Niusha Shodja
Seattle, WA
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Niusha Shodja

Niusha S.

Seattle, WA
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Creative Writing is a passionate subject for me. I studied Creative Writing at Dartmouth College, where I obtained my Master's, and published my thesis of a collection of fiction short stories.

Creative Writing doesn't have rules, although there are guidelines. I am an advocate of showing and not telling, creating characters, setting scenes, and using smooth, fluent language to engage readers as we experiment with words and style and complex emotions.

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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Alex H.
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Niusha is a great instructor for Farsi and is deeply knowledgeable as well as patient. I really looking forward to continue learning Farsi with her and unreservedly recommend her to anyone seeking to learn the language.

Posted Feb 3, 2021

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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