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Akin W.

Fairfax, VA

$40/hour

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Background check passed as of 8/24/14
4.8 average from 17 ratings
A great person, mentor, and tutor!
— Sheila, Tracys Landing, MD on 7/31/14

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Washington College
Hispanic Studies

Education

Washington College (Hispanic Studies)

About Akin

I have had an affinity for languages ever since I can remember. My love for languages is not limited to learning and speaking those languages, but also sharing that knowledge with others. My goal is to make language-learning a rewarding experience for all of my students.

I specialize in Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese as tutoring subjects. I can help with many aspects of language-learning: grammar, vocabulary, syntax, writing, reading and speaking in each language. I try to keep all of my students engaged and encouraged as I serve as their tutor. I believe that learning languages should be didactic as well as experiential. That being said, I try my best to incorporate a dynamic style to my teaching.

Learning languages can be frustrating, however, having the right help throughout the process can make it a very pleasurable experience. If for whatever reason you are not satisfied with my lesson you will not be billed.

In terms of scheduling I am flexible. If for whatever reason you have to cancel a lesson, I offer makeup classes.

Thanks for visiting my page and I hope that I get the opportunity to help you learn a new language!
I have had an affinity for languages ever since I can remember. My love for languages is not limited to learning and speaking those languages, but also sharing that knowledge with others. My goal is to make language-learning a rewarding experience for all of my students.

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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Fairfax, VA 22033
Background Check: Passed

"A great person, mentor, and tutor!"

- Sheila, Tracys Landing, MD on 7/31/14

"Great English tutor"

- Mohamed, Silver Spring, MD on 8/25/14
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

In addition to being a native English speaker, I am also well aware of the associated challenges of learning the language. I am TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certified, which allows me to use a specific methodology for effectively teaching the language.

In addition to the pedagogical knowledge I have gained for teaching English, I also have experiential knowledge working as an English instructor in a foreign country.

ESL/ESOL

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certified

Japanese

My qualifications for Japanese tutoring lie mostly in my experience living in Japan, in addition to my studies of the language while in college.

While living in Japan, I worked with Japanese staff, many of which did not speak English very well. I would communicate with them in Japanese to improve our communication.

Not only do I maintain a strong understanding of Japanese grammar, syntax and vocabulary, but I also have the ability to provide insight about cultural nuances regarding the culture which prove invaluable.

Portuguese

My undergraduate program required me to to take advanced Spanish and Portuguese classes. In 2010, I graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies.

I was inducted into the National Hispanic Honor Society (Sigma Delta Pi) in 2009. Upon graduation I also received the Henry Salloch Prize, awarded to a student in recognition of academic achievement and personal commitment to the understanding of other cultures.

Spanish

In 2010, I graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies. The undergraduate program required me to to take advanced Spanish and Portuguese classes. While taking those classes I tutored Spanish and studied abroad in Granada, Spain for a semester.

I was inducted into the National Hispanic Honor Society (Sigma Delta Pi) in 2009. Upon graduation I also received the Henry Salloch Prize, awarded to a student in recognition of academic achievement and personal commitment to the understanding of other cultures.

Washington College
Hispanic Studies

Education

Washington College (Hispanic Studies)

A great person, mentor, and tutor! — Akin has been wonderful with our son. He is teaching him to speak Portuguese which was our son's idea over the summer. The connection he has made has been more than teacher/student. Our son speaks of Akin and talks about him as if he were a friend. This has happened over a short period of time. Calling a summer day short with friends is no big deal on tutor days - he gets to see Akin! ...

— Sheila, Tracys Landing, MD on 7/31/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Akin will travel within 30 miles of Fairfax, VA 22033.