I have been blessed with the gift of loving to teach, tutor, and inspire young people. I have long, successful experience in quickly creating - with a wide range of personalities, learning styles, and capabilities - warm rapport and a non-judgmental learning space. That's the best environment for students to build their learning skills, independent thinking, and thorough work habits and, in the process, begin to take responsibility for their learning. Little by little, students' confide... [more]
I'm absolutely fluent in spoken and written French and have tutored high school students in French for many, many years. I started learning French in high school, and continued my studies through my senior year in college (Columbia University). Additionally, I've spent a great deal of time there, both on musical tours lasting several weeks, as well as living in Paris for two years.A
I've been a private tutor of adults, young adults, and HS students in Spanish (and French, and Italian) in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia I'm fluent in Spanish and I've spent extended periods of time in Puerto Rico, Spain, and Ecuador, the latter as a Cultural Ambassador of the US State Department. I conducted professional and youth orchestras and tutored young musicians all in Spanish. I gave workshops to arts administrators on the US approach to fundraising - in Spanish - and gave interviews on radio and TV, also in Spanish. I am a patient, enthusiastic tutor and know the difference between studying a language and "living" the language, which is what you will want to do when you travel to a Spanish-speaking country. I will help you speak with confidence and ease.
I've be a private tutor to adolescents, young adults, and adults in ESL at all levels in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and now in Kansas City. The main elements of my work are to assess students' language skills, and then to teach grammar lessons and practice conversational skills, both at the same time. Most of my ESL work has been with native Spanish speakers. My personality matches the Latin culture, and creating a warm, enjoyable learning space comes naturally. An important element of ESL instruction is building learners' confidence in their ability to speak the new language, and to celebrate every accomplishment. I am a warm, non-judgmental, patient, enthusiastic lover of teaching, and I'm able to build that confidence easily. Part of the the trust and rapport essential to building that confidence comes from the immediate rapport I build with native Spanish speaking students. This comes from my knowledge of the language and culture. I've spent extended periods of time in Puerto Rico, Spain, and Ecuador, the latter as a Cultural Ambassador of the US State Department. I conducted professional and youth orchestras and tutored young musicians all in Spanish. I gave workshops to arts administrators on the US approach to fundraising - in Spanish - and gave interviews on radio and TV, also in Spanish. These experiences have given me an easy familiarity and appreciative overview of Spanish-speaking ESL students. The result is closer rapport and trust, and faster and deeper learning.
I am fluent in Italian, both spoken and written. I'm an experienced foreign language tutor (including French and Spanish), and I'm intimately familiar with Italian in both formal/business formats, as well as a more casual conversational format. I studied Italian at Columbia University for four years, and tutored Italian students for the University?s Casa Italiana. In addition to being a foreign language tutor for some two decades, I am also an orchestra conductor and have conducted youth, conservatory, and professional orchestras as a Cultural Ambassador for the US State Department - in Italian. Additionally, I was married to an Italian woman from Rome for many years and we spoke Italian (and she cooked Italian!) at home; I also lived and worked for extended periods in Italy (Rome, Asti, Spello [Umbria])