Laurel Taylor

Laurel T.

San Francisco, CA

About Laurel T.

Laurel teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 2005
Last sign in: Today


As a teacher I recognize that all students have a predominant learning style, so I always work with each person as an individual, tailoring our lessons to discover and promote their innate abilities and interests. I am friendly and patient and work well with children of all ages as well as adults.

My background in English language training is extensive. I have a B.A. in English Literature, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification, along with ten years teaching experience in Europe and the Middle East. I also hold a M.Sc. in Biological Science.

My area of special expertise is writing, I can help anyone master the skill of expressing themselves effectively. I love grammar and can make it fun and easy to learn. I have developed curriculum and adapted existing teaching materials to fit students special needs.

These are areas of language training in which I excel:
• Grammar
• Reading Literacy (for both native speakers and ESL learners)
• Business and Vocational English
• Creative and Expository Writing
• English Conversation
• Exam Preparation
• Editing and Proofreading

Photos and Videos

With my crazy students at Yasar University in Izmir, Turkey!


English Instructor

Jan 2011 - Dec 2012
Berliner Technische Kunstschule (BTK-College of Design)

Taught English with an emphasis on career development and portfolio presentation.

English Instructor

Sep 2009 - Dec 2009
Berlin School of Economics and Law

Lectured on Banking English and Business English

English Instructor

Jan 2008 - Feb 2009
Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey.

Taught in the Department of Foreign Languages and the Department of Translation and English Literature

English Teacher

Jan 2005 - May 2007
Oskar Lernt English, Berlin, Germany.

Taught English in Berlin public schools, grades 1-3.


Masters of Science in Biological Sciences

Sep 1999 - Dec 2002
San Jose State University

B.A. English Literature

Sep 1973 - May 1977
Mills College, Oakland, CA.

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Teaching English As a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Dec 2005
University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Ten years teaching experience in Germany and Turkey.

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9 Reviews on Laurel T.

Renata A. Sep 30, 2016
English · In home
Verified Student
Laurel was a great instructor for my parents who are studying ESL. They both enjoyed the conversation and learned a lot.
Mehrnaz Jul 26, 2016
Creative Writing · Online
Verified Student
I took a series of online creative writing lessons with Mrs. Taylor. She is one of the kindest and most intelligent persons I have worked with. She helped me find my writing style and patiently and carefully taught me about every aspect of creative writing. She told me not only about grammar and story structure, but also motivated and encouraged me to write a short story. From my first lesson with her, I knew that she is a gifted teacher, as she is knowledgeable and informed. Before taking lessons with her, I was writing in my journal, but now I have written my first piece. She provided meaningful and relevant ideas to help me find the flow of my story. Because of the excellent and exceptional way that she teaches, I have decided to continue with my creative writing.
Mehrnaz Jun 21, 2016
Creative Writing · Online
Verified Student
Laurel is a great instructor. She taught me a lot of helpful points and gave me a new perspective in my creative writing. I'm very thankful for her lessons.
Subbu P. Mar 17, 2016
Grammar · Online
Verified Student
She is excellent teacher. My kids love lessons from her. We see good improvement for my son. She takes lessons on-time, flexible and no cancellations. She is the best and couldn't be happier with any other teacher.
Zihao L. Nov 16, 2015
ACT English · In home
Verified Student
She is really helpful.
SECIL A. Apr 21, 2015
English · Online
Verified Student
She was like a friend! She helped me a lot to feel more comfortable while speaking in English and I succeeded in my Job Interviews :)
feray K. Mar 26, 2015
English · In studio
Verified Student
She is very helpful!
Heidi V. Oct 20, 2014
Laurel is a natural with small children, and she obviously takes delight in helping them learn. I have a 1st grader who has benefited from her skills in teaching reading and writing. She also has an artistic side, which my child loves.
audrey M. Jul 13, 2014
English · In studio
I have worked with Laurel for several years for editing and language projects. She is warm, patient, professional, and very efficient. She sees problems quickly without making you feel hurried or overwhelmed, but when it comes to meeting deadlines she gives just the right amount of support and encouragement. Laurel is excellent at finding your own pace and I know that many many people can benefit from her services, for learning English as well as perfecting anything you've written.
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