Erol Gokcedag

Erol G.

Panorama City, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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I grew 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, and I completed German credits at the college level. 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. I have experience teaching German literature, elementary German, and German grammar. I lived in Germany for over 18 years. I am member of the Association for Language Learning, located in Leicester, UK.
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Erol delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 1998


My style and attitude toward teaching is a balance between subject delivery and reflective, supportive interaction. I seek to enable current research on education for busy, yet goal-driven student interests. This is done through customized online lessons coordinating the experience with optimal resources and tools. Examples are helping ESL students to monitor their own phonic issues with dedicated software/feedback, guiding German students through conversational dialogues, and tailoring Excel and related productivity lessons for particular prerequisites.

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, innovative leadership, and Education. My current level is ABD or PhD candidate for the terminal degree in Education. I am member of the Association for Language Learning, located in Leicester, UK.
My most popular subjects are as follows:

North American English Pronunciation Practice for ESL (NAEPP-ESL) or Accent-Reduction:
*****Each Online Lesson with Free Video & MP3 recordings, and about 50 GB onedrive folder for lesson files*****

Carefully following Burkkowsky's (1969) multi-media method, I have taught this subject for over 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 (acoustic waveform analysis) to enable dynamic feedback and self-monitoring .

Burkkowsky, Mitchess. (1969). Teaching American Pronunciation to Foreign Students. New York: Warren Green, 1969.

Morton, H., Gunson, N., Jack, M. (2012). Interactive Language Learning through Speech-Enabled Virtual Scenarios. Advances in Human Computer Interaction. doi:10.1155/2012/389523.

German Language and Culture:
*****Each Online Lesson with Free Video & MP3 Recordings and about 50 GB onedrive folder for lesson files*****

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, and I completed college-level German credits. 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:
***It is recommended students own or have regular access to a personal computer after 2002 in order to get the best benefit***

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.

***It is recommended students own or have regular access to a personal computer after 2002 in order to get the best benefit***

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.

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Aug 2015 - Present
Hey Tutor/Premier Tutoring, LA & Take Lessons/Service Scout, San Diego

• English
• German
• Microsoft Office

English Teacher & Tutor
Jan 2015 - Aug 2015
Reading Town, South Bay Mega Study, Math Clinic, Los Angeles area

• 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

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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

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Tutor/Support Provider
Jan 2013 - Jan 2014
Creative Support, Culver City, CA

• 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

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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

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PhD (currently ABD) Educational Leadership
Jan 2012 - Present
Trident University International
MA - Innovative Leadership
Jan 2009 - Jan 2011
Western International University
BA - English
May 1999 - Dec 2000
University of North Florida


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


dean's list, cum laude
Dec 2000
University of North Florida


Association for Language Learning
Aug 2017

The Association for Language Learning (ALL) is the UK’s major subject association for teachers of foreign languages. We support and represent teachers of all languages in all sectors. Whether you’re a languages co-ordinator in a primary school, specialist languages teacher, or working outside mainstream education, we can offer you the support you need.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Erol G.

delineating the basics of Dative case, including examples, guidelines, illustrations, and feedback. When to use it? How is it formed?
Photo by Erol G.
Columns, Wrap Text, Force Text, Auto Sum, Functions, Subtract, and more.
Photo by Erol G.

regulating air flow/pressure for TH, using diagrams for deeper insight into vocal apparatus
Teaching German prepositions according to cases, using multimedia methods and guidance.
Sample English pronunciation exercise using multimedia methods
randbetween, select multiple columns, fill handle, expense inventory, paint brush, formatting features, Fonts, Merge Center, and more
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49 Reviews

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Cindy B. Feb 16, 2018
German · Online

Great lesson on the Dative case and how it can look in different sentences or and ways of being phrased, and the underlying theory of how it works. Learned new words and went over some dialogues. Erol is very professional, and his method is descriptive and calming. I appreciate he speaks in German and switches only when I need help understanding, because it helps train my listening skills. Looking forward the the next lesson.

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SAMMY Feb 12, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Very scientific and easy to follow....

