I can teach at every level. I have worked with beginning foreign language learners who just want to communicate, junior high students learning the format of a basic essay, and college students writing papers in technical fields.
I enjoy the connection I form with students. My lessons are personalized, so I find out exactly what the student needs to know. I excel at making difficult ideas understandable, and explaining why some formal language may be different from what they experience every day.
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At the first meeting, I assess the student's level and ask what he or she want to get from lessons. I discuss a plan. If the student is already in a program (school, for example) I request materials so I can support the program. If not, I recommend materials that I think will be useful. Finally, we set a schedule for future lessons.
I have an MA in Educational Psychology. Additionally, for 3 years, I taught psychology and business classes at the college level.I spent 3 years in the JET program, where I taught ESL to junior high students in Japan. After returning to Texas, I spent seven years at an ESL school, teaching all levels of learners. All along, I have done one-on-one tutoring as well as classroom instruction.