Michigan State University (Music Education)
Helping students to become excited about learning and apply it to their lives is the goal of teaching for me.
All of life is learning and discovering, and to help students engage in the world with excitement and purpose brings meaning to their life and has a positive influence on others. Specifically, teaching English as a Second Language is a life skill that helps internationals become a part of the community. My teaching includes the four language discipline of listening, reading, writing, and speaking. In addition, I combine classroom learning with field trips and real life experiences so the student can readily apply what they have learned. I have taught students from 25 different countries, beginning to advanced levels. My teaching has included ESL for academic purposes, business ESL, and ESL for engaging in community life. I received the the 2014 Max Award from the Berlitz Language School for distinguished service in teaching.
As a tutor I strive to prepare lessons with excellence and personalize the learning to the student's needs and goals. Before lessons begin I personally meet with the prospective student to learn of their strengths, weaknesses, and goals. We also determine if we will work well together. If so, I create a personalized learning plan for the student that includes appropriate textbooks/workbooks to be purchased by the student (usually 1-3 books). I frequently check with the student if goals are being met.
From the student I expect all assignments to be completed on time and to the best of his/her ability. If a student needs to cancel a lesson, they must do so 24 hours before the lesson time. Helping students to become excited about learning and apply it to their lives is the goal of teaching for me.
All of life is learning and discovering, and to help students engage in the world with excitement and purpose brings meaning to their life and has a positive influence on others. Specifically, teaching English as a Second
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As an ESL tutor/instructor I first meet with a potential student to learn what their goals, strengths, and needs are.From that point I form a teaching plan integrating listening, reading, writing, and speaking, as well as real life experiences outside of the classroom. I have taught general ESL to help students learn English so they can engage in the community, pre-academic, academic, and business ESL to students from over 25 countries. It is exciting to help a student progress in English so he/she can adjust to life here in Milwaukee and pursue their goals!
Besides teaching Cultural Geography and World Geography to our three children in high school, I am a certified English as a Second Language instructor and tutor who views world geography a necessary part of my skills. Also, I am actively involved in missions through our church, where we have men and women actively serving in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe. Geography is a fascinating subject!
As a CELTA certified ESL tutor/instructor I have worked with ESL students from beginning-to advanced levels preparing for the IELTS or TOEFL test. Most hope to enter an American university and know their reading, writing, and listening skills must be as excellent as their speaking skills. The IELTS is particularly rigorous in the writing section, however, I work with each student on all four disciplines. Those disciplines which are weakest will be given more attention and drills.
I have taught ESL international students at all levels, helping them to prepare for entry into American universities, as well as prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS tests. I also teach Business ESL to internationals who are working here in Milwaukee. Emphasis on reading, writing, listening, and speaking is critical at all levels and for all purposes.
I homeschooled our three children grades K-12. One of the disciplines I stressed was excellent writing skills. Whether it was writing an essay, a thank you note, or a major research paper, they had to learn correct form, style, grammar, mechanics, and research methods (including no plagiarism). Now I am teaching writing to ESL students who are business people, hopeful university students, or learning to write an autobiographical paragraph about themselves. Writing is an art, and excellent writing is a discipline colleges and businesses are now looking for in their prospective students and employees.