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About Ilona M.

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Pompano Beach, FL

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Teaching English to Other Language Speakers

I have MA in TESOL from Florida Atlantic University (2012)

About Ilona
I am experienced (3 years) in home school tutoring. I mostly work with Florida Virtual School students. I overlook their tests and assignments, and help them with preparations for Discussion Based Assessmemts (DBA). I also help parents with required annual evaluations and how to sign up with home education department.
For my tutoring sessions I use skills that include goal-directedness, I teach how to organize learning in small steps and how to set them up; I always strive to motivate and engage my students to make them interested in learning and have fun; I also use self-control skills to teach how to avoid distractions and I show how to use different focusing strategies. I use positive mind set skills to teach how to use failures as learning opportunities.

I have Masters in Education (2018) with specialization in English, Curricul
um and Education; and Masters in Arts (2012) in Teaching English to speakers of other languages, and Bachelors in Music Education (2010), both from Florida Atlantic University, as well as a degree in violin performance from Chicago.
I studied piano in Chicago for 10 years & taught both piano & violin for over 20 years. I also teach flute & cello for the past 5 years, as I studied them during my Music Education program.
I have taught music for over 24 years using the traditional and Suzuki methods. I am fan of the Essential Elements method and I Can Read Music book for string instruments, and the Alfred's Piano Library for piano. Alfred's piano library can be used for any age as they also have books especially made for adult learners. I also like their music flash cards.
For teaching music theory I mostly used Fundamentals of Piano Theory (9 levels) combined with Master Theory (6 levels) books.

I personalize every lesson, and always set goals for my students. Most of my violin students are members of the Florida Youth Orchestra as well as the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and my piano students participate in Pompano Beach Piano competition and the annual Piano Guild auditions.
I teach any age and any level, and always stress that learning a new instrument is very similar to learning a new language, it needs a lot of patience, persistence and repetitions. My lessons are customized to my students needs, and are work in progress as they needs may change over time. I always remind my students that music can give them instant gratification when they learn to play favorite songs.
I always encourage my students to tell me about their music preferences, so I can incorporate them in their music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
All my tutoring sessions include reviews of previously learned material and if possible the use of technology. I use students books but often bring extra study materials if necessary.
All my lessons include technique and reading music. I like to use the Finger Power for piano students and Essential Elements for my string students, and scales for both.
Music theory: I use Master Theory and Fundamentals of Piano Theory books for younger ages, Alfred's music flash cards to support learning notes and musical terminology, and of course the fun part performance.

Besides Essential Elements for strings I also use String Tunes and I Can Read Music to add more fun to the lessons as well as support reading music during the lesson. For piano students I use Holiday Treats book, which comes in 2 different levels: Beginner & Intermediate, so my students have a new songs for a specific holiday.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I always bring violin with me to be able to show what I teach.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students need to have their books and assigned material ready for tutoring. Instrumental students needs to have their music books, flashcards & instrument available as well as a pencil. I always stress with my students to be organized and prepared for their lesson, this way they will be able to focus better during the lesson. I always bring my violin with me. I also ask that the room where the lesson takes place be free of any distractions, such other siblings or any other noise. The quiet environment helps in faster learning.

*** Specialties ***
I tutor most K-12 subjects and prepare students to take ACT, SAT, GRE tests.
Music genres: Classical, traditional, Suzuki, Popular, Celtic, fiddle, Blues
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Radha September 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Experienced, knowledgable and persistent in teaching. I did not think I will be able to learn fast, but Ilona helps in every step. From holding the bow rightly, to using fingers, learning the language of music, she is patient and persistent. I recommend her without reservation..
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Denise L. September 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
wonderful and fulfilling! I enjoyed learning and will continue.
Ilona very patient and makes learning fun .
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Michelle W. April 15, 2016
· Violin · In home
Ilona is very nice and very knowledgeable. I look forward to learning a great deal from her.
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About Marshall J.

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Turlock, CA

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Fluent English is essential for business and careers in the U.S. Our lessons can be tailored for business or casual conversations, writing, and public speaking. I am excited to share the joy of learning with you and to help equip you with the skills to succeed!

About Marshall
Are you ready to take your learning to a new level? For over 10 years I have been exploring the world of entertainment, from music to photography to video production and am ready to share with you the secrets to success in the performing arts.

Learn the intricacies of guitar, piano, and vocal performance
Master professional writing techniques
Promote yourself with hands-on audio production and videography
Make killer music videos
Become the best you can be!

Party on dudes,

Marshall J. III
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Michael May 21, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I am a beginner. The lesson was great!
Lots of good tips to start off with and good exercises that I can use for years to come.
Looking forward to learning more. I recommend lessons for sure.
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Katelyn C. May 19, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Marshall is easy to work with and is an amazing teacher to my daughter.
So far so good!!
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About Lauren A.

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Minneapolis, MN
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I am a certified (ESL) English as Second Language Teacher. I have experience teaching/tutoring children and adults. My teaching style includes both traditional and non-traditional methods(like singing songs and playing catch).There is nothing more rewarding than the look on a student's face when they "get it". Learning a new language can be exciting, yet challenging for students of all ages. Getting assistance can take the complexity out of the equation and make your experience more enjoyable. I specialize in Business English, accent reduction, and teaching English idioms (expressions).

