Tom Songer

Tom S.

Orlando, FL

About Tom S.

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Tom teaches: Ages 18 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 1991
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Overview

Tom has been teaching private lessons since 2006 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his studio (local Starbucks), and online. Foremost, Tom provides expertise, experience, and encouragement.

Tom received his training at Boston University in 1998 where he received a degree in Finance and International Relations. Then going on to receive a degree in English Literature. As an native in the English language Tom looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Tom's teaching style is relaxed and filled with humor that continues to motivate his students.

Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student'€™s schedule when possible.

ESL/ELL STUDENTS

Teaching non-English speaking students the basic AND advanced fundamentals of English. The seven parts of speech taught are nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.

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

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

CLASSROOM/LESSONS

- Pronunciation techniques
- Quizzes, textbooks, videos and computer lessons
- Basic communication with real-life interactions

Using language use in different situations, such as shopping, schooling, job hunting or working with English-speaking co workers.

He places awareness on the students' culture and recognition of cultural differences which might affect a student's ability to acclimate to an English-speaking environment.

STUDENTS LESSON DETAILS

He prefers to discuss goals with his students or their parents to determine what they are most interested in ACHIEVING. Together we can create a lesson plan designed for the individual student.

TECHNOLOGY

Combination with TakeLessons Classroom and eLearning it is critical learning a secondary language effectively - see attached

Excerpt from "50 Ways to Teach Online: Tips for ESL/EFL Teachers" by Dr. Justin Shewell.

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.”

You can purchase an electronic copy of the book at https://www.amazon.com/Fifty-Ways-Teach-Online-Teachers-ebook/dp/B01M5IS58Q

Photos and Videos

Kang from China (2013)

Experience

ENGLISH TEACHER
Sep 2008 - Present
ESL/TESOL/TEFL/CENTA

English Literature, BA
TESOL Certification

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

Education

ELL Certified Teacher
Jan 2016 - Present
Arizona State University
English Literature
Aug 2014 - Dec 2016
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

Teach English Now! Second Language Reading, Writing and Gammar
Jul 2016
Arizona State University

Teach English Now! Theories of Second Language Acquisitions
Mar 2016
Arizona State University

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

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

TESOL International Association
Jan 2017

TESOL International Association’s mission is to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.

National Education Association
Sep 2014

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.

12 Reviews on Tom S.

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Marsha Apr 13, 2017
· Grammar · Online
Tom is a great instructor. He is helping me sort though challenges I have with grammar, writing and proofreading. I recommend Tom as a teacher to anyone who is looking for flexibility in their schedule and an opportunity to have fun learning.
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Carol Apr 5, 2017
· · Online
Tom is a great teacher and communicator. He is responsible and instructive. He also had experience teaching Asian students who have certain specific pronunciation problems. I had five trial classes with Tom but will certainly continue his classes for a long term.
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Vincent Mar 2, 2017
· English · Online
It helps me alot and please continue your way of teaching... Thanks great job
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Terry Mar 2, 2017
· Grammar · Online
Thanks to Tom, I passed my exams. Grammar was a big problem. Tom gave me tips and suggestions on using nouns, pronouns, and prepositions within a sentence. Meanwhile the lessons improved my confidence and ability in speaking.
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Simona Mar 2, 2017
· · Online
Tom is a great instructor! Not only he always comes prepared with an interesting and knowledgeable lessons plan, but he also has the ability to make the learning fun! He is flexible and he easily adapts to my learning style, which I appreciate. Tom is a natural born teacher, and I highly recommend him!
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Joe Mar 2, 2017
· Life Coaching · In studio
Tom is a great teacher and communicator. He gives you support but makes you do the hard work that is the basis for real learning. I have been working with Tom for about 1 year and has helped bring clarity and organization to my work.
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Sam Oct 31, 2016
· English · Online
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
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
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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