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About Lars R.

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Petaluma, CA
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I am experience in translation and interpretation, having held many bilingual jobs and taken numerous classes in both English and Spanish. I am an active member of my community interested in overcoming language barriers.

About Lars
I began to teach guitar at 16 years of age. I have taught seven- to 60-year-old students in a wide variety of styles. From age 12 to 21 I took private guitar lessons regularly. Now, I have a lesson every once in a while. I studied jazz guitar primarily with Randy Vincent, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's greatest guitar players. Aside from teaching lessons as a job, I have played guitar in many concerts and continue to do so. Before moving to San Francisco for university studies, I gained a lot of experience and valuable education with guitar. I played in the jazz bands in Junior High and High School. I went to four years of a week-long summer jazz camp called Jazz Camp West, where I took classes, played open mics and had fun with many musicians, making some good friends. I hold BA degrees in Music (Jazz Guitar) and Spanish, as well as
an MA in Music, from San Francisco State University. By now, I am confident in working with whatever musical material students offer! Thank you.

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I am a laid back teacher, but I definitely expect students to practice what I suggest they practice. I advise that students use method books or sheet music of some sort, and I will certainly make notes for them and create materials they can learn from. I always teach based on the goals of the student and what type of music they enjoy, but I also like to guide the student in a direction I think would benefit them. I usually introduce music to play right away, conforming of course to the skill level and interest of the student. I now a play seven-string guitar that differs from the standard six-string guitar in that it has one string lower than the low E of a six-string. It will be practical to aide students by accompanying with a bass range instrument.

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Guitar
My guitar roots are mainly Jazz, but I am always happy to employ a very wide range of styles. I work with both modal and tonal musical styles.
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Emma December 23, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Very patient with me.
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Maria S. October 8, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
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Jackson July 29, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Lars came to the session on time, and was very patient with my son. He took the time to listen and gave helpful tips on becoming a better player. I would recommend him!
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Lars R.

Lars R.

Petaluma, CA 94952
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About Stephanie Q.

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Asheville, NC

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Whether you need copy-editing of your professional document, better pronunciation, or simply to reduce your accent, and sound more 'American', I am well able to help you!

About Stephanie
I am a career musician, and conservatory trained violin, piano and vocal instructor with over 40 years teaching experience, and a resume spanning many pages. I also am a well endorsed composer and public speaker. Furthermore, I LOVE teaching! I am a competition judge, member of National Music Teachers Association, and Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have proven results, as documented on my students YouTube channel. With my instruction, you will learn quickly and most importantly, correctly, saving you time and resources as you reach your musical goals. Fact: One of the only activities that activates, stimulates, and uses the entire brain is music, so let's get started!

Some people have difficulty reaching a teachers' studio. For this reason, I have perfected my ability to teach via Skype or FaceTime. It is an advantage f
or my students to be instructed by a quality teacher. It's worth a try, isn't it?

Please note: I only accept weekly lesson students. Also, due to my performances, I'm not always able to this calendar up to date....so when you request a lesson time, allow me to communicate with you, if we need to adjust it a bit. It almost always works out if you don't mind doing that.

*** Lesson Details ***
All the students on my Student YouTube channel who have studied under three years, are practicing 2 hours a week, and you will have a similar result. That's 20 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Students under 5 practice about 5-10 minutes a day.

Please have an assignment book that lies flat, and keep it next to your music books as you practice between lessons. My instructions are very detailed to insure your best progress.

Studio Equipment
For on-line lessons, you will need a quiet place, and please test your sound and video prior to beginning of lesson. For students under 13 or so, do have a parent or caregiver taking notes while we work together.

Specialties
I have much experience with various learning styles, and in fact, am featured in a documentary made of one of my autistic students.
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Natasha May 31, 2017
· Violin · Online
Very pleased with my first lesson! I'm an adult beginner and I appreciated her frankness and encouragement!
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Jennifer B. February 13, 2017
· Fiddle · Online
Excellent teacher..Stephanie is so patience. .looking forward to more lessons with her.
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Nancy Lease January 4, 2017
· Organ · Online
I began taking on line Organ lessons with Stephanie in July of 2016. She is an excellent instructor. She makes you want to learn and do your best. She is very patient and explains things very well. She asks that you practice 20 minutes a day. Since she inspires you to improve and do your best, it is easy to practice longer than requested. She has brought joy back into my life through music. I am very grateful.
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Stephanie Q.

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About Janet B.

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Oakland, CA
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I help students with reading, writing, speaking, listening comprehension, pronunciation and accent reduction. I also help students prepare for English proficiency tests like the TOEFL.

About Janet
I'm an experienced tutor and coach in English (reading, writing, grammar, composition), government, political science, law and LSAT prep.

