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Kari

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United States
4:40 AM (GMT-04:00)
English
11
30
English
11
30

Speaks

Spanish
,
Arabic
,
German

About Me

My role as a teacher is to provide an enthusiastic, interactive learning experience that adapts to the needs of the student, welcoming mistakes as learning tools and fostering lifelong language development.

• Academic background in languages and linguistics, including a graduate degree in Linguistics from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, with coursework in TESOL.
• Experience in teaching and mentoring adults and children, tutoring language learners, conducting oral proficiency interviews, organizing grammar clinics, delivering talks to high school and college students, teaching swimming to elementary school children, directing a children's church choir summer program, and training adults. Currently teaching beginner adults at the International Language Institute in Maryland.
• Fluency in and familiarity with Germanic-based, Latin-based, and Semitic-based languages, giving insight into why a speaker is making specific syntactical and phonetic errors.
• Travel to over 35 countries, resulting in immersive multi-cultural exposure.

Current and Recent Affiliations:

Member, TESOL International Association, since 2016
Member, Society for Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, since 2016
Member, Foreign Language Advocacy for Grade Schools, since 2010
Member, MENSA (Metropolitan Washington Mensa), since 2009

Member, American Association of Teachers of Arabic, 2003-2012
Member, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2006-2012
Member, American Dialect Society, 2010-2012
Student Member, Linguistic Society of America, 2009-2012
Member, Middle East Studies Association, 2004-2009
Member, National Council on Less Commonly Taught Languages, 2006-2012
Student Member, National Museum for Language, 2010-2012
Corporate Member, Association of Language Companies, 2006-2007
Associate Member, American Translators Association, 2006-2009
Corporate Member, Northern California Translators Association, 2006-2007

Schedule

Teaching Expertise

Beginner
Upper Beginner
Intermediate
Upper Intermediate
Advanced
Upper Advanced
American English
Children (4-11)
Teenagers (12-18)
Adults (18+)
Homework
Proficiency Assessment
Reading Exercises
Writing Exercises
Accent Reduction
Colloquial English
Grammar Development
Interview Preparation
Listening Comprehension
Phonetics
Speaking Practice
Vocabulary Development
Writing Correction

Résumé

Education

2012 - 2013
Non-degree
Volkshochschule Darmstadt-Dieburg - Darmstadt, Germany
German A-1 through B-1
2009 - 2010
M.A., Linguistics
George Mason University - Fairfax, VA
2006 - 2007
B.S., Liberal Studies, Concentration: Arabic
Excelsior College - Albany, NY
2006 - 2006
Non-degree, matriculating in the MATESOL program
Monterey Institute of International Studies - Monterey, CA
MATESOL
2004 - 2006
Candidate, B.A. in Linguistics with a minor in Arabic
William & Mary - Williamsburg, VA
1998 - 1999
Diploma
Defense Language Institute - Monterey, CA
Arabic

Work Experience

2016
ESL Instructor
International Language Institute of Maryland - Gaithersburg, MD
Beginner ESL
2004 - 2008
President/CEO
Martindale Linguistic Solutions - Seaside, CA
Relevant experience included conducting oral proficiency interviews of foreign government officials, developing an online translation course, composing translation tests, evaluating language courses, and editing.
2002 - 2004
Operations Researcher
Northrop Grumman Informations Technology/TASC - Reston, VA
Relevant experience included teaching EFL to Iraqi adults.
2001 - 2002
Arabic Linguist
Department of Defense - Maryland
Relevant experience included mentoring linguists and co-organizing a weekly grammar clinic for translators.
1997 - 2000
Arabic Linguist
United States Air Force
Relevant experience included tutoring Arabic and Spanish to adults, serving as Managing Editor of a squadron newspaper, and proofreading.
1992 - 1995
Summer Teacher/Regional Coordinator
Foreign Study League - Douglassville, PA
Relevant experience included teaching English to Mexican high school foreign exchange students aged 14-17.

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