Hi, hallo, ola! My name is Christina and I've been teaching for 19 years, doing what I love, from instructing German at the University of Hawaii, to teaching ESL in Austria and Brazil, to tutoring Portuguese and K-12 in Hawaii and California. Wherever I go, all around the world, I love helping and connecting with my students. ESL: I studied and minored in ESL at university and have taught English to all ages, preschool to adult, in Austria and Brazil. I currently tutor many wonderful ESL s... [more]
I have a Bachelor's in Education and German (University of Hawaii, 2000) and a Master's in German (University of Hawaii, 2002). I taught the first three years of German (101-306) at the University of Hawaii for 11 years.
One of my favorite parts of tutoring English at all levels is the writing component. I ensure that my students are able to communicate in writing as efficiently and skillfully as possible, whether they're practicing essays for the SAT, composing their resume, or writing narratives for their high school English course. I help students break down their writing into easy and digestible sections, so that they become confident in tackling any writing task that's set before them.
I've lived in, worked in, and traveled in Brazil for many years. I possess a certificate in professional Portuguese from SENAC, Santos, Brazil. Having had a Brazilian partner and having 2 half-Brazilian children doesn't hurt! Because of my personal and professional ties with Brazil spanning over 2 decades, I speak, read, and write Portuguese with a near-native fluency. I even fool Brazilians! I love the Portuguese language and teaching it to my students. It's a beautiful and passionate language that's so much fun to learn/teach.
Since gaining my education degree with a focus in ESL, English, and writing, I have taught English and writing to students in the U.S. and abroad from elementary to college level.
I currently tutor wonderful ESL students from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, and Saudi Arabia. Before moving to California, I tutored English full-time in Brazil for 8 months (July 2012 - February 2013). I teach all levels, from beginning to advanced -- in Brazil, many of my students were even studying to take the IELTS or the TOEFL, so we focused on the English skills needed for those tests. However, I teach ESL to all ages and for all purposes, from basic ESL for children to advanced Business English to business people.
I've been proofreading professionally for the past 20+ years for Jordan Valley Heritage House publishing company, as well as for professors, doctors, grad students, and businesses. Highly attentive to detail, I take pride in helping others produce the most perfect finished product possible. I'm available for proofreading work or to teach proofreading to students.
I have a B.Ed in Education from the University of Hawaii (2000). I was a substitute teacher in the Honolulu School District for all grades and subjects for 12 years, 2 days a week. Many assignments were K-6th. I also have been a private tutor for K-6th students in Hawaii, Brazil, and Austria.
I have a Bachelor's in Education from U.H. (2000), which included coursework in teaching time management and study skills, so I've been helping students in these areas for many years. In May 2013, I completed a TMOSS (Time Management, Organization, and Study Skills) training program through MLC, so I'm armed with great new methods and materials to help students improve their time management, organization, and study skills.
I tutored and substitute taught in special education and special needs classrooms for 12 years for the Hawaii Department of Education. During that time I gained experience working with students with all types of special needs.
I have a Bachelor's in Education with coursework in speech. I have also worked with speech students as a substitute for the Hawaii Department of Education and as a tutor for the past 13 years.