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Teaching English to speakers of other languages is my true calling in life. I love it! I have been teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) since 2001 and have taught all ages, different proficiency levels, and students from all over the world. I love learning about different countries and cultures through my students.

My B.A. in International Studies and German and my M.A. in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies with a concentration in ESL have given me a strong foundation in the field of international education.

Our ESL lessons will be dynamic, clear, effective, and most of all fun! I can help you understand complicated grammar rules, improve your pronunciation in a systematic way, and help you improve every aspect of your English proficiency. I can also teach you about the culture, customs, and workforce norms in the US.

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Caren’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Trinity University - Bachelors, International Studies and German

Graduate Degree: University of Texas San Antonio - Masters, Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, ESL


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Tutoring Subjects


College English

College Essays

Conversational German


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing


German 1

High School English



Public Speaking


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My motto as an educator is "If they're not learning, you're not teaching." This idea is at the core of my teaching philosophy. I am most interested in the teaching and learning process and how the traditional limits of these pursuits can be challenged. I provide an environment where students have an investment in their own learning and have the power and motivation to seek out answers to "essential questions" - a nurturing and safe place where I am learning, taking risks, and discovering along with them. I am determined to create and maintain continuous collaborative communication with students and colleagues to inspire a shared commitment to a higher standard of success for the student.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

A typical first session would involve discovering my student's learning goals, level of English proficiency, and learning style. I would administer a brief initial assessment that would measure the learner's speaking, reading, writing, listening, grammar, and pronunciation strengths and weaknesses. Then, we would map out a learning plan together.

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