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Maile B.

MA+20yrs. helping French, Spanish, English make sense to ages 12+

MA+20yrs. helping French, Spanish, English make sense to ages 12+

$40/hour

  • 1,502 hours tutoring

About Maile


Bio

Languages, cultures and performance have always fascinated me. My Thesis research for both MAs focused on the border of France and Spain, so I had to master those languages. I think of language learning like a puzzle or a game of chess: you learn the rules and then you can play!

I taught English language and literature at the New Sorbonne and Sciences-Po in Paris as well as French, Spanish and English at several international schools. I am IB certified for French Language B SL/HL and my...

Languages, cultures and performance have always fascinated me. My Thesis research for both MAs focused on the border of France and Spain, so I had to master those languages. I think of language learning like a puzzle or a game of chess: you learn the rules and then you can play!

I taught English language and literature at the New Sorbonne and Sciences-Po in Paris as well as French, Spanish and English at several international schools. I am IB certified for French Language B SL/HL and my students have a 100% pass rate. I am passionate about teaching, and I love tutoring because of the personal focus, finding the strategies that make YOUR brain work best.

I have a Master's in Anthropology, another MA in Theatre, and a BA in Romance Languages and Literatures. I always teach languages with a view to understanding the culture and with equal emphasis on linguistics and communication. My goal when tutoring and teaching is to make my students want to immerse themselves in the target language and culture.
I earned my Hatha Yoga certification in 2013 after getting certified as Pilates instructor in 2004. I have taught in studios, gyms, schools, and even a couple of diplomatic agencies while teaching abroad!

Having taught around the world and worked as a writing tutor during graduate school, I have taught/tutored English to people with many different mother tongues. I have also studied 7 languages, which has helped me to work out some of the puzzles of translation. Learning to be patient with myself as a language learner has made me more patient as a language teacher.

Thank you for reading! I look forward to helping you unravel the mysteries of languages and improve your literary and analytical skills!


Education

Hamilton College
French and Spanish
Indiana University Bloomington
Masters
Aberystwyth University
Masters

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Subjects

Art

Theater

Theater

My Master's in Theatre included several different modules, with coursework in Traditional Western Theatre, many different kinds of Eastern and other Indigenous performance traditions in Comparative Dramaturgies, and Intercultural Theatre. I worked extensively in Devised and site-Specific Performances, which was the focus of my thesis, presented at and performed in workshops in the UK, and evaluated countless performances.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL as well as French and Spanish in multiple countries. I have lived and worked with students from all over, including Taiwan, Turkey, and I spent 2 years teaching ESL at the Sorbonne and Sciences-Po in Paris. In graduate school I worked as a university writing tutor, helping international students with essays, lab reports and their PhD dissertations.
French,

French

BA French and Spanish, MA research in SW France, teaching French for over a decade.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have proofed and edited works from short stories to full-length novels and biographies. Clients have been both native English speakers and foreigners writing in English who need help with grammar but also with flow. I also did subtitling work in France for films.
Spanish,

Spanish

BA Spanish and French, teaching high school Spanish since 2013, began teaching college Spanish in 1999
Grammar

Elementary Education

Grammar

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL as well as French and Spanish in multiple countries. I have lived and worked with students from all over, including Taiwan, Turkey, and I spent 2 years teaching ESL at the Sorbonne and Sciences-Po in Paris. In graduate school I worked as a university writing tutor, helping international students with essays, lab reports and their PhD dissertations.
Literature,

Literature

I have taught Literature classes all over the world: English, French and Spanish literature. In graduate school I spent 3 years as a university writing tutor, helping students improve their writing and literary analysis. I have taught in private and international IB/AP schools, and at the Sorbonne in Paris I spent two years teaching courses in Shakespeare and Modern American Drama.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have proofed and edited works from short stories to full-length novels and biographies. Clients have been both native English speakers and foreigners writing in English who need help with grammar but also with flow. I also did subtitling work in France for films.
Grammar

History

Anthropology

Anthropology

I hold a Master's Degree from IUB in Anthropology, with an emphasis on Cultural Anthropology. My inside minors were in Medical Anthropology, The Anthropology of Performance and Ethnic Identity, and my outside minor was in East Asian Languages and Cultures. I conducted field work in the Basque Country of SW France/NW Spain.

Homeschool

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL as well as French and Spanish in multiple countries. I have lived and worked with students from all over, including Taiwan, Turkey, and I spent 2 years teaching ESL at the Sorbonne and Sciences-Po in Paris. In graduate school I worked as a university writing tutor, helping international students with essays, lab reports and their PhD dissertations.
French,

French

BA French and Spanish, MA research in SW France, teaching French for over a decade.
Spanish

Spanish

BA Spanish and French, teaching high school Spanish since 2013, began teaching college Spanish in 1999

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL as well as French and Spanish in multiple countries. I have lived and worked with students from all over, including Taiwan, Turkey, and I spent 2 years teaching ESL at the Sorbonne and Sciences-Po in Paris. In graduate school I worked as a university writing tutor, helping international students with essays, lab reports and their PhD dissertations.
French,

French

BA French and Spanish, MA research in SW France, teaching French for over a decade.
Spanish

Spanish

BA Spanish and French, teaching high school Spanish since 2013, began teaching college Spanish in 1999

