English Tutoring

Do you need help with English? I am an indie author with a B.A. in English and 10 years’ experience as a journalist. I can help you with online tutoring sessions for conversational English, middle or high school English in vocabulary, reading, writing and/or grammar or SAT prep for the verbal section in these same four areas. I can adapt lessons to your particular needs and focus areas.

Although I went into writing — a lifelong goal — I had a TEFL emphasis with my English major in college. Over two summers, I taught English for three months each in Debrecen, Hungary and Riga, Latvia. More recently, I have taught conversational English online to adults and teens all over the world (Asia, Africa, South America and U.S.) through Cambly. I also passed demo classes for teaching for both VIP Kid and Amazing Talker but decided I would rather be independent.

I’d love to work with you. I have various language related posts in the Wonder of Words section of the blog and will be posting things there from time to time that you might find helpful. Soon, I hope to add some YouTube content that will also give helpful tips and lessons.

Here is just a start to that, with a dramatic reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.” This might not be a teaching video per se — it’s coming! — but it can be beneficial for learning. Here is an article that points out that older kids and teenagers can still benefit from hearing a story or book read aloud.

You can look on this page to see some of the books I have read and collected in my library as resources for teaching students.

I am working on creating my own themed slide presentations for online teaching. Here are some examples.

A short grammar lesson on a particular aspect of subject/verb agreement

A color and fashion themed lesson for intermediate ESL

This one loses a little something with no sound, but it was designed to use with live teaching. There are song lyrics towards the end of this, and I intend to use music and singing in this lesson. I used an illustration from ReachFarHigh on Deviantart for the “Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces” song. This should give you some idea, but I may post an update with sound later.

If you are interested, contact me. We can arrange a free consultation via Zoom or Google Hangouts and can talk about your English learning needs.