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Tom has been teaching private lessons since 2006 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his studio (local Starbucks), and online. Foremost, Tom provides expertise, experience, and encouragement.

Tom received his training at Boston University in 1998 where he received a degree in Finance and International Relations. Then going on to receive a degree in English Literature. As an native in the English language Tom looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Tom's teaching style is relaxed and filled with humor that continues to motivate his students.

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sons are scheduled to best fit to the student'€™s schedule when possible.

ESL/ELL STUDENTS

Teaching non-English speaking students the basic AND advanced fundamentals of English. The seven parts of speech taught are nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.

Tom works at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels as an adult education instructor providing English instruction to classes or individual students.

As an ESL teacher, developing a curriculum he takes an overall approach to English study that focuses on a specific aspect of language use, such as life skills, literacy, or vocational and workplace English competencies. Both approaches involve teaching his students basic English skills, such as listening, reading, writing and speaking.

CLASSROOM/LESSONS

- Pronunciation techniques
- Quizzes, textbooks, videos and computer lessons
- Basic communication with real-life interactions

Using language use in different situations, such as shopping, schooling, job hunting or working with English-speaking co workers.

He places awareness on the students' culture and recognition of cultural differences which might affect a student's ability to acclimate to an English-speaking environment.

STUDENTS LESSON DETAILS

He prefers to discuss goals with his students or their parents to determine what they are most interested in ACHIEVING. Together we can create a lesson plan designed for the individual student.

TECHNOLOGY

Combination with TakeLessons Classroom and eLearning it is critical learning a secondary language effectively - see attached

Excerpt from "50 Ways to Teach Online: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers" by Dr. Justin Shewell.

The Pedagogical Foundations Of EnglishCentral

By David Deubelbeiss

EnglishCentral is a company that takes pride in having experienced teachers on staff and designing a product that will help students learn and acquire English, particularly for international communication.

Too often technology is designed without the control or voice of educators. Technology for technology's sake. We have tried to avoid this error and build an e-learning platform that puts pedagogy and learning first.

Here are the key aspects of English Central's pedagogy:

1. Motivation.

We live in a visual and digital world. Students consume enormous amounts of video content and video has become the new textbook. EnglishCentral harnesses this built in, intrinsic level of motivation - why not learn English while viewing videos you love? EnglishCentral publishes 30 new video lessons per week and its vast library of video lessons and courses offers every student the chance to study what they want and listen to messages they want to hear.

2. Comprehensible Input

Not only do students need to listen to messages they want to hear - these messages must be level appropriate (Krashen, 2001). Each EnglishCentral video lesson or course plus our vocabulary is leveled and can be assigned to students based on their level of English. This provides appropriate practice maximizing language acquisition.

3. Precise, Timely Feedback

EnglishCentral provides instant feedback to students. Students begin to "notice the gap" (Schmidt, 1990) and begin to self-correct as they compare their speech to the original. Tools are provided so students can "dig down" and understand the language and get the answers they need immediately. EnglishCentral works to promote learner autonomy.

4. Lowered Affective Filter

Many students go through a substantial "silent period" (Krashen, 1985). Others need the time and space given through self-study before they are ready to excel in the very socially demanding classroom. EnglishCentral provides a safe, low anxiety environment where learners can proceed at their own pace and practice speaking in a non-threatening place. Teachers are often amazed how the quiet students in their class "bloom" on EnglishCentral.

5. An Oral Language Focus

The 21st century workplace and global nature of communication demands that students have strong speaking skills. The importance of written communication is receding. EnglishCentral's proprietary speech recognition system IntelliSpeech™ trains students to produce, clear, intelligible speech for effective communication across cultures and borders.

6. Blended Learning

The future of education lies in blended learning (Arne Duncan, 2014). EnglishCentral partners with schools and teachers offering a unique blended learning model and platform. Courses and video lessons can perfectly compliment what students learn in class, providing students with extra practice matching the class curriculum. Our free LMS lets teachers extend the curriculum and track student achievement.

7. Structured Learning

Our simple Watch | Learn | Speak methodology provides low cognitive overload and an easy to follow learning pathway. Courses and video lessons are leveled and vocabulary is presented with spaced-time repetition. EnglishCentral monitors every word or expression students study and provides a simple interface where students can use the feedback to improve their pronunciation and build their vocabulary.

8. Gaming

Students are highly engaged by the gaming dynamics of EnglishCentral. Students compete for XPs (Experience Points) and ranking through their study. However, we don't go overboard and aim to keep the focus on the learning, not the gaming.

9. Ambiguity Tolerance

Language is a vast and unpredictable space. Successful language learners are risk takers. Critical to being a risk taker is having a strong ability to not be stressed out by what you don't understand (Brown, 2007). EnglishCentral provides authentic content that challenges students to focus on the general meaning and gist and strengthen their level of ambiguity tolerance.

Interested in reading more about EnglishCentral and why it works? Try this post on our blog or visit our Academic area for some case studies on how teachers have used EnglishCentral successfully at their school.

David Deubelbeiss is a professor, educational consultant and teacher trainer currently at the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University, North Bay, Canada. He is a leader in promoting the use of technology in language teaching and the use of social media in education. He is the Director of Education at EnglishCentral. Find him online at his professional development community for teachers, EFL Classroom 2.0 or through his LinkedIn profile. He espouses the simple teaching philosophy of “When one teaches, two learn.”

