accent Reduction to students from different language backgrounds, and a thorough knowledge of the pronunciation, intonation, stress and rhythm patterns of American English. BA Degree in Spanish and fluent speaker. Lived in a Spanish-speaking country for 20+ years. Firsthand experience in adapting to a new culture and language.
Reading,

Reading

I have a Master's degree in Education specializing in ESL from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I taught ESL to children for 30 years while living in Venezuela. My students were taught the four language skills, including oral reading and reading comprehension. Not only were these children learning English as a Second Language, but they had the added difficulty of learning a completely different sound system represented by the same alphabet. All became exceptional readers in my classes.
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Vocabulary, Writing

Homeschool

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor graduate with MA Degree in Education majoring in English as a Second Language. ESOL professor at Lone Star College and private instructor in Houston area and online. 20+ years-experience teaching the four language skills and all levels of English. Extensive experience in teaching Accent Reduction to students from different language backgrounds, and a thorough knowledge of the pronunciation, intonation, stress and rhythm patterns of American English. BA Degree in Spanish and fluent speaker. Lived in a Spanish-speaking country for 20+ years. Firsthand experience in adapting to a new culture and language.
Reading,

Reading

I have a Master's degree in Education specializing in ESL from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I taught ESL to children for 30 years while living in Venezuela. My students were taught the four language skills, including oral reading and reading comprehension. Not only were these children learning English as a Second Language, but they had the added difficulty of learning a completely different sound system represented by the same alphabet. All became exceptional readers in my classes.
Spanish,

Spanish

I have a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Michigan. I am fluent in both spoken and written Spanish and lived in a Spanish-speaking country for many years. I also have a Master's degree in Education specializing in English as a Second language and many years experience teaching students of all ages.
English, Writing

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor graduate with MA Degree in Education majoring in English as a Second Language. ESOL professor at Lone Star College and private instructor in Houston area and online. 20+ years-experience teaching the four language skills and all levels of English. Extensive experience in teaching Accent Reduction to students from different language backgrounds, and a thorough knowledge of the pronunciation, intonation, stress and rhythm patterns of American English. BA Degree in Spanish and fluent speaker. Lived in a Spanish-speaking country for 20+ years. Firsthand experience in adapting to a new culture and language.
Spanish

Spanish

I have a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Michigan. I am fluent in both spoken and written Spanish and lived in a Spanish-speaking country for many years. I also have a Master's degree in Education specializing in English as a Second language and many years experience teaching students of all ages.

Most Popular

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor graduate with MA Degree in Education majoring in English as a Second Language. ESOL professor at Lone Star College and private instructor in Houston area and online. 20+ years-experience teaching the four language skills and all levels of English. Extensive experience in teaching Accent Reduction to students from different language backgrounds, and a thorough knowledge of the pronunciation, intonation, stress and rhythm patterns of American English. BA Degree in Spanish and fluent speaker. Lived in a Spanish-speaking country for 20+ years. Firsthand experience in adapting to a new culture and language.
Reading,

Reading

I have a Master's degree in Education specializing in ESL from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I taught ESL to children for 30 years while living in Venezuela. My students were taught the four language skills, including oral reading and reading comprehension. Not only were these children learning English as a Second Language, but they had the added difficulty of learning a completely different sound system represented by the same alphabet. All became exceptional readers in my classes.
Spanish,

Spanish

I have a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Michigan. I am fluent in both spoken and written Spanish and lived in a Spanish-speaking country for many years. I also have a Master's degree in Education specializing in English as a Second language and many years experience teaching students of all ages.
English, Writing

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor graduate with MA Degree in Education majoring in English as a Second Language. ESOL professor at Lone Star College and private instructor in Houston area and online. 20+ years-experience teaching the four language skills and all levels of English. Extensive experience in teaching Accent Reduction to students from different language backgrounds, and a thorough knowledge of the pronunciation, intonation, stress and rhythm patterns of American English. BA Degree in Spanish and fluent speaker. Lived in a Spanish-speaking country for 20+ years. Firsthand experience in adapting to a new culture and language.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor graduate with MA Degree in Education majoring in English as a Second Language. ESOL professor at Lone Star College and private instructor in Houston area and online. 20+ years-experience teaching the four language skills and all levels of English. Extensive experience in teaching Accent Reduction to students from different language backgrounds, and a thorough knowledge of the pronunciation, intonation, stress and rhythm patterns of American English. BA Degree in Spanish and fluent speaker. Lived in a Spanish-speaking country for 20+ years. Firsthand experience in adapting to a new culture and language.
Reading,

Reading

I have a Master's degree in Education specializing in ESL from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I taught ESL to children for 30 years while living in Venezuela. My students were taught the four language skills, including oral reading and reading comprehension. Not only were these children learning English as a Second Language, but they had the added difficulty of learning a completely different sound system represented by the same alphabet. All became exceptional readers in my classes.
Spanish,

Spanish

I have a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Michigan. I am fluent in both spoken and written Spanish and lived in a Spanish-speaking country for many years. I also have a Master's degree in Education specializing in English as a Second language and many years experience teaching students of all ages.
Writing

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Knowledgeable, patient teacher. Highly recommend

Not only Diane is extremely knowledgeable, she is patient, she know how to make the lesson enjoyable for any child. I have seen my daughter improving a lot in a very short time compare to her last tutor. I highly recommend Diane!

FAMILY, 6 lessons with Diane

Knowledgeable

Currently, Diane is helping me with my accent reduction. She is extremely knowledgeable and she is very helpful at implementing methods and strategies that are very helpful.

Christie, 7 lessons with Diane

Knowledgeable

Currently, Diane is helping me with my accent reduction. She is extremely knowledgeable and she is very helpful at implementing methods and strategies that are very helpful.

Christie, 7 lessons with Diane

Professional and dedicated

Diane is very professional, punctual and very dedicated. It's very easy to communicate with her via What'sApp. She always responds very fast. I highly recommend her.

Alba, 7 lessons with Diane

Writing

Good teacher she is patient listened what I need and corrected the sentence structure and grammar Good teacher she is patient listened what I need and corrected the sentence structure and grammar Diane is a patient teacher Diane is a patient teacher

Gussie, 1 lesson with Diane

Excellent tutor

Diane is amazing! She has native English, and she seems a Venezuelan. Her pronunciation in both languages is perfect. She can explain it to you in an easy way.

Mary, 14 lessons with Diane

Fun and energetic class!!

Diane is a professional and passionate English teacher. She knows exactly what the student wants. I wanted to improve my pronunciation and intonation. She has a very systematic way to help non-native speakers to reduce accent and improve speech delivery. she has her own know-how and special teaching methods. Her enthusiasm motivates me a lot.

Eun, 1 lesson with Diane

Great Teacher!!!

Diane is a very knowledgeable teacher. My wife is very particular and she just loved Diane. She teaches the fundamentals in a way that my wife could understand. Being bilingual, Diane was able to explain things in Spanish when necessary so that my wife could totally understand what she was meaning. I would highly recommend her for English lessons.

Joe, 3 lessons with Diane
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