The atmosphere of my lessons is relaxed, comfortable, and professional. You will do at least 70% of the talking. You’ll gain confidence from our lessons, and this will encourage you to practice your English in public without fear.
Most lessons will include the following components:
1. “Small talk:” A social conversation about, for example, your recent weekend activities.
2. Review of our previous lesson.
3. Accent reduction and pronunciation practice: Reading aloud from a short text.
4. Main activity: We'll use a text, video, or audio sample as the vehicle to learn the new and reinforce the old.
5. Closing: Review today's lesson and plan for next lesson.
During the trial lesson, we’ll find out a little about each other. We’ll talk about your needs and interests in any special vocabulary, reading and writing skills, and speaking and listening proficiency. I will ask you to estimate your level of proficiency now, and what level you want to achieve in the next three months.
My areas of specialty: Vocabulary enrichment; business/professional English; writing skills; effective meetings, presentations, and interviews; and taking an advanced student to the next level.
I hope I’ve shared enough information to help you decide if we might be a good match. If you have any questions before you make your decision, please send me a message.
University of Missouri - Columbia - Columbia, Missouri, USA
Mediation and group facilitation
Various - Missouri
Many hours of training in mediation and group facilitation, beginning in 1998 and continuing through present.
Online English tutor
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2012 - 2014
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An international language teaching company - Worked remotely in the USA
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2003 - 2009
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State government agency and a professional organization - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA
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Cambridge University via International House - Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Certificate for English Language Teaching to Adults