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Laura - Prof ESL - Arcata
 
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MATTEO
« Perfect! At the same time engaging, very well mannered, cultured and able to... More »
M
MATTEO
« Perfect! At the same time engaging, very well mannered, cultured and able to stay humble, Laura is also very professional: she's got a very well structured method of teaching that will definitely help you improve your English, no matter what level you start from. Also, Laura is able to give you the tools to start learning autonomously, from the beginning. Last but not least, she can provide to you a lot of interesting insights regarding the history of English language (some of which will really surprise you). I recommend her to everybody! »
$28/h
1st lesson free!
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Lessons offered by Laura
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • ESL
Levels
  • All Levels

Certified ESL teacher with master's degree and 15 years' experience offers private lessons online

Methodology

I prefer to teach only in English. For online EFL classes, students can choose between an all-American method, or a British method which gives students both my neutral CNN American accent and a variety of British accents. I teach from beginner to native speaker levels. I am also a tutor for the American and UK online school programs, offering support to online students from grade 7 through university in English language and literature as well as social studies. I teach IELTS test-taking strategies, Business English and ESP. I also do editing and proofreading for literary and technical writing.

Background

Teaching English for me is not a job, but a passion, and my primary goal is to help my students reach their learning objectives. As an American native speaker with English language and literature degrees in addition to TESOL teaching certification, I offer expert-level language instruction and error correction for both speaking and writing, and engaging contexts for reading and listening practice. I enjoy watching my ESL students progress to fluency and mastery of the language, to the point where they are thinking--and even dreaming--in English. I have a diverse professional background, having worked in book publishing in New York, on Wall Street as a marketing director, and as a teacher of English in North Africa for the past 15 years. I speak French and some Spanish and Arabic.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $28/h
Lessons offered by Laura
Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • ESL
Levels
  • All Levels

Laura's resume

ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE
ONLINE (REMOTE) TEACHING Worldwide – March 2020 to present
• ESL/EFL (one-to-one); low intermediate to advanced levels; via Zoom and Edmodo
• Book Club (group class); conversation class based on books read; via Zoom and NB MIT (annotation website)
• Legal English & Business English (one to one); intermediate to advanced levels; via Zoom and Gmail
• Tutoring English and History (one-to-one); US program; 7th and 9th grades; via Zoom
• IELTS prep course (one-to-one); via Zoom and Edmodo
• Pre-Bachelor’s and Pre-Master’s Program (UK curriculum); via Skype and Gmail

HOPELAND EDUCATION GROUP Algiers, Algeria
Director of Studies, English Teacher & Managing Editor – July 2007 to present
• Instituted and coordinate the teacher training program, renowned nationwide
• Teach low intermediate through advanced EFL classes to adults and young adults
• Teach Business English courses (all levels)
• Coordinate and facilitate Hopeland English Book Club weekly sessions
• Write, rewrite, translate, copyedit and proofread:
o websites, PhD theses, scientific articles, original works of fiction and non-fiction, CVs and cover letters for students, professors, researchers, writers, and professionals in a variety of academic, artistic, professional and technical fields

SOUNDOUS SCHOOL Preschool, Primary, Secondary School Algiers, Algeria
English Department Head – Sept 2019 to Dec 2020
• Taught national high school English program
• Vetted and oversaw EFL teachers (all grades)
• Coordinated English teacher training sessions and workshops

BRITISH STUDY CENTRES/NCUK Algiers, Algeria
English Teacher – Jan 2020 to June 2020
• Pre-Bachelor’s & Pre-Master’s Program (UK curriculum)
• EFL / IELTS

MDI-ALGIERS BUSINESS SCHOOL Algiers, Algeria
Business English Teacher – Oct 2019 to Apr 2020

HOPELAND MAA Primary and Middle School Algiers, Algeria
English Department Head – Sept 2010 to June 2019
• Taught national middle school program
• Hired and oversaw EFL teachers for preschool, primary and middle school
• Coordinated teacher training sessions and workshops

UNIVERSITY OF ALGIERS Faculty of Letters and Languages, Bouzareah Campus, Algiers, Algeria
Lecturer – Department of English (full time) –Dec 2005 to September 2007
• 2006 - 2007 1st year Reading Comprehension, 2nd year Grammar
• 2005 - 2006 1st year Written Expression/Composition, 2nd year Grammar
• Wrote syllabus and lesson plans, chose textbooks
• Managed very large classes (80 students per class) using a variety of teaching methods

ALGERIAN ENGLISH CLUBS student-run organizations
Founder & Advisor (volunteer) – May 2006 to Dec 2008







PUBLISHING WORK EXPERIENCE

HOPELAND INSTITUTE, Algiers, Algeria
Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading (virtual) – Aug 2016 to present
• Read, edit, copyedit, proofread, and rewrite PhD theses, journal articles, original works of fiction and non-fiction, CVs and cover letters for students, professors, researchers, writers, and professionals in a variety of academic, artistic, professional, and technical fields

FLITES EDITIONS, Publisher; Algiers, Algeria
Editing, Proofreading, Recruiting (virtual) – Aug 2018 to present
• Read, edit, and rewrite manuscripts for ESL paperback publisher (fiction and non-fiction, children’s and adult books)
• Recruit and oversee copyediting and proofreading staff

AMERICAN CITIZENS ABROAD, Advocacy group: “Educate, advocate and inform” Washington, DC
• News Editor (virtual) – Feb 2014 to June 2017 (concealed information)
• Produced, edited and wrote copy for ACA’s quarterly newsletter
• Distributed to over 1 million subscribers worldwide

