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About Ilona M.

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Pompano Beach, FL

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Teaching English to Other Language Speakers

I have MA in TESOL from Florida Atlantic University (2012)

About Ilona
For my tutoring sessions I use skills that include goal-directedness, I teach how to organize learning in small steps and how to set them up; I always strive to motivate and engage my students to make the learning interesting and fun; I also use self-control skills to teach how to avoid distractions and I use different focusing strategies. I use positive mind set skills to teach how to use failures as a learning opportunities.

I have a Master's Degree (2012) in teaching English to speakers of other languages, and Bachelors in Music Education (2010), both from Florida Atlantic University, as well as degree in violin performance from Poland.
I studied piano in Poland for 10 years & taught both piano & violin for over 20 years. I also teach flute & cello for the past 5 years, as I studied them during my Music Education program.

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teach music for over 24 years using the traditional and Suzuki methods. I am a fan of the Essential Elements 2000 for string instruments, and the Alfred's Piano Library for piano. Alfred's piano library can be used for any age as they also have books especially made for adult learners. I also like their music flash cards.
For teaching music theory I mostly used Master Theory.

I personalize every lesson, and always set goals for my students. Most of my violin students are members of the Florida Youth Orchestra as well as Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and my piano students participate in Pompano Beach competition and the annual Piano Guild auditions.
I teach any age and any level, and always stress that learning a new instrument is very similar to learning a new language, it needs a lot of patience, persistence and repetitions. My lessons are customized to my students needs, and are work in progress as they needs may change over time. I always remind my students that music can give them instant gratification when they learn to play favorite songs.
I always encourage my students to tell me about their music preferences, so I can incorporate them in their music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
All my tutoring sessions include reviews of previously learned material and if possible the use of technology. I use students books but often bring extra study materials if necessary.
All my lessons include: technique: I like to use the Finger Power for piano students and Essential Elements for my string students, and scales for both.
music theory: I use Master Theory or other books such as Hal Leonard's Piano Note spellers & Piano Music Theory books for younger ages, music flash cards to support learning notes and musical terminology, and of course the fun part performance.

Besides Essential Elements 2000 for strings I also use String Tunes and Fiddle Runners to add more fun to the lessons. For piano students I use Holiday Treats book, which comes in 2 different levels: Beginner & Intermediate, so my students have a new songs for a specific holiday.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I always bring violin with me to be able to show what I teach.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students needs to have their books and assigned material ready for tutoring. Instrumental students needs to have their music books & instrument available as well as a pencil. I always stress with my students to be organized and prepared for their lesson, this way they will be able to focus better during the lesson. I bring my violin with me. I also ask that the room where the lesson takes place to be free of any distractions, such other siblings or any other noise. The quiet environment helps in faster learning.

*** Specialties ***
I tutor most K-12 subjects and prepare students to take ACT, SAT, GRE tests.
Music genres: Classical, traditional, Suzuki, Popular, Celtic, fiddle, Blues
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Radha September 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Experienced, knowledgable and persistent in teaching. I did not think I will be able to learn fast, but Ilona helps in every step. From holding the bow rightly, to using fingers, learning the language of music, she is patient and persistent. I recommend her without reservation..
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Denise L. September 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
wonderful and fulfilling! I enjoyed learning and will continue.
Ilona very patient and makes learning fun .
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Michelle W. April 15, 2016
· Violin · In home
Ilona is very nice and very knowledgeable. I look forward to learning a great deal from her.
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About Laurel T.

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San Francisco, CA
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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
As a teacher I recognize that all students have a predominant learning style, so I always work with each person as an individual, tailoring our lessons to discover and promote their innate abilities and interests. I am friendly and patient and work well with children of all ages as well as adults.

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 M.Sc. in Biological Science.

My area of special expertise is writing, I can help anyone master the skill of expressing themselves effectively. I love grammar and can make it fun and easy to learn. I have developed curriculum and adapted existing teaching materials to fit students special needs.

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ese are areas of language training in which I excel:
• Grammar
• Reading Literacy (for both native speakers and ESL learners)
• Business and Vocational English
• Creative and Expository Writing
• English Conversation
• Exam Preparation
• Editing and Proofreading
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Agnes J. January 16, 2018
· ESL · Online
I've been speaking english for many years, however I wanted to improve my speech, vocabulary and fluency in order to perform better at job interviews. Laurel helped me learn how to form coherent sentences when I talk, and now I speak with more confidence. The best part is that I finally got a job!
Laurel is a wonderful teacher, very knowledgeable; I was always looking forward to her classes.
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Sammie November 30, 2016
· English · Online
In the past two years, Laurel has helped me develop my reading and writing skills significantly as well as build graduate level vocabularies. She is very patient and sensitive to my needs, and she always makes our lessons fun! If you need help with the MCAT, GRE, LSAT, or any other graduate school entrance exams, I am sure Laurel will help you nail them and achieve your dreams!
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Renata A. September 30, 2016
· English · In home
Laurel was a great instructor for my parents who are studying ESL. They both enjoyed the conversation and learned a lot.
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About Annika V.

