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St. John's College (Philosophy)
Mt. St. Mary's College (MEd)
I have a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy with a minor in English and a Master's in Education. My teaching experience includes four years on the grammar school level, three years on the high school level (including Senior English) and ten years of adult education. In addition, I've been a WyzAnt tutor of English and speech since August of 2010. During that time I've had students from early grade school to high school and college. I've also tutored businessmen, ESL and special-needs students. I have always thoroughly enjoyed imparting knowledge, especially to the struggling student. Teaching English has been most satisfying because I am convinced that a solid command of the language is what most successful people have in common, no matter what their field of study or expertise. Success in English leads to success in life!
I take genuine delight in passing on my solid foundation in English to a generation being bombarded by grammatical and spelling errors and inappropriate punctuation, while at the same time finding itself trapped in the abbreviations of cyber communications. Those who are new to the English language present an even bigger challenge---one which I heartily embrace. Whether it is reading, writing, vocabulary or public speaking, my enthusiastic tutoring approach involves thoroughness and patience mixed with my sincere desire to instill a deep appreciation of the power of the English language. I challenge my students to raise their expectations, knowing full well that higher self-esteem, confidence and opportunity await them. I believe in my students and teach them believe in themselves.
English is fast becoming the world's language. My goal is to put the students of English in the driver's seat, where this ever-expanding language can steer them anywhere in the world...a world that welcomes the articulate and eloquent expression of their ideas and enthusiasm. I have a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy with a minor in English and a Master's in Education. My teaching experience includes four years on the grammar school level,
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English...what a language! The whole world is learning it so they can all speak to us Americans. So we should know what to say and how to say it better than anyone else. After all, it's our language (even though the British got it all started).
Throughout my entire education I've had the strictest English teachers you can imagine, from the nuns who taught me in grammar school to my professors when I earned my Master's in Education. However, this did not dissuade me from the study of English; rather, I embraced it. Indeed, I ended up teaching it on the high school level. Even today I keep dictionaries throughout the house so that any new word that arises from a book, magazine or newspaper will be immediately added to my ever-expanding vocabulary. I thoroughly enjoy passing on my solid foundation in English to a generation being bombarded by grammatical errors and inappropriate punctuation, while at the same time finding themselves trapped in the abbreviations of cyber communications. My tutoring of my three children helped them become highly proficient in English, leading to two very successful careers (an attorney and an international marketer) and a current student at Harvard.
My enthusiastic tutoring approach involves thoroughness and patience mixed with my sincere desire to instill a deep appreciation of the power of the English language. I challenge my students to raise their expectations knowing full well that higher self-esteem, confidence and opportunity await them. I want them eventually to join me in exclaiming: "English...what a language!"
I am a WyzAnt certified ESL/ESOL tutor. My strong command of English is combined with a deep sensitivity toward the English language learner. My experience has taught me to assess quickly the students' capabilities and to tailor my presentations to the individuals' needs. I continually evaluate student progress and set a corresponding pace.
I want my students to realize that I enjoy seeing them constantly improving their ability to read, write and speak English.
Hi! My name is Ray and I am a trained public speaker. I also spent 7 years in the ministry, speaking from the pulpit on a weekly basis. I have a Master's in Education and have spent many years teaching in front of the classroom - another important form of public speaking that requires a great deal of thinking on your feet. I have judged speech contests and know what to look for in content and presentation.
Your content needs to grab the attention of the audience with an opening that makes them want to hear more. Then it must hold that attention with short, illustrative stories and vivid examples. Finally, wrap up the speech by tying your conclusion to your opening. You can have great content but it must be delivered while engaging the audience with eye contact, appropriate gestures and a smiling face.
Believe me. I can help you do this.
Reading is the pipeline of knowledge. Thoughts, ideas, plans, stories, poems, history...all come to us through reading. Reading is the source of our education. All the world's knowledge is captured in the books that fill the libraries of the world. Reading them opens our minds to the beauty and treasures of literature and information.
My approach to better reading is based on the simple question, "What is the author trying to tell me?" Reading for understanding is a simple process of extracting the message contained in the written word. This is a mental process that is a skill. As with any skill, with the proper techniques, the more you practice it the better and faster you read.
I teach my students to read with the purpose of learning, and as this learning increases, so does the enjoyment and entertainment of reading.