Laurel Taylor

Laurel T.

San Francisco, CA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have taught English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Germany, Greece, and Turkey, and English as a Second Language (ESL) in California. In Germany, where I lived and worked for many years, I too had to learn a second language as a beginner to the level where I could function and work in a new society. So I teach from a student's point of view, understanding and sensitive to both the practical and emotional challenges you face.
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Laurel 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 2005

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 MSc. in Biological Sciences.

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.

My area of special expertise is writing, I have published papers in academic journals, newspapers and popular magazines, as well as a novel that I can help anyone master the skill of expressing themselves effectively. I love grammar and can make it fun and easy to learn.

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 (TOEFL, IELTS, MCAT)
• Editing and Proofreading

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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.


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Teaching English As a Foreign Language (TEFL)
Dec 2005
University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Ten years teaching experience in Germany and Turkey.

Photos & Videos

Photo by Laurel T.

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

Tutoring at the San Francisco Public Library.


15 Reviews

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Dr. G. Oct 22, 2018
English · Online

wonderful not only be in touch with a teacher but also with a great human, i hope everything its ok

sandrine C. Oct 4, 2018
English · Online

Laurel is a very kind person to know, good teacher too. She is patient and help to improve your knowledge. I would strongly recommend Laurel.

Dr. G. Oct 2, 2018
English · Online


nigina Apr 24, 2018
English · Online

First lesson was great, I really enjoyed it.

Agnes J. Jan 16, 2018
ESL · Online

I've been speaking english for many years, however I wanted to improve my speech, vocabulary and fluency in order to perform better at job interviews. Laurel helped me learn how to form coherent sentences when I talk, and now I speak with more confidence. The best part is that I finally got a job!
Laurel is a wonderful teacher, very knowledgeable; I was always looking forward to her classes.

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Sammie Nov 30, 2016
English · Online

In the past two years, Laurel has helped me develop my reading and writing skills significantly as well as build graduate level vocabularies. She is very patient and sensitive to my needs, and she always makes our lessons fun! If you need help with the MCAT, GRE, LSAT, or any other graduate school entrance exams, I am sure Laurel will help you nail them and achieve your dreams!

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Renata A. Sep 30, 2016
English · In home

Laurel was a great instructor for my parents who are studying ESL. They both enjoyed the conversation and learned a lot.

Mehrnaz H. Jul 26, 2016
Creative Writing · Online

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.

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Mehrnaz H. Jun 21, 2016
Creative Writing · Online

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

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

She is really helpful.

SECIL A. Apr 21, 2015
English · Online

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

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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