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Elsa M.

38 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $65
  • Speaks French, English
  • Teaches students 1 and up
  • Master's Degree in Teaching French as a Foreign or Second Language from Université d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse
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Elsa M.

38 Reviews
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I've been teaching English for 3 years and my students have gone from total beginner to intermediate level. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to introduce yourself and speak about basic conversational subjects and as time goes on you'll be able to speak about many more specific topics. I can work with you on your written and oral understanding skills as well as written and oral producing. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Elsa

Hi, there! My name is Elsa and I can't wait to meet you! I was born and raised in France and I went to Université of Avignon in France and earned a Master's degree in Teaching French as a Foreign or Second Language in 2016. I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my stu

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good instructor
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explains lesson really well. (:
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Joseph B.

4 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks Ukranian, Russian, English
  • Bachelor and Master Of Music Degrees from The Juilliard School
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Joseph B.

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I came to the United States with about three English words. One of them was the word - pencil. Not very useful you may agree.

I have become a translator in real time, published writer of both professional writing in my field of music and of fiction. My writing has been sold in all stores and outlets. It has been carried and sold online as well as in all stores of Barns and Noble, Amazon in hard cover as well as soft cover editions. I have been published in newspapers as a music critic and my editing of scientific literature that pass peer review on the largest online magazine has helped publish and approve works by PhD musicologists as well as faculty of the famed Oxford University. My speaking is without accent or any indication of my origins. My original language is Russian.

Let me help you to reach a place of ease and comfort in your communications. Getting a job, finding friends, filling out forms or writing creatively. No matter what you do, your language is ...

About Joseph

~ Teaching beginners to professional students and coaching professionals for over 30 years. All levels and ages are welcome! ~ Hello my friends! I am an internationally respected concert pianist and composer who comes from a family of renowned musicians. I earned my degrees from the Jull

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Catherine K.
Joseph put us at ease immediately. Our first lesson included valuable information on how to warm up our voices, increase our range and protect our voices. We look forward to our next lesson.
Donna
I have been studying piano with Joseph for nearly five years. In that time, I’ve learned more about the piano and musical interpretation than I ever thought possible.

Joseph’s technical ‘short cuts’ are amazing! He illustrates ways for your hands and your mind to work that are tailor made for you. Learning from him is so fun it seems almost effortless.

The way Joseph teaches allows you to develop at your own pace. The atmosphere is always relaxed yet everything moves along quickly.

At the open classes I attend, his other students are progressing very rapidly too. After each class, we share our impressions. The mood is elated because it feels like we stepped back in time and into history.

Joseph often quotes inspired wisdom of his historic teachers in our lessons. He is a great inspiration on his own with great musical insights.

I’m playing Beethoven and Chopin works I never thought I could approach at this stage of study, with great depth of understanding. I now play with greater passion and skill, get compliments from everyone I play for, and no longer worry about playing in public.

I look forward to each and every lesson with Joseph. His encouragement and support makes learning so rewarding! Anyone who finds this musical treasure is a lucky person and I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Ron
Joseph shared his composition at the bedside of a dying man. Everyone listened and stopped crying for a moment. We were transported from the terrible tragedy into his world of beautiful music. His compassion and sensitivity of spirit touched us. When he teaches this gift to others, the world becomes a better place.
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Isabelle S.

33 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Speaks French, Spanish, German
  • Teaching since 1985
  • Master's Degree in Management from Ecole de Management de Grenoble, France
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Isabelle S.

33 Reviews
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I fully understand the approach and needs for ESL as my children themselves benefited from this program when we first arrived in the US, from France.

About Isabelle

I am a native French speaker born in France; I have lived in the USA since 2000 and speak English fluently. I teach both French and English as a Second Language (ESL). I am used to teaching/ coaching/ interacting with students of all ages (12-80+) and with professionals in a corporate environment.

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Theo
In preparation for a trip to France, and not knowing any French at all, I started taking French lessons from Isabelle several months ago. She has helped me a lot with pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. She is an excellent teacher.
Pam
Isabelle is an absolutely marvelous teacher - anyone and everyone would benefit from taking classes with her.
I speak French well and my goal is to improve my conversational skills so that I can keep up with my monthly French book group. I am the only American in a group of French women and French is spoken the whole time.
Isabelle has been spectacular in helping me sharpen and improve my conversational skills. Our class is one long conversation - very carefully orchestrated by Isabelle so that each class is both productive and delightful.
I love to discuss the French culture and culture in general and Isabelle invariably makes that part of the conversation. But i think that Isabelle could talk with great knowledge and interest about many topics.
Each session flies by and each session makes my conversational skills sharper.
I feel very lucky that Isabelle is my teacher.
Pam B.
Isabelle is a fabulous teacher. Anyone would be lucky to have her!
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Hikaru I.

16 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $45
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaching since 2010
  • M.A. in ESL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) & Intercultural Communication from University at Albany
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Hikaru I.

