Let's talk...! I offer conversation tutoring for intermediate levels and above. My style is relaxed and supportive so you can practice your speaking and feel more confident and comfortable. I'll give you as much or as little feedback as you like. Give it a try! Sign up for a trial lesson and let's have a chat. I look forward to talking with you!
--- About me ---
I’m a US native, living in Vietnam right now. I have a neutral accent and a supportive style. I like to have relaxed conversations and I like to laugh. Learning about other cultures and countries is a favorite activity. Also getting outdoors to hike and kayak, and reading, yoga, and being creative.
School of TESL/Seattle Pacific University - Seattle, WA
This was a tough course that included onsite and online classes. I also did nearly 20 hours of teaching practice in an adult ESL community college course -- this gave me huge respect and admiration for non-English speakers who are learning the language.
1980 - 1984
BA in English
University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
UVa's English Department was ranked #2 in the US while I was there. I received a great education with some of the best teachers in the country. They gave me a love of language and learning that I try to pass along to my students.
ESL Coach for Business Professionals
My teaching career began with learners of all ages. I now specialize in focused coaching for motivated businesspeople, to improve their career and life opportunities through advanced communication skills.
2018 - 2019
English as a Foreign Language
PLUS English Center - Tam Ky, Vietnam
This English language school offered classes for students ranging from pre-school aged children to adults, with language skills from very-beginning to intermediate levels. The adult classes included Business English, Communication Skills, and Pronunciation. This was a paid position as a part-time teacher.
2018 - 2018
English as a Foreign Language, Volunteer Teacher
Mother Sister Nepal Orphanage Home - Langtang District, Nepal
The students here ranged from 3 years old to 14 years old. The children had beginning-level language skills so I focused on the basic skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
2018 - 2018
English as a Foreign Language, Secondary School
Shree Machupuchre Secondary School - Pokhara, Nepal
At this school, my focus was on giving the students practical language skills and strategies for speaking and reading English more fluently and confidently. It was a volunteer teaching position.
2018 - 2018
English as a Foreign Language, Primary and Secondary School
Fermo School District - Fermo, Italy
Most students here already had good basic language skills so I designed lessons to help them reach the next level of ability. I worked at the school as a volunteer teacher.
2017 - 2017
Olympic College - Poulsbo, WA
In Spring of 2017, I taught in an ESL classroom at a community college as part of my TESOL certification. The students were adult learners with a wide range of cultural backgrounds and beginning-to-intermediate language skills.