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Longwood University (English)
German is my passion. I love foreign languages and have been invested in learning them since early on. I started in early high school with Spanish and then made a 180 to the Russian language, which I excelled in quickly. By the end of my high school career, I had another change of heart and settled down with German. German is, to date, my strongest language aside from English. Once I entered my studies at Longwood University (VA), I undertook the language as my minor (although I regret not declaring it my major- as my professors regret as well). I did wonderful things with German while at Longwood; the highlights: 1) A study abroad to Berlin, Germany where I acted as guide alongside my professor and his lower level students, 2) Becoming the selected German department tutor and, 3) Preforming Goethe's Faust for a 200+ audience with the lead role of Gretchen (in full German). I mastered my skills during my university years with courses in culture, grammar and literature- even acting! I was inducted into the National German Honors Society of Delta Phi Alpha and also graciously received our university German Book Award for outstanding achievement as a graduating Senior in my field. My work with German has always been a joy and recently, I was incorporated into a school as a German/English substitute. I taught German through Chesterfield Co. for 2 years combined and substitute for the county and Appomattox Regional Governor's School. Tutoring is a real joy for me and I love to breakdown this very complex language for beginners, and people who generally desire a better grasp of German in general. I also have first hand exposure to the culture, which I feel allows me to understand the written and spoken word in a more organic and comprehensive way. I look forward to meeting you (or your child) and rewarding your efforts with the mastery of DEUTSCH!
Although German is what truly excites me, I have a natural ability towards all things English as well! I am equally enthusiastic to sit with you (or your student) and assist in pre-writing, revision/editing and essay organization.
If you need a grammatical concept explained or simple practice, I can also help with this! Part of being bi-lingual is really understanding the function of grammar and knowing a second language has only deepened my understanding of English grammar.
I look forward to meeting up! German is my passion. I love foreign languages and have been invested in learning them since early on. I started in early high school with Spanish and then made a 180 to the … Read more
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I have 6+ years of experience speaking German and one year teaching it as a tutor at my recent University (Longwood University). I studied abroad in Berlin, Germany (May 2013) and served as a secondary guide to my professor's students, helping them navigate and understand the city when the professor was not around. My stay in Berlin gave me direct contact with the German culture and citizens, which I had only read about up until that point, and this gave me personal experience conversing with locals and engaging in real-time problems/occurrences. I have ample experience and capabilities with speaking proficiently due to my time starring in one of the most famous German plays of all time: Faust, which I preformed in front of a 200+ audience.
As an English major and recent graduate of Longwood University, I have gained much exposure to literature and this is the core of all things necessary in order for an individual to master all English reading and writing skills. This exposure opened up opportunities to practice and perfect writing skills through serious research projects, group collaborative efforts and classroom discussions. I have been a member of several writing workshop classes and been in attendance to a handful of upper-level, speaking and writing intensive courses. My degree as a general studies English major has exposed me to all the basics (plus more!) in the English field and has allowed me a mastery and understanding of English and its important function in all aspects of life.
As a college student and graduate I have spent many hours, both in and outside the classroom, peer-reviewing and editing and have managed to pass all classes with a B and above. My degree in English has exposed me to endless circumstances in which proofreading was a necessity and because of this, I have additionally learned many helpful strategies to strengthen my proofreading skills. I took a seminar course in technical writing which perfected my organization and proofreading skills not only for a school setting, but also for the work place where I learned how to compose various business documents and even collaborated with a group to do a full-body edit of a school student conduct manual, which we reduced by about 14 pages.
My exposure to, and experience with, a multitude of languages makes me an excellent go-to for vocabulary related issues because of my strong memory and understanding of word-family relations and cognates. Additionally, a strong background in English studies and much exposure to creative writing has introduced me to an amazing treasure chest of words in the English language. I have produced many research and creative-based writings and at least two have recently been suggested for publication: one on Viking Age burials and the other on the parallels of James Joyce and Sherman Alexie's use of epiphany in "The Dead" and "Whatever Happened to Frank Snake Church"- these pieces were recommended heavily on the basis that I found a way to incorporate lovely prose with hard researched facts.