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I'm a student at University at Albany working on my Master's degrees for ESL Education Program and Intercultural Communication. I am passionate about teaching, and I absolutely love the idea of cultural exchanges and learning about students! I was also an ESL student when I first came to the States and I understand how hard it can be. I have experiences in teaching a class of more than 25 students as well as one-on-one tutoring sessions of various proficiency levels. Hope to hear from you soon!

About Hikaru

はじめまして & thank you for taking a moment to check out my profile! I'm originally from Tokyo Japan, and I moved to NY with my family during high school. I've completed Master's degrees in Language Education & Communication, and Bachelor's Degrees in Music Performance and Political Science. I enjoyed o

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I’m taking ESL class with Mrs.Hikaru. She’s a great teacher. I’m so grateful to having a teacher like Mrs.Hikaru. And i believe that ESL class will help my English speaking. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.
Tim Farrell
First lesson in the book, she’s great! Highly recommend to anyone wanting to study!
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Carla C.

49 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $35
  • Speaks American Sign Language, English
  • Teaches students 12 and up
  • BA Music Education from Lubbock Christian University
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Carla C.

49 Reviews
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Want to speak English more proficiently? Want to sound more like a native English speaker? I can help you learn more clear pronunciation, learn idioms, and learn the vocal inflections that are common in American English.

About Carla

I have been signing since 1998, spending every chance I can among my Deaf friends and immersing myself in the language as often as possible. I received my BA in Music with a certification to teach at Lubbock Christian University in 1998. Later I attended the Interpreter Certification program at Bur

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Allyn L.
Carla is like a friend you’ve had forever. She gears lessons to your level and interests and is patient with my senior brain that needs a lot of repetition. She is also happy to give me time to write down notes for later. Her constructive criticism about hand position, etc. is really helpful, and I know she is paying attention to me!
Allyn L.
I am really excited about my ASL lessons with Carla. She was very congenial and easy to warm up to immediately. She is patient and gave me time to take notes which help me review later. Carl geared the lesson toward my level of experience and was happy for me to ask questions anytime. She gave me good pointers on my hand position. I think she will be an exceptional tutor!
Steve & Melissa B.
Carla is the best. Fantastic teacher and easy to get along with. My wife and I had a lot of fun in our lesson.
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Laurel T.

17 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $45
  • Speaks English, German, Turkish, Spanish
  • Teaching since 2005
  • B.A. English Literature from Mills College, Oakland, CA.
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Laurel T.

17 Reviews
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I have taught English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Germany, Greece, and Turkey, and English as a Second Language (ESL) in California. In Germany, where I lived and worked for many years, I too had to learn a second language as a beginner to the level where I could function and work in a new society. So I teach from a student's point of view, understanding and sensitive to both the practical and emotional challenges you face.

About Laurel

My background in English language training is extensive. I have a B.A. in English Literature, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification, along with ten years teaching experience in Europe and the Middle East. I also hold a MSc. in Biological Sciences. As a teacher, I recognize

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Sophie N.
My sixth-grader has her first lesson with Laurel tonight. My daughter loved her! Laurel is both fun and very knowledgeable with wonderful teaching skills. My daughter looks forward to next week.
Nestore (.
Wonderful teacher!
Dr. G.
wonderful not only be in touch with a teacher but also with a great human, i hope everything its ok

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The average cost of 60-minute ESL lessons is $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $240 per hour.
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"I speak Spanish so when i was learning to write an essay in English, it really was very difficult for me. I look for help, and I found Julissa!!!. She has very good techniques to teach :). She helped me to learn and understand. I recommend her, she is an excellent and patient teacher."
- Romina
Took ESL lessons from Julissa F.
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"I went to Miss Xue's summer camp and learned English from her for two years. She was very nice and patient. The knowledge and skills that she told us were very helpful. My English grade increased from 60s to 80s. I really appreciated with her help."
- Ting
Took ESL lessons from Guifang X.
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"I'm very happy with my teacher. She is very patient and sweet teaching. Of course I recommend her to anyone who really wants to learn.
She is also a teacher in the Bolingbrook library, but I continue to choose my time alone with her.
Thank you Elizabeth for your dedication!"
- Julieta
Took ESL lessons from Elizabeth P.
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"Matt is a greatest teacher that i ever met. He is very patient to me, after the package time learning, i feel like English spoken improved a lot."
- jinqi
Took ESL lessons from Matt G.
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Took ESL lessons from Roman N.
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"Georgina como docente siempre fue entusiasta, buena gente, tan particular, joven, fresca. Miles de adjetivos podría buscar que me lleven a su rostro. Sin ningún otro comentario agradezco que hallas sido mi docente de ingles en secundaria. Que lejos que llegaste y aun es el comienzo. SUERTE. Saludos desde La Pampa..."
- Yesi.N
Took ESL lessons from Georgina L.
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"I passed my TOEFL exam! Thank you"
- Jia
Took ESL lessons from Rosita R.
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"Lied is friendly, calm and the lessons helped me a lot to improve my English. Her classes is always very fun. It was a great experience.
Lied é uma pessoa amigável e as classes me ajudaram a melhor meu inglês na escrita, conversação e no acento. As aulas sempre divertidas e dinâmica. Foi um período de muito aprendizado até mesmo sobre cultura estadunidense. The best teacher ever."
- Rayane
Took ESL lessons from Lied S.
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"Jackie has being an excellent support in my academic studies."
- Renata
Took ESL lessons from Jackie D.
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"Bryce has a casual yet effective teaching style that made me feel relaxed and comfortable from the beginning. I already had an advanced level of English, however I still needed to work on some of the nuances and prepositions in the language. Bryce has helped me immensely. I have started to teach English to others as my level has improved even more. I now feel confident teaching others English as a second language."
- Anja
Took ESL lessons from Bryce B.
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Private ESL Lessons with Local Teachers Near You or Online

