Informal English Tutor

Informal English Tutor

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About this tutor

I have been tutoring ESL on italki.com since January, 2019. In December, 2018, I completed a 120-hour Tesol online course via The International Open Academy. In addition, I completed the Oxford Online Placement Test in January, 2019 and received a rating of C1 Advanced.  

 I have three students at this time and one student is in Russia, one is in China and one is in the U.S. These students are all seeking to become more fluent in the English language, so we work on grammar, pronunciation, writing skills and reading comprehension. 

We also discuss their interests, such as, music, their studies, and at times, use informal conversation as a practice session. There is home work assigned which address English grammar, reading compehension and writing.  I also encourage listening to English videos on various websites as well as recording their own voices as they practice their English.  

My passion for tutoring began in 2012 when I became a family nanny for various families.  A major part of my responsibilities for the children was to assist with their homework, which included: math, science, writing, reading, spelling and grammar.  This experience was very rewarding to me and it was wonderfu to see the progress the young ones made over time.  In addition, I would sometimes assist in helping the young ones with their piano lessons.  I enjoyed this very much since I have played the piano for many years and taught piano in my own home. 

However, as I saw the need for ESL teachers growing, I made the decision to start on this new adventure and it has changed my life.  I have met many wonderful people online and have enjoyed learning about new cultures and customs.  As an ESL tutor, I have the passion, the cofidence and the skills to help ones who want to learn English as a second language.

It's wonderful to meet people from different countries and cultures and help them to improve their fluency in the English language.  I have found it very rewarding to see how my students have progressed and they, in turn, gain more confidence as they practice and converse in English. 

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Taylor, TX 76574
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3 Reviews

5.0

  • Jose Isturiz

    Great teacher 100% recommended, she helped me a lot to improve my English skills

  • Connor Wong

    Marsha is an excellent teacher! During our lessons, we talked a lot about things that interest me and I learned a lot of useful words. Marsha is a kind and patient teacher and I feel very comfortable talking to her. I think my communication skills really improve a lot by taking lessons with Marsha.

  • Anna

    Marsha is a wonderful person, a very benevolent and patient teacher. She is very active in the lesson, trying to help and understand everything that interests the student. She is always punctual and always tries to find good material for homework. She also helps me a lot with learning musical terms in English, as she taught piano and loves to play it. Therefore, our lessons delight us with the study of topics with common interests.👍🙂🎶



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

I usually have a 30 minute trial lesson where the student and I discuss the specific needs they have, such as improving their fluency in the English language, English vocabulary, reading English and English grammar. We also talk about what interests or hobbies they have and this gives me an idea regarding writing assignments.

When the student books another lesson, then I research materials that will be appropriate for the student and email these to the student.  Upon completion of the homework, we review and discuss it.


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

I completed an online 120-hour TESOL course via The International Open Academy as of December, 2018 and studied music education for two years in college, a number of years ago.


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

These are the charges I have in place:

 $8.00 for thirty minutes. (Trial lesson-you can book three   trial lessons.)

 $10.00 for one hour

 $9.00 for forty-five minutes

 $15.00 for ninety minutes

Packages:

$200.00 for twenty sixty-minute lessons

$40.00 for five thirty minute lessons

$90.00 for ten forty-five minute lessons


How did you get started teaching?

Many years ago, I was a Teacher's Aide in an elementary school, as well as a substitute teacher from K-8th grade. Then I decided to stay at home with my children and began teaching piano lessons.

After teaching piano lessons in my home for several years, I worked full-time in a completely different work environment and retired in 2009.  In 2012, I began to work as a family nanny and tutored children in math, science, reading, spelling and writing.  I really enjoyed that very much, however, in 2018, I began to hear about a need for ESL teachers and some of my friends were involved in this, so I decided that I would start a new chapter in my life and I'm very happy I did.  Teaching ESL has been very rewarding and life-changing.  I have met many wonderful people from all parts of the world and hope to continue on this path for a long time.


What types of students have you worked with?

Presently, I am working with some adult students who speak little English and some who speak fairly good English and all are seeking to improve their fluency in the English language.  I have one medical student in China, another student in Russia and one in the U.S.  


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have a student who speaks Hebrew and Russian and we both have a love for music.  She and I both play the piano, so after we discuss her English homework, we discuss music terminology and I help her translate the words into English. She accompanies her daughter, who plays the violin, on the piano and she told me they were going to a contest and I said that I knew they would do well and they did.  They won first place! I was very excited for them, so I felt it was such a privelege to share in that special moment.


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

Please look for someone who has a passion for teaching the English language and someone who will "go the extra mile" for their students.  I would also look for someone who is patient, encouraging and has a sense of humor.  In addition, you need a teacher who will commend you when you progress and who will motivate you to work hard to improve in your fluency and communication.  It's a matter of finding a teacher who really cares about you as a person and is willing to put forth extra effort to help you accomplish your goals.


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

Students should think through as to why they want to learn English or improve their English.  Do they want be more fluent in order to communicate when they visit the U.S.?  Do they work with English-speaking co-workers?  Are they attending a college or university where there are many English-speaking students?  Do they want to learn the grammar of the English language, such as the tenses, sentence structure and phonetics?  Perhaps they might want to simply practice their English by having informal conversations.  The students need to give their reasons much thought.


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