Helena Ramos

Helena R.

Suwanee, GA
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Lesson Details

ESL

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have a vast experience teaching English as a Second Language. I did it for almost 20 years in my home country, Portugal and am now teaching it in a college.. I have worked with different age groups, from 5 year-olds to adults. I understand the difficulties of learning a new language and I try to provide intensive practice in the four major skills in language learning: speaking, reading, listening and writing. I am very patient and enthusiastic.
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About

Helena delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 1993

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

26 Reviews

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Dawn B. Mar 2, 2017
Portuguese · In home

My husband and I really enjoyed our first lesson with Helena and are looking forward to our next one.

Ángel D. Nov 21, 2016
French · Online

Angel Nov 10, 2016
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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.

Nicole Oct 20, 2016
Portuguese · Online

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!

Carson G. Sep 14, 2016
Spanish · In home

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.

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

Great teacher!!

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

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.

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.

Marian Oct 12, 2015
Spanish · In studio

Helena has great teaching skills and great personality.
I highly recommend her.

Shawn Sep 11, 2015
Spanish · In studio

Helena is an awesome teacher with the ability to assess student learning, analyze outcomes, and adapt instruction to meet our needs. She is very patient and doing a great job teaching, especially for a beginner like myself. She knows how to get students involved in conversation, and always takes time explaining things in depth. She loves to share her knowledge and does so in a very fun and engaging way. It was an incredible experience and extremely helpful in learning Spanish. Helena made us learning Spanish so much easier and fun. This is one of the best taught language classes I've ever had.

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Jose Sep 11, 2015
French · In studio

Helena is an excellent teacher and a dedicated professional. Very calm in her explanation, and very clear as well.

Donna H. Sep 11, 2015
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Helena is well organize, patient, and prompt. She has been an excellent instructor for myself in both Portuguese and Spanish, which I have study both languages under her, over a course of 6 years. She is very thorough in covering grammar and the conversational aspects in both, using different media. I would highly recommend her as an instructor in both Portuguese and Spanish.

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Patricia Sep 11, 2015
Portuguese · In studio

Helena Ramos is an excellent, professional and extremely knowledgeable teacher. Loves what she does and will go the extra mile to make sure one understands the subject. She is punctual, very disciplined but at the same time makes her teaching enjoyable.

Gary Sep 11, 2015
ESL · In studio

Helena makes everyone in her class very comfortable. Her class that I attended had a relatively wide range of Spanish speakers, however most were beginners like myself. Never the less, she was able to keep everyone's interest without anyone becoming frustrated or impatient.
Helena uses a combination of written workbooks with backup AV material, examples and handouts that she compiles herself in addition to the workbooks. She is very patient and provides a lot of written examples and explanation.She does her homework too, putting in extra effort for us. She is very accessible outside of class if you have questions.
Helena Is fluent in English, which makes her easy to understand. Helena makes learning the language fun. She's delightful.

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Walt Sep 10, 2015
Spanish · In studio

Very personable, excellent command of teaching skills, lessons moved right along and organized

John Sep 10, 2015
Spanish · In home

Helena is a passionate and enthusiastic language teacher that brings a lot of fun in her classes.
She helped me learn not only Spanish and Portuguese but also interesting facts about their life and culture.
She is simply the best.

Noshau Sep 10, 2015
Portuguese · Online

Helena makes the lessons fun by adapting the content to your person life. She is patient and really excited about sharing her knowledge with her students. We do the lessons on Skype which works perfectly and allows me to participate from the comfort of my home. She is a great teacher.

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Luisa Sep 10, 2015
Spanish · In studio

Helena is a very organized and competent teacher.
With soft manners she manages to keep any student motivated and wanting to learn more.
She always achieves great results.

Tess, Paralegal Sep 10, 2015
Spanish · In studio

Helena is intellectually curious and professionally vital. She holds high expectations for her students and herself. She maintains an enviable passion for students and the learning process. She is creative, fun and compassionate. She believes each and every student can soar beyond any imagined limits, the students sense that and work together with her to accomplish their dreams. She remains sensitive to her students needs. She doesn't run ahead of those who need extra instruction but is certain every student learns. She has strong core principles, but somehow still evolves with changing times and embraces new technologies. Helena emphasizes the fun in learning and in life. An excellent choice for your instructor.

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Pierre Sep 10, 2015
Portuguese · In home

Sra Helena Ramos is a very good teacher,has excellent pedagogy, very patient and eloquent.She covers all the materials very well.Because of her expertise, I was able to speak portuguese fluently in two years and perfecting my spanish.

In short, she is the perfect instructor and any body can learn from her.

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Gerald Sep 10, 2015
Spanish · In home

Excellent instructor, knowledgeable and fun. I have a greater appreciation for the Spanish language.

Christelle Sep 10, 2015
Spanish ·

Helena is the best language teacher I ever had (Spanish being my 6th language).
She is passionate about teaching. Unlike other language teachers, she will help you building up your language skills from scratch. She knows both L.A Spanish and Spanish as spoken in Spain. Helena is very friendly and patient. She will work with you at your own pace even within a group of students.
- I highly recommend her as group as well as individual instructor !!!

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Kailash Sep 10, 2015
Spanish · In studio

Started off with portuguese and transitioned to spanish! Was great learning!!

Kailash Sep 10, 2015
Portuguese · In studio

Great great instructor:) Had an awesome time learning a bit of portuguese and spanish!

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