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Laura W.

Speech, Grammar and Music Tutor

Speech, Grammar and Music Tutor

$45/hour

  • 35 hours tutoring

  • Roanoke, VA 24012

About Laura


Bio

I have 30 years' experience working in the public schools as a speech-language pathologist. I have worked with students ages 2-18, individually or in groups of 2-4, targeting clear speech, grammar and vocabulary. I have also worked with adults learning English as a second language while obtaining my TESOL certificate in Krakow, Poland. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in 1980, and my Master of Science degree from Radford University in ...

I have 30 years' experience working in the public schools as a speech-language pathologist. I have worked with students ages 2-18, individually or in groups of 2-4, targeting clear speech, grammar and vocabulary. I have also worked with adults learning English as a second language while obtaining my TESOL certificate in Krakow, Poland.

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in 1980, and my Master of Science degree from Radford University in Radford, VA in 1995. I received my TESOL certificate (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the School for International Training in 2004. My primary goal is to help others learn English through the practice of vocabulary skills, grammar and pronunciation.

I also have an extensive musical background. After taking ten years of piano lessons and two years of organ lessons, I worked as primary keyboard accompanist for Stan Kingma's Virginians: a variety show that traveled throughout Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland providing entertainment for banquets, conventions and other events. I also have worked as church organist and music director of several churches, as well as vocal soloist and choir director. I have experience teaching piano lessons privately.


Education

James Madison University
Speech Pathology
Radford University
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $45
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Roanoke, VA 24012
  • Lesson cancellation: 2 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 12/8/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In 2004 I resided in Krakow, Poland, for one month, where I took an intensive class in teaching English to non-English speakers. I attended classes during the day, taught adult students at night, and obtained the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate from the School for International Training. During this class I expanded on my ability to use all learning modalities to improve students' vocabulary, grammar and pronunication: visual, auditory, motor, tactile-kinesthetic. I taught evening classes as part of a team, targeting all areas of English learning during each evening: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Student participation in interactive lessons was the focus of each lesson, as opposed to a lecture format. I have extensive experience helping students improve communication skills in their native language as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Providing speech/language therapy and teaching English as a second language require very similar, perhaps identical, techniques and skills. Communication skills in any langauge are critical to an individual's success in all areas of life and I am dedicated to helping others in this area.
Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I am extremely well-versed in the use of English grammar and vocabulary, from kindergarten levels to adult. I have worked with children in the public schools of all ages for 30 years, with individuals and small groups. I also taught summer school for several years at the elementary school level, working with all elementary school subjects. My strongest areas are reading, spelling and writing but I am experienced in teaching math, science and other subjects as well.
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In 2004 I resided in Krakow, Poland, for one month, where I took an intensive class in teaching English to non-English speakers. I attended classes during the day, taught adult students at night, and obtained the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate from the School for International Training. During this class I expanded on my ability to use all learning modalities to improve students' vocabulary, grammar and pronunication: visual, auditory, motor, tactile-kinesthetic. I taught evening classes as part of a team, targeting all areas of English learning during each evening: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Student participation in interactive lessons was the focus of each lesson, as opposed to a lecture format. I have extensive experience helping students improve communication skills in their native language as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Providing speech/language therapy and teaching English as a second language require very similar, perhaps identical, techniques and skills. Communication skills in any langauge are critical to an individual's success in all areas of life and I am dedicated to helping others in this area.
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Spelling, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I am extremely well-versed in the use of English grammar and vocabulary, from kindergarten levels to adult. I have worked with children in the public schools of all ages for 30 years, with individuals and small groups. I also taught summer school for several years at the elementary school level, working with all elementary school subjects. My strongest areas are reading, spelling and writing but I am experienced in teaching math, science and other subjects as well.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In 2004 I resided in Krakow, Poland, for one month, where I took an intensive class in teaching English to non-English speakers. I attended classes during the day, taught adult students at night, and obtained the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate from the School for International Training. During this class I expanded on my ability to use all learning modalities to improve students' vocabulary, grammar and pronunication: visual, auditory, motor, tactile-kinesthetic. I taught evening classes as part of a team, targeting all areas of English learning during each evening: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Student participation in interactive lessons was the focus of each lesson, as opposed to a lecture format. I have extensive experience helping students improve communication skills in their native language as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Providing speech/language therapy and teaching English as a second language require very similar, perhaps identical, techniques and skills. Communication skills in any langauge are critical to an individual's success in all areas of life and I am dedicated to helping others in this area.
English, Reading, Spelling, Writing

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In 2004 I resided in Krakow, Poland, for one month, where I took an intensive class in teaching English to non-English speakers. I attended classes during the day, taught adult students at night, and obtained the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate from the School for International Training. During this class I expanded on my ability to use all learning modalities to improve students' vocabulary, grammar and pronunication: visual, auditory, motor, tactile-kinesthetic. I taught evening classes as part of a team, targeting all areas of English learning during each evening: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Student participation in interactive lessons was the focus of each lesson, as opposed to a lecture format. I have extensive experience helping students improve communication skills in their native language as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Providing speech/language therapy and teaching English as a second language require very similar, perhaps identical, techniques and skills. Communication skills in any langauge are critical to an individual's success in all areas of life and I am dedicated to helping others in this area.
Sign Language,