SPIRIT: A MAGAZINE DESIGNED FOR THE DIVERSE WOMAN
International Women’s Magazine; Chicago, IL-based
Executive Editor (virtual) – April 2005 to June 2006
• Generated and selected article topics
• recruited and coordinated staff and freelance writers
• assigned articles
• oversaw editing and copyediting staff
• executed final editing and approval of layout and design

NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY, Publisher; New York, NY
Editorial Assistant
• Selected promising manuscripts for publication
• Read, edited, and rewrote manuscripts for horror and romance editor (fiction)


BUSINESS, MARKETING & LAW FIRM EXPERIENCE
HOPELAND EDUCATION GROUP, Algiers, Algeria
Director of Marketing – August 2007 to present (concealed information)
General Manager – August 2007 to June 2019

SPIRIT: A MAGAZINE DESIGNED FOR THE DIVERSE WOMAN International Women’s Magazine, Chicago, IL-based
Director of Marketing (virtual) – January 2004 to March 2005 (concealed information)
• Responsible for analyzing, coordinating, and implementing marketing tactics for start-up, quarterly multicultural women’s magazine
• Increased hard-copy subscriptions by 100,000 in one year

K&B TECHNOLOGIES LLC Computer/Network Service & Repair; Oak Park and Chicago, IL Co-Owner and Operating Manager – August 1999 to May 2004
• Established computer/network installation, service and repair company
• Responsible for day-to-day operations, coordination with technical director, administrative matters, training, marketing, and customer service

CHADBOURNE & PARKE LLC, International Corporate Law Firm; New York, NY-based
Director of Legal Marketing & Creative Services – August 1998 to September 1999
• Oversaw and trained newly hired staff including marketing coordinators, client relations specialist, staff writer, graphic designers, database manager and administrative assistant
• Responsible for PR, advertising, press relations, client relations and preparing, editing and disseminating all firm marketing materials for 11 offices in 9 countries
• Researched and recommended new firm-wide contact management system
• Established and co-headed Internet Committee which developed firm’s first website
• Coordinated and ran two highly successful, offsite, high-profile, 3-day project finance conferences in Boca Raton, FL and San Juan, PR, including site inspections, preparation of marketing materials and onscreen presentations, coordinating guest activities, and overseeing staff
• Coordinated marketing efforts with over 100 partners worldwide (all partners having the same authority)
• Managed the nearly impossible challenge of making decisions regarding marketing campaigns and strategies with many different decision makers involved
• Worked to change purely democratic corporate culture at the highest levels to accept the need for one partner to be in charge of marketing decisions
• In the wake of my resignation, the firm did finally assign one partner to be in charge of marketing. The last three months of work were done virtually, with the exception of weekly meetings, at my request, while they looked for my replacement.

SULLIVAN & CROMWELL, International Corporate Law Firm; New York, NY-based
Legal Marketing Analyst – March 1992 to August 1998 (concealed information)
• Provided client-ready presentations under deadline to partners in nine offices worldwide
• Created and oversaw production of firm identity materials and presentations outlining capabilities relative to potential client or project specifications, including tailored responses to requests for proposals (RFPs)
• Drafted capabilities & experience and fee letters to potential clients
• Coordinated translation of pitch materials into language of potential client
• Researched current economic and political trends to pinpoint new business opportunities in any given industry or geographic area (specializing in Latin America)
• Tracked progress of new business situations and coordinated maintenance of information databases
• Integral to formation and development of marketing department
• The department was established in secrecy by a group of 5 senior partners. We operated for two years without anyone else in the firm being aware of our presence. When we had the statistics to convince the other partners that a firm of S&C's stature stood to gain considerable financial advantage by having a marketing department, we went public. Sensitive data collection and detailed analyses was an important part of this process.

Senior Legal Assistant – Nov 1987 to March 1992
• Assisted Corporate Finance attorneys in all stages of document production, including proofreading client prospectuses and other legal documents
• Corporate Tax and Litigation Legal Assistant

DAVIS SKAGGS INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, San Francisco, CA
Sales/Research Assistant – Jan to Dec 1986
• Assisted clients with tracking investment progress, drafted contracts and agreements to suit individual client needs, performed research and statistics on recommended stocks


EDUCATION
Degrees
DEPAUL UNIVERSITY Chicago, IL, USA
Master of Arts, English Literature, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY Berkeley, CA, USA
Bachelor’s Degree, English Literature, College of Letters and Sciences

Certifications
SCHOOL FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAINING (SIT) Chicago, IL, USA
SIT TESOL Certificate: a 130-hour teacher accreditation for teachers of English.

LANGUAGES
English (American native speaker), French (intermediate), Arabic (beginner), Spanish (beginner)

AWARDS

LEGAL AID SOCIETY
Annual Pro Bono Award, New York, NY, 1991
Collected and inputted statistics on systemic homeless shelter placement violations in New York City

Reviews on Laura
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
M
MATTEO

Perfect! At the same time engaging, very well mannered, cultured and able to stay humble, Laura is also very professional: she's got a very well structured method of teaching that will definitely help you improve your English, no matter what level you start from.

Also, Laura is able to give you the tools to start learning autonomously, from the beginning.

Last but not least, she can provide to you a lot of interesting insights regarding the history of English language (some of which will really surprise you).

I recommend her to everybody!

Laura's response

Matteo is a student who is very knowledgeable about teaching methods and what he expects from a good teacher. He is a fast learner, curious, personable and highly motivated to learn English--a joy to teach!

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