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South Boston, VA
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Completely bilingual German/English speaker with close to 20 years experience teaching and tutoring ESL to students from different cultural backgrounds. The goal is for students to be able to actively use the language and not be afraid to experiment. I integrate speaking, listening, reading and writing with authentic texts so students learn subject matter along with language. Classes are creative, fun and tailored to the student's needs. Understand the language learner's perspective as I am an immigrant, with a multicultural background.

About Annika
My first tutoring experience took place in first grade when I was asked to assist a newly arrived Vietnamese girl with her English. I myself had learned English when I first came to the United States at three years of age and could relate well to some of the issues the newcomer was facing.

A true global nomad, I have lived in Germany, the U.S., Mexico and Russia and have traveled extensively. Starting with English and German, and eventually Spanish, French and Russian, I have been instructing students since 1989 in various countries of a variety of ages in a multitude of informal and formal settings.

In 1990, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies from George Mason University. In 1995, I completed my Masters Degree in Secondary Education/Teaching English as a Second Language. After one year of working in a public school
setting, I began teaching privately and on a freelance basis for a number of private companies and language schools, and the government.
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Joseph January 17, 2017
· German · Online
Annika is a native German who is totally bilingual (English) and can explain complex concepts well in either language. The instruction approach is fast paced but understandable. So far, an excellent experience.
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Joseph January 17, 2017
· German · Online
Annika is a native German who is totally bilingual (English) and can explain complex concepts well in either language. The instruction approach is fast paced but understandable. So far, an excellent experience.
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Brenda January 8, 2016
· German · Online
I'm attempting the impossible - learning a new language! Annika makes the impossible feel possible. She is a really great teacher, has excellent suggestions for how to move forward. I like the text we work from, too. I highly recommend learning a new language from Annika!
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About Helena R.

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Suwanee, GA
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I have a vast experience teaching English as a Second Language. I did it for almost 20 years in my home country, Portugal and am now teaching it in a college.. I have worked with different age groups, from 5 year-olds to adults. I understand the difficulties of learning a new language and I try to provide intensive practice in the four major skills in language learning: speaking, reading, listening and writing. I am very patient and enthusiastic.

About Helena
I am a native speaker of Portuguese and got my degree in English (ESL) and French Teaching in my home country, Portugal. I have been teaching foreign languages and ESL for more than 20 years and am comfortable working with all age groups. I taught 17 years in Portugal (ESL and French; 6-12 grades and Adult Education Programs) and ever since I moved to the US in 2010 (Portuguese and Spanish in a corporation, and tutoring all four languages at home or online). I am a very patient, motivated and enthusiastic teacher and I always adjust my teaching methods to the student's age, needs and purpose. I never give up on a student and I am sure I can help him/her attain his/her full potential. I believe anyone can learn a new language but consistent repetition and refreshing before, during and after class is needed. I expect the student to be resp
onsible, patient and persistent in his learning process and I am willing to help him/her on the way.
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Dawn B. November 9, 2017
· Portuguese · In studio
My husband and I have been taking Portuguese lessons from Helena for the past 8 months in preparation for our move to Portugal in 2018. She is an amazing teacher! We look forward to our lesson each week, she inspires us to strive for a strong grasp of a very difficult language. We are lucky to have found a teacher as wonderful as Helena.
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Dawn B. March 2, 2017
· Portuguese · In home
My husband and I really enjoyed our first lesson with Helena and are looking forward to our next one.
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Ángel D. November 21, 2016
· French · Online
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About Michelle W.

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West Chester, PA

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I have worked with ESL students at my job, and I volunteer with a local ESL program.

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I'm currently a college student working on my B.A in Music Ed, and have been making music since I was 7. I've had the most experience with students aged 8-14, but I'm open for anything. As a Spanish minor, I speak Spanish fairly well and have experience with an ESL program.
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Rachel A. November 26, 2017
· Violin · In home
Michele was great! Always worked with our busy schedule and worked well with our 14 year old data!
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Amrita M. August 19, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
Very good
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Brenda July 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Michelle is patient and maintains her sense of humor - making her a great instructor!
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About Jim C.

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Kennett Square, PA
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The most obvious reaction by a student who's studying English as a Second Language is, "This is different from my native language." That's why I begin with a systematic discussion of the differences between English and the student's native language. For example, there's a rule in Spanish that words don't begin with "sp," so we have the words 'espagnol' and 'especial.' As a result, native speakers of Spanish have trouble pronouncing "Spanish" and 'special."
This is what psychologists call "negative transfer," and there are many other examples.
Once we have dealt with negative transfer issues, I proceed on the principle that it is easier to go from pictures to words than from words to words, so I use a lot of picture books, which lend themselves to discussion questions.

About Jim
From the time I was about 12, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. It's the only thing I've ever wanted to do, and the only thing I've ever done. I taught Russian for 31 years at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and now that I'm a Professor Emeritus, I miss the classroom and want to teach as much as possible.
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Jim C.

Kennett Square, PA 19348
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