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Ms. Caren A.

specializes in Love teaching ESL! · female

"I love helping students because regardless of the subject or their level, I end up learning so much from them! I taught political science to undergraduates in (face-to-face) classrooms for almost 15 years and have taught ESL and college essay writing both in face-to-face and online modes. My BA is in Hispanic Lit (Bryn Mawr College); my MA, in Latin American Studies (School of Advanced International more...

"I love helping students because regardless of the subject or their level, I end up learning so much from them! I taught political science to undergraduates in (face-to-face) classrooms for almost 15 years and have taught ESL and college essay writing both in face-to-face and online modes. My BA is in Hispanic Lit (Bryn Mawr College); my MA, in Latin American Studies (School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University); and my PhD, in Political Science (MIT). I transitioned from tutoring political science and social studies to teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) about four years ago.

In my ESL classes, students and I read news articles, listen to podcasts, and analyze political cartoons and other media to understand grammatical constructs, syntax, and vocabulary. I love using everyday media because I am a die-hard, political junkie and am in awe of the power of the written word and how well-chosen vocabulary and syntax can be so persuasive. I also love debating the topics we learn about in class with my students.

Volunteering is an important part of my life. I am co-managing a street art project that portrays the struggles of people who were formerly incarcerated or are doing alternative sentences. I also assist Brazilian students who come from poor families with their applications to US universities. Hiking, walking my dog, traveling to deserted beaches and trails, and reading are high on my list of favorite things to do.

I start classes by listening to my students. What do they need or want to learn? Why do they need to learn it? By when do they need to learn it? How do they like to learn? What is their learning style?

Once I have this information, I tailor readings and classes to those needs.

I hope to have the opportunity to be your teacher!" less...

Details

fee: $40 (for 60 min)
travel distance: 0 miles
meeting type: either in-person or online

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website: on file

Chicago, IL 60614

Subjects Tutored

Vocabulary - Writing - ESL/ESOL - Proofreading - TOEFL