Ever since I can remember I wanted to teach. As a very young girl I would sit my sister on a chair at our kitchen table and set up a make believe classroom. I would then play the role of teacher and my sister as my student. I have to admit that she was not very happy with this intrusion in her life. She had spent 8 hours at her school and the last thing she wanted to do was to have a bossy sister make her sit and learn for another few hours. We laugh when we look back at those times. Hopefully, she has forgiven me!
It wasn’t only the challenge of teaching English that I loved; it became rewarding and fun. Watching my students learn how to communicate in English produced for me and them a sense of accomplishment. We learned from each other. I learned about their different cultures and they learned about mine.
Learning English is a challenge, but it does not have to be difficult, and it should be fun. My students learn to speak English in a “real-world” sense, so they can immediately utilize the language and adapt, find employment and communicate with family and friends.
There are a few pointers I give all my students so that they can begin to integrate into their community.
1- Carry a dictionary with you
2- Make friends with people who speak English as a first language to learn the correct pronunciation.
3- Carry a notebook and write down words you do not understand.
4- Ask your companion to speak slower and help you write down the words you did not understand.
5- Speak as often as you can without worrying about your pronunciation or about not knowing every word.
6- At the end of the day concentrate on the words you did not understand.
7- Listen to the radio and TV conversations and try to pick up words you do not understand.
8- Remember the more chatting you do, the quicker you will learn and the next time you will remember the words you need.
I know there is a comfort zone in chatting with your friends that speak your native language. I would encourage you to make friends with people who speak English fluently. Try to speak English at home and begin chatting with locals in cafes, parks and wherever locals converge.
I have wonderful memories of each and every student. I have taught students from all over the world, and I still communicate with all of them. Many of them are now back home in their native country, and they keep me updated on their progress and their life.
While each skype lesson is an hour long, I know that there will always be questions and needed help between lessons. I, therefore, have always been available without any limitations through e-mails. My students can e-mail me at anytime, and I will always respond. I do not charge an additional fee for this.
I will send you your lessons in advance of our meeting, so you will be prepared, and we can then discuss the lesson.
I know that scheduling hours can be difficult because of different time zones and also within the state I teach from which is New York. I, therefore, have made my hours very flexible to accommodate my students.
I specialize in Conversation English, English Grammar, Business English, Reading, Writing, Pronunciation, Comprehension and Vocabulary, including idioms and slang words. It is important for each student to learn at the pace they feel comfortable with.
I want you to learn in a comfortable setting; and I want you to have fun learning English.
Our first meeting on skype is free. There is no charge. It is simply to find out what your learning goals are. Most importantly, our first meeting will give you the opportunity to evaluate me as your teacher, and if you feel I would be a perfect fit for you, I would be delighted.
I am also including a few recommendation letters from some of my students. They are willing to have you contact them for further information if you wish.
I look forward to meeting all of you.
To Whom it May Concern:
I am pleased to write a letter of reference for Corinne. I highly recommend Corinne as a teacher for English as a Second Language. I have worked with Corinne as a student at International Center of New York City. I really enjoyed and learned a lot with her classes.
Corinne has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages. Her ability to connect with her students and her talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced topics, are both truly superior. She has excellent written and verbal communication skills, is extremely organized, 100% reliable and computer literate. She accomplishes these tasks with great initiative and with a very positive attitude.
I recommend Corinne to you without reservation. If you have any further questions with regard to her classes, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Leonardo Cavalcanti Professor at Barcelona University e-mail: email@example.com Phone: (xx34) 658445773
My student from Venezuela
Q: Do I need to speak any english to take this course?
A: No! Many of my students do not speak English. The most important lesson to teaching is conversational. The lessons will focus on the building blocks that will enable you to speak English. The lessons will go at a pace you are comfortable with. You will learn new vocabulary and pronunciation. The lessons are fun and you will see how quickly you will learn the language.
Q: Can I try a lesson for free?
A: Absolutely! Our first meeting is free. The first meeting is both evaluative and informative. I will be able to tell in what direction I need to go to help you speak English. At the same time, it will give you an opportunity to see if you would be comfortable with me as your teacher. Learning a language requires a time commitment.
Q: Do I need to take a test before my first lesson?
A: No. In our first free meeting, I will be able to evaluate your needs and goals and focus your lessons accordingly. It is both an evaluative lesson, as well as an informative one.
Q: How does online classes work?
A: I teach using a free online voice software called Skype. It allows the teacher and student to interact as if they were talking on the phone. It allows for us to see each other which makes learning more fun.
Q: How long will my lesson be?
A: Each lesson is 60 minutes.
Q: What are your fees?
A: On my blog you can go to the fee schedule which will give you the fees on hourly lessons as well as my fees for the various packages.
Q: Is it cheaper to take an hourly lesson or a packaged lesson?
A: Packaged lessons are discounted.
Q: How many weekly lessons do you recommend?
A: The easy answer is the more the better, however this depends on your personal schedule. You want to find that happy medium where learning English fits into your lifestyle, and to not make it seem like a chore. Normally 2 to 3 lessons are suggested, but I would not suggest less than 2 lessons per week.
Q: How can I pay you?
A: I accept Papal where you have the freedom to link your bank account, credit card, and debit card to your PayPal wallet, then pay however you choose.
Q: Do I pay for lessons in advance?
A: Yes. All lessons hourly or packaged are paid for in advance of the lesson/s.
Q: Can you teach more than one student at the same time on skype?
A: Yes. I can teach more than one student.
Q: What are the fees if you teach more than one student at the same time?
A: Both hourly and packaged fees would be discounted.
Q: What time of the week do you teach?
A: Fortunately, my time schedule is very flexible. I will always try to fit lessons in to suit your time schedule.
Q: Can I reach you by e-mail if I have concerns about a lesson.
A: Absolutely! In between lessons you may e-mail me as many times as necessary if you have questions or concerns. This is included in the fee schedule and there is no extra charge for this service.
Q: Will I get lessons in advance to prepare me for the next lesson.
A: Yes. Before each meeting, you will receive by e-mail the lesson in preparation for our next meeting. You may e-mail me prior to the lesson if you have questions or concerns.
Q: Can I cancel a scheduled class?
A: Yes. I understand that sometimes you need to tend to priorities. I would appreciate a reasonable amount of time in advance for the cancellation. If possible, a 12 hour cancellation notice is preferable.
Q: Will I be charged for the cancellation?
A: No, if you have notified me of the cancellation in reasonable time. If you have not notified me of the cancellation, you will forfeit the lesson.
Q: What if I am late for my scheduled lesson?
A: That would depend on my schedule. If I do not have a student immediately following your lesson, you probably will be able to have your full lesson. In the event that I have a student immediately following, then your lesson will not be able to go over your scheduled time.
Q: Do I need any materials for my lessons?
A: No. I do not require you to buy specific books.
Q: Do I need a Web Cam
A: If you do not have a built in camera on your computer, it would be best to buy a web cam. In this way we can both see each other on the screen.