People have always guessed that I was a teacher as if I had it emblazoned on my forehead! In fact, as a child I was the neighborhood teacher conducting class in our garage. In college I wanted to know French so well that I could teach English in France. However, after 6 years of French that never materialized, and I didn't make it to France until about 30 yrs later. Amazing how I could still carry on a conversation in French after all that time!! I truly love the language! I also love the En... [more]
English: I teach correct English pronunciation, (including phonics) conversational speaking, listening, understanding, reading, writing, and grammar. For the very beginners, I teach the alphabet letter names/sounds/consonants blends/, and the correct writing/pronunciation of the vowels and consonants. I use a variety of teaching aids, including books, a magnetic letter board, cards, and tapes. I can help you learn at your level and pace. For those who are advanced and ready to take the ACT or the TOEFL tests, I can help you prepare for those tests.
Phonics - I have spent the last year as a volunteer Phonics/Reading tutor using the Wilson Method at the Drake Adult Literacy Center in Des Moines. I continue to teach adults one-on-one twice/week as well as help train new volunteers in the Wilson method, which uses a magnetic board, word cards, writing, speaking, and listening activities. I also teach Phonics in the ESL (English as a Second Language) beginners class at DMACC in Des Moines. The first semester has just finished, and I will be continuing to teach the summer and fall sessions. I love teaching how to learn to read through phonetics - especially to those who were never taught how to read through phonetics as a child and have struggled a lifetime with poor reading skills as a result.
Hi, I am a young 62 yr old who loves to teach! I taught one-on-one for the last 13 yrs in my business, am now retired, but still have a lot of energy to contribute! I love languages, learning about different cultures, and am fairly fluent in French. I admire foreigners who speak multiple languages and would love to teach you English! I have been volunteer teaching ESL here in Des Moines through the Lutheran Services of Iowa's Refuge Center since March 2008, 4-6 hrs/wk. I have experienced the joy of teaching ESL to students from all over the world - many from Africa and Asia. In the last 2 months I added 2 wonderful Vietnamese students, aged 17 and 21, through WyzAnt, teaching them in their home twice a week. My experience ranges from teaching those who have been in the country 2 wks, illiterate in their own native language and starting with the alphabet to teaching those who have been here 5 yrs and learned English in their home country before coming to the US. I have been involved in other aspects of helping refuges get resettled beyond teaching ESL as well - transportation, housing, clothing, food, healthcare, schooling, budgeting, etc. Learning English - speaking, reading, and writing - however, is a primary need for everyone to move towards independence in all of these areas and towards citizenship if that is a goal. I have also been volunteer teaching English one-on-one through the Drake Adult Literacy Center since March 2008. These are adult students who have struggled with reading throughout their lives. Drake uses a very successful systematic method of learning English that builds mastery in one area before going on to the next. I continue to receive on-going training through Drake that involves learning how to work through learning challenges such as emotional life issues, crises, and low self-image, which impedes learning progress for everyone, including those learning ESL. My students tell me that I am reliable, understanding, patient, inspiring, and actually make learning fun! I hope youll give me the opportunity to teach you ESL through WyzAnt! Sincerely, Sharon J