Cindy B. Feb 8, 2018
German · Online

Another great lesson. I really appreciate the files and vocabulary sent before the lessons. I can review the material at my own time beforehand which is so helpful. He is organized and the atmosphere is relaxed and informative. I never feel pressured or silly for not knowing something. His method of teaching and explaining concepts is exceptional.

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Mona Feb 6, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Awesome instructor.
Patient, well informed, structured program. It has helped me a lot.

Rex Feb 6, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Excellent instructor. Understand what people with Indian as their primary language need, to reduce their accent. He is very patient, astute, uses wave form to explain how I spoke and ways to correct it. It is a well structured program.
I strongly recommend Erol.

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Cindy B. Feb 1, 2018
German · Online

Really impressed. I can already do the High German R much better after only one lesson. He explains difficult concepts in a way that I can understand. Class pacing is very good - not too rushed (I have time to absorb the material), and not too slow which keeps it interesting. There is a variety of interesting materials to review and he is very prepared. I am very happy so far.

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ibrahim A. Jan 8, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Very nice instructor and he will give you the full support since he has a Good experience with different accents based on the region

Sanmay Jan 2, 2018
German · Online

Erol takes great care to listen and go through the basics. His systematic and logical approach to teach a foreign language to a non-native speaker is really great. I feel that I am making progress, and Erol is making sure that I don't feel intimidated. I highly recommend him if someone is looking for German language classes.

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Rex Dec 21, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

Good instructor.
Very astute. Goal directed teacher. He is patient, well versed with subject matter, good teaching skills.

Alex Dec 6, 2017
Accent Reduction · In home

Erol is a great teacher
He understood my weakness, the points to ameliorate very quick: his technical of learning is very efficient (I'm only at my 3rd session). Since he has an European background as well he knows exactly the difference of pronunciation between French (that I am) and US pronunciation.
He is also very devoted and patient, I recommend him no matter your background !

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Mona Nov 21, 2017
Accent Reduction · In home

He is caring , on time and he knows his stuff

Amada C. Nov 20, 2017
English · Online

Great teacher! Listens and patiently instructs you to get better at English.

rui Nov 11, 2017
English · Online

Erol is good teacher. He is patient and professional.

Amada Nov 4, 2017
English · Online

Eorl is a great teacher. I had a great experience. He took his time to explain with different examples by writting and verbally to make me understand the difference between articles. I am happy and I can't wait for my next lesson. Thanks Eorl!

Eugenia Oct 27, 2017
ESL · Online

Erol is helping me to get rid of my RRRRRussian accent! :)
Great professor. Very patient, very knowledgeable, tons of tools, emails you the recording of every session so you can practice on your own. And very affordable as compared to other Accent Reduction teachers.

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Agustin L. Oct 23, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

Great instructor. I've been taking classes with Erol for a month, and I am very happy so far. He is genuinely interested in my progress. Erol uses some interesting audio apps in his classes that led me to understand the mistakes in my pronunciation. He was also flexible when I had to change a class schedule. Thanks Erol for your help!

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Rui Oct 16, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

Erol is a patient,nice and professional teacher. I look forward to the second class.

Hayden G. Sep 26, 2017
German · Online

Clearly experienced.

Milt Aug 9, 2017
Typing · In home

Erol is so patient and kind - teaching my 88 year-old father how to use the computer. My dad is boasting he already can type 90 words per minute thanks to Erol!

Akshansh K. Jul 20, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

Great first session. Erol is an excellent teacher. He is very patient, positive and encouraging. Erol was quickly able to identify the areas I need improvement. Super excited for my next sessions.

Danny May 20, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

Erol is a dedicating teacher. He uses many different tools and technology to effectively conduct his lessons. I'm happy to work with him. Highly recommended!

Mitchell May 17, 2017
Microsoft Excel · Online

Erol was helpful and knowledgable on the concepts I needed to learn. I wanted to start classes earlier than he had for availability but he made it work and did 3 consecutive days like I wanted. There wasn't a rush on time and he was very flexible in order to make sure I understood the base concepts I needed, which were a few skills related to marketing reporting. Thanks Erol!

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deborah Apr 4, 2017
German · Online

Erol is patient, supportive, and has a lot of tools for me to practice between lessons. I would recommend him for teaching German.

