Tom Songer

Tom S.

Longwood, FL

About Tom S.

Tom teaches: Ages 18 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 1991
Last sign in: 3 days ago

Overview

English Literature, BA

Teaching non-English speaking students the basic AND advanced fundamentals of English.

I work at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels as an adult education instructor providing English instruction to classes or individual students.

As a ESL teacher, developing a curriculum that takes an overall approach to English study that focus on a specific aspect of language use, such as life skills, literacy, or vocational and workplace English. Both approaches involve teaching my students basic English skills, such as listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Classroom work consist of pronunciation techniques, quizzes, textbooks, videos and computer lessons. I often combine basic studies with real-life interactions involving language use in different situations, such as shopping, schooling, job hunting or working with English-speaking coworkers.

Awareness of the students' culture and I recognize differences that may affect a student's ability to acclimate to a English-speaking environment.

STUDENTS LESSON DETAILS

I prefer to discuss goals with my students and their parents to determine what they are most interested in ACHIEVING. Together create a lesson plan designed for the individual student.

TECHNOLOGY

eLearning is critical in secondary language proficiency - see attached

Excerpt from "50 Ways to Teach Online: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers" by Dr. Justin Shewell. You can purchase an electronic copy of the book at https://www.amazon.com/Fifty-Ways-Teach-Online-Teachers-ebook/dp/B01M5IS58Q

The Pedagogical Foundations Of EnglishCentral

By David Deubelbeiss

EnglishCentral is a company that takes pride in having experienced teachers on staff and designing a product that will help students learn and acquire English, particularly for international communication.

Too often technology is designed without the control or voice of educators. Technology for technology's sake. We have tried to avoid this error and build an e-learning platform that puts pedagogy and learning first.

Here are the key aspects of English Central's pedagogy:

1. Motivation.

We live in a visual and digital world. Students consume enormous amounts of video content and video has become the new textbook. EnglishCentral harnesses this built in, intrinsic level of motivation - why not learn English while viewing videos you love? EnglishCentral publishes 30 new video lessons per week and its vast library of video lessons and courses offers every student the chance to study what they want and listen to messages they want to hear.

2. Comprehensible Input

Not only do students need to listen to messages they want to hear - these messages must be level appropriate (Krashen, 2001). Each EnglishCentral video lesson or course plus our vocabulary is leveled and can be assigned to students based on their level of English. This provides appropriate practice maximizing language acquisition.

3. Precise, Timely Feedback

EnglishCentral provides instant feedback to students. Students begin to "notice the gap" (Schmidt, 1990) and begin to self-correct as they compare their speech to the original. Tools are provided so students can "dig down" and understand the language and get the answers they need immediately. EnglishCentral works to promote learner autonomy.

4. Lowered Affective Filter

Many students go through a substantial "silent period" (Krashen, 1985). Others need the time and space given through self-study before they are ready to excel in the very socially demanding classroom. EnglishCentral provides a safe, low anxiety environment where learners can proceed at their own pace and practice speaking in a non-threatening place. Teachers are often amazed how the quiet students in their class "bloom" on EnglishCentral.

5. An Oral Language Focus

The 21st century workplace and global nature of communication demands that students have strong speaking skills. The importance of written communication is receding. EnglishCentral's proprietary speech recognition system IntelliSpeech™ trains students to produce, clear, intelligible speech for effective communication across cultures and borders.

6. Blended Learning

The future of education lies in blended learning (Arne Duncan, 2014). EnglishCentral partners with schools and teachers offering a unique blended learning model and platform. Courses and video lessons can perfectly compliment what students learn in class, providing students with extra practice matching the class curriculum. Our free LMS lets teachers extend the curriculum and track student achievement.

7. Structured Learning

Our simple Watch | Learn | Speak methodology provides low cognitive overload and an easy to follow learning pathway. Courses and video lessons are leveled and vocabulary is presented with spaced-time repetition. EnglishCentral monitors every word or expression students study and provides a simple interface where students can use the feedback to improve their pronunciation and build their vocabulary.

8. Gaming

Students are highly engaged by the gaming dynamics of EnglishCentral. Students compete for XPs (Experience Points) and ranking through their study. However, we don't go overboard and aim to keep the focus on the learning, not the gaming.

9. Ambiguity Tolerance

Language is a vast and unpredictable space. Successful language learners are risk takers. Critical to being a risk taker is having a strong ability to not be stressed out by what you don't understand (Brown, 2007). EnglishCentral provides authentic content that challenges students to focus on the general meaning and gist and strengthen their level of ambiguity tolerance.

Interested in reading more about EnglishCentral and why it works? Try this post on our blog or visit our Academic area for some case studies on how teachers have used EnglishCentral successfully at their school.

