Micah bellieu

Micah B.

Dallas, TX

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About

Micah delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
June 2008

I have been a full time private English instructor for 9 years, primarily with professionals who need to improve language skills for working in the United States or working with Americans. This includes, slang, idioms, phrasal verbs, professional email writing, presentations, American culture, accent/pronunciation and more.

I have created The Bellieu Method, which is a specific way to learn languages, which is the most effective for acquiring a language.

I always use RELEVANT articles to read, TV shows to watch, books to read, radio shows to listen to, in order to incorporate English as much as possible in every aspect of the student's life.

I have had contracts with 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 international companies.

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. Because I have been learning languages for over 20 years, I 120% understand how to learn languages and therefore teach them.

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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 and professionals from international companies from various countries: India, France, Japan, Korea, Russia, Spain, and more. I have been in business for over 9 years. Our curriculum is designed to help your specific needs. Whether it is accent reduction, grammar, conversation classes, vocabulary needs, presentations, email writing or overall fluency, I will create a specific plan for you.

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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

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.

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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.

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Awards

Best Private Language School in Dallas
Sep 2015
Thumbtack.com
Top 200 MOST POPULAR Tutors NATIONALLY on Wyzant.com
May 2013
Wyzant.com

Photos & Videos

Fluency Corp English lessons
Photo by Micah B.

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30 Reviews

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Susan White Feb 26, 2017
Spanish · In home

Lots of fun, still remembering time as a family, still remember songs we sang. Micah is always smiling, and flexible with needs.

Steve Feb 26, 2017
Spanish · Online

Micah is absolutely wonderful, she makes you want to learn and enjoy learning!!

Michelle Feb 26, 2017
Spanish · Online

Micah is an exceptional Spanish tudor and instructor. She knows the intricacies of the Spanish language and can provide deep knowledge of the grammar and rules. For me she helped me tremendously with my pronunciation and was patient and enthusiastic about teaching me how to speak, read, listen Spanish. If you really want to learn this language with a pro, search no further. Micah is among the very best.

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Ann M. Feb 9, 2017
English · In home

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

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

Phoebe Nov 9, 2016
Spanish · Online

I've only had one lesson so far, and I'm looking forward to more!

Andy S. Sep 13, 2016
Spanish · Online

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.

Christina W. Aug 21, 2016
Spanish · Online

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

Micah is patient and energetic. She made it easy to understand, I look forward to learning from her!

Akash Jul 18, 2016
Spanish · Online

A great teacher!

Roberta Jun 7, 2016
ESL · Online

Micah has vaste experience with common mistakes and how to overcome them. It was a nice lesson.

Masashi Fujii Jun 2, 2016
ESL · Online

Thank you for your class.

Michelle May 31, 2016
Spanish · Online

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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Wei May 31, 2016
English · Online

Micah is very patient and knowledgeable. She helped me with my essays and she is an excellent writer.

Steve C. Jan 29, 2016
Spanish · Online

It was an excellent first session and I am certain that she will be very instrumental in helping me to become fluent in Spanish sooner than I expected!!!!!

Bronson M. Dec 15, 2015
Spanish · In studio

She's great! I'm def learning.

George Dec 7, 2015
Spanish · Online

Micah has been an incredible mentor and teacher. She is positive, energetic and has been able to achieve incredible results. We are extremely happy with Micah and cannot imagine using anyone else.

Rachel Nov 10, 2015
ESL · Online

She is Very Nice and correct me .
Also she recommended me about books that can help me and a lot of advices.

Thank you a lot!

Gage Oct 25, 2015
Spanish · In home

We are very excited about working with Micah. She had an extremely positive impact and we are looking forward to working with her.

Audrey Young Oct 21, 2015
Spanish · Online

I have really enjoyed my classes with Micah. She has worked with my complicated travel schedule and includes subject matter that pertains to my work needs.
She's a great teacher and you can tell she is passionate about what she does!

