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Do you want near-native fluency? That’s a lofty goal to reach and may never be achievable depending on your circumstances (i.e. lack of time to study and/or lack of exposure to the target language). Why not settle for a specific level of proficiency that will best meet your short term goals? You can always improve to a higher level later. 5 Steps to Learning Your Second or Third (etc.)... read more

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Correcting pronunciation and verbal grammar mistakes can be difficult because conversation move so quickly. Additionally, constant interruption to correct breaks the flow of the conversation and can discourage the student. To overcome these weaknesses while addressing this important area of language, I have started keeping a notepad that I can use to jot down student errors. If the error is in... read more

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I have been responding to a lot of requests recently, yet got no further reply thereafter. Some students just wrote me that my rate is higher than others. Well, I have some say there, as I had students before who came back to me after they tried other tutors. The question is, would you rather pay more for a short time or pay less for a longer period of time? First, some students do not... read more

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Hello everyone! Or should I say kazoozampola! That is Dzongkha (the national language of Bhutan) for HELLO! After a few months away in the Land of the Thunder Dragon, the Kingdom of Bhutan, teaching at the Royal University of Bhutan, I am back and ready to see you. I am ready to apply some of the insights into teaching that I gained on this last adventure. Every year or so I try to freshen... read more

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Recently, as I've been working with students on reading, I noticed something interesting. Students tend to want to read the material quickly, whether or not the word is being read correctly.This presents in two different ways that I have noticed so far: If it is a new word, the letters and syllables might get read out of order. If it is a root word, verb or noun, they are already familiar with,... read more

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Hello and welcome to my Blog page. As I jump into tutoring, I hope to fill this page with helpful tips and techniques that I pick up along the way. For example, a great way to study English is to read. The more a person reads, the more vocabulary, grammar, structure, etc. is picked up and translated into their own writing. Even if it is a small article each day, reading motivates the mind. This... read more

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There are so many changes happening in the field of education, and teachers need to keep up with the trends. Some of the changes include: - Common Core Curriculum - 21st Century Skills - New Teacher Evaluations - New Testing Formats New York State is on the cutting edge of these changes, and there are many great resources for parents and students. I try to stay on the cutting... read more

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Greetings! Today's post is about learning styles. One of the most important things that helps teachers provide better instruction is the knowledge of a student’s learning style. My belief is based upon the teachings of noted educational theorist, Dr. Howard Gardner. Dr. Gardner posits that there are “multiple intelligences,” that define our individual learning styles and complement each other... read more

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Hi everyone. My name is Jennifer, and if you read my profile, you will get to know a lot about me and my teaching philosophy. I have been teaching since 1997, but have been out of the classroom since my husband went to Iraq. I have been subbing for the past 3 years, and have worked at a tutoring learning center. I enjoyed the one on one so much that I decided that I would love to work with more... read more

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Many teachers and tutors use television, radio, and other media to give students exposure to a language they're learning (English especially, as it's the most proliferated.) They can be a little bit helpful sometimes, but can be useless and even harmful most of the time. Remember the objective of these outlets is to SELL PRODUCTS. Every second of air time has a premium price tag, and there are... read more

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As a lifelong trainer of professional adults, it came as quite a shock to be thrown into the arena of teaching English to young children. I thought I would hate it! But to my surprise, I have found the children a joy. Currently I have one five year old from Russia and a brother/sister ages five and seven from Argentina. They are all a delight. There are times when I am reminded about how much... read more