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English (ESL) – Conversational English Simplified and More!

English (ESL) – English as a Second Language
Struggling with English? Want to improve your speaking, writing, reading, and or comprehension skills? I specialize in tutoring English to non-native speakers and have several years of experience with both private and university class levels. I hold a TESOL/TESL/TEFL 220-hour Teacher Training Certificate with a specializations in Teaching English to Young Learners, Teaching English Grammar, Teaching Business English, and Teaching IELTS and TOEFL Preparation from Oxford Seminars. You tell me what you want to focus on and we can take it from there!

Philosophy – Ethics, Epistemology, Religion, Political, Linguistics
Struggling with your philosophy class? Need to understand Plato, Kant, Russell, Wittgenstein or another philosopher or branch of philosophy like ethics, epistemology, linguistics or religion? Need to write a paper or do a critical thinking assignment? With more than twenty-five years of experience teaching philosophy at the high school, junior college, and university level, I can apply my skills to help you succeed. Let me be your guide on the side and we can get the job done together!

Anthropology – Archaeology, Cultural, Indigenous, Native American
Struggling with a class? Doing an ethnographic studies assignment, writing a paper, preparing for an exam? I have taught anthropology courses in all three disciplines of cultural, archaeological, and biological to high school, community college, and university level students, both traditional and online. Subject areas have included indigenous and Native American cultural studies, anthropology of religion, theory in anthropology, qualitative methods, and Marxism. Give me a call and I can help you overcome any obstacles standing in the way of your progress!

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At teacher's location: Servibanca, Universidad Pontifica Bolivariana UPB, Laureles, Medellín, Colombia
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General info

Children (7-12 years old)
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)
Student level:
60 minutes
The class is taught in:English, Spanish

About Me

I hold a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Anthropology, Theology, Native American and Religious Studies. Additionally, I successfully completed all program requirements for earning the Oxford Advanced 220-Hour TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate with specializations in Teaching English Grammar, Teaching Business English, Teaching IELTS and TOEFL Preparation, and Teaching English to Young Learners.

Currently, I am the Subject Matter Expert and Lead Instructor for Cultural Anthropology classes in the College of Professional Studies, University of New England Maine. I recently served five months as a Peace Corps Virtual Service Pilot Volunteer assisting the Philippines Science High School with their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Curriculum Revision Project.

I love tutoring because I enjoy the one-on-one interaction I experience in assisting others achieve their own specific learning goals. Every student is unique and presents a different set of needs, expectations, abilities and ethnographic background. I have found tutoring and teaching to be immensely intrinsically rewarding because my students always appreciate the professional and empathetic assistance I am able to provide to them.

I have experience teaching domestically in the United States, and internationally in Nicaragua, Ecuador and Colombia. I was proud to serve nearly three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English and nutrition classes, along with developing the UNESCO TiNi Program in Cuenca, Ecuador.

Contact me and let us see what learning project we can accomplish together!


Graduate Theological Foundation, Mishawaka, Indiana.
Ph.D. Conferred March 2, 2015.
Dissertation: “Betwixt and Between—A Metaxological Theory of Culture for Praxis in the Anthropology of Religion” (273 pgs.).
Doctoral Thesis Supervisor: Gregory A. Robbins, Ph.D.

University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado.
A.B.D. Certified All-But-Dissertation (A.B.D.) Status June 5, 2006.
Ph.D. Program – Religion and Social Change Concentration.
69 Matriculated Quarter Credits, 82.5 Total Credits (3.96 GPA).
3 of 3 Comprehensive Exams

Eastern New Mexico University, Portales.
M.A. Degree Conferred July 30, 1999 (4.00 GPA).
M.A. Program – Anthropology/Archaeology of the American Southwest
Thesis: “A Geochemical Analysis and Characterization Study of Narbona Pass Chert” (SPSS Multivariate Statistical Analysis of XRF data, 326 pgs.).

California State University, Fresno.
B.A. Degree Conferred December 23, 1992, Magna Cum Laude (3.85 GPA).
B.A. Program – Anthropology and Philosophy Dual Majors.
B.A. Anthropology Honors Thesis: “Marx’s Theory of History: A Summary and Analysis of its Implications for Anthropological and Archaeological Theory.”
Post-Baccalaureate Studies in Anthropology (1995), 29 Semester Units (4.00 GPA).

Fresno City College, California.
C.A. (Certificate Of Achievement) Conferred May 22, 1990, (4.00 GPA).
Archaeological Technician Program.

Fresno City College, California.
A.A. Degree Conferred December 19, 1980, Highest Honors Graduate, (4.00 GPA).
Liberal Arts Program.

Experience / Qualifications


Oxford Seminars, Los Angeles, California.
TESOL/TESL/TEFL 220-hour Teacher Training Certification Conferred September 21, 2023
Specialization in:
–Teaching English Grammar
–Teaching Business English
–Teaching IELTS and TOEFL Preparation
–Teaching English to Young Learners

University of New England, UNE Online, Biddeford, Maine
Course Developer/Subject Matter Expert in Cultural Anthropology
Create content for ANTH 1011, work with UNE Team to build courses in Brightspace.

University of the People, Global Online University, Pasadena, CA
Online Instructor Certified Conferred September 22, 2020
Completion of intensive online teacher training course with Moodle platform.

Language Proficiency Interview Certificate rated Advanced Low in Spanish issued April 29, 2020 by a Certified Peace Corps Language Proficiency Interview Tester using the Guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Front Range Community College, Larimer, Colorado.
Online Instructor Certified Conferred March 9, 2010.
Completion of four-week intensive online teacher training course with Desire 2 Learn platform, 10/19/09 to 11/15/09.

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Very professional, experienced and helpful overall. I would definitely recommend working with Douglas, and plan additional sessions in the future.
I found Douglas to be an excellent teacher and he made me feel relaxed
Douglas is a fantastic teacher, and it's a pleasure working with him. He prepares well for lessons, asks for feedback, and provides engaging material. He's a kind and knowledgeable individual with a broad scope of interests and hobbies, making sessions a friendly and rewarding experience. He recognizes and tackles issues and personalizes lessons to fit his students' interests and goals. I would recommend Douglas to anyone seeking to improve their English!
It was my first with Douglas, but I felt comfortable and could talk during the class, which is my principal goal.
Excellent as a teacher, his teaching is perfect and he has many learning skills
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Writing & Editing Services Worrying over a paper? Stuck and not sure how to proceed with that writing assignment? Need help writing and editing a thesis, or crafting a proposal? Look no further! I have been helping students at all levels to write papers, edit manuscripts, and craft research and thesis proposals (Masters and Doctorate) for more than 20 years! Plus, I have the "hard knocks" experience to know the ins-and-outs of the process to help you navigate the often turbulent waters of higher education. Reach out and let me help you get that project done! My times are flexible – just contact me!

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