My background in the ESL/English field is extensive. I have taught ESL and, in addition, English for native/near native speakers, history and literature. I worked at international schools in Vietnam and Burma from 1999 until 2008 and taught ESL as well as content courses such as history and literature. I also taught English for native/near native speakers. My students were from upper primary through grade 12 to adult. I also helped to prepare students for university study abroad. This included additional focus on Academic Writing and preparing students for TOEFL and IELTS.
From 2008 until 2016, I was a leader of English training programs in Iraq, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. Recently, I was the Academic Coordinator of an English program for Saudi Naval Academy personnel and supervised a staff of 24 U.S and British ESL instructors. In Iraq and Afghanistan, I had similar duties which also included classroom teaching and tutoring students who were having difficulty.
I hold a Masters Degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. My grounding in linguistics and grammar is strong and I am able to provide excellent assistance to anyone in need of this particular skill set. Tutoring has been a very important part of all of the positions I have held and has included arranging tutoring on a program scale and personally providing tutoring for students.
Feel free to contact me. I have both the time and interest and will do my best to accommodate your scheduling requirements.
I have over 20 years of experience in all areas of English language learning. I can promise that any student who comes to me with personal motivation and the desire to learn will improve. I employ a variety of methods and this is guided by the learning style(s) of the student. I will do my utmost to make sessions lively and engaging.
2/2016-7/2016: Kratos Solutions, King Fahd Naval Academy. Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Academic Coordinator, English Training Program Supervised ESL instructional staff. Taught in the program as needed. Tutored at risk students. Prepared students for the American Language Course Placement Test.
7/2014- 1/2016: B3H Corporation, King Abdulaziz Airbase. Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Academic Director, English Training Program Supervised ESL instructional staff. Taught in the program as needed. Tutored at risk students. Prepared students for the American Language Course Placement Test.
8/2012 – 6/2014: ABM/LINC Government Services, Kabul International Airport/NATO. Kabul, Afghan
English Program Training Officer
Trained Afghan ESL teachers in support of the NATO training mission in Afghanistan
10/2011 – 8/2012: General Dynamics Information Technology, Camp Eggers. Kabul, Afghanistan
Civilian Advisor to Commandant of the Afghan Foreign Language Institute
Provided advice and direction in the set up of the English training program for the Institute.
2/2011 – 8/2011: Dyncorp International, Phoenix Base. Baghdad, Iraq Site Lead – English Training Program Supervised ESL instructional personnel. Taught in the program.
8/2008 – 11/2010: Defense Language Institute, Camp Taji, Iraq Site Supervisor – English Language Training Program Supervised site ESL instructional personnel. Trained and mentored Iraqi ESL instructors. Taught in the program
8/2006 – 8/2008: American International School. HCMC, Vietnam ESL Coordinator Oversaw English language teacher training, curriculum, material issues for middle/high school. Taught English at upper primary and secondary level. Prepared students for TOEFL/IELTS/TOEIC examinations.
8/2003 – 5/2006: International Language and Business Center. Yangon, Burma English Trainer/Teacher Trained teachers in ESL methodology. Taught English at upper primary and secondary level
8/1999 – 5/2003: International School Ho Chi Minh City. HCMC, Vietnam
Taught IB English Language B and IGCSE ESL. Prepared students for TOEFL, IELTS exams.
3/1986 – 5/1992: Philippine Refugee Processing Center. Morong, Bataan, Philippines.
ESL Instructional Supervisor
Trained ESL teachers and taught Southeast Asian refugees.
Ball State University. Muncie, Indiana MA – Teaching English as a Foreign Language, 1988
Saint Andrews College. Laurinburg, North Carolina BA – Political Science, 1974
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