My interest in second language learning began when I lived in Germany for a year as an exchange student. I found that everyday language needs cannot really be taught in a book, and the need for a personable and adept tutor is universal. I received my Coalition of New York Career Schools certification in 2004, and then taught English as a Second Language in various language centers around Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. During this time I learned quite a bit about students and their needs, and designed lesson plans and selected materials to accommodate. I had a Bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University and augmented this by studying for my Master's in TESOL at Hunter College in Manhattan. Currently I have a full teacher's license from the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision (BPSS). My focus has always been on the individual needs of each student.
Experience: 15 years
I have been teaching English as a Second Language for fifteen years in various language centers in New York (these centers were located in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn). My students came from all over the world and ranged in level from beginning to advanced. We worked to improve reading, writing, listening, speaking, and pronunciation, and at the more advanced levels, critical thinking, writing and essay composition, and standardized tests such as TESOL and IELTS. Of course, every student is different, and the enjoyment I derive as a teacher stems from the personal aspects of English that each student needs to individually address.