Arthur Heffelfinger

Arthur H.

Helena, MT
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching English to both native and non-native (ESL) speakers for over a decade, both in a formal classroom and as an individual tutor. I do not simply teach "English"... I teach ENGLISH LITERACY! Thus, my instruction incorporates the four essential elements of literacy competence: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Of course, this incorporates such traditional topics as grammar, vocabulary, and proper usage.

With me, you can expect lessons tailored to your own specific objective, be that university admission, business, professional development, tourism, or just plain fun!

About Arthur H.

I am a retired military pilot with an extensive background in education, to include a BA degree in English Education from the University of Michigan and subsequent related graduate work in linguistics and reading remediation. I am also TESOL/TEFL certified (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). However, I believe it is my actual teaching experience that well-qualifies me for such a position.

In particular, following the Vietnam war, I left the military for six years to teach middle and high school remedial reading and English on the Northern Navajo Reservation in Arizona (before returning to my career in military aviation). I was formally certified in Arizona to teach both Reading and English. I suspect that this experience (teaching remedial reading to indigenous students whose primary language was not English) may prove especially useful to you.

I should also note that, as an Army Officer and former combat helicopter pilot, I was the lead editor of the Army's Aviation Officer's Advance Course. Among other duties, this involved developing courseware designed to enhance the writing skills of young foreign officer pilots who were not native English speakers.

Finally, for the past five years, I have been the program director and principal tutor in an adult literacy program conducted in a local community library.

I trust these qualifications will be of interest to you, and I look forward to your positive response. In any case, please accept my best wishes in this new year.


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Director and lead tutor: Adult Literacy Program
Jan 2016 - Present

Broadwater Community Library

Instructor of English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

Lead Tutor
Jan 2011 - Oct 2015

Crossroads Remedial Reading

English and reading tutor

Editor and contributor
Jul 1983 - Jul 1984

US Army Aviation Officer Advanced Course

Curriculum development

English and Reading Teacher
Aug 1978 - Jun 1983

Kayenta Unified School District

Instructor: English as a Second Language and remedial reading


MBA - general administration
Jan 2002 - May 2003

Almeda College and University

BA - English Education
Sep 1964 - Dec 1969

University of Michigan



Limited Proficiency


Feb 2020


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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