It is my grasp of foreign languages that makes me an effective English teacher. For instance, learning the complex grammar of Latin and Greek gave me a thorough understanding of English grammar and the ability to relate to other people’s native languages. I have spent many hours proofreading papers for international students. They find my instruction especially informative because I not only fix mistakes but provide an explanation. When I point out the patterns of grammar, similar mistakes show up less and less, and my students feel more confident that they are writing sentences correctly.
I learned English teaching methods through my tutoring experience. Over a span of four months, I gave a Turkish visiting scholar a systematic overview of English grammar and allowed him to apply it through conversation.
I am an award-winning, published writer of fiction and non-fiction, and have edited and coached the writing of everyone from prize-winning authors to emerging ones, as well as teaching writing to students of all ages. Over the course of thirty years, I've taught writing at every level, both one-on-one and in public and private school classrooms, as well as other settings. My students have included kindergarten, elementary, middle, high school, college, and graduate students; people with books or other projects they want to write or have written; immigrants, at-risk youth, prisoners, hospital patients, and everyone in between. I am as excellent at heightening the level of a child’s school work as I am at turning a book author into a best seller. Authors whose published books I have helped with include: Laurie Garrett, Eric Metaxas, Roya Hakakian, Ethan Watters, Suki Kim, and many of my Harper’s authors, who went on to include my early advice in the versions they later used in their ...
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