Helena Ramos

Helena R.

Suwanee, GA

About Helena R.

Helena teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 1993
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

I am a native speaker of Portuguese and got my degree in English (ESL) and French Teaching in my home country, Portugal. I have been teaching foreign languages and ESL for more than 20 years and am comfortable working with all age groups. I taught 17 years in Portugal (ESL and French; 6-12 grades and Adult Education Programs) and ever since I moved to the US in 2010 (Portuguese and Spanish in a corporation, and tutoring all four languages at home or online). I am a very patient, motivated and enthusiastic teacher and I always adjust my teaching methods to the student's age, needs and purpose. I never give up on a student and I am sure I can help him/her attain his/her full potential. I believe anyone can learn a new language but consistent repetition and refreshing before, during and after class is needed. I expect the student to be responsible, patient and persistent in his learning process and I am willing to help him/her on the way.

Experience

European Portuguese evaluator

Sep 2016 - Present
ALTA Language Services, Inc.

Conducting live Listening, Speaking, Reading and Interpreting tests over the phone.

Portuguese online instructor

Apr 2016 - Present
VL247

Providing real-time, interactive, online training in European Portuguese to Air Force pilots through the eMentor program. The class is carefully structured according to levels (ILR levels) and standards set by the U.S. government and prepares students for the DLPT (Defense Language Proficiency Test) or the OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview).

French tutor

Nov 2015 - Present
Home

Teaching language and culture from beginner to intermediate level both in person and online.
Developing skills in the four modalities: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Engaging students in conversation classes.
Helping with homework and other class assignments.
Helping prepare for assessments.

Spanish tutor

Jun 2015 - Present
Home

Teaching language and culture from beginner to intermediate level both in person and online.
Developing skills in the four modalities: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Engaging students in conversation classes.
Helping with homework and other class assignments.
Helping prepare for assessments.

Spanish instructor

Feb 2014 - Present
Advanced Control Systems

Corporate language instruction (beginner - intermediate).

ESL Instructor

Mar 2016 - Jun 2016
Interactive College of Technology

Teaching Reading, Writing and Vocabulary (RWV203 and RWV204) and also Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation (SLP102) courses to adult students.

Online Portuguese tutor

Nov 2014 - Nov 2015
Home

Teaching language and culture from beginner to advanced level both in person and online.
Developing skills in the four modalities: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Engaging students in conversation classes.
Helping with homework and other class assignments.
Helping prepare for assessments.

Portuguese instructor/ English - French - Spanish - Portuguese Translator

Nov 2010 - Feb 2014
Efacec USA - ACS

Corporate language training (Portuguese).

Business & Technical translation (English - French / French - English, English- Spanish).

English and French teacher

Sep 1993 - Aug 2010
Various high schools and middle schools in Portugal

Teaching English and French as foreign languages to middle and high schoolers.

Teaching English as a foreign language to adults in Continuing Education programs .

ESOL teacher (kids level, ages 5-6)

Sep 1992 - Jun 1993
Lancaster College, V.N. de Gaia, Portugal

Teaching English as a foreign language to young kids through a lot of games and songs.

Conversation classes Assistant Teacher - European Portuguese

Sep 1991 - Jun 1992
University of Leeds, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UK

Engaging students in different conversation topics; helping them write papers in Portuguese.

Education

Bachelor of Arts: Modern Languages and Literature - English and French Studies, Specialization in Teacher Training

Sep 1989 - Aug 1994
Faculdade de Letras, University of Porto, Portugal

Erasmus Exchange Program

Sep 1992 - Jun 1993
University of Leeds

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

Portuguese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

eMentor Certificate of Completion

Apr 2016
VL247

Certification to teach Portuguese classes online under the eMentor program

Certificate of Proficiency in English

Dec 1990
University of Cambridge, UK

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25 Reviews on Helena R.

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Ángel D. Nov 21, 2016
French · Online
Verified Student
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Angel Nov 10, 2016
Helena is helping my son to start in French and she achieves to have him motivated and excited about learning. It is showing to be a good way to develop a new language.
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Nicole Oct 20, 2016
Portuguese · Online
Verified Student
Helena is the best! She teaches in a very clear way and always takes time to answer any questions I have. She is supportive and very kind. Looking forward to more lessons!
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Carson G. Sep 14, 2016
Spanish · In home
Verified Student
We really enjoy having Helena work with the boys on Spanish. She is patient with them as they learn a new language and always has encouraging words. Very pleased with our decision to use Helena as our tutor.
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Zoe Aug 5, 2016
Spanish · In home
Mrs. Ramos was very open to however I wanted the lesson to be formatted. I had taken Spanish in high school and I wanted to brush up so I scheduled 45 minutes and we just conversed the entire time. She was very easy to hold a conversation with and is also very patient. A very kind woman and overall helped me very much!
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Padma B. Dec 1, 2015
Spanish · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher!!
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Suzy Nov 12, 2015
Spanish · In home
Helena is very approachable and welcoming with young students. Her follow up with myself and my son after each lesson was very professional. I liked the way she communicated with me asking for our feedback and truly cared about his development in the classroom. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a Spanish instructor. She is flexible with her hours and offers homework to see where the leaner's ability to grasp the concept is before moving on to the next task.
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Laura P. Nov 6, 2015
Spanish · In studio
Verified Student
I was a little nervous about learning a new language but Helena's style really put me at ease. We jumped right in at a perfect pace. She makes it fun and I feel like I am learning things I will really use.
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David Nov 6, 2015
Portuguese · In studio
Elena is a great teacher. After a couple of months taking classes with her, I was able to have conversations in Portuguese and even do business in Brazil.

I highly recommend Elena as a teacher, she is simply the best.
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Marian Oct 12, 2015
Spanish · In studio
Helena has great teaching skills and great personality.
I highly recommend her.
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