Kirk Solberg

Kirk S.

Portland, OR

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Kirk delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2010

Kirk S. has been teaching ESL since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, his home or online. Kirk has helped students develop their understanding of English, improve their ability to speak it in daily life and gain the confidence to achieve their goals in the English-speaking world.

Kirk has an ESL English teaching certificate from Cambridge University (CELTA) and also a Master’s degree in International Management from Portland State University. His teaching style is friendly, patient and professional.

Do you want to improve your pronunciation, vocabulary or grammar? Are you more interested in improving your skills in daily conversation? Are you an advanced learner or a beginner, a businessperson, student or homemaker? Kirk will design the lessons to fit your needs and interests, helping you reach your goals!

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Experience

Instructor
Sep 2010 - Aug 2014
Shanghai International Studies University

•Oral English courses- levels I and II for 1st and 2nd year students in various majors (30-45 students per class).
• Business English class for 3rd year English majors (35-45 students per class).
•Helped over 3000 students improve their skills and confidence in English
•Hosted English Corner language and culture activities.

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Tutor
Sep 2010 - Nov 2013
Hampson Engish

• Conducted 1-on-1 classes (tutoring) for students age 6 to 60.
• Taught a wide variety of content e.g. daily conversation, Business English, grammar, vocabulary, test preparation (BEC, TOEFL, IELTS).
• Awarded "Best Teacher" of 2011.
• Hosted cultural events e.g. Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations.

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Instructor
Feb 2012 - Jun 2012
University of Shanghai for Science and Technology

• Taught Oral English courses for 2nd year students (25-30 students per class).
• Taught Introduction to British Parliamentary Debate course for 2nd year students (25-30 students per class).
• Involved in the development of the nationally recognized debate program, including work with the debate club.

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Education

Master's Degree in International Management
Sep 2008 - Dec 2009
Portland State University
Undergraduate Degree (BA) in Anthropology and Spanish
Sep 1986 - Jun 1992
University of Minnesota

Languages

Mandarin Chinese
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

CELTA
Apr 2014
Cambridge University

Certificate of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Awards

Teacher of the Year
Jun 2012
Hampson English

Photos & Videos

A student drew a picture of me- looks cooler than the real thing!

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We always have a lot of fun on Halloween!

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The English Club after a big event
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7 Reviews

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Jessica Aug 15, 2016
English · Online

Kirk is a great teacher! Our classes were really useful and we did a lot of conversation! Thank you

SARA Apr 27, 2016
English · Online

By far one of the best teachers I have ever had. Not because its an easy class but because he requires you to understand and work for it. He makes it so that everything is relatable and does not seem impossible or overwhelming.

Milsa G. Jun 30, 2015
English · In home

Kirk is always on time for the lessons, he prepares his classes very well and takes care of all the details. I felt very well learning English with Kirk, he is an excellent teacher!!

Jerry Z. May 28, 2015
ESL · In studio

Kirk always gives me a comfortable atmosphere to learn English. He prepares the lessons according to my needs, from daily conversation to preparing for school interviews and the TOEFL exam.

yan D. Mar 22, 2015
ESL · In studio

sorry, find a typo in previews review. Should be:
Kirk is a very experience teacher with very good patience and pleasant teaching style that makes each of lessons very easy to take. and of course, the result is also very good. He is an awesome teacher!

yan D. Mar 22, 2015
ESL · In studio

Kirk is a great teacher, very friendly and professional. He helped to raise my son’s reading level more than two full grade levels in just a few months. Highly recommended!

yan D. Feb 9, 2015
English · In studio

Kirk is a very experience teacher with very good impatience and pleasant teaching style that makes each of lessons very easy to take. and of course, the result is also very good. He is an awesome teacher!

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