Steve Silver

Steve S.

Chicago, IL
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have almost 20 years of teaching and private tutoring experience as well as a graduate degree in TESL/TEFL.

About Steve S.

I have over 13 years of teaching experience at both the secondary and post-secondary level, and I have lived and taught for nearly 10 years in Japan. I have an undergraduate degree in English with a concentration on writing, and a graduate degree in education with a specialization in TESL/TEFL.

I am an individual who is passionate about teaching and learning. I want to be available to everyone, regardless of one's financial situation. Please contact me if you'd like to set up a sliding scale fee.


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40 Reviews
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Posted Mar 5, 2020
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Posted Mar 5, 2020
Chris F.
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Posted Oct 23, 2019
Annet A.
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Steve is wonderful. I like it when pronounces back to me how i pronounced the word, and then teaches me how i should pronounce. This helps me to see the difference easily

Posted Aug 2, 2019
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Posted May 28, 2019
Tajinder S.
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Posted May 4, 2019
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Great teacher, looking forward to my next lesson!

Posted Mar 29, 2019
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I had my first lesson and I am very excited to continue working with Steve on my accent.
He was able to identify what are the issues I need to work on.
Steve is very knowledgeable and fun to work with!
Thank you Steve!

Posted Mar 3, 2019
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You are the best teacher! I enjoyed our first lesson a lot, thank you so much and I am looking forward to next week!!!! :-)

Posted Feb 28, 2019
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Amazing experience!

Posted Feb 5, 2019
Rudra A.
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My son enjoys writing lessons with Steve and has improved writing skills just after 3-4 sessions with Steve. Before he used to hate doing writing at home but now he likes it which is a big change.

Posted Nov 16, 2018
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Excellent tutor!

Posted Oct 5, 2018
Kateryna K.
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Very responsive, attentive and patient teacher! I loved our first lesson, it was exactly what I was looking for. I'm definitely going to keep working with Steve, and I don't have any doubts that eventually no one will even think about asking "what country is your accent from?" :)

Posted Sep 25, 2018
Grace M.
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Good class!

Posted Aug 30, 2018
Kishor A.
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Steve is a professional, knowledgeable and patient trainer. He was very helpful in identifying my issues and correct those.

Posted Aug 22, 2018
Haroon A.
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Steve is a friendly instructor and he will work with you on areas that you need to improve, also his time management is great and I have been able to cancel or reschedule my classes with an hour before the class. His communication skill is also great and you can always have a meaningful conversation with him.

Posted Jul 27, 2018
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Steve is the best english teacher that I have had. He inspired me. He pushed me to take an job interview, when I thinked that I didn't not opportunity. Thank he, I'll have a second job interview. Thank he I did my first step and I started to feel more trust in myself. He make me better and try to show me how I can be more natural. I'm so happy! Maybe, without his advice, I would waiting for start yet. Thank you for anything Steve!

Posted Jun 27, 2018
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I enjoy working with Steve, he is helping me a lot. He is very organized and has in depth knowledge in his subject, J recommend him.

Posted Jun 27, 2018
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Steve was a great Tutor. We worked mostly for me to prepare for the TOEFL test and also to improve my reading and pronunciation skills. Steve has great pedagogical skills to teach using clear examples to explain the study topic. Steve taught me helpful tips to manage better my time while answering TOEFL test kind of questions. I recommend Steve a 100%!

Posted Jun 26, 2018
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Steve is the best teacher. My co-worker told me that your English communication has really improved. It makes me very happy. I had improved my English because he helped me a lot. He is my English teacher and life coach. I have taken his lessons for 1 year, but I should have taken lessons earlier.

Posted Jun 25, 2018
Rebecca B.
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Steve has helped our son improve his speech in record time. It took us about a year to find a person who could help us with the very specific task of guiding a teenager toward using a more formal speech in general, in terms of both vocabulary and pronunciation. English is our second language, and Steve has been incredibly creative in finding ways to show our child how to improve his management of the English language. My child's self-confidence is growing, as is his academic commitment in general.

Posted Jun 25, 2018
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Steve is an amazing teacher, he has really helped me improve my accent and I feel very comfortable!

Posted Jun 25, 2018
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Steve is a Godsend. My son has had multiple tutors, but he never actually liked nor thought any of them were any good. He is a very hard sell. After the first lesson my son informed me that Steve is good. "He taught me something useful" Week after week my son writes an essay. He is actually working at it. Steve is very soft spoken, encourages in a very natural way which works extremely well for my son. My mission this summer was to get my son writing every week, now its happening and I hear zero complaints. Waazaam!

Posted Jun 24, 2018
Karthik R.
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I have booked class for my kid and Steve initially agreed. It was a weekend and we cancelled our family appointments and was waiting for Steve to show and he cancelled it in the last minute stating that he is double booked.
Disappointing Experience.

Posted Jun 24, 2018
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Steve is the man you need if you need to improve your English, my experience with Steve make me a better English speaker
Thanks to Takelessons for introduced me to my teacher


Posted Apr 19, 2018
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He is the best!!

Posted Apr 17, 2018
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Posted Mar 17, 2018
Marcin B.
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Posted Mar 17, 2018
Milan P.
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Steve has a genuine interest in working out how to best develop a self-reliance on any particular method.

Posted Feb 21, 2018
Sara P.
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He is very nice and very good teacher!!

Posted Feb 10, 2018
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Posted Dec 7, 2017
Vaishnavi B.
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Posted Nov 10, 2017
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Steve is very helpful. He listens to your needs and tries to find personal approach, which I really appreciate.

Posted Oct 16, 2017
Clarice B.
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He identified immediately something in my daughter's speech pattern that I couldn't put my finger on! Great help!

Posted Sep 21, 2017
Marcin B.
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Awesome ,thanks to you

Posted Aug 30, 2017
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Steve is a great teacher, with a profound knowledge of the English language and a captivating approach for accent reduction. My lessons with him have been extremely productive.

Posted Mar 8, 2017
Abdullah K.
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Posted Jan 30, 2017
Janiro Griffin
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Mr. Steve Silver is the best tutor I ever had. He is truly an inspiration and his tutoring services have great impacts on my education

Posted Apr 24, 2016
Mario C.
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My son never had as good as teacher

Posted Nov 10, 2015
Jane J.
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Steve is the best teacher. He customizes his lessons and provides timely feedback. Thank you Steve.

Posted Jul 20, 2014

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Private tutor
Apr 2003 - Present


Instructor of English as a Foreign Language
Aug 2008 - Apr 2013

Kwansei Gakuin University

Nishinomiya, Japan

Instructor of English as a Foreign Language
Aug 2003 - Mar 2008

Kansai Gaidai University

Hirakata, Japan

Instructor of English as a Second Language
Dec 2002 - Aug 2003

Virginia International University

Instructor of English as a Second Language
Sep 2002 - Aug 2003

The English House

Program Associate, Teacher Quality
Sep 2001 - Aug 2002

Public Education Network

Director, Teacher Quality Initiatives
Feb 2001 - Sep 2001

National Alliance of Business

Education Program Specialist
Feb 1999 - Feb 2001

U.S. Department of Education

ESOL Resource Teacher
Aug 1995 - Jan 1999

Pasco County Schools

Pasco County, Florida

Instructor of English as a Second Language
Jan 1995 - May 1995

Center for Intensive English Studies, Florida State University


M.S., Education
Aug 1994 - Aug 1995

Florida State University

B.S., English
Aug 1990 - Aug 1994

Florida State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Education Policy
Jan 2001

University of Virginia

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