Erol Gokcedag

Erol G.

Panorama City, CA

About Erol G.

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Erol teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 1998
Last sign in: Today

Overview

My style and attitude toward teaching tends to be more conversational, reflective, and interactive. I am less the official, policing type of teacher and tutor. I have developed a talent with certain creative arts, such as imaginative writing and electronic music production; as a result, I am computer literate, capable of assisting with computer assembly, maintenance, and design, as well as productivity software. Due to my limited funds, I do not have direct experience with the Adobe suite, but I have extensive knowledge of related, free distributions that are transferable. I also have formal education in the field of English, international relations, leadership, and Education. My current level is Master of Arts with enrollment in a PhD program. My most popular subjects are as follows:

American-English Pronunciation Practice (ESL):
I have taught this subject for about four to five years for public and private causes, such as library, individuals, and language schools. My emphasis for pronunciation is a scientific, comprehensive overview and treatment of the various sounds, rhythms, inflections, and patterns the spoken language integrates. I encourage practicing and mastering both the sounds themselves, as well as how the sounds are connected and contextualized. I use contemporary sound recording and .wav editing software to involve audio feedback and self-monitoring.

German Language and Culture:
I have grown up bilingual English and German, attending an international school from a very young age. I attended, also, a German public secondary school, where I earned a diploma. I taught German in the language lab of a community college, for special needs students, and for private agencies, such as Tutor Doctor. My emphasis is on a comparative introduction of the language to draw out a common ground and familiarize possibly daunting differences. I also enjoy asserting that German is often underestimated as a rewarding second language to study.

Microsoft Excel:
This spreadsheet and data management software program is of crucial, pivotal importance in any business and financial environment. The program enables efficient and prompt development of arithmetic and statistical calculations of vast data sets. It also helps to visualize and juxtapose related or even discrepant variables. My approach to teaching the program is cumulative and holistic, starting with an introduction to personal inventory management to the processing of large data sets using pivot tables, charts, and dashboards. My emphasis is on making the program as intelligible and transparent as possible to avoid frustration and intimidation. I use a lot of examples and visuals that are readily available.
Typing:
I teach the touch-typing method that is the convention for most journalistic and input-intensive organizational settings. I teach the home row, proper finger and hand positions, proficiency with left and right hands, as well as posture and concentration methods. I enrich the teaching with resources from the web, such as speed-building and error reduction.

Photos and Videos

Intro to German language and culture with interactive map exhibit. Why is it important?

Experience

English Teacher & Tutor

Jan 2015 - Aug 2015
Reading Town, South Bay Mega Study, Math Clinic

• Facilitated the composition of college preparatory essays
• Tutored and mentored the comprehension and retention of middle to high school vocabulary
• Administered and graded exams, quizzes, and in-class essay-writing assignments
• Led and coached debates and social science topics, such as geography and interpersonal skills
• Prepared and implemented original and open-source learning materials related to language arts

Literacy Volunteer

Dec 2012 - Aug 2015
Los Angeles Public Library

• Teaching English pronunciation and related classes to diverse students with group exercises
• Tutoring literacy development to students, individualized and in groups
• Conferencing and guiding students about their improvement and literacy level
• Offering motivational, and self-realization strategies for confidence and independence

Tutor/Support Provider

Jan 2013 - Jan 2014
Creative Support

• Assisted an autistic individual with his graduate-level coursework in the field of German literature
• Developed original study guides, translations, and consultation strategies related to the subject
• Facilitated the comprehension of German language through conversation, personal experience, and
discipline knowledge
• Taught German-English relations with an emphasis on emotional intelligence, empathy, and cultural
sensitivity

Assistant English Instructor

Jan 2002 - Jan 2003
Florida State University

• Provided a learning experience in the field of first-year student writing
• Facilitated small group work, as well as whole class discussion
• Offered prompt, equitable grades, along with individualized conferences and formative feedback
• Introduced the field of college writing from a critical, creative, and expository perspective

Education

PhD (In Progress) - Educational Leadership

Jan 2012 - Present
Trident University International

MA - Innovative Leadership

Jan 2009 - Jan 2011
Western International University

BA - English

Jan 1999 - Jan 2001
University of North Florida

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

dean's list, cum laude

Dec 2000
University of North Florida
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20 Reviews on Erol G.

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Albert E. Jun 23, 2016
Microsoft Excel · Online
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Erol was very patient and very professional. He went out of his way to make sure that I understood. Thank you Erol
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David N. Jun 16, 2016
German · In studio
Verified Student
Erol was the best teacher I've ever had. He does everything possible for you to understand, learn, and retain. Amazing.
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Salman Jun 15, 2016
ESL · Online
He is incredible and very knowlegdable
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Salman Jun 15, 2016
ESL · Online
He is incredible and very knowlegdable
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Xi Apr 29, 2016
ESL · In home
nice and patient
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Lorraine V. Apr 12, 2016
Accent Reduction · Online
Verified Student
I really like that he uses technology to help me with my accent reduction! Highly recommended
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Marisol H. Feb 12, 2016
Microsoft Excel · Online
Verified Student
Can't wait until my next session!
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Elena B. Feb 11, 2016
Microsoft Office · In home
Verified Student
Earl helped me achieve outstanding score on my Microsoft Office test for my employer in a surprisingly short time. He was proficient with the subject. I am extremely happy I hired him.
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Gina J. Dec 1, 2015
Microsoft Excel · Online
Verified Student
I had a fun lesson with Erol today. He is a GREAT teacher. I am looking forward to my next class :0)
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Darious Nov 6, 2015
English · In studio
Erol did work for me on my term paper, assisting with the development of a persuasive, unique topic. He provided valuable ideas that lent depth and substance to my writing. He is also proficient with discussion and debate coaching. One way or the other, you will get your money's worth for any of his subjects.