Catherine Mar 22, 2017
Microsoft Excel · Online

Really informative. Very patient and helpful.

Maria Grazia R. Jan 24, 2017
English · In home

Erol is a wonderful teacher: kind, professional and friendly. Learning with him was very enjoyable, and significantly helped improve my English pronunciation. I would happily recommend him to others.

Maryam S. Jan 7, 2017
Typing · Online

Had a great experience.

Marcia K. Dec 19, 2016
Microsoft Excel · Online

Erol, provided one-on-one project training in Excel. He explained and demonstrated how to use the tools and commands most often used, which is what I needed. He was very clear in his explanations and professional. Erol was also easy to schedule a class with. As there is so much information about the Excel program, it is helpful to know what topic you want to cover. Thank you!

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John A. Nov 10, 2016
Microsoft Office · Online

Erol is the best

Vannia L. Oct 1, 2016
German · Online

I definitely recommend taking classes with Erol; He is very clear, knowledgeable and flexible with the time, he also like to make the class interesting and makes it easier to learn grammar and pronunciation
BONUS: You will learn about Germany's history and geography at the same time you are learning the language.

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Albert E. Jun 23, 2016
Microsoft Excel · Online

Erol was very patient and very professional. He went out of his way to make sure that I understood. Thank you Erol

David N. Jun 16, 2016
German · In studio

Erol was the best teacher I've ever had. He does everything possible for you to understand, learn, and retain. Amazing.

Salman Jun 15, 2016
ESL · Online

He is incredible and very knowlegdable

Salman Jun 15, 2016
ESL · Online

He is incredible and very knowlegdable

Xi Apr 29, 2016
ESL · In home

nice and patient

Lorraine V. Apr 12, 2016
Accent Reduction · Online

I really like that he uses technology to help me with my accent reduction! Highly recommended

Marisol H. Feb 12, 2016
Microsoft Excel · Online

Can't wait until my next session!

Elena B. Feb 11, 2016
Microsoft Office · In home

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.

Gina J. Dec 1, 2015
Microsoft Excel · Online

I had a fun lesson with Erol today. He is a GREAT teacher. I am looking forward to my next class :0)

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.

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Jesse Nov 6, 2015
Microsoft Windows · In studio

Erol is an excellent teacher. He helped me learn new programs with ease.

Toyia Oct 24, 2015
Microsoft Windows · In home

Erol helped me fix my laptop and taught me how to use my operating system. He is also very skilled with young kids, having babysat my 3 year-old daughter. He knows a lot about his subjects and is great at figuring things out.

Leticia R. Oct 9, 2015

Thank you Erol very much..I Really enjoyed
Your was helpful

Marija S. Oct 5, 2015
German · Online

Hello all.I am beginner in German.So glad that I found Erol.It's very easy to communicate with him.I had some books that he would go over with me,explaining every thing I didn't know.I would recommend Erol to anybody who needs help with grammar,pronunciation,vocabulary...It really helps that he is native German.Good luck!

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Maria Duru Sep 21, 2015
Microsoft Excel · Online

Very patient and understanding. I learnt a lot

Rebecca Koppenhaver Aug 28, 2015
Microsoft Office · In home

Erol is prompt, knowledgable and very patient!

Chandler B. Aug 27, 2015
German · Online

Great first time experience for my son. He's already using his new words after one lesson!

Tapio V. Mar 17, 2015
· Online

I've experienced Erol's teaching in both group setting and one on one, and I like his unique way of teaching, combining his knowledge of IPA, and both English and German languages. His skills in software technology makes him also ideal for teaching "e-learning".

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Daniel R. Mar 11, 2015
German ·

Patient, thorough and punctual. I highly recommend Erol!

James R. Mar 11, 2015
German · In studio

I studied German with Erol for a little over a year while I was living in LA. It was a great experience. At the time I could barely speak a word of German, but our weekly meetings very quickly started to give me confidence. In our sessions, we tried numerous methods: we read children's books, made small talk, and eventually discussed German literature. During our time together, Errol was uncommonly patient, generous with his time, and flexible about scheduling. My experience having been so positive, I'd recommend him as a tutor to anyone hoping to improve their knowledge of spoken and/or written German.

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