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Katherine

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198
class
English
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19
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198

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Speaks

French
B1
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Japanese
A1

About Me

Hi! I'm a professional English teacher with an MA in TESOL. I specialize in English for academic and professional purposes, and I have tutored for test preparation, including the TOEFL and IELTS. I enjoy helping adult learners take their language to the next level.

I have a strong background in English and language teaching. I majored in English literature with a writing specialization. After college, I started teaching English, and I spent six months in Korea teaching in an elementary school. Then I earned an MA in TESOL. While getting my MA, I worked as a freelance tutor, and I was also hired to tutor international university students. I went through tutor training, and I specialized in helping students prepare for the iBT TOEFL exam. After graduating with my master’s, I began teaching at a community college and an intensive English program. I have been a classroom teacher for the past eight years, and I worked as a scorer for the iBT TOEFL speaking tasks. I have taught a wide range of classes, from beginning to advanced, and from reading, writing, and oral communication to IELTS test preparation.

What I enjoy about teaching is explaining things clearly to students so that they understand concepts easily. My favorite thing to teach is grammar. As a tutor, I like to be a guide and support for students to reach their goals and to feel more confident in their language use.

Besides teaching and tutoring English, I have a variety of interests (probably too many): traveling; exploring nature/hiking; learning about different cultures and languages; reading history, philosophy, and literature (especially British modern); art, design, and fashion; sewing, block-printing, and screen-printing; music; probably others I can't remember! I'm interested in almost anything, so let me know what you'd like to discuss :)

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Schedule

Teaching Expertise

Intermediate
Upper Intermediate
Advanced
Upper Advanced
American English
Adults (18+)
Curriculum
Homework
Learning Materials
Lesson Plans
Quizzes/Tests
Reading Exercises
Writing Exercises
Colloquial English
Grammar Development
Interview Preparation
Listening Comprehension
Reading Comprehension
Speaking Practice
Vocabulary Development
Writing Correction
IELTS
TOEFL

Résumé

Education

2006 - 2009
MA TESOL
Portland State University - Portland, OR
Master's degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages
1999 - 2004
BA English
Temple University - Philadelphia, PA
English literature with writing certificate

Work Experience

2010
Instructor
Mt. Hood Community College - Gresham, OR
Teach ESL classes in a variety of skill areas, including reading, writing, and grammar.
2010
Instructor
Portland State University - Intensive English Language Program - Portland, OR
Teach ESL classes in a variety of skill areas, including reading, writing, grammar, speaking, and listening.
2008 - 2010
Tutor
Portland State University - Intensive English Language Program - Portland, OR
Tutored International students one-on-one in various English-language skills; specialized in tutoring for the iBT TOEFL exam.