I can help you improve your grades or advance your career. I have a great deal of experience working with ESL learners, including speakers of Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Korean.

I can teach you how to write effective essays, academic papers, business presentations, website copy, marketing material, correspondence, emails, business plans, executive summaries, resumes, and many other types of writing. I have helped my students prepare successfully for the TOEFL, TOEIC, and a number of other exams. I'm also available for quick editing and proofreading assignments.

If you're a law or paralegal student, I can teach substantive legal topics, legal writing and research skills, and exam prep. I ca
n also help business students with business law courses.

Contact me, and I'll design a tutoring plan that best suits your needs!

If you select me as a tutor, please contact me before scheduling a specific lesson date and time, if possible. It's easier for both of us to confirm times in advance!
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Jessica August 16, 2017
· LSAT · Online
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Janet B.

Janet B.

Oakland, CA 94618
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About Julissa F.

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Parkville, MD
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I teach ESL to beginner - advanced students.

About Julissa
I am a freelance tutor and translator. I have been tutoring for more than 8 years. I am very friendly, patient and professional. I tutor college students and children. I got my Associate in Arts and Sciences - Psychology from Union County College in NJ. On my sessions I apply constructivist teaching techniques which have proven excellent results. I am an avid observer of details which helps me determine the student's strengths. My classes are fun as playing a game! I am also a Therapeutic Mentor in Catholic Charities. In order to be accepted I had to get a full background check because I deal with very special and unique children.
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Saylor February 17, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
She's terrific!
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Amelia February 16, 2018
· Elementary Math · Online
She does an amazing job breaking things down for my daughter and helping her visualize.
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Robin W. January 10, 2018
· Spanish · Online
I felt confident that I’ll have great guidance going forward. Her teaching method is soooo easy to understand.
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Julissa F.

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About Mona S.

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San Francisco, CA

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My lessons are stress-free and include plenty of stimulating, fun conversation practice.

I am passionate about helping learners access and master the English language in a way that makes them feel at ease in a fast-paced English speaking environment, more confident in their expressive language, and eager to continue learning.

My lessons cater to learners' needs, covering:
- Speaking: Professional and conversational English including idioms and phrasal verbs
- Grammar, punctuation
- Reading, comprehension
- Vocabulary, synonyms, word choice
- Pronunciation
- Accent neutralization

I have worked with learners of diverse ethnic backgrounds in the US and the United Arab Emirates and I am familiar with the nuances of intercultural language teaching. I teach with patience, care and respect.

About Mona
I have a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). I work with adult learners to help them communicate in English effectively and confidently. I have experience working with complete beginners and intermediate to more advanced speakers of English.

Students can expect each lesson to be tailored to their individual language learning needs and preferred learning styles. Focus is placed on getting ample speaking practice and practice exercises to practice and solidify newly acquired knowledge. I have experience working with business professionals, college students and seniors.

Through stimulating, comfortable private lessons, I help learners find their voice and a desire to continually develop their communication skills. Tutoring is an extremely rewarding experience and I love being able to facilitate learning. I'm alw
ays inspired by my learners' growth and personal commitment to improving.

My goal is to build your confidence in speaking, writing and understanding the English language by improving your grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and sentence fluency in a transparent, stress-free and fun format.

Reach out to me to see how we can work together to get you where you want to be!
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Mary June 18, 2017
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Mona is a dedicated, kind, and compassionate teacher! I worked with her on several essays to proof read for me and even with her busy schedule, she would respond right away with such thorough edits! You can tell Mona truly puts a lot of time and dedication into helping others and genuinely cares for others to succeed. I highly recommend Mona for any instructing, tutoring, editing help that you may need!!!
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Ahmed June 18, 2017
· ESL · In studio
I hired Mona for advanced English language lessons. Mona was exceptionally dedicated to the lessons and I could tell she spends a fair amount of time preparing before each lesson. She is also flexible and fun to deal with.

I would highly recommend Mona to everyone.
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Mona S.

San Francisco, CA 94109
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About Iryna K.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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I have experience teaching ESL to adults and children both in public and private schools. All my classes combine 4 major aspects for learning any language: speaking, listening, writing and grammar.

About Iryna
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I am Iryna. I am a native Russian and Ukrainian speaker. Teaching is my hobby. From the time when I got my BA in Education, until today when teaching my students from different parts of the world, I have not stopped learning and expanding my knowledge about cultural diversities. I have 10 years of teaching experience. I started as a private tutor in Ukraine, teaching English to children and adults. I graduated with honors from State Pedagogical University majoring in English, German and Russian in 2010.

