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Lessons offered by Greer
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Taught subjects
  • Vocabulary - English
  • ESL
  • Oral expression - English
  • Writing comprehension - English
  • Listening comprehension - English
  • Writing expression - English
Levels
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • College
  • Adult Education
  • MBA
  • ILR Level 0
  • ILR Level 1
  • ILR Level 2
  • ILR Level 3
  • ILR Level 4
  • ILR Level 5
  • Other
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Proficient
  • For children

ESL teacher with 5 years of experience in the US and abroad

Methodology

It’s easy to become stuck in a view of language as something like a massive file of information that students need to download into their brains. I find it more illuminating, not to mention more interesting, to see a language as a kind of activity, one always unfolding and in process. An activity with an huge range of forms and contexts, but always something one does (at whatever level of proficiency, and in whichever areas of interest or experience) and not as an object one has to “know.”.

My teaching philosophy is built on this view of language as activity, not static object. In my own teaching, I tend to ask my students questions and elicit information or discussion through visual, speaking, and reading exercises. These classroom dialogues are a way of making students, even at lower levels of proficiency, autonomous and responsive. Over-explanation and teacher monologues tend to get in the way of this, at least in a second language context. The aim here, of course, is practice: the students should speak for the majority of the class. Apprehension comes from direct experience: in this case, direct experience of speaking, reading, writing, and listening to a particular language.

The nuts-and-bolts of grammar, usage, and pronunciation should be taught both explicitly and implicitly, and sometimes the distinction between these two views is more abstract than real. I am, however, convinced that teaching grammar and usage inductively, through authentic materials, is likelier to lead to a deeper engagement with the language.

In my teaching I also try emphasize the different modes and registers of English speech and writing: conversational, professional (e.g. job interviews), and the more concentrated and idiosyncratic styles of literature. Another important (and underrated) aspect of teaching, I think, is physical movement: a teacher should try to walk around the room and speak from different positions. It holds the students’ interest, and movement like this hopefully mirrors the intellectual movement of the learning process.

The ancient Greek writer Plutarch wrote that “Education is not the filling of a vessel but the lighting of a fire.” This is a more concise statement of everything I consider important about teaching and learning. For one, it implies that students aren’t passive vessels for information, but take an active part in generating their own education. Plutarch’s aphorism also calls to mind the enthusiastic curiosity needed for any true learning to take place. I try to cultivate this enthusiasm and curiosity in my teaching, perhaps above all other things.


Background

I've been teaching ESL (both as a straightforward subject and through "content-based" classes in literature, art history, and American culture) for about 5 years now. Before teaching and tutoring in Georgia State University's Intensive English Program I taught mostly at adult education non-profits geared towards immigrants and refugees, first in New York City and then in Atlanta. I've also taught a summer semester at the University of Lower Silesia in Wrocław, Poland.

But beyond all of these CV details (it's attached below, of course), you'll find that I'm always eager and enthusiastic when it comes to working with international, second-language students, and that my wide range of interests allows me to teach a course like American Popular Culture in an informed and precise way.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $20/h
Lessons offered by Greer
Individual
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Vocabulary - English
  • ESL
  • Oral expression - English
  • Writing comprehension - English
  • Listening comprehension - English
  • Writing expression - English
Levels
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • College
  • Adult Education
  • MBA
  • ILR Level 0
  • ILR Level 1
  • ILR Level 2
  • ILR Level 3
  • ILR Level 4
  • ILR Level 5
  • Other
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Proficient
  • For children

Greer's resume


PROFILE- I work as a teacher and tutor in various subjects related to English, writing/composition, and history. I have extensive ESL/EFL teaching experience, and I write professionally for several publications.

WORK EXPERIENCE
(references available upon request)

Georgia State University Intensive English Program
Atlanta, GA
2017-present
Teaching ESL writing/composition to IEP students
Tutoring IEP students in writing/editing, pronunciation, vocabulary
Facilitating conversation activities for IEP students
Directing activities for visiting ESL teachers in the IEP program

Catholic Charities ESL/Civics Program
Atlanta, GA
2016-2017
Taught ESL and Civics to immigrant students applying for citizenship

International Center
New York, NY
2014-2016
Taught ESL, literature, art history, and courses in American culture and history

University of Lower Silesia EFL Program
Wroclaw, Poland
2014
Taught English to upper intermediate-level Polish students

EBL Coaching
New York NY
2014-2015
Tutor in English, writing/composition, history, French

Institute for Immigrant Concerns
New York, NY
2014-2015
ESL teacher with extensive experience at all levels

Freelance Writer/Editor
Published in Wonkette, Creative Loafing, Bookslut, Black Herald, Spolia, Big Red & Shiny
2010-present


EDUCATION

Georgia State University
MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL
2017-present

The New School University
Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
2014-2015

St. John’s College
MA in Eastern Classics
2012-2013

King’s College, University of London
BA in Comparative Literature (with minor in Film Studies)
2004-2007
Graduated with honors
King’s College routinely ranked as “Top 100 Global University”

PUBLICATIONS
(writing samples available upon request)

Big Red and Shiny magazine
2013-present
Essays on the visual arts

Spolia magazine
2013-present
Co-editor and contributor

Black Herald magazine
2011-present
Essays, stories, and poetry translations (from French and Spanish)

Bookslut
2011-Present
Literary essays and book reviews (poetry, travel writing, novels)

Creative Loafing
2010-Present
Articles about art and entertainment (literature, visual arts, film, television)

Wonkette
2010-Present
Political commentary and book reviews

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