A college teacher of English, translator and interpreter into English and Spanish
Experience: 11 years
Please read what follows. Even if I know English – as I’m a real bilingual, these aren’t conversation classes and I’m not teaching the language to ANY student: ONLY to those who are literature fans, or who think they can become one!
So, who are these classes for? These are classes for those students who have a low intermediate level of the language – at least (just because our Skype classes will be completely in English or there will be some translation into any of the other languages I know), and who want to keep on improving it by working on their own, at their own pace, always backed up by me for whatever doubts they have.
What do you have to do to get these classes? First, do one of the literature activities I will send you. Second, send the results online. Third, request a lesson in which we’ll clarify the mistakes found in your work: I'll tell you exactly where and why you were wrong, we'll practice grammar if you really need to, we'll discuss the plot of the book, we'll work on accent reduction and mispronunciations. Every time you request a lesson, you’ll be talking in English all the time with me: so this will be your time to speak the language and get corrected at the same time – in both grammar and pronunciation.
What kind of activities will you be doing? You’ll be reading short stories of different genres and at the same time putting your grammar into practice, testing your listening skills and improving your writing skills.
Which are the books we’ll be working with? First, let me make it clear that you don’t have to buy any book. The material you need – text and audio files – will be sent online.
These are the titles you can choose from: in brackets, you’ll find the level of the book. Some of the chapters have two different parts, some of them are just for reading.
1. Anita’s Big Day by Elizabeth Laird (beginners)
2. April in Moscow by Stephen Rabley (beginners)
3. Dead Man’s River by Elizabeth Laird (beginners)
4. Fire by Karen E. Spiller (beginners)
5. Free the Dolphins (beginners)
6. Hannah and the Hurricane by John Escott (beginners)
7. In the Cave by Felicity Hopkins (beginners)
8. Little Women by Louisa Alcott (low intermediate)
9. Officially Dead by Richard Prescott (upper intermediate)
10. Project Omega (low intermediate)
11. Robin Hood by Stephen Colbourn (intermediate)
12. The Barcelona Game by Stephen Rabley (beginners)
13. The Cay by Theodore Taylor (intermediate)
14. The Dancing Men by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (intermediate)
15. The Last Photo by Bernard Smith (beginners)
16. The Medal of Brigadier Gerard by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (low intermediate)
17. The Missing Coins by John Escott (beginners)
18. The Music of Love by Alan McLean (beginners)
19. The Red-Headed League by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (intermediate)
20. The Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (intermediate)
21. The Stranger by Norman Whitney (low intermediate)
22. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (low intermediate)
23. Tinkers Farm by Stephen Rabley (beginners)
Request a free trial lesson with me in which I'll check your level, guide you on which book you should be choosing and soon you'll be on your way not only to enjoy English literature, but to improve your English as well.
1) 1 class: USD 15.-
2) 5 classes: USD 12.- each (total: USD 60.-)
3) 10 classes: USD 9.- each (total: USD 90.-)
The classes need to be paid in advance.