I enjoy creating interesting lesson plans and I like to provide my students with interactive materials. When I moved to the USA, my dream came true. I was hired at Language Tutoring Center and had a pleasure to teach students from South Korea, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Austria and India. At the end of each se
mester, I was hosting Parent Open Houses, where my students could show their great improvements. My students were able to successfully pass TOEFL, ESL and German final exams, etc.

When teaching my students I like to use various resources like Oxford University Press textbooks, audio and video recordings, movies, songs, poems, tongue-twisters, charts, tables, interactive games, and so much more.

Happy learning!

Iryna
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Scott October 27, 2017
· Russian · In studio
Great teacher!
Her passion for language is evident by her enthusiastic and creative teaching style. She’s professional, patient and makes learning fun!
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Joan October 27, 2017
· Russian · In studio
I really enjoyed my Russian lessons with Iryna. She was very patient and very good at explaining the complex grammatical rules of Russian. It's always a little intimidating and sometimes embarrassing trying to speak a new language but Iryna created a very comfortable environment so I felt confident and uninhibited.
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Elizabeth October 27, 2017
· Russian · In home
I took Russian lessons with Ms. Iryna for one year during my senior year of high school, and she was such an encouraging teacher and helped me learned so much that I decided to pursue a Russian major in college. She is really sweet and works hard to tailor her lessons to each individual student's interests and learning preferences. She knew that I really enjoy music, and so she would send me playlists of Russian songs to help me work on my listening and vocabulary skills. She is also extremely organized and comes to each lesson with a written out lesson plan. She definitely deserves a 5 out of 5 stars!
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Iryna K.

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About Rose P.

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Elmhurst, IL
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Hello! I've taught ESL for 7 years using a highly effective curriculum for students in Egypt, China, and Ukraine. I use an intensive and fun method designed to help students in the most effective and natural manner.

I grew up in Chicago, studied English Literature, and have a love of teaching. I've taught beginner adults and children to advanced learners who need especially challenging courses.

To give you an idea of how lessons work; In the first class I figure out what level you are and what grammar you need. After finding your interests and I formulate lesson plans around them. We cover listening just as intensively as pronunciation. Everything we learn in grammar will be immediately applied to conversation. I don't do boring and will make sure you're having fun and staying motivated!

Practicing between classes is just as important. Every class is a leveling up and in order to do that, practice and vocabulary accumulation is needed in-between lessons. We'll figure out how many ...

About Rose
Hello! My name is Rose. When I was a teenage backpacker, I began teaching English to friends I made in different countries who are still my friends today. After over 7 years of traveling, teaching and experimenting with different methods and learner types, I found that the uniting quality in effective lessons is that they build confidence through fun, motivation and the exploration of new worlds that language opens up.

Learning a new language literally increases the size of your brain. When I was learning, I discovered a new part of myself and became a fuller person. Learning new languages has helped me find the courage to do many more things. Its helped me try acting, creative writing and eventually I gained the confidence to direct the scripts that I wrote. The friendships I gained also happened because I put in effort to know the lan
guage. My reality is totally different inside and out and I'm really glad for it!

I've tried all sorts of methods and have dissected military courses for language acquisition as well a experimental approaches. I have around 8 different approaches that I take for learners of a specific type and need. Everyone is an individual, so I customize lessons for each person's needs and interests.
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Arnaud February 12, 2018
· ESL · Online
Rose is a unique tutor with an amazing educational background. Rose didn't give me only grammar and vocabulary but also the cultural contexts. We dealt with a long list of topics that were challenging and interesting. More importantly she has this bubbly engaging personality that keeps lessons fun and always learning something new keeps me motivated. Thanks Rose
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Rose P.

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About Marie F.

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Pacifica, CA
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I am a certified ESL teacher. I received my CELTA certification from University of Cambridge. This is considered one of the top two ESL certificates worldwide. My classes are designed with your interests and goals in mind. I teach every student differently because every student learns differently. I teach speaking, reading, writing, listening, pronunciation and academic and professional writing. I have worked students from elementary school through PhD students and adult professionals.

I love the English language and I am always enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge with my students. My most important goals as a teacher are to make sure you achieve the highest possible English level and that you enjoy studying English with me.

About Marie
My teaching philosophy can be summed up in a few words : learning should be fascinating, individualized and fun. Helen Keller said, “ A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.” My goal is to help my students ask the questions that will lead them to deeper learning. The poet Mark Van Doreen said, “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” In our lessons, I will help you make discoveries that will inspire you to keep learning.

When I’m not teaching, I love reading, exploring the California coast, writing poetry and singing loudly.
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Marie F.

Marie F.

Pacifica, CA 94044
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$42 / 30-min

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