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Tom S.
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JOLY PHONICS CERTIFIED M. Ed CI IGCSE AP Literature Professor 20+ Years Experience
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My specialty! Jolly Phonics Certified Teacher @2016 Jolly Phonics, teaches children to read and write using synthetic phonics, which is widely recognized as the most effective way to teach all ages 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 and US 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
About Tom S.

Certified Florida OCPS Teacher English 6-12 Grades Certified AP Language Instructor, Reader, and Auditor Certified AP Literature Instructor, Reader, and Auditor Certified TESOL/TEFL Instructor Certified IGCSE Instructor Certified SAT/ACT Examiner, Instructor, and Proctor Certified JollyPhonics Take a lesson with a native English speaker! I help dedicated students and professionals improve their communication skills for every occasion. I provide the experience and encouragement needed, by assisting students in the advancement of their studies, careers, travels, or just for the fun of it. I began my partnership with TakeLessons™ in 2009. My teaching style is relaxed and offers a project-based curriculum, tailored to best fit the student's needs and schedule when possible. As a certified English teacher in curriculum and instruction, I ensure all my lessons are personalized for each student. Previously an elementary and post-secondary teacher, my concentration was helping students reach their full potential in the shortest amount of time. I offer quality online instruction that allows the students to relax and take in all the information using independent practice, modeling, and recall. ESL/ELL AP/ACT/SAT STUDENTS It's imperative that the student understands phonics as well as the parts of speech and sentence structure, i.e., syntax, tone, diction, use of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, etc. As an English teacher, I develop an individual curriculum for all my students. I take pride in providing my students with a project-based learning experience each lesson so that my students take on an active role in all my classes. Students receive a step-by-step lesson plan or book with each lesson The study focuses on a specific aspect of language use, e.g., life skills, literacy, or vocational and workplace English competencies. Both approaches involve teaching students basic English skills, such as listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Lessons are based on the Common Core State Standards CLASSROOM/LESSONS - Pronunciation techniques and tips - Independent practice for the workplace - Quizzes, textbooks, videos, and computer lessons - Basic communication with real-life interactions - Personalized Google Doc - Instant feedback! Classes place awareness of the students' culture and recognition of cultural differences which might affect a student's ability to acclimate to their English-speaking environment. STUDENTS LESSON DETAILS We discuss goals to determine interest, learning style, and objectives - together creating a lesson plan designed for the individual student. TECHNOLOGY Combination with TakeLessons Classroom StudioLive and Zoom

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Tom is an amazing teacher! He is very funny and he is always smiling. I learn a lot and have fun at the same time in his lessons. 😃

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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.
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Phonics
Teaches 10+ subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
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T
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Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
60 minutes
$45
90 minutes
$60
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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