About Lauren
am a certified TESOL instructor with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Spanish. I have experience teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language and studied abroad in Spain for a short period of time. In my 3 years of teaching, I have taught/tutored both children and adults. My students describe me as patient, kind, and motivating. My experience in corporate sales shapes my specialized business ESL focus. My objective is to help eager students improve their skills in grammar, listening, and expand their use of vocabulary and English expressions/idioms. Learning everyday English is essential for success. Therefore, my aim is to always teach my students language they can actually use right away. If they can use it, they will remember it and continue to build their confidence. As a foreign language student myself, I can u
nderstand and sympathize with the frustrations and challenges my students face on theirĀ ESL journey. I use 30+ methods(many of which are based on applied neuroscience research) to make learning fun and enjoyable, yet effective.
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Lauren A.

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About Matt G.

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Pensacola, FL
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I've been tutoring and teaching ESL now for 10 years. I use apps and educational activities and games to engage students in learning English. I am committed to seeing students improve and love seeing their confidence increase with their ability.

About Matt
I went to Pensacola Catholic High then to Auburn University. I became a Christian while in Auburn and after graduation, in 2007, went overseas to teach English and do missions. I have been teaching since that time and am back home now. I enjoy teaching people and watching their confidence grow as they learn new skills and develop new abilities.
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Ishaan November 21, 2017
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
My son is enjoying his Chinese classes. Matt knows how to teach to young kids and has made it a fun learning environment. There has been very good improvement in just 3 classes. His mid week revision is something very valuable as a tool to grasp a new subject.
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Rachel November 13, 2017
· Geometry · Online
Matt is an increadible teacher! He uses a software that allows him to explain concepts on screen, so it’s easier to grasp things visually. His pace is not too slow, not too fast, and easy to follow. Highly recommend him! 5 stars!
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Livia September 6, 2017
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
Matt has a great way of delivering lessons that can relate to both children and adults. He makes lessons manageable so that a subject as intimidating as Chinese, can be exciting to learn.
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About Ramona G.

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Lancaster, CA

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Need to learn English? Let me help you and your family master reading, writing and speaking the English language. My course is easy and enjoyable. I want all of my students to speak English articulately. I have been teaching and working with children for over 20 years. My success rate is very impressive. Most of my children enter Kindergarten, reading English on a forth grade reading level. I love working with families and individuals.
Let's talk about getting you fluent!

About Ramona
I'm here to help you. Learning should be enjoyable for children as well as adults. I plan on using my experience and my love for teaching to equip my students with the skills needed to read, write, spell, and speak American English. My program is challenging yet enjoyable. I believe that when taught from the heart, anyone can speak English. I will not give up or let go of my students until they understand and master the English language.
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Hayley January 2, 2018
· ESL · In home
Ramona was my teacher for 2 yrs, she never gave up on me, even when I was slacking off she stayed on me and didn't let me give up on myself. She's a good listener and she cares about her students. She doesn't move on until understand, until you get it. that helped me not to give up on myself.
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Sharice January 2, 2018
· ESL · In home
Ramona became more than a teacher to me. She was loving and always in a good mood. She was patient when I didn't comprehend right away. She made me feel confident about what I was speaking to others. Ramona put her heart into my life and stuck with me until she gave me everything I needed to stand on my own. I am now a teacher and I try very hard to use the skills and patience she's taught me with my students.
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Sylvia October 29, 2017
· ESL · Online
Ramona G was my daughter's amazing teacher. As an instructor she is thorough, giving great attention to detail yet at the same time she is succinct. She has the ability to teach a large class and give each student the personal attention they need. Combine that with her patience, kindness, wit and wisdom along with personal interest in ensuring her students are successful, gives you the best teacher you could possibly have.
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About Kristin B.

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Roseburg, OR
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I am a CODA (Child Of a Deaf Adult)
My mother is deaf, she taught me sign language when I was 7 months old. I have 13+ years of experience. I Specialize in teaching beginners, intermediate, and advanced learners.. I absolutley LOVE the language it was my first language before english cause I was signing before I could speak. I would love to share it with others so they can fall in love with it the way I have, honestly sign language is just so awesome and I feel like everyone can learn it. Its a pretty easy language to learn but it does have its challenges. I will teach ESL lessons at a pace that works best for you, I will not pressure anyone to learn certain things in a certain amount of time. Everyone learns very differently so I will work with everyones unique way of learning.

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Hello I am Kristin I am an ESL Teacher with 13+ years of experience in this field. I am a CODA(Child Of A Deaf Adult) My Mother is fully deaf. I have been taught sign language at the age of 7 months old, it was my very first language even before English. I was signing before I was speaking. I am very energetic and very excited to teach the language I absolutely LOVE so very much, And my goal is to get you to fall as deep in love with it as I am. I am a very patient person so dont be scared if you arent getting something right away we will just keep working on it together, cause its all about progress and helping you learn. I will be there for you every step of the way. I know we will just have lots of fun together learning some awesome sign language.
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Kristin B.

