Professional ESL language teacher with 30 years of experience in class and online. I offer customized, fun and engaging lesson plans and work with all age groups and levels of English, from learning to read to college level work and business English. I have worked with second language learners my entire career. I love teaching and am dedicated to my students’ success.
I also specialze in business English for executives and expats as well as Japanese Language for all ages, including middle, high school and college students going abroad or interested in Japanese anime and pop culture.
Business level Japanese/ESL for academics and professionals. 25 years of cross border business experience.
AP English writing, editing, translation and proofreading.
ESL student review:
Fantastic ESL Teacher
My niece recently came to the US from Japan to learn more about US culture and to increase her knowledge on the English language. Laura has conducted several online sessions with her and has done a fantastic job. She is very thorough and thoughtful to her teaching approach. Every lesson day my niece is excited to do classes with Laura. From my experience she is a very good ESL teacher choice.
Heath, 15 lessons with Laura
I have a passion for helping my students reach mastery and am deeply gratified watching their progress and their love for the language and culture deepen and grow. We have fun and we work hard and we learn at a comfortable pace.
Fun to work with Laura knows her trade well and is very helpful. I enjoy the lessons she assigns. She is very comfortable to work with and very accommodating to my schedule. Can’t wait to learn more and master Japanese with Laura. Callie, 6 lessons with Laura
Kind, Patient and funny! Laura is a fantastic tutor. She has built my lesson plan in a way that mostly comfortable for the way I learn and pushes me just a little from lesson to lesson. I've made much faster progress on Hiragana/Katakana, Vocabulary and commonly used phrases and structures that I've ever made before. Liam, 3 lessons with Laura
We will schedule an initial assessment lesson via message or email and text and discover the students goals, interests and favorite learning styles. If they have been studying the language or have experience we will determine their level and proficiency with some simple tests. We will go over scheduling and desired lesson place and style and set up a recurring plan that is flexible. I will then send them links and learning materials via email and provide them with all of my contact information and simple policies about payment and cancellation. We customize and chart the lesson course and track our progress making any adjustments needed. And we have fun!
I have been teaching Japanese and English as a second language both in formal classes and one on one for over 30 years and have my BA in Japanese Language and Intercultural Communication from a Japanese bilingual university. I went to high school and college and lived and worked in Japan for many years. I also owned an English school in Japan and have worked in cross border bilingual finance for 25 years. With my business background I am uniquely qualified to teach both business Japanese and English and love teaching.
Yes, my standard lesson price for online Skype lessons is 35.00/55 minutes and 55.00 an hour in person within 25 miles of 91745
All ages and levels. I have many students in middle and high school who have begun studying Japanese because of their interest in anime, manga, cosplay, Japanese pop culture and music. Some of them have gone on to do an exchange year or live and work in Japan. I also have a number of adult business people whose careers involve doing business in Japan or with a Japanese company or colleague. I also work with college students preparing for Japanese proficiency tests or school and travel in Japan. My experience gives me insight into the common issues students encounter in learning Japanese and English as a second language. I have a bag of tips and tricks to help quickly overcome them.
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