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English ESL Tutoring & Support Groups for International Women

Each class is personalized so that you are getting what you need and want from each lesson. We'll start off by reading something you're interested in. If you love reading books in your native language and would like to expand your passion to include English literature, look no further. If you simply want to better understand the global internet sphere, you're in luck.

We'll discuss any unfamiliar vocabulary and the literal meaning of the text. We'll continue to deepen your understanding of the reading. You'll be able to practice your command of English far beyond small talk. If necessary, we will do grammar drills and pronunciation drills.

Our goal is to get you having deep discussions about matters of the heart in English so you feel no language limitations at all here in the U.S. We'll practice your conversation skills with critical thinking exercises, personal exploration challenges and writing sessions with editing that seek to engage your mind, heart and soul.

We will help you refine your conversation, discussion, and writing abilities so that you are competent in communicating on all fronts. It is our hope that ESL is becomes a medium for even infinite personal growth and expansion. For this reason, each class is 2 hours long.

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Other Notes:

We are conveniently located an 8 minute walk from the Fort Hamilton Parkway Station on the D line, and a 15 minute walk from the Church Avenue Station on the F line. Please take public transit or Uber, as parking is difficult around here.

Extra information

You are welcome to suggest or bring materials that interest you to study. We learn best when we have a personal investment in the material and it's relevant to our actual lives. Suggestions beyond typical textbooks and workbooks include novels, newspapers, magazines, internet publications, blog posts, Youtube clips, the comments section of said clips and posts, etc.

Location

At teacher's location: 4019 h Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218, USA

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General info

Skills:

English:
English as a second language (esl), English for adults, School

Age:

Children (7-12 years old)
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)

Student level:

Intermediate
Advanced

Duration:

120 minutes

The class is taught in:

English

About Me

Over the course of my ESL teaching career, I have had the good fortune to watch many of my students go from 5 to 500 km/h in a very short time. This is the kind of mileage that cannot be attained solely through drilling, cognition, or even willpower. I have experienced the difference between a classroom that is perfunctorily listening to me with their minds, and students who are uninhibitedly listening with their hearts. When students understand that there is more to language than just grammar and memorization, they are almost always driven to surmount the technicalities to unlock what is spoken and written between the lines. When students can see reflections of themselves and their own memories and experiences in every new word presented, in every story we study, in each novel we analyze, in all concepts we examine, doors get flung wide open. Every facet of their learning experience starts to flow with greater momentum.

It begins with Seeing things in my students that perhaps nobody has ever recognized in them before, and letting them know in no uncertain terms that these qualities are special and worthy. Where words fail, there are other vehicles. The highest form of communication is not language, but Presence. A keystone for effectively teaching any language is embracing its massive global importance with simultaneous appreciation for where it’s not important at all.

I recognize the beauty of my students’ mistakes, the sincerity of their efforts, the value of their inquiries, the potency of their opinions, the grace in their conclusions, the dexterity in their discoveries. I use humor and play to spotlight the common threads that connect us all, like for example there’s a small part of all of us that wants to stay in bed on a cold winter morning or completely lose our minds when subjected to excessive triggers: They know that I know that they know that I know. Deep empathy delivered with a lightness of touch is the timeless foundation for unrelenting growth, the universal pursuit of knowledge and consummate self-actualization.

Education

• University of Colorado at Boulder - Bachelor of Arts - May 2005
Major in Fine Arts with emphasis in Digital Writing • Minor in Environmental Biology
• TEFL 120-Hour Master Certification
• Healing Spirits Massage Training Program - October 2010
Holistic Communication: the practice of broadly recognizing what a student wants, needs, benefits from and struggles with, and orienting their learning experience accordingly. Through my education and lifetime commitment to advancement, I am adept at perceiving a student’s many layers, from how they present themselves outwardly to what is actually true within. The key concepts of personal ethics and personal boundaries are powerful tools which I use to facilitate students’ transformation from the superficially engaged to the holistically immersed.

