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The very first blog post here. I'm so excited to get to know all of you! If you don't know what TEFL stands for, it is Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I can help with that! It is highly important to me to meet the criteria of your needs and evolve lesson plans accordingly, as well as help you advance in self-confidence, motivation, and group presentation. I, myself, would use an Eclectic... read more

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One day in college, my favorite professor approached me at my desk. She spoke in a hoarse whisper. "I need your help today. Will you please teach the class for me?" Who, me? I looked around at my fellow students, who were getting seated and unpacking their notebooks. This was hands-down my favorite class of the semester, an expository writing class. But...me? Teach? "Laryngitis,"... read more

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The above-referenced subjects include different-aged PreK-College student needs I have experienced at the beginning of each school year since Fall 2010, when I first began tutoring in earnest via WyzAnt, instead of substituting daily for lesser pay in 18 area elementaries in our school district. I am not including higher math (Grade 7 and above) in my math tutoring experience. I also have helped... read more

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Greetings learners, I'm back with another tip in learning. Now! How many of you leave your house without an Umbrella knowing there is going to be rain? Most likely none of you would make that mistake. Well it's the same in learning. Before you come to any session, be organized. 1.Firstly, eat a good breakfast or lunch. 2. Have all materials needed e.g Pens,pencils,work from school etc... read more

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Why is listening in a foreign language always easier than speaking? Why does reading in a foreign language seem so much easier than writing? That's because your brain is doing different work in each context. When you listen and when you read, you are taking in information. You are receiving information, a passive form of using your new language. However, when you speak or write, you... read more

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Especially in the language areas (French, Spanish, and English), there are lots of ways to stay current or to at least keep aspects of your learning fresh. In the case of foreign language, whenever possible, watch a news program or a weather cast in the foreign language. It is also a good idea to watch children's shows i.e. Dora in Spanish. Reading a newspaper is a wonderful way to maintain reading,... read more

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Updated Summer Availability: Mon: No Available Sessions Tues: No Available Sessions Wed: After 3:30 pm Thurs: After 3:30 pm Fri: After 1pm Weekends: 10am-5pm (Some flexibility required for recurring weekend sessions due to prescheduled out of town obligations) Please message me to inquire about setting up a tutoring session! Having your payment information on file... read more

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I have been on my bicycle a few times this spring, but yesterday I took my first serious ride (without the 9-year-old). It felt so great. I was absolutely in my "happy place." I am a busy person, often looking to "kill two birds with one stone," so it got me thinking... How can I work biking into the rest of the summer? I started to calculate how many days a week I could bike... read more

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LOVE is a uniting bond among people.  An effective teacher or tutor must have it. There are so many situations today where people are afraid of tests, children and adults are full of anxiety and teachers are overwhelmed by numbers of students and state requirements. As a mother, I had to learn to help with homework. Love manifests in patience. I admire homeschool mothers and fathers.... read more

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Why did I choose to teach via WyzAnt? It seems that people trust screening agencies today! We want someone to do the background research for us! From the web search, I found this placement company. It's easier that way to market my services, so it seems! Be my first student or group or students! My local and international references are excellent! I love to teach! My students become... read more

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It's summer, and everyone is ready for vacation, especially with all this beautiful weather we've been having. But "use it or lose it" applies to your English language skills even during the summer! Look for ways to keep using language while you're having fun this summer: - Get involved in a summer reading program at the library - Find a group of friends and form a book club... read more

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I introduced the Present Subjunctive to 2 of my students within the last week; first to my Spanish High School student and then to my Adult ESL student. Wow! Heavy duty grammar! I used to find it easier to teach Spanish grammar, in either English or Spanish, since I had to learn it formally and then incorporate it into my Spanish vernacular. I don't remember studying English grammar to the same... read more

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Sometimes it seems that there is no logic to the way native English speakers pronounce their language. How can the 'f' in 'fish' be pronounced the same as the 'ph' in 'telephone'? The way in which native English speakers pronounce the final sound of verbs expressed in the simple past actually follow a pattern that can be easily learned. If a regular verb ends in the sound of [t] or [d] the... read more