City Talk

City Talk

5.0 (12)
3 hires on
1 employee
1 years in business

About this tutor

Hello! Thank you so much for considering me as your teacher. I have been teaching for eight years now. I taught English as a second language throughout Asia for six years. I moved back to New York, and began tutoring adult and children both privately and in group classes. I teach ESL, English, writing, phonics, SAT and SHSAT prep courses. 

I have a Bachelor's degree in International Studies and a TESOL Certification.

I love connecting with my students and seeing their growth. I enjoy creating dynamic lesson plans that cater to my student's individual needs. I'm a patient, kind, and caring teacher and I pride myself on my work.

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New York, NY 10033
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12 Reviews


  • Alex Nunez

    Communication was very easy and she understood very quick what I needed to improve my level.

  • B. Huang

    She is friendly, flexible and on time all the time. We discuss which book to read and she prepared topics and lead the discussion. It helps me to read the book from different angle and be able to understand cultural differences. By reading paragraphs to her, she will correct my pronunciation, explain phases/words in short sentences. I really enjoy her classes.

  • Safa S

    My child was struggling with reading especially answering comprehension questions. I found Ms.Kate St. Germain and I can tell that she is doing her job a great job... her lessons are both fun and efficient. My son is now enthusiastic about reading and is happier overall. Her expertise has made him confident and well prepared for the Fountas and Pinnell assessment. I am really impressed with the progress and the improvement that my son has made and continuously is being made in such a short period of time with her support in the background. I strongly recommend Ms.Kate! She is the perfect teacher for you if you really want to improve your English.

  • Vera Kon

    Kate is very organized with excellent skills and manners She understands students individual needs and work in a very kind and smart way My kids loves english classes with Kate Happy to work with this teacher

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to assess my student's individual needs before the first lesson. I send out a tutoring survey to determine my student's needs, goals, and interests. Then I create a lesson plan to match my student's unique learning style. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Bachelor's degree in International Studies from Marymount Manhattan College. I also have a 144 hour TESOL Certification, which trained me to teach English to speakers of other languages. My training allowed me to have teaching practice with both children and adults. At the various schools that I have worked at, I have gotten individual job training. Most recently, I received training at New York Language Center in Manhattan. These training sessions helped me learn more engaging activities and games for the classroom. They also enabled me to learn strategies for classroom management. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge $40-$50 for my individual lessons. For group lessons, it's a lower price depending on how many students are in the class. 

The trial class price is $25 for the first hour. 

How did you get started teaching?

I got started teaching after I moved to Asia after college in 2011. I have always loved children and education, and I quickly became very passionate as a teacher. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked extensively with children and adults.

I have experience teaching English as a second language, writing, phonics, spelling, and reading classes. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

For the past few months, I have been tutoring an elderly man how to read and write. Recently, he was able to master his long and short vowel sounds. He wrote his first independent paper and has developed a love for writing. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Students shouldn't be afraid to vocalize their individual needs and preferences. Students should speak up if they feel bored, unmotivated, or confused in the lessons. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

I don't think that they should think through before anything before talking to a teacher. They should feel comfortable enough with their teacher to speak to them about their needs. 

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