I am a multilingual language teacher, tutor and translator. I have been helping students reach their language learning goals for the past 20+ years. My customized classes and tutoring sessions are enjoyable and informative.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: George Mason University - Bachelors, Russian Studies
Graduate Degree: George Mason University - Masters, Secondary Education/TESOL
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning should be meaningful and enjoyable. When students are engaged in the content, they will retain it.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session, I ask my student(s) what their goals and interests are, and I provide an introduction of what we will be learning to help inform them and assess their level.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I provide tips and sources they can use to study and help them organize their learning as needed.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By providing meaningful input.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Present the subject matter in various ways to see which way they are best able to learn.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I break the reading down into manageable bites, using context to help students be better able to comprehend.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Humor and patience!
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Get them involved in lesson planning.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Check and verify content learned in the next lesson, and every now and then thereafter.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By providing them with small successes.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask them and I assess what they know and what they need.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
My lessons are very flexible, using an array of materials and sources.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Language learning books, workbooks, online sources, audio/video files, movies, podcasts, blogs, etc.