Tom Songer

Tom S.

Orlando, FL

Lesson Details

Accent Reduction

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

This course is about how to learn to say difficult sounds in English quickly and to reduce your accent audibly. We will cover the most important phonics/sounds that my clients - from India, China, France, Russia, Brazil, Spain and so on - have the most problems with doing business in the US/Silicon Valley. You don't have to go through all the lectures, just pick the areas you feel you still have to work on and practice the words diligently. You will see the slides that go with the video and most of the time, I also uploaded additional practice materials. If you work on your English pronunciation consistently, you will see results really fast.

Who this course is for:
You need to know some spoken American English already to benefit from the course. But, since this is an American English speaking course with lots of examples, if you practice a lot, you will be successful and will master American English.

We will cover all the phonic sounds of the English language

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About

Tom passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Tom delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 14+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 1991

Tom has been teaching private lessons since 2006 and is currently available to teach lessons online. Foremost, Tom provides expertise, experience, and encouragement when he received his English Literature from Boston University, Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in Arizona.

Tom's style is candid and are scheduled to best fit to the student's schedule when possible.

ESL/ELL STUDENTS

Its imperative that the student understands phonics as well as the seven parts of speech, i.e., nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.

Currently, 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 curriculum for his students, he takes an overall approach to English study that focuses on a specific aspect of language use, e.g., 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.

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Experience

Jolly Phonics Certified Teacher
Aug 2016 - Present
Private Company

This company teaches children to read and write using synthetic phonics, which is widely recognized as the most effective way to teach children to read and write in English. That was over 25 years ago. Since then our immense progress has been studied in numerous research projects, the results of which led to phonics becoming central to the UK curriculum. Today we are now used in over 100 countries worldwide. As the leading synthetic phonics publisher, and the most experienced, we offer a 7-year school program that teaches not only phonics, but spelling, punctuation and grammar too.

Systematic teaching of phonics, grammar, spelling and punctuation across the school years

Teaching is multi-sensory and active, with fun actions, stories and songs

Independent research supports the outstanding results achieved around the world with the program

Continues to revise and extend children’s phonic knowledge

Flexible and easy to implement in your school

Developed by teachers for teachers

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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

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Education

ELL Certified Teacher
Jan 2016 - Present
Arizona State University
English Literature
Feb 2015 - Feb 2019
University of Phoenix
TESOL Certified
Aug 2014 - Jan 2016
Arizona State University
School Of Management
Jan 1989 - Aug 1991
Boston University

Languages

Chinese
Limited Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
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

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

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

Lesson Planning with the ELL in Mind
Mar 2016
Arizona State University

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

ESL/TESOL
Sep 2014
Oxford Seminars

Awards

Deans List
Mar 2019
University of Phoenix
Jolly Phonics Certified Teacher
Aug 2016
Jolly Phonics

Affiliations

American Federation of Teachers
Mar 2018

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

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Florida Foreign Language Association
Apr 2017

he Florida Foreign Language Association (FFLA) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the study and teaching of languages and cultures. Membership is open to educators of all levels (K-20) and all languages. FFLA is an affiliate of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and its member organizations include the Florida Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (FAATSP), the Florida chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF-FL), the Florida Association of Teachers of German (FATG), the Classical Association of Florida (CAF), the Florida Chinese Teachers Association (FCTA), the Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese (AFTJ), the Florida American Sign Language Teacher Association (FASLTA), and the Florida Foreign Language Association for Managers in Education (FFLAME).

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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.

Association of Writers and Writing Programs
Mar 2015

AWP provides support, advocacy, resources, and community to nearly 50,000 writers, 500 college and university creative writing programs, and 130 writers’ conferences and centers. Our mission is to foster literary achievement, advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing.

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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.

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Toastmasters International
Jan 1995

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.

Photos & Videos

Teaching in China

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English Secondary Language ESL (TESOL) teaching portfolio
Kang from China in Florida (2013)

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First student from Brazil @ Starbucks (2015)

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Off location (2014)

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German students off location with George and Sabi @ Orlando Florida  (2016)

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Off location (Road House Grill) teaching English to two women from China (2016)

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Off location with the family teaching English (2016)

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Learning - Active process of effective learning. 

Grades Pre-K to Primary school

Jolly Phonics Curriculum
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22 Reviews

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chijioke Aug 18, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Was very patient with me . Polite in correcting my mistakes. He is a good listener

Sali C. Aug 14, 2019
English · Online

Tom is excellent!!

Vamsi Aug 11, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Tom has been pretty good at figuring out my speech production issues and working through a correction plan to get the right sounds out. Also, has been very flexible about scheduling which has been very helpful.
Overall a fun teacher to work with.

Ulises Aug 10, 2019
· Online

He is just incredible!!! So knowledgeable!!!

Emilie Jul 9, 2019
English Literature · Online

Tom was excellent! We explored many pertinent topics. He is very flexible in allowing you to delve into your interests in that he has a broad knowledge base and promotes creativity and open thinking. The lesson flows very well. He helped me to find fitting goals. I'm looking forward to more lessons with Tom!

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Xiuli J. May 30, 2019
ESL · Online

Very helpful!

Terry Mar 9, 2019
English · Online

Tom is very patient. Just what I needed!

RCA Mar 9, 2019
English · Online

Tom is the best! I learn so much from him. He is a patient, kind and loving instructor who knows how to make learning fun.

Veronika Mar 1, 2019
English · Online

JOHN May 13, 2017
Common Core English · Online

Mr. Songer has been a professional acquaintance since 1990 and he has consistently demonstrated excellent management and teaching skills in our shared profession of Real Estate Sales.
His communication skills and motivational attitude insures his success with his students. His Integrity and persistence rate him high on the scale of employment.

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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.

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

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.

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.

Sam Oct 31, 2016
English · Online

Intellectual with great communication skills - Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

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.

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!

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.

Gustavo P. Jun 22, 2015
ESL · In studio

Excellent Lesson!

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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