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I have been been teaching college-based adult education language and computer literacy courses since 2010. I earned an MA in linguistics and a BA in computer science from UC San Diego.

I maintain a blog with tips on English composition and links to sample CBEST writing topics, courtesy of CSUN. I also have a blog with songs for learning the Hebrew alphabet along with contemporary vocabulary.

I have provided computer instruction in Spanish. I have used praat and audacity to model phonetic features of foreign and native accent. I have presented posterboard sessions on pronunciation with respect to voice-onset-timing and on Ukrainian dialects in the New World.

I recognize that learning differences require approaches that build on a student's strengths. There are three approaches to presenting new material: visual, aural, and kinesthetic. Experiential learning promotes retention.

It is important to check for understanding, especially when a student processes pragmatics in a different way from a neurotypical student. It is also important to check for understanding when a student is an English language learner whose written and oral English are at different levels. The current trend in academic work is group projects. Without extra preparation, these two types of students can easily fall behind.

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Michelle’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Bachelor in Arts, Computer Science

Graduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Master of Arts, Linguistics

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1450

SAT Math: 700

SAT Verbal: 750


yoga, Korean literature in translation, vegan cuisine, Tai Chi, folk dance, Persian culture, French film, Yiddish comedy, Mizrahi music, learning ASL

Tutoring Subjects

A Level Prep

A Level Citizenship


ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep


Basic Computer Literacy

CBEST - The California Basic Educational Skills Test


CLEP French

College English


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing


IELTS - International English Language Testing System Prep



Microsoft Office


Professional Certifications

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Modern Hebrew

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Technical Writing

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep



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