David Deubelbeiss is a professor, educational consultant and teacher trainer currently at the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University, North Bay, Canada. He is a leader in promoting the use of technology in language teaching and the use of social media in education. He is the Director of Education at EnglishCentral. Find him online at his professional development community for teachers, EFL Classroom 2.0 or through his LinkedIn profile. He espouses the simple teaching philosophy of “When one teaches, two learn.”

Photos and Videos

My first ESL student from Brazil is soon departing. It's been an amazing two months. Looking forward to what the next two months will bring.

Experience

ENGLISH TEACHER

Sep 2014 - Present
ESL/TESOL/TEFL/CENTA

ESL Teacher Offering extensive knowledge of English Language and ability to interact with professionals and children of diverse backgrounds.

QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY
• ESL and English Language Teacher
• ESL Certified
• Highly skilled in creating an environment suitable to the maturity, interest, and abilities of students
• Able to provide social and emotional support for English Language Learners
• Bilingual – Fluent in English and elementary proficient Chinese and Japanese

RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
• Teach English as a Second Language to multilingual students
• Tailor lessons according to student needs
• Conduct activities that target confidence, perception, vocabulary building, pronunciation practice and grammar

PRODUCTIVITY COACH

Jan 2011 - Jun 2013
Keller Williams Realty

Keller Williams Classic II Realty - Orl., FL
January 2011 – June 2013 Orlando, Florida

Licensed real estate professional and business coach, specializing in creating strategies and solutions for agents who want to increase their business and create balance in their lives. Spent over a thousand hours as a real estate trainer, coach and student. To empower agents to build successful businesses through support, education, motivation and accountability.

CORE COMPETENCIES
Organizational Leadership • Staff Management • Business Development • Strategic Planning & Implementation Operations Management • Advertising • Sales & Marketing • Staff Training & Development • Event Planning & Coordination • Strategic Planning & Implementation • Advertising & Promotion

Education

ELL Certified Teacher

Jan 2016 - Present
Arizona State University

Education BA

Aug 2014 - Present
University of Phoenix

ESL/TESOL

Aug 2014 - Jan 2016
Arizona State University

School Of Management

Jan 1989 - Aug 1991
Boston University

Languages Spoken

Chinese

Limited Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Japanese

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Engaging ELLs and Their Families in the School and Community

Mar 2016
Arizona State University

https://www.coursera.org/account/accomplishments/records/RATSDTWKFFMC

Teach English Now! Foundational Principles

Mar 2016
Arizona State University

https://www.coursera.org/account/accomplishments/records/NTLLAYLXAGBW

Lesson Planning with the ELL in Mind

Mar 2016
Arizona State University

https://www.coursera.org/account/accomplishments/records/U7WPVJ4QWSVS

Teach English Now! Theories of Second Language Acquisition

Mar 2016
Arizona State University

https://www.coursera.org/account/accomplishments/certificate/BU57WG8SFPXK

Google Tag Management

Sep 2015
Google

Tag Manager application for advertising and development

ESL/TESOL

Sep 2014
Oxford Seminars

Awards

Awarded Society Of Excellence

Jan 2009
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate NRT

Top 100 Realtor

Jun 2007
Wall Street Journal RealTrends

Affiliations

National Education Association

Sep 2014
NEA

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.

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6 Reviews on Tom S.

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Sam Oct 31, 2016
English · Online
Verified Student
Intellectual with great communication skills - Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.
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Georg A. May 21, 2016
English · In home
Verified Student
Tom is an excellent English teacher. He catches the student's attention and works with the student. I highly recommend Tom to everyone who is interested in learning English - at all levels.
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Julia S. Mar 31, 2016
English · In studio
Tom is a great English teacher, with his help I'm developing my daily communication a lot, and it's enjoyable to learn with him. Tom is awesome!
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Kumaresan V. Jan 26, 2016
Online
Verified Student
My kids are Native English speaking Kids. So he is focusing on their vocabulary development and writing skills. He is a well focused and high profile teacher which is what we wanted.
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Gustavo P. Jun 22, 2015
ESL · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent Lesson!
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Kang Y. Jun 19, 2015
English Literature · Online
Tom is a very good English teacher. I have problems understanding English literature very often because I am not a native speaker and Tom helped me with patience understanding English literature from context, background of the author and writing habits. Through his instructions I can finally appreciate the beauty of English literature like I appreciate the literature works in my mother tongue. From Shakespeare to Mark Twain I travelled through ages and time when I read, think about and ponder upon their masterpieces. Most importantly I am able to understand them, and it feels amazing. Thank you, Tom!
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