You can purchase an electronic copy of the book at https://www.amazon.com/Fifty-Ways-Teach-Online-Teachers-ebook/dp/B01M5IS58Q
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Marsha April 13, 2017
· Grammar · Online
Tom is a great instructor. He is helping me sort though challenges I have with grammar, writing and proofreading. I recommend Tom as a teacher to anyone who is looking for flexibility in their schedule and an opportunity to have fun learning.
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Carol April 5, 2017
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Tom is a great teacher and communicator. He is responsible and instructive. He also had experience teaching Asian students who have certain specific pronunciation problems. I had five trial classes with Tom but will certainly continue his classes for a long term.
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Vincent March 2, 2017
· English · Online
It helps me alot and please continue your way of teaching... Thanks great job
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About Bianca T.

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A confident, energetic, and physically fit dancer who has developed her skills in dance and has moved on to perform for many different audiences. During her career, she has performed in art shows, plays, movies, as feature in showcases, and as a background dancer for various great artists and events. She has experience dancing and choreographing in Modern, Contemporary, Praise Dance, and Hip Hop. Bianca also has experience Krumping and performing as part of a Drill Team. Bianca desires to use her learning experiences and compassion for dance to impart into future students and audiences alike.
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Stephanie September 12, 2016
· Algebra · Online
i could have worked out better
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Micah W. April 20, 2016
· Hip Hop Dance · Online
it was good looking for future lessons and getting better
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Bianca T.

Orlando, FL 32821
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About Bill P.

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Award winning national Radio/TV personality and voice over talent for more than 25 years.

Voice heard in thousands of national Radio/TV commercials, infomercials, corporate DVDs, CD Roms, & videos for The Golf Channel, Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World, U.S.Army, Delta Airlines, Windjammer Cruises, Darden Restaurants, Lowes, Time Warner Cable and many more.

15 years as Master Of Ceremonies/Comedian for touring variety show performing in over 1200 USA shows in 29 states.

National/Regional guest lecturer/speaker.

Professor, teaching broadcast/speech courses for 15 years at the U
niversity Of Central Florida.

BA--Radio & TV--Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

My extensive teaching, on air and performing experience will give you the winning voice/spech edge in your career and personal life.
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KK April 21, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
After the second lesson with Bill, I was able to identify the specific areas of my voice that needed work. He's already been very helpful in developing my pronunciation and breathing and I look forward to future classes.
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Greg April 19, 2017
· Podcasting · Online
Terrific lesson! Very inspirational and informative! Time and money well spent! Thanks Bill P!
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Laurel B. April 5, 2017
· Voice Acting · Online
The first lesson is very informative with a pretty laid-back feel to it.
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About Amanda R.

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I graduated from the University of Central Florida and have a degree in Biomedical Sciences.
Previously, I tutored student athletes at UCF in a variety of subjects. These include English, Biology, Chemistry, Trigonometry, Anatomy, and Physiology.
I worked alongside a pediatrician caring for children and young adults.
I have over 200 hours of volunteer work at Arnold Palmer, making crafts for the patients and providing them with various forms of care.
I also volunteered for Base Camp, being an overnight camp counselor and a makeup/nail guru.
I am very caring, friendly and considerate.
I have an exceptional amount of patience and will be willing to work with your child until they have a better understanding of the material.
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Cynthia N. February 22, 2017
· Anatomy and Physiology · Online
Amanda was very helpful. She helped me gain a better understanding anatomy and physiology!
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Austin January 23, 2017
· Anatomy and Physiology · In home
BEST. She is so cool and dorky too, its hard to not choose her. She can relate very well and is a great teacher. I prefer her over many other teachers.
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Jordan C. August 1, 2016
· Chemistry · In studio
Amanda is a very good tutor. She explains very well and has a wonderful grasp on the topics. I will admit, at times I had issues with this subject, but with help from a fellow tutor who really knows her stuff I congratulate her.
I definitely recommend her. Very smart. Very nice. Very understandable.
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Orlando, FL 32825
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About Natalie A.

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Hello, bonjour, hola! I'm Natalie and I've been tutoring for seven years and formally teaching for three years. I've loved helping students meet their goals in French, ESL, and Accent Reduction and I look forward to helping you.

I hold a B.A. in French and Chinese and an M.A. in French Linguistics, both from University of Florida. This fall I will be continuing on for a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. As such, I am truly centered on helping you achieve your language goals from traveling abroad to passing a language test to communicating in your work or school environment.
My flexibility and enthusiasm coupled with individualized lesson plans will help increase your confidence in communicating in other language(s).
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Onelia April 29, 2017
· French · In home
Very helpful teacher who helped me re-learn French after many years of being away from it. She was very patient and fit lessons to my specific needs with creative solutions. She has my highest recommendation.
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Jordin Patten April 24, 2017
· French · In studio
Natalie is an outstanding instructor! She is engaging and makes learning enjoyable. She goes above and beyond to make sure that her students learn the material and is incredibly patient and understanding when students have difficulties and challenges. She also uses authentic material and strives to make classes interesting and relevant to the students. She has a strong command in her subject areas and she demonstrates this in her teaching style at all times. She is professional, but also personable and easy to connect with. Highly recommended!
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Wei April 20, 2017
· ESL · In studio
Natalie is a great teacher who not only teach the knowledge but also inspires students' interested in learning language. I was honored to be her students and proud of her. Under her instruction, I made a great improvement in listening and speaking English, which helps me a lot in my graduate program. I very appreciate her inspiration and teaching.
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Natalie A.

Oviedo, FL 32765
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