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About Megan S.

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Englewood, FL
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I am a native English speaker native from Florida, USA.

I am traveling, and currently in the Yucatan, Mexico.

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I am a native of Florida in the USA.

In college, I majored in theatre with a minor in English.

I love to travel, and currently, I am in Yucatan Mexico!
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Shani November 11, 2017
· English · Online
I wanted practice my conversational English because I am planning a trip to USA
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Brenda November 11, 2017
· American Sign Language · In home
Megan helped me brush up on my ASL. I needed a refesher due to needing to know basic signing for a new job.
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Angel November 11, 2017
· English · Online
Megan helped with my conversational English.
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About Lauren T.

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New York, NY

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I've been teaching ESL for the past few years. All ages welcome! For over a year, I taught 4th and 5th graders in Ankara, Turkey. I got my BFA in Acting, and love using my theater background to help students stay interested in lessons and to build their confidence. Our classes will include reading, writing, and speaking, as well as fun activities that I will cater for your needs and experience level! I have lots of experience working with children under 16, but am able to help adults with English for business as well. I teach in-home and online, and our lessons will always be engaging and fun, no matter the level!

About Lauren
I'm an actor/musician in NYC, and have taught kids all over the world! I'm available for in-home, online, and in-studio lessons, where I can teach violin, flute, singing, acting, and English. Although I received my BFA in Acting from Boston University's school of theater, I have been making music since I could walk. As a classically trained singer, violinist and flautist, I've been able to incorporate my musical talents with my career as an actress. Once I chose to go to an acting conservatory, I thought I'd need to give up music, but not a day goes by that I'm not playing and singing! I've played a range of professional gigs from churches to rock concerts to musical theater. I even found myself performing in theaters around the country for the broadway national tour of the tony-award winning actor/musician musical, Once! My range of expe
rience helps me cater lessons to you and your specific needs.

While most of my life has been spent performing, I discovered a love for teaching after college. I have been teaching music and theater for 5 years, and two years ago I began teaching ESL to elementary students in Turkey. I fell in love with teaching English, and feel my training in theater and music helps me use different, exciting teaching techniques in our lessons. I am conversational in both Turkish and Spanish as well!

No matter if we're working on music, acting, or English, I'm incredibly committed to my students and want each lesson to be fun and motivational. I'm a patient, supportive teacher, and know that each student is unique and moves at his/her own pace!
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Lisa (Catherine’s mom) March 1, 2018
· Violin · In home
We love Lauren. She is making violin a great experience for our daughter (11 yrs old). She is very thorough and encouraging, and introduces interesting music that is fun and challenging for a beginner student. Our daughter says she can truly feel her own improvement, and is really happy to have additional lessons with Lauren, beyond what she receives in school. Lauren is flexible with scheduling and very reliable, and we intend to stick with her - and with the violin- for the duration!
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Lauren December 23, 2017
· Violin ·
Lauren is an awesome violinist. I worked with her in a show and watched her tackle many different styles of music, improvise with other musicians, and collaborate on new material. I would recommend her to anyone!
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Ruby December 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lauren Thomas is an excellent musician with a tremendous amount of patience and a seemingly boundless supply of talents. As a fellow musician who has played professionally alongside Lauren, I have witnessed first hand her skilled mastery of both the flute and the violin -- as intuitive as she is technically proficient. Apart from her musical abilities, she's kind, fun and sensitive and would make for either a great beginner violin teacher or as an instructor for someone with intermediate skills looking to expand their abilities. Cannot recommend her highly enough! Whether you're seeking instruction in the flute or the violin, Lauren's the woman for the job.
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About Jay R.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I teach you the English no Native needed to learn at school. I have more than 25 years of experience teaching and tutoring adult students from around the world at a variety of competence levels, in several forums: tutoring centers, adult education and college. I am energetic and enthusiastic. I have been a top performer who gets results whether teaching ESOL in government funded programming, or Freshman and remedial composition to a diverse range of non-native speakers in the City University of New York. At my current position as ESOL Instructor, for eleven years I have been a top performer in Average Daily Attendance, Completion Rate and Student Level-Advancement. My students consistently perform well on the Best Plus test, designed by the Center of Applied Linguistics in Washington to measure student conversational English. For you, I am the English Language, living and breathing. My university education was in English Language and Literature. Speaking, reading, writing, ...

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My name is Jay, and I have been teaching or tutoring English for more than 25 years, as an ESOL Instructor or an Adjunct Lecturer in the City University of New York. Having lived in the most diverse city in the world my whole life means no person or people or culture is alien to me. I am eager to help you. In my current position as an ESOL Instructor in a Federally Funded ESOL Program, I have been a consistently top performer in Average Daily Attendance, Course Completion Rate and Student Level-Advancement. I get results.
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About Kiersti W.

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Virginia Beach, VA
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I am a young English-speaker with great cross cultural experience. I am especially passionate about helping Spanish-speakers master the English language.

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Hi! I am a young Spanish and ESL teacher passionate about creatively inspiring students to master new languages and understand new cultures!
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Virginia Beach, VA 23453
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