Niusha Shodja
Seattle, WA
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Niusha Shodja

Niusha S.

Seattle, WA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching ESL for over ten years now. My goal is to try to make the process of learning English as a foreign language as close to the natural process of language acquisition as possible, creating a friendly and relaxed learning atmosphere, using a variety of tools and texts, and steering clear of dry, conventional grammar based lessons.

About Niusha S.

As a teacher, I try to cater each class to my student's individual needs and interests. Being bilingual myself, I am a strong believer that language and culture (and food!) are intertwined, and to learn any language, it is best to immerse oneself as deeply as possible.

I started teaching ESL in 2005, in Tehran, where I worked with children and adults of all ages in private and semi-private settings. Upon graduating from college, I spent a year working as an English teacher at an international preschool and kindergarten, before moving to New Hampshire for graduate school. There, I studied Creative Writing, and continued to tutor ESL. I taught a beginners Farsi course at Dartmouth College, and while I've now relocated to Seattle, we've managed to continue classes via Skype. I have also helped prepare students who plan on taking the TOEFL in writing. It's been quite a ride!

Upon moving to Seattle, I taught at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, a community college across the lake in Kirkland, WA. There as a faculty member of the International Department and a professor of the Intensive English program, I worked directly with international students. I taught Grammar, Academic Writing, Listening/Speaking, and Reading at various levels.

I joined the college's ESL team in 2017, and taught Intermediate ESL (level 4), as well as proctoring the CASAS exam.

In addition to being bilingual, I am also a language learner. As a student of Italian, I believe I am more empathetic towards the struggles of language learning, and understanding towards errors, and getting lost in translation.

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Experience

Instructor
Oct 2015 - Jun 2019

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

As an Intensive English professor, I taught Grammar, Listening/Speaking, and Academic Writing courses to international students at Lake Washington Tech's International Department. I also taught intermediate (level 4) ESL in their ESL program.

Education

Creative Writing
Sep 2010 - Jun 2013

Dartmouth College

English Language and Literature
Sep 2005 - Jul 2009

Allameh Tabatabei Univeristy

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Farsi (Persian)

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

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