- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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. Possibly the only dedicated PhD for E-Learning on the TakeLessons server, I am member of the Association for Language Learning, located in Leicester, UK.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- August 1998
***AREAS NORTH OF CENTRAL SANTA CLARITA ARE DIFFICULT TO SERVICE PHYSICALLY/ ADDRESSES WITHIN REMOTE AREAS (no public transit or bicycle access) DIFFICULT TO SERVICE PHYSICALLY***
***lesson cancelations and schedule changes need to be submitted through your Takelessons.com student website. It is difficult for teacher to handle multiple informal requests***
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. Possibly the only dedicated PhD for E-Learning on the TakeLessons server, 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.
***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.
• Microsoft Office
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Taught German-English relations with an emphasis on emotional intelligence, empathy, and cultural
• 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
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.+ Read More
Fairly good instructor. Used so many tools to track progress using voice software to improve pronunciation
Learned a lot.
Now to practice.
Very easy to understand, patient.
Very good lesson.
Great analytical approach to accent reduction. I’ve taken 4 classes and I already feel a difference. Thanks!
Very systematic and detailed teaching method.
Erol is a great teacher,
Since we started together my progress has been huge, I am more confident, it's easier for me to talk and being understood with my french accent. Erol targets your weaknesses and make them disappear like nothing happened. My friends, my family, my coworkers and clients all noticed my accent; thank you Erol!
English is my second language. It’s not easy finding the right teacher. But I’m glad i’v Founded it. He’s a great teacher!
I enjoy workig with Erol, he is helping me to get rid of my russian accent. Every lesson is informative, i learn and grow every week. He is very organized and attantive, he really listens to what has to be corrected and works with it.
I highly recommend Erol!
Fantastic class. Erol knows exactly what needs correcting, to improve my accent. His program is well organized. Erol methodically goes through the lessons, making it easier for me to understand and improve my accent.
I recommend him.
Very professional and extremely thorough in his explanations of the hard skill.
I highly recommend him.
Erol is great! Very informative 1st lesson!
Thank you so much!
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.+ Read More
Very scientific and easy to follow....
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.+ Read More
Patient, well informed, structured program. It has helped me a lot.
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.
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.+ Read More
Very nice instructor and he will give you the full support since he has a Good experience with different accents based on the region
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.+ Read More
Very astute. Goal directed teacher. He is patient, well versed with subject matter, good teaching skills.
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 !
He is caring , on time and he knows his stuff
Great teacher! Listens and patiently instructs you to get better at English.
Erol is good teacher. He is patient and professional.
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!
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.
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!+ Read More
Erol is a patient，nice and professional teacher. I look forward to the second class.
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!
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.
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!
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!+ Read More
Erol is patient, supportive, and has a lot of tools for me to practice between lessons. I would recommend him for teaching German.
Really informative. Very patient and helpful.
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.
Had a great experience.
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!+ Read More
Erol is the best
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.
Erol was very patient and very professional. He went out of his way to make sure that I understood. Thank you Erol
Erol was the best teacher I've ever had. He does everything possible for you to understand, learn, and retain. Amazing.
He is incredible and very knowlegdable
He is incredible and very knowlegdable
nice and patient
I really like that he uses technology to help me with my accent reduction! Highly recommended
Can't wait until my next session!
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.
I had a fun lesson with Erol today. He is a GREAT teacher. I am looking forward to my next class :0)
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.+ Read More
Erol is an excellent teacher. He helped me learn new programs with ease.
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.
Thank you Erol very much..I Really enjoyed
Your lessons..it was helpful
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!+ Read More
Very patient and understanding. I learnt a lot
Erol is prompt, knowledgable and very patient!
Great first time experience for my son. He's already using his new words after one lesson!
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".+ Read More
Patient, thorough and punctual. I highly recommend Erol!
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.+ Read More