I have been teaching for 25+ years and I have taught about every age, from preschool to adult. I really enjoy the one-on-one experience now because I can get to know my student better and find out exactly what he/she needs. I also have worked with couples or brothers/sisters at times as well. I am also flexible on times (when needed) and open to working things out with each student so it works for both of us.
I love each person's unique needs - it gives me a challenge and I love customizing a program for each one, whether it is working through a pronunciation book and practicing conversation, or reading for comprehension and learning new vocabulary. I work with a variety of ages too, so I could be working with elementary students one hour, and an adult the next, and it keeps it interesting for me.
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I usually talk to them on the phone or at a free in-person consultation about what their needs are and their timeframe and budget. I find through some questions or diagnostic tests what level they are at (for ESL students) and then we make a plan going forward. We usually meet 1-3 times a week, ongoing as long as they want to. SAT students are usually 6-10 weeks, but English or French students can work with me for a few months to longer as they need my services. There are no contracts - just a mutual interest in moving forward.
I like the variety of students that I have taught - from many parts of the world, and in many different areas of life, from elementary to adult students.
Every new student gives me a new experience, and makes me a better teacher.