- Teaches students:
- Ages 12+
- Teaching since:
I have been working with foreign students since I was an exchange student to Lapland, Finland many years ago. I worked at language camps and issue camps for our exchange students in both Northern and Southern California. I also lived and worked in Berlin, Germany at our International Headquarters. Eventually I thrived at the job as the West Coast Coordinator for icye.org.
In 2001 I received my CELTA: Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults.
For the past five years I have been teaching exclusively on line to students around the world. I love it. There is nothing more satisfying than being a part of a student's life and see them grow in their English language proficiency.
At the end of every session I send my students type written notes on everything we have discussed. I introduce new vocabulary, practice it with you, have you use the new words in your homework, and then go over your homework during the next class. If there are any errors, we go over them until you feel confident using the new set of words.
For my higher level students we focus more on fluency and possibly prepare for the TOEFL test or a job interview. No two students are alike.
As a professional English teacher I am trained to know which words you might have difficulty using correctly. Each language group struggles in different areas. As I have studied several languages myself, I know how hard it is to become fluent in a second, third or forth language. My biggest challenge was when I was on a train from Budapest to Vienna. German was the common language between myself and a Hungarian. I had to translate from German into Finnish and bypass my native English. That was a challenge!
I am happy to answer any questions you may have. I have a B.A. in Humanities and World Religions from Sacramento State University. This basically means I have a basic knowledge of world history, art, literature, architecture, drama, poetry, music and religion. I look forward to hearing from you.