Do you want to take ESL lessons with the perfect teacher near you? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place. Private ESL lessons and classes with a TakeLessons Certified™ teacher - whether in-home, studio, or online - accelerates your progress, increases enjoyment, and improves every student's chances of becoming a fluent user of the ESL language. Private tutoring makes learning easy, it's more affordable than you might think, and it's the most impactful way to improve your skills for beginner or advanced learners.

Our ESL tutors work with students of all ages: kids, teenagers, adults, and even seniors. They can teach you the origins of the ESL language, in addition to the vocabulary, the grammar, the punctuation, the consonants, the vowels, allophones, sentence structures, gender differences, accent reduction, and other technical aspects. Learn about and experience the physical, social, and emotional benefits of learning ESL.

Though English is a relatively an easy language to master, it takes up to 24 weeks of deliberate practice to gain General Professional Fluency. A private tutor can help keep you focused, committed, and motivated, not to mention their ability to help you overcome any language hurdles you have trouble with.

Your tutor offers you expert language learning techniques and tips, and helps you develop good practice habits, so that you can maximize your learning experience, and achieve your goals faster. Learning ESL is extremely useful in the United States, it helps with career prospects, educational development, business opportunities, and personal relationships. Become a better English speaker, reader, writer, and communicator.

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, our private teachers come from a variety of backgrounds, making it easy to find the perfect match for your interest and skill level. Each instructor's specialties are listed in their profile, along with details about their background check, photos, student feedback, and lesson availability.

Students taking online ESL classes benefit from greater convenience, enjoy better rates, and can choose from a wider selection of teachers nationwide. If you've ever taken any foreign language classes over Skype, you'll love using our interactive TakeLessons Classroom.

We guarantee a personalized experience that will make you glad you took up private lessons. In fact, we are so committed to your happiness that we offer all new customers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on your first lesson.

Alternative Language Lesson Methods:
ESL Apps and Books

For independent language learners, downloading popular language apps - free and premium - or checking out English books from the library are excellent options. They cost less overall than private lessons, and allow you to learn at your own pace, on your own time, and the topics of your own choosing. The downside is that you don't have personal instruction for the times you need to overcome any challenging obstacles. Learning with a partner or a teacher gives you the personal interaction you need to verbally practice and attempt the language.

Travel & Immersion

If you're considering study-abroad programs to the USA or other primarily English-speaking countries, work relocation, international business opportunities, or general travel as a means to learning the language, immersing your self in the origin country and interacting with locals is a surefire way to accelerate your learning. Reading signs, menus, and local newspaper magazines while abroad could expose you to all kinds of spontaneous subjects. Conversing with or having to ask native speakers for directions or recommendations forces you to proactively apply your lessons. The downside is that many students, professionals, and travelers don't feel as confident in taking this approach. Not knowing the basics of the language could backfire on you, and lead to poor decision making. If you learn basic conversation and the most popular phrases for traveling, then you can combine this knowledge with immersion and return home a more fluent speaker.

Group Classes

Taking small group classes to learn a new language is another good way to acquire basic language skills, immediate feedback, and human interaction. It combines both passive and active learning. A professional instructor leading the class can keep the agenda tight and ensure each student gets the chance to participate, and get their questions answered. It can also be more affordable than private 1-on-1 lessons. Find local group classes near you by doing a quick Google search, or better yet, sign up for TakeLessons Live, the new and affordable way to learn languages, and to learn how to play musical instruments in small groups of 5-8. You pay a flat monthly or annual fee, and get unlimited access to hundreds of classes online every month. Perfect for beginners.

At TakeLessons, we understand every student is different, and that the best way to learn any language is to try a combination of various learning techniques. Try all of the above, find out what works best for you, and then study hard and smart. It's only a matter of time before you achieve your goals.

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