- Levels Taught:
- Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
- Teaches students:
- Ages 18+ 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.
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.
- 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.
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:
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.
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.
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
English Literature, BA
ESL Teacher Offering extensive knowledge of English Language and ability to interact with professionals and children of diverse backgrounds.
• 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
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• 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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Was very patient with me . Polite in correcting my mistakes. He is a good listener
Tom is excellent!!
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.
He is just incredible!!! So knowledgeable!!!
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!Show More
Tom is very patient. Just what I needed!
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.
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.
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.
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.Show More
It helps me alot and please continue your way of teaching... Thanks great job
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.
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!Show More
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.
Intellectual with great communication skills - Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.
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.
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!
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.
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!Show More