Walker Parrish

Walker P.

Chicago, IL

About Walker P.

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Walker teaches: Ages 1 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 2011
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

I love language: I speak English, French, Japanese, and some Spanish and German. France is where I first started tutoring, when a new friend and I - Akira - taught each other our native languages using French to explain things. That led me to move to Kyoto where I studied and worked on organic farms for a year, and was lucky enough to befriend 3 awesome Frenchies and become even more fluent. In America, at DePaul University, I received a BA in English and French; I worked for the Writing Center and helped my peers edit (and sometimes start over) 1000s of formal essays, held round table discussions with foreign exchange students, and led one-on-one conversations with people looking to improve their English. When I was in France I worked at a day-care/farm combo and took care of young children while we nurtured the animals. So whether you're 5 and need help with your shapes, 17 with lit-analysis essays, or 55 and want to begin learning a language for the first time, I've got your back! Currently I work as a private tutor of Japanese, English, and French. I also lead a number of workshops and social events focusing on shamanism in and around Chicago.

Photos and Videos

Get to know my background and experiences, as well as hear me speak Japanese and French! ^_________^

Experience

Japanese & English Instructor

Feb 2016 - Present
Homeschool Co-Operative

Self-organized Co-Op of homeschool students - all insured - come together to learn from Doctors, EMTs, and experienced instructors. I taught Creative Writing to a class of 8 students ages 10 to 16, as well as an introductory Japanese course of 15 students ages 11 - 16. I will be teaching again during their coming session in the Fall.

Peer Tutor

Sep 2012 - Sep 2013
DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning

Students from all faculties (Chemistry, English, Music) came to me and other tutors to receive advice on their writing. Sometimes it was full-on grammar workshopping and learning proper citation; equally though, I would help students reconsider their entire topic, find their writing voice, and in many cases, simply understand the strengths and places where their writing faltered. In our Loop Campus I was a team member on the Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research. All of the foreign exchange students came here to learn formal English writing, to practice their conversational skills, and once a week we held cultural exchanges where we discussed American politics, pop culture, unspoken social rules, and considered those of our students' native countries.

Education

Intensive Japanese Language

Sep 2013 - Sep 2014
Ritsumeikan University

BA English in Creative Writing. Minor French

Sep 2009 - Sep 2014
DePaul UNiversity

French Language (C1 Level)

Sep 2011 - Dec 2011
L'Institut Catholique de Toulouse

Languages Spoken

French

Professional Proficiency

Japanese

Professional Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

JLPT N3

Jan 2016
Japan Foundation & Japan Education Exchange and Services

Japanese Language Proficiency Test

N3 Level

Reading

・One is able to read and understand written materials with specific contents concerning everyday topics.
・One is also able to grasp summary information such as newspaper headlines.
・In addition, one is also able to read slightly difficult writings encountered in everyday situations and understand the main points of the content if some alternative phrases are available to aid one’s understanding.

Listening

・One is able to listen and comprehend coherent conversations in everyday situations, spoken at near-natural speed, and is generally able to follow their contents as well as grasp the relationships among the people involved.

Certified Nursing Assistant

Jun 2015
Truman College & Illinois State Board

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3 Reviews on Walker P.

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Sebastien Oct 17, 2015
Japanese · In home
Verified Student
Walker is very organized and has been an excellent teacher for my son.
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Redar Aug 10, 2015
English · In studio
Thank you very much for helping me, You are one of the best tutor which I had during my study at ELA(DePaul Language Academy). Walker has a great personality and patient for teaching his students the best language skills. Walker`s subjects is not only enhances the language skills, but also the way how a student has to interact with environment which he lives in. He uses different teaching approaches such as games, sports conversation , and deep cultural conversation to make a student gain enough self-confidence to use the language properly. Besides that, his correct use of language skills enhances the students capability for taking more space, and feel more comfortable using the language. Thank you for teaching me English, thank you for making me feel comfortable while I am talking mine 6th language. The most important part of his tutoring sections is the way who he provides the information about the cultural environment, so to help the students to be solid against any culture shock waves. Thank you again for being such a great tutor. Thank you for encouragements, They helped me to feel more confidence while I am using the language for my academic purpose and among my friends.
"سوباس تۆ ماموستایکی باش بوی"
"كنت أفضل معلم"
"Je bent best mentor"
"En iyi öğretmen vardır"
"Siz yaxşı tərbiyəçi var"
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Katherine Aug 7, 2015
Japanese · In studio
Walker is an awesome instructor. He's funny and warm and practicing conversation is always something I looked forward to! He's hands-down my favourite tutor I've ever had. As Japanese is such a complicated language, that's saying a lot. I had tons of problems with grammatical rules and Walker really made me feel at ease with his easy to understand explanations. I learned more Japanese in our weekly conversation sessions than I did in a year of my college classes. ウォーカー先生、ありがとうございます!^ - ^
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