Experience / Qualifications

• Bell Language School - Brooklyn, NY - English Teacher - 11/2018 - present
• Grammar instruction and positive mindset coaching for for adult students
• Polana Private Academy - Seoul, Cheongdam - English Teacher - 03/2015 - present
• 40 hrs/wk, 27-30 teaching hrs/wk, grades 1-8, small groups, various fluency levels:
• Literature-focused, critical analysis in discussion and writing.
• Foundations in vocabulary, oral presentation, creative writing, test prep, textbook drills,
non-fiction, listening, grammar and conversation.
• Exploration of literary and film themes, metaphors and their pertinence to real life.
• Guidance in finding value and personal relevance in all sides of any issue.
• Introduction of cognitive tools to make connections between ideas that seem unrelated
to the average observer. Encouragement of audacity to know that this ability is
the very cornerstone of wisdom and one’s capacity to serve the community.
• Cultivation of space for wild, uninhibited creativity that paradoxically heightens
students’ understanding and acceptance of appropriate boundaries and rules.
• Expansion of general and subtle language comprehension through characterization
and role play with stuffed animals.
• Establishment of a learning environment that is simultaneously academically
stringent and intentionally playful. Development of students’ ability to balance both polarities within them: Focus begets Freedom, and Freedom begets Focus.
• Continuous innovation of new ways to effectively manage classroom behavior and
sustain students’ motivation and morale.
• Encouragement of group collaboration where students learn interpersonal skills and
how to harness individual strengths to benefit the whole.
• Equal, if not greater, recognition of students’ ability to work independently, follow their own instincts, and take personal initiative.
• Valuation of not only good leadership and active output, but the need to balance it with
being a deep listener and effective receiver in all situations.
• Consistent celebration of students’ academic, cognitive, social, emotional, and moral
achievements.
• Acknowledgment of every student’s humanity, that we are not robots, that errors are
valuable learning experiences. Coaching in how to override any preexisting shame patterns to access those lessons.
• Research and development of curriculum materials for all levels and grades, including
vocab quizzes, powerpoint presentations, grammar exercises, comprehension
questions, critical thinking questions, and essay topics.
• Tactical selection and composition of example scenarios, photos, videos, etc. to meet
students at their level of comprehension while also broadening their awareness
with contemporary interpretations of concepts they’re already familiar with.
• Verbling - Online English Teacher - 8/2014 - 2/2016
• FT/PT, 550+ total teaching hours, up to 30 hrs/wk on the Google Hangouts platform.
• Small groups of up to 10 students and individual tutoring.
• Instruction for adults and a few teens of all ages from almost every country in the world, with beginner to nearly native levels of fluency, in almost every profession, from almost all walks of life, with every goal for their studies imaginable.
• Exercise of tremendous freedom to design our curriculums, evolve our teaching styles
and attract students aligned with our individual approaches.
• Guided conversation classes centered on social, philosophical and spiritual
topics inspired by reading articles and novels passages together and the sharing
of personal experiences.
• Tutoring in resume building, business English and other day-to-day exchanges.
• Editing and creative writing workshops.
• Drilling in grammar, personalized pronunciation and intonation coaching.

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
• Symphonic Massage: Business Owner, Certified Bodywork Practitioner 11/2010 - 6/2014
• Bodywork Bistro: Certified Bodywork Practitioner 1/2011 - 6/2014
• Vertical Fusion Studio: Pole Dance Instructor 6/2011 - 4/2014
• Residential Supervisor, Adolescent and Family Institute of Colorado 5/2008 - 10/2009
Supervised group therapy for adolescent psychiatric hospital patients.
• Residential Supervisor, Boulder Mental Health Partners 2/2006 - 12/2010
Supervised group therapy for adult mental health clients.
• Residential Wilderness Camp Counselor, Tanager Lodge 6/2002 - 8/2002
Supervised, cared for and coached children in sports, crafts and wilderness survival.

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