Andrei Z. Sep 30, 2015
English · Online

Very helpful for me and good lessons with Micah :)

Silvia A. Aug 25, 2015
Accent Reduction · In home

I have taken few classes with her and I'm looking forward to taking more. She is well organized, patient, very encouraging and supportive.

Great help!! :-)

alper K. Jun 14, 2015
English · In home

When I came to the US my English language level was not great. I had studied in school in Turkey, but my pronunciation was difficult to understand and the grammar was impossible for me. I have been taking classes for about 1.5 years now with Micah and another instructor that works for her, and I have improved a lot. I have even been giving presentations at my job now. I am an engineer.

I was not expecting to improve my level like that in 1.5 years. Learn English or Spanish LLC has talented teachers. Now I am planning to take the TOEFL in 6 months, and I will prepare for it with them. After that, my goal is a Masters degree. I highly recommend classes with them.

They are extremely effective teachers.

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Regina W. May 20, 2015
Spanish · In studio

My husband & I had a wonderful first class with our instructor. Much more fun than I expected. Hasta la vista!

Lidia M. Mar 30, 2015
Spanish · In home

Micah is the most inspiring teacher. She helped me from eighth grade until senior year; from memorizing Spanish poetry to analyzing essays, we did everything and I understood everything. I felt super prepared for class every week and if I ever had an issue I would just email Micah. Without Micah I do not know if I would have continue to AP Spanish V in high school or if my love for the Spanish language would be the same. I adore Micah and all that she has taught me and my pleasant Spanish memories are all rooted with Micah. If you are looking for not just an amazing teacher but an idol, Micah is the one.

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Allan B. Mar 24, 2015
Spanish · In home

Micah is an amazing teacher. I have been working with her for about 2 years, and I truly enjoy her enthusiasm, energy, and extraordinary ability to teach. I started with the Spanish I remembered from high school and college (many years prior) and had a basic limited vocabulary. I have always enjoyed the language, and becoming proficient had been a goal of mine for a while. I run a busy real estate development company and I travel a lot - Micah comes to my office twice a week and provides me with not only lessons in grammar, vocabulary, and structure, but also encourages me to enjoy learning by introducing me to music, movies, and books in Spanish.
In addition to my face to face classes, Micah has introduced me to another of her teachers and I meet with Olivia twice a week at night on Skype.
Micah has an excellent understanding of language structure, vocabulary, and the quirks that, when she explains them, really make sense and help me learn at a deeper level. She has made learning Spanish a lot of fun because she gets my goals and how I need to learn. There really is no substitute for a great 'maestra' - Micah is brilliant at what she does, she is a professional, she loves to teach and it shows, and I would recommend her and her company to anyone who wants to learn English or Spanish.

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YK M. Mar 24, 2015
English ·

I worked with Micah for about two years and I can say she is the best English teacher for foreigners I've ever met.
She understands the pain points which most of English speakers as second language usually experience and provide the effective guidance to improve themselves.
Shortly, she knows what should be taught and how to teach them.
Besides, she is very flexible and likes working with her students, which make the class fun.

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Sylvie F. Mar 24, 2015
Spanish · In studio

I 've had only 5 lessons with Micah so far, but I already learned a lot of vocabulary and grammar. I feel confident enough to attempt conversations with Spanish speakers!

Micah is a wonderful teacher. She loves languages, and it really shows in the way she engages the student and makes her class entertaining.

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Pierre M. Mar 24, 2015
Accent Reduction · In home

Micah is the best teacher I have ever had !
I am French and my accent was so strong that sometimes I was not being understood correctly. We discussed first by email and she was so nice with a big teaching experience that I was sure to make the right choice.
We can tell she is a real teacher, she has great skills and she is really good at explaining !
I highly recommend her.

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Ivana M. Mar 24, 2015
English · In studio

Micah is a really good teacher! I come from France and it was hard for me to speak english. I was completely lost... Micah helped me with vocabulary, grammar and small talk. She listens to your needs and will prepare the session especially for you.

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