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Marcelle Hill

Marcelle H.

Starting at $35
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In addition to having an MA in English and a JD in law, I have had over 30 years of English teaching experience, mostly at the college level. I've taught a variety of courses and tutored students in a variety of skills, including ESL; composition and grammar; analytical writing and critical thinking; American, British, and world literature; business writing and communications; introductory courses to the American legal system, and legal writing. At present, I'm teaching ESL to international professionals and other adults to help them improve their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. I also help ESL students prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS exams. Throughout my career, I've helped both native and non-native speakers of English improve their language and critical thinking skills. In tutoring, I take a very customized approach and use a variety of tested methods and effective materials to address each student's needs.

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  • Teaches students 18 and up
  • Awarded Summa Cum Laude from University of New Orleans, New Orleans Louisiana
  • Teaching since 1975

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Stanley Feb 5, 2019
Essay Writing · In home

Marcelle is an expert at English language. I have been taking English writing lessons from her. She is a very good English expert, very focused and has been very sharp in identifying my weak points. She gave me a different strategy on how to overcome my weakness, and I am surprised with the result. I would recommend anyone who wants to improve their English. She is also a very good human being.

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Hamda Jul 22, 2017
English · In home

I like the way how she organized the classes. Marcelle knows which part of my English language needs to improve. She is very flexible in the timing of the classes. I strongly recommended her for whoever wants to improve and refresh their English language. Honestly, she's the best.

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Lesson Details

English

Levels Taught:
Intermediate, Advanced

For a writing lesson, for example, I first talk to the student and review a writing sample or assignment to assess what skills need to be targeted. Then I address each skill in its logical order. For example, the student first needs to understand the purpose of the assignment and its specific requirements. The next stage might require how to approach and analyze a text and then how to organize, revise, and edit the writing. Throughout this process, I check for the student's understanding.

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Experience

Private ESL Consultant
Jun 2013 - Present

Language Centers International

Tutor international professionals and other adults to improve their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills; assist students with oral presentations and writing tasks, such as emails, reports and academic papers; work on improved pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and cultural awareness; help students prepare for TOEFL and IELTS. Teach legal English for special projects.

Adjunct English Instructor
Aug 2007 - Dec 2012

University of Houston Downtown and Houston Community College

Taught a variety of courses to a diverse student body: composition, analytical writing and critical thinking, literature, business communication, and legal writing.

Adjunct English Instructor
Aug 2002 - May 2006

Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill. CA

Taught a variety of English courses to a diverse student body; served on faculty committee; evaluated test assessments for entering students, native English speakers and non-native speakers

Adjunct Law Professor
Jan 2003 - May 2004

John F.Kennedy School of Law, Pleasant Hill, CA

Taught legal writing and methods courses; served on a committee to develop academic standards for the legal writing program; edited a legal methods text

ESL Legal Writing Specialist
Sep 2001 - May 2002

Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, LA

Tutored foreign attorneys pursuing LLM degrees to help them improve their English writing skills and their understanding of common law analysis

Adjunct Law Professor and Writing Specialist
Sep 1996 - May 1999

Wester State University College of Law, Fullerton, CA

Taught legal research and writing to diverse student body; developed and conducted writing workshops for first year law students; tutored ESL students to help them improve their writing and analytical skills

Adjunct Lecturer in Business Writing
Feb 1987 - May 1991

California State University, Fullerton, CA

Taught business writing courses to a diverse student body.


Education

JD
Sep 1981 - May 1984

University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA

MA in English
Aug 1975 - May 1978

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

BA in English
Jun 1971 - Dec 1974

University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA


Certifications

Admitted to the Texas Bar ( inactive status)
Jul 1986

The State of Texas

Although I was granted a license to practice law in Texas in 1986, I currently have inactive status since I'm teaching and not practicing.

Awards

Honors in Legal Writing
May 1984

University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Summa Cum Laude
Dec 1974

University of New Orleans, New Orleans Louisiana


Affiliations

Phi Beta Kappa
Dec 1974
The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.
Phi Kappa Phi
Dec 1974
Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."
Alpha Lambda Delta
Oct 1971
Founded in 1924, Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students in their first year at an institution of higher education. (For a brief history of the Society, click here) We recognize those students who have succeeded in maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA, and are in the top 20% of their class, in their first year. Alpha Lambda Delta's mission is to "encourage superior academic achievement... to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society."

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