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After spending ten years away on the East Coast, I am excited to be home in Texas getting my PhD in Middle Eastern Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. I am previously a graduate of American University in Washington DC, with a BA in International Relations. After graduating, I spent two years in Istanbul, Turkey teaching academic Reading and Writing at a preparatory program at a private university. Upon returning to the United States, I worked for a hip new language school in Brooklyn teaching Spanish, French, and Arabic. I love sharing my passion for foreign language and literature, and I seized every opportunity to take my lessons outside of the classroom with Spanish scavenger hunts, French cheese tastings, and Arabic window shopping.
Besides the new cultures and experiences that learning a foreign language brings, it helps improve reading and writing skills in your native language as well. Along with Spanish, French, and Arabic, I also tutor academic Reading and Writing. I believe that English and foreign language learning reinforce one another. Whether ordering baklava in Arabic, or answering vocabulary questions on the SAT, language is all about taking a step back and understanding the communicative tools you have to work with.
When not studying medieval poetry, I love to bike around Austin and work on the mini-farm in our backyard, complete with chickens!

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Matthew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: American University - Bachelor in Arts, International Relations

Graduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - PHD, Middle Eastern Studies

Test Scores

GRE Verbal: 169


Foreign language, bicycle, urban farming

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

AP French

AP French Language and Culture

AP Human Geography

AP Spanish Language & Culture


College English

College Essays

College Geography

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

Conversational Spanish



French 2

French 3


Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Geography

High School Writing



PSAT Critical Reading


SAT Subject Test in French

SAT Subject Test in French with Listening

SAT Subject Test in Literature

SAT Subject Test in Spanish

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Social Studies


Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Test Prep

World Literature


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