Micah bellieu

Micah B.

Dallas, TX

About Micah B.

Background check: Last verified 05/20/2016
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Micah teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: June 2008
Last sign in: 4 days ago

Overview

More time is available than what is shown on calendar, so please let me know your preferred time when you email me. I try to be as flexible as possible!

20 extra minutes for your first lesson to allow us to get to know each other better. I can't wait to get to know you!

I have been a full time private instructor for 9 years with my own professional language company. I have been very successful. I organize English and Spanish programs at US and international companies: Hitachi, NTT Data, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Samsung, Ferrovial, Webber, Bluebonnet, Austin Bridges and Roads, North Tarrant Infrastructure, Trinity, Mary Kay International, and many, many more. I give private lessons that fit each employee's needs: writing, pronunciation, fluency, grammar, vocabulary.

How I teach: I create customized classes for you. I teach you to SPEAK the language. Lessons are dynamic, fun and give you confidence, incorporating things you like: TV, radio, music, movies, current events, and much more.

One-on-one, small groups, company-wide programs, online, in person.

I am fluent in English and Spanish, proficient in French, beginner in Japanese and starting Russian. Languages are my deepest passion. I only teach the 2 languages I speak fluently: Spanish and English.

Ask about my special group rates.

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Improve your English or Spanish with me!

Experience

Owner/Founder

Dec 2009 - Present
Fluency Corp

I am the proud owner of my own Spanish and English school. I give private lessons to executives at American Airlines, Samsung, Nokia, and many private high schools in the Dallas area. I have been in business for over 9 years with great success and satisfaction from my students. Our curriculum is designed to help your specific needs. Whether it is homework help, accent reduction, grammar, conversation classes, vocabulary needs, Learn English or Spanish will make sure you learn effectively.

Gogobot City Correspondent

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014
Gogobot

I write reviews for a travel website called Gogobot. I mainly write about restaurants, hotels, events, and anything else I find interesting in the Dallas area.

English Instructor

Aug 2008 - Jul 2009
Elementary School in Campeche, Mexico

Created a unique English curriculum for grades 1st-5th. I was in charge of teaching the English language in a unique way that strayed away from typical grammar and focused more on communication through various activities. this was a Reggio-style school.

Freelance Journalist

Aug 2004 - Jun 2007
Boston Phoenix newspaper

Boston Phoenix newspaper had a readership of 500,000.

Journalist

Dec 2004 - Feb 2007
Stuff at Night magazine

I wrote articles about night life around Boston. These articles were published and distributed throughout Boston.

Education

TEFL CERTIFIED

Mar 2007 - Sep 2007
ITTO

Bachelors in English Literature and Spanish

Aug 2000 - May 2004
Boston University

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

Japanese

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

DELF B2 Level in French Proficiency

Mar 2014
Alliance Francaise

This is a level 4 out of 6 total levels to test for complete fluency in French. This is the nationally recognized test for being able to work in a French-speaking environment. I believe it is important to continue learning languages in order to understand my students. This is a conversational level of French, and I will take my level 3 test this summer. I am dedicated to language learning and cultural awareness.

TEFL

Jun 2008
ITTO Teaching Institution

This is a teacher training course to prepare teachers to teach English to non-native speakers. This course is essential to understanding the grammar and pronunciation aspects of my native language. Being native in English is not enough to reduce accent, improve vocabulary, and effectively correct grammar mistakes, while learning tricky phrasal verbs.

Awards

Best Private Language School in Dallas

Sep 2015
Thumbtack.com

Top 200 MOST POPULAR Tutors NATIONALLY on Wyzant.com

May 2013
Wyzant.com
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27 Reviews on Micah B.

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Ann M. Feb 9, 2017
English · In home
Verified Student
I scheduled english class with Micah (both fluent in spanish and english) for my friend who speaks only Spanish (No english). I speak both Spanish and English. Micah did not call back. Instead someone named Joanie who is her "assistant" called back and says that she helps Micah. She then said that she would be also doing the lesson. I thought this was odd but went with it because I had thought she was same caliber as Micah. I was there for first lesson with my friend.
Joanie did not give any instructions. Just began in English -- "My name is..". "Your name is..." Asked her to get notebook -- all in English. I asked her to tell instructions to my friend in spanish because My friend did NOT understand at all. Joanie then replied that she likes to do her classes in English as people learn better than way. I let this go for another 1-2 minutes. I began to get suspicious that Joanie could not speak Spanish at all. Then I stepped in again and stated very directly that I would like for Joanie to speak Spanish to Mari to explain instructions and I would like to see. She finally admitted that she spoke "little spanish" and "better with Thai". I told her it was a misrepresentation on her part (as well as Micah) to clients. She then replied " No I speak spanish." The only spanish I heard her say during the entire time was 2 words.. "mira leer". It also sounded like Micah has been doing this for awhile.
They both should be ashamed of themselves - misrepresenting to clients what they think they are getting (someone who is fluent in spanish and english) and in fact who they are actually getting (someone who only speaks english). Is this even legal? Isn't this part of switch and bait law - which is illegal ?
By the way, I don't want to dissuade people from using take lessons -- because I have had an excellent experience. The teacher I have to teach my kids trumpet and piano lessons who is outstanding. Just beware of the switcherooo.
I couldn't give zero stars - which is what they should have gotten-- hence the one star.
Hope this review helps.
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Raphael B. Jan 23, 2017
Spanish · Online
Verified Student
The lesson was prompt and the instructor (Alice) was excellent. She took her time and the interactive nature of the session made it enjoyable. Take a chance with Micah and you will be glad you did. Gratias
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Phoebe Nov 9, 2016
Spanish · Online
Verified Student
I've only had one lesson so far, and I'm looking forward to more!
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Andy S. Sep 13, 2016
Spanish · Online
Verified Student
Micah has been very good at giving me what I need to improve my Spanish and encouraging me to stretch and do more. She has great patience and is very helpful during the lessons.
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Christina W. Aug 21, 2016
Spanish · Online
Verified Student
The most difficult aspect of learning a new language for adults is fear of making an embarrassing mistake. Micah and other teachers in the Fluency Corp have created a supportive and comfortable environment where I am able to utilize our newly acquired vocabulary words and grammar into simple conversations, which is exactly my goal. The consistent progress I experience after each lesson is a big motivating factor that propels me forward.
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Tera B. Aug 12, 2016
Spanish · In studio
Verified Student
Micah is patient and energetic. She made it easy to understand, I look forward to learning from her!
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Akash Jul 18, 2016
Spanish · Online
Verified Student
A great teacher!
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Roberta Jun 7, 2016
ESL · Online
Verified Student
Micah has vaste experience with common mistakes and how to overcome them. It was a nice lesson.
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Masashi Fujii Jun 2, 2016
ESL · Online
Verified Student
Thank you for your class.
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Michelle May 31, 2016
Spanish · Online
Verified Student
Absolutely fantastic! Micah knows how to guide you so you are speaking Spanish in a fun, educational, and comfortable atmosphere. She is well prepared and tailors a program to meet your specific needs. I have a tough time pronouncing certain words and can confuse my grammar but Micah breaks down the pronunciation syllable by syllable so you have a command of the word. She provided many insights into Spanish grammar with great clarity. Highly recommended Instructor.
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