Most Popular

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL as well as French and Spanish in multiple countries. I have lived and worked with students from all over, including Taiwan, Turkey, and I spent 2 years teaching ESL at the Sorbonne and Sciences-Po in Paris. In graduate school I worked as a university writing tutor, helping international students with essays, lab reports and their PhD dissertations.
French,

French

BA French and Spanish, MA research in SW France, teaching French for over a decade.
Spanish

Spanish

BA Spanish and French, teaching high school Spanish since 2013, began teaching college Spanish in 1999

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL as well as French and Spanish in multiple countries. I have lived and worked with students from all over, including Taiwan, Turkey, and I spent 2 years teaching ESL at the Sorbonne and Sciences-Po in Paris. In graduate school I worked as a university writing tutor, helping international students with essays, lab reports and their PhD dissertations.

Science

Anthropology

Anthropology

I hold a Master's Degree from IUB in Anthropology, with an emphasis on Cultural Anthropology. My inside minors were in Medical Anthropology, The Anthropology of Performance and Ethnic Identity, and my outside minor was in East Asian Languages and Cultures. I conducted field work in the Basque Country of SW France/NW Spain.

Sports/Recreation

Yoga

Yoga

I have been certified in Yoga since 2013, when I was certified in Hatha Yoga, and I have practiced Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin and other styles of yoga for many years. I also have a 300-hr Pilates method certification, which I received in 2004. I have taught yoga and Pilates to adults and teenagers (16+) for 8 years, in schools, studios, and even at an embassy and the OECD in Paris!

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL as well as French and Spanish in multiple countries. I have lived and worked with students from all over, including Taiwan, Turkey, and I spent 2 years teaching ESL at the Sorbonne and Sciences-Po in Paris. In graduate school I worked as a university writing tutor, helping international students with essays, lab reports and their PhD dissertations.
French,

French

BA French and Spanish, MA research in SW France, teaching French for over a decade.
Spanish

Spanish

BA Spanish and French, teaching high school Spanish since 2013, began teaching college Spanish in 1999

Examples of Expertise


Maile has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 3 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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my daughter loves her!

After having a few other Spanish tutors on Wyzant, we found Maile. Maile is engaging, funny, and makes learning Spanish fun. Her other tutors just spoke and lectured the whole time and so my daughter would zone out. Not with Maile, my daughter loves her time with her. And that is saying a lot coming from a dyslexic daughter who struggles with learning Spanish in a classroom setting.

Makayla, 2 lessons with Maile

Spanish tutor

My daughter is a 7th grade student who attends private school and Spanish is one of her core subjects. Ms. Maile is great with my daughter; she is very patient and is very knowledgeable. Ms. Maile inspires my daughter to learn Spanish in a fun environment. I am grateful that Ms. Maile is part of my daughter’s educational experience. I strongly recommend Ms. Maile to other students without any hesitation. It takes a great teacher to make the best student.

Lora, 65 lessons with Maile

My son absolutely loves Maile

She has been helping my son through his AP French class. I'm so relieved to have someone he can rely on to answer his questions and work through tenses with him!

Teri, 33 lessons with Maile

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Maile helped me with my oral French, instructing me on subjects I could talk about and things I could say in order to sufficiently utilize the time I would be given in my French exam. She was extremely patient and flexible with me.

Erica, 9 lessons with Maile

Delightful Teacher

Maile is superb. She knew exactly how to make me comfortable and to engage in re- learning French. I had fun and I learned so much in an hour. I am thrilled. I will continue enthusiastically!

Ellen , 7 lessons with Maile

Great Spanish tutor

My daughter LOVES Maile. She really connected with her. She is funny and personable and is very helpful with my daughter’s IB Spanish prep. We’re very excited to have found her!

Chris, 21 lessons with Maile

An incredibly knowledgeable and professional editor and proofreader

Just wow. I wanted her to help me with some proofreading on an important research article I wrote, and she more than delivered. She clearly has extensive knowledge of both the English language and writing mechanics, and her eye for detail is superb. The article is structured in a way that makes more sense now thanks to her, and all of the careless mistakes I made are gone! She really polished up my writing in a way that was constructive and professional, and she was a pleasure to work with. THANK YOU! I am happy to say I have found my new go-to editor for all of my future work!

Heather, 4 lessons with Maile

Practically perfect in every way

Maile is flexible and responsive. She helped provide lessons for my high schooler preparing for French 2. I would recommend her highly. She became known as our "French Shrink".

Carol Ann, 9 lessons with Maile

Maile is great at explaining to teens!

My 15 year old son has had a few lessons with Maile and he is so surprised that it's so much easier than at actual school, where the teacher doesn't explain it enough or so the kids get it. Maile is the opposite! She takes time, makes it easy and fun (and it's coming from a 15 year old boy!). We are looking forward to more lessons!!!

Darius, 10 lessons with Maile

Extraordinary, responsible and fun to work with

My son and I have had the pleasure of working with Maile on a one-to-one basis this summer. She was exceptionally attentive to my son's personal needs and keeps the lessons challenging, with a variety of subjects and exercises. She was highly observant and adjusted a lesson on the go to focus on a specific verbal or grammatical difficulty. French with her is extremely rewarding. She is very encouraging and I can highly recommend her as a French tutor.

Felicia, 22 lessons with Maile
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