My students are scientific, technical and business professionals.
Most such professionals are already very competent at reading and comprehending English; their challenge comes in speaking and communicating effectively, especially when speaking spontaneously without preparation.
Almost all of my students are adult professionals in the technical world and in the professions who already read and understand written English very well. Many of my students are also quite capable of reading written English materials aloud.
Their challenges lie mainly in the area of spontaneous spoken English, such as when they are making a technical presentation, explaining complex concepts to English-speaking students, discussing matters with English-speaking clients, negotiating a business deal in English, or communicating well during an interview with a native-English speaker.
Many, but certainly not all of my students are native Chinese, Russian, Hindi, Farsi, Portuguese and Spanish-speakers. Their concerns include pronunciation, accent-reduction, comprehension of spoken English, vocabulary, mastery of syntax, gaining control of the speed of their speech, and improving their presentation skills.
Our work together will begin with a webcam discussion of your learning goals. There is no charge for this session, nor for your first sample lesson. If we agree to work together, I will ask you to make a video of yourself discussing a few topics in your field of interest. I will provide you with a set of topics you can choose from for this purpose.
You will keep this video - it is not for posting online. We'll use this video as a benchmark to measure your progress later on - most of my students are amazed when they go back and review this video after two or three months of our working together.
I work with my students to identify and use learning materials that are relevant to their specific professional and business interests.
For example, I am a member of dozens of specialized internet websites where technical and professional questions are asked and answered, and where discussions between professionals in a particular field take place online.
My collection of websites, which is continually expanding, covers virtually every professional and technical field, which means that I am always able to bring interesting and relevant resources to our spoken English lessons.
Using these resources to identify relevant discussion topics, my student and I can then use these resources to work on their pronunciation, vocabulary, and mastery of syntax, and other spoken English concerns.
Since we are always working on written information that is at the heart of their field of interest, our discussions are interesting, relevant, and motivating. My students learn to communicate better in spoken English using resources that are directly connected to their professional interests.
I also frequently am asked by my students to assist in improving their business, professional, technical & academic writing. I can provide such editing services both online and offline.
As an editor, I specialize in assisting with user guides, manuals & instructions, business and technical presentations, technical papers, academic papers, teaching curricula, and business reports.
I am sure you already appreciate that the ability to communicate effectively across cultures lies at the core of most successful international business and professional experiences.
My spoken English lessons are based on a personal understanding of cultural differences as they impact communication in every field.
I have over 35 years of experience helping people build more effective personal and business relationships through better communication, and I am ready to help you.
I am offering my assistance to enable you to access high quality, affordable Professional & Business English lessons. If you are familiar with the normal charges for online tutoring you will find that my fees are very competitive, and you have my promise that these lessons will not be boring or repetitive.
I strive to help my students learn conversational English the way they would by talking with a helpful, non-judgmental friend or colleague. I pay close attention to your needs, and craft our lessons so that they are relevant to your personal style and interests.
I am a professional writer, editor, teacher and trainer. I am also a life-long learner, and find that I learn as much from my clients as they learn from me.
Since your primary objective (and mine!) is to improve your spoken business and professional English capability, and since I hope that you share my passion for creating greater cultural understanding and respect for different worldviews and ways of thinking, whenever possible I will use culturally-appropriate materials as the basis for your language learning experience with me.
Thank you for considering me as your guide to more effective spoken business & professional communications in English.
I am looking forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals.
I have worked for over 35 years with adult professionals and business people who must function effectively in multicultural business environments at all levels. My specialty is ensuring that your spoken and written English conveys exactly what you intend, and that you are able to shape your message so that people from both similar and different professional and technical backgrounds can understand not only the meaning of your words, but the intent behind your communications. Whether your field is teaching, research, business or any of the professions, I can help you master the spoken English you need to communicate effectively.
This rate applies to all forms of writing/editing assistance including online and off-line work.
Mastering spoken English-language communications is only the beginning of being more effective in technical, scientific and professional environments. Working together we can help increase your capabilities in a wide range of professional situations, from designing and giving more effective presentations to functioning more easily as a manager in multicultural team environments. I have over 35 years working with people and teams in companies ranging from Texas Instruments to British Airways, from Shell US to Total (France). Whatever your technical, scientific and professional challenges, I can help you to succeed in communicating more effectively in both spoken and written English that is appropriate to your core professional concerns.
Bill has been a professional colleague for 25 years. He is internationally known as a student-centered, engaging, and innovative educator. Time learning with Bill is an opportunity to grow in a positive and meaningful direction.
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