Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison/Journalism (Master's)
Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee ESL accrediated to teach ESL to Adults (30 credits) (Other)
My name is Joy, and I'd like to introduce myself by telling you something about my background and teaching approaches. I've traveled in many lands, lived abroad, and experienced the ups and downs of learning a new language and encountering different cultures. I'm a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate (BS in Medical Technology and Masters in Journalism). Later, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I became certified to teach English as a Second Language. Currently, I'm teaching ESL at Milwaukee Area Technical College and substituting in Basic Communication Skills. MATC has four campuses; I've had classes at all of them. Right now, I'm teaching a conversation class at the South Campus in Oak Creek, as well as a beginners class. MATC has students from about 35 countries who speak more than 50 different languages. I, myself, can only get along in Italian and German and some Spanish.
I've taught students from age 17 to 87 at all levels--those with no English all the way up to students studying for their TOFEL exam. I've even worked with Chinese neurophysiologists who needed help with pronunciation of medical terms and with communication in the operating room. My approach to teaching a class and to tutoring is to create a relaxed, no-stress atmosphere but, at the same time, never stray from students' learning goals. I challenge, encourage, and respect each student, and carefully prepare lessons. I am flexible and responsive to every student's needs. I've tutored at a students' homes or schools, but more often I meet them at a cafe.
If if a student has problems with English grammar or with editing, I can help. I draw on my varied experiences as a newspaper reporter, freelance writer (mostly travel articles to over 50 newspapers), and editor of a newsletter on worldwide workforce trends at an international corporation. I like teaching grammar and helping students get their thoughts on paper in a clear and concise way. Also, if a student has difficulty in pronouncing English, I can help with the "music and rhythm" of this universal language, as well as analyze where pronunciation difficulties lie and demonstrate how to overcome them. I'm a good listener and enjoy immensely getting to know each and every student. Moreover, I believe it's important that students laugh and smile a lot on their path to overcoming academic problems and achieving their goals. Hi,
My name is Joy, and I'd like to introduce myself by telling you something about my background and teaching approaches. I've traveled in many lands, lived abroad, and experienced the ups and downs of learning a new language and encountering different cultures. I'm a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate (BS in Medical Technology and