Northern Virginia Community College (AA IT Networking)
Strayer University (MBA)
I am a hard-working teacher, highly motivated and productive, spending many hours on classroom and tutoring preparation with methodologies that support the adult learner. I am also creative with my approach to teaching, innovative in arranging learning opportunities for learners so that all learners are successful, and I am available to learners who needed extra support. My belief is that the learner already has skills in another language and it is my responsibility to allow the learner to adopt those skills to the new language. I also believe that in learning a new language for example, it is not all about memorizing grammatical rules, learning new vocabulary, or pronunciation it is about the motivation behind learning the new language and how that motivation can be used positively to help the student succeed. My teaching philosophy is based on encouraging students to think for themselves, using real life situations (realia) as much as I can. I tailor my lesson plans to each student's needs as determined by our first sessions on assessment. Then the topics are comfortable to gain confidence as I move into more challenging areas. I use humor a lot to relax the students then questions and examples to check understanding continually. I hope I can help make your dreams of learning English come true as I have done for so many students.
In terms of my education background, I have a Masters in Project Management, a Bachelors in Mathematics, an Associates in IT Networking, and I have been teaching and tutoring adults ESL for 12 years now. With my academic background one might wonder why I teach. Simply, it brings me joy. I had a student who spoke French and was in my class for 4 sessions. Thereafter, she moved on to getting acclimated to her new country and people. One day I say her in a grocery store, the wide smile on her face and the gratitude she shared (in good English, I must add) is an example of why I do this. In order to satisfy a wide range of students including those that are anxious, those with significant memory problems, or students with a history of failure. I will also incorporate the "apprenticeship model of teaching. That is, support driven teaching in which a meaningful task is identified, then the teacher makes sure the student knows exactly what the learning target looks like. Then teacher invites the learner to participate as a collaborator as much as possible (not performance based). The student acts independently only when fully ready to do so. In other words, I will work hard to determine what works for the student and implement strategies to make the student successful.
I am a hard-working teacher, highly motivated and productive, spending many hours on classroom and tutoring preparation with methodologies that support the adult learner. I am also creative with my approach to teaching, innovative in arranging learning opportunities for learners so that all learners are successful, and I am available to learners
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