Sign Language

During my undergraduate and graduate training and my career as a speech pathologist, and I have taken several sign language classes. I have interpreted for deaf parents of students I worked with. I can help students learn basic sign language words, phrases, etc.
TOEFL

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I am extremely well-versed in the use of English grammar and vocabulary, from kindergarten levels to adult. I have worked with children in the public schools of all ages for 30 years, with individuals and small groups. I also taught summer school for several years at the elementary school level, working with all elementary school subjects. My strongest areas are reading, spelling and writing but I am experienced in teaching math, science and other subjects as well.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In 2004 I resided in Krakow, Poland, for one month, where I took an intensive class in teaching English to non-English speakers. I attended classes during the day, taught adult students at night, and obtained the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate from the School for International Training. During this class I expanded on my ability to use all learning modalities to improve students' vocabulary, grammar and pronunication: visual, auditory, motor, tactile-kinesthetic. I taught evening classes as part of a team, targeting all areas of English learning during each evening: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Student participation in interactive lessons was the focus of each lesson, as opposed to a lecture format. I have extensive experience helping students improve communication skills in their native language as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Providing speech/language therapy and teaching English as a second language require very similar, perhaps identical, techniques and skills. Communication skills in any langauge are critical to an individual's success in all areas of life and I am dedicated to helping others in this area.
English, Reading, Writing

Music

General Music,

General Music

I studied piano for 10 years, organ for two years, with one year of study at the Univeristy of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. While at the university, I studed music history, music theory and the two instruments mentioned above. I am a proficient keyboard artist and amd very knowledgable about music in general. I have taught piano lessons privately, instructing students in various aspects of music, including but not limited to instrument proficiency.
Sight Singing,

Sight Singing

I studied sight singing while at the University of Cincinnati, but my many years of music lessons and practice helped me to acquire an unusual proficiency in this skill. For many years I have been able to browse sheet music in a store and been able to hear the notes, chords and harmonies in my head, knowing what the song will sound like long before ever hearing it played. (That has saved me a lot of money on music I didn't wish to purchase!) This skill has served me very well while singing in choirs and helping those around me to learn melodies. It also helps me to write music without sitting at the piano.
Music Theory

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In 2004 I resided in Krakow, Poland, for one month, where I took an intensive class in teaching English to non-English speakers. I attended classes during the day, taught adult students at night, and obtained the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate from the School for International Training. During this class I expanded on my ability to use all learning modalities to improve students' vocabulary, grammar and pronunication: visual, auditory, motor, tactile-kinesthetic. I taught evening classes as part of a team, targeting all areas of English learning during each evening: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Student participation in interactive lessons was the focus of each lesson, as opposed to a lecture format. I have extensive experience helping students improve communication skills in their native language as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Providing speech/language therapy and teaching English as a second language require very similar, perhaps identical, techniques and skills. Communication skills in any langauge are critical to an individual's success in all areas of life and I am dedicated to helping others in this area.
Sign Language

Sign Language

During my undergraduate and graduate training and my career as a speech pathologist, and I have taken several sign language classes. I have interpreted for deaf parents of students I worked with. I can help students learn basic sign language words, phrases, etc.

Special Needs

Sign Language,

Sign Language

During my undergraduate and graduate training and my career as a speech pathologist, and I have taken several sign language classes. I have interpreted for deaf parents of students I worked with. I can help students learn basic sign language words, phrases, etc.
Speech

Speech

I have a Master's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and 30 years' experience in the field as a speech-language pathologist in the public schools, a private clinic and a nursing home. I helped facilitate development of articulation, vocabulary, grammar and listening skills in a variety of settings.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I am extremely well-versed in the use of English grammar and vocabulary, from kindergarten levels to adult. I have worked with children in the public schools of all ages for 30 years, with individuals and small groups. I also taught summer school for several years at the elementary school level, working with all elementary school subjects. My strongest areas are reading, spelling and writing but I am experienced in teaching math, science and other subjects as well.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In 2004 I resided in Krakow, Poland, for one month, where I took an intensive class in teaching English to non-English speakers. I attended classes during the day, taught adult students at night, and obtained the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate from the School for International Training. During this class I expanded on my ability to use all learning modalities to improve students' vocabulary, grammar and pronunication: visual, auditory, motor, tactile-kinesthetic. I taught evening classes as part of a team, targeting all areas of English learning during each evening: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Student participation in interactive lessons was the focus of each lesson, as opposed to a lecture format. I have extensive experience helping students improve communication skills in their native language as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Providing speech/language therapy and teaching English as a second language require very similar, perhaps identical, techniques and skills. Communication skills in any langauge are critical to an individual's success in all areas of life and I am dedicated to helping others in this area.
GED, Reading, Writing

Test Preparation

GED, TOEFL

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Laura W.

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