Elena Ellingburg

Elena E.

Charlotte, NC

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Elena delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
August 2000

If you are looking for an experienced and dedicated teacher to help you get high scores on TOEFL or IELTS or to prepare for college admission in the USA, look no more. As a current teacher at an intensive English program in Georgia, USA, I have been teaching grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking, and test prep to students applying to colleges in English-speaking countries or improving their English to be better qualified for professional growth. I am also pretty comfortable working on more general goals such as daily conversation, US culture, reading for content, etc.

Here is my philosophy of teaching in a very very brief form: I am a big believer in needs analysis and diagnostic. Before any goals are set, it is imperative to understand students' backgrounds, aspirations for their future, and proficiency levels. Additionally, I believe that setting tangible goals drives improvement and increases motivation. Finally, feedback, feedback, feedback! Intonation or vocabulary usage, personalized and specific feedback is what my students get and love.

As far as methodology goes, I am pretty eclectic. Again, methods and approaches are chosen based on students' needs. Sometimes we just have to work on drilling sounds and intonation or some simple grammar concepts like “do/does”, while at other times open conversation is the best way to practice the same content. One key component that doesn’t change is the focus on the student. I work hard on planning my lessons so that my students do most of the work during class. I also strive to contextualize everything around real life by choosing materials that are recent and relevant.

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ESL Instructor
Jan 2011 - May 2018
Georgia Tech Language Institute

Teaching general and academic skills-based courses to a variety of levels
Tutoring on language, academic & cultural adjustment

ESL Instructor
Aug 2011 - Dec 2011
Friends of Refugees

Taught beginner English to a group of refugee women

EFL Instructor
Aug 2008 - Jul 2011
Lambton College, China

Taught integrated English courses to beginners through advanced level
Taught business case courses
Taught public speaking


MA in Applied Linguistics (TESOL)
Aug 2012 - May 2015
Georgia State University
MEd in Secondary Education
Aug 2004 - May 2007
Bob Jones University
Linguisitcs and Intercultural Communication
Aug 1995 - May 2000
Amur State University, Russia


Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Jan 2010
Cambgride English


TESOL International Association
Sep 2012

TESOL International Association’s mission is to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.

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Sasq Apr 18, 2018
ESL · In studio

Lena is amazing teacher! I had her for reading and writing courses never felt more confident about my reading and writing skills. Beside being my best English teacher, she helped me with my admission easys which was I huge impact on my admission process. I got accepted in my Dream school( The Ohio State University) and many other top schools with Lena help.

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Henrique Aug 28, 2017

Elena is one of the best teachers I've ever had. She is very committed and demonstrates a passion for her work, and above all, she is very attentive to her students and preoccupied with her learning. Elena is unforgettable, she was a dear friend in my time at GTech.

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Yaxin Aug 24, 2017
ESL · In studio

She is my favorite teacher in my school life, and I really get a lot of things in her class, study with her is one of the greatest decisions I ever make

Alicia Aug 19, 2017

Lena is one of the best teachers i've had in my whole life. She knows exactly how to pass everything she knows to her students, she really cares about them, and her classes are fun and very interesting.

Paolla Linhares Aug 19, 2017

I'm from Brazil and Lena is by far the best English teacher I've ever had in my life. She taught me at Georgia Tech in 2014 for 6 months and I'm really glad to say that she was not only a teacher, but a friend! She is very hard working, intelligent, professional, committed, courteous and dedicated. The way she conducts her classes get us involved and inspire us to learn more. It's clear that she is very passionate about teaching!

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Aranza González Aug 19, 2017
ESL · In studio

I'm from Venezuela. She's by far the best techer I haver ever had. She's always willing to teach you, and she will care for you. She makes learning English a fun game. 5 stars

Felipe Dalvi Aug 19, 2017
ESL · In studio

I'm Brazilian and the structure of Portuguese language is very different than English, which is what makes learning it hard for me. However, Lena is one of the best English teachers I have ever had - she helped me a lot. She is very focused and organized, and makes you think and express yourself with challenging issues and activities. She is a very enthusiastic teacher, which makes the classes and lessons even better. In addition to being an excellent teacher, she is a very nice person. Thanks, Lena, I wish you the best!

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Gabriela Piovezan Aug 19, 2017
ESL · In studio

Elena has been my best teacher over the years!

Mana Aug 17, 2017

She is a fantastic English teacher!! Her lessons are comfortable, logical and effective.

Emilio Enamorado Aug 17, 2017

Lena is an amazing ESL teacher. She makes her best effort in each class to help students to improve their English skills. Her responsability, good sense of humor and respect make Lena a wonderful person.

Wiliam Ferreira Aug 17, 2017
ESL · Online

Lena is the best english teacher I ve ever had. She could my needs in a way the others couldn't. She was engaged and willing to make an exciting and interesting lesson. Not only a good teacher, she is an awesome person as well.

Anna Mansour Aug 17, 2017
ESL · In studio

Lena is a great teacher I ever have had. Besides her professionalism she shows creativity and individual approach to each student. I am Russian speaking student and I am glad that she was my first English speaking teacher.

Hassan Aug 17, 2017
ESL · In studio

Elena was so helpful and I made great steps in learning English with her. She's a great teacher.

Doyi Aug 16, 2017
ESL · Online

Elena is my best teacher. I would like to share my experience with other students who are struggling with writing essays.

First, as far as an academic part is concerned, I learned how to brainstorm for starting to write an essay quickly and fast.
Like other students, I don't waste a lot of time on brainstorming and making up for supporting details. However, Elena taught me ways of generating ideas quickly as well as making supporting examples of the ideas more stronger.
Therefore, I can write essays in 30mins which are needed in TOEFL Also, in other section in TOEFL such as speaking, I can save my time to do brainstorming by using the same method that I learned from Elena.

Second, as a teacher, Elena has advised me with patiently.
I am not good at expressing my opinions to teachers much. However, whenever I challenged learning English as a second language and was depressed of too slowly building my English skills, she spent time with me, listen to my problem carefully, and encourage me to study hard. Thus, I could get back my confidence.

Through Elena's tutoring, because I can feel that she supports me academically and emotionally, I would like to say my best teacher is Elena.

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Marcella Aug 16, 2017
ESL · In home

Lena is a fantastic ESL teacher! Thanks to her I got my 112 score on TOEFL.

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