My name is Jorge and I currently hold a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Literature and Culture and Spanish Language from Ohio University. I also hold an ESL certificate from ITTO/EC in Boston. I give lessons to high school students, college students as well as professional and private individuals who want to learn at their own pace. Each lessons that I create are subject focused, light, fun and motivational. I often use a lot pictures to illustrate the subject matter and whenever possible music to make it more entertaining. Being a musician myself, I believe music to be a very effective way to teach and learn a foreign language.
In the last 10 plus years I have taught Spanish mostly at the college level in different institutions around the country. I have given ESL private lessons to some foreign graduate students who need to take and approve the TOEFL test, a requirement they need before the begin their coursework.
JORGE IVÁN GONZÁLEZ
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ITTO/EC, Boston, MA.
Certificate in TEFL/TESL Teaching English as a Second Language, 2011.
Ohio University, Athens, OH.
M.A. Latin American Literature, 2005.
Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL.
B.A. Spanish; English minor, 1998.
Universidad Chilena Británica de Cultura, Santiago, Chile.
English Education, 1987-1989.
2010-present On Call, Tutor. Teach English to foreign students. TOEFL preparation.
2014 Translator, Ohio University, Athens, OH. Translate (English/Spanish and Spanish/English) surveys, Judgment and Decision Making Laboratory, Psychology Department.
2010-2011 Adjunct Instructor, Hocking College, Nelsonville, OH. Taught beginner and intermediate Spanish during the Fall and Winter Quarters.
2010 Adjunct Instructor, Central State University, Dayton, OH. Taught intermediate Spanish during the Spring Semester.
2006-2009 Spanish Instructor, North Greenville University, SC. Taught beginner, intermediate, and advanced Spanish. Taught Hispanic American Literature to upper level students. Co-founded and coordinated activities and events of the Spanish Club.
2005-2006 Spanish Instructor, Jacksonville State University, AL. Taught beginner, intermediate, and advanced Spanish. Taught Advanced Conversation and Composition to advanced students.
2002-2005 Teacher Assistant, Ohio University, OH. Taught beginner Spanish while working towards the M.A. degree.
1995-present On Call, Translator & Interpreter Demel Enterprises, OH. Translate business documents (English/Spanish and Spanish/English) for both import and export trade. Provide services as interpreter.
1998 Spanish Translator, Ohio University, Athens, OH. Translated materials (English/Spanish) for the family therapy program Parenting Wisely.
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES MEMBERSHIPS
National Hispanic Society Sigma Delta Pi, chapter Psi Iota. Honorary Member.
ATA American Translators Association. Associate Member.
NLSC National Language Service Corps. Active Member.
Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Word Perfect, and Blackboard.
Fluent in English and Spanish. Beginner Italian.
Christ the King, Peace and Justice Committee Member. International/local outreach, Athens,
Goodworks, Inc. Teacher at the Kids Summer Discovery Program. Volunteer teacher at
homeless shelter, Goodworks, Athens, Ohio, summer 2012.
Katrina Volunteer. Assisted low income people, Katrina survivors, with home repairs and
building in New Orleans, summer, 2009.
Friends-and-Neighbors Community Pantry Assistant. Provided service to community
members in need of food and other services, Ohio, summer, 2008.
Wesley Foundation, Missionary. Assisted dentists and other health professionals in providing
care to individuals in need. Venezuela, 1995.
I am a foreigner (Sri Lankan) and had a hard time passing TOEFL exam in order to apply for graduate studies at Ohio University (OU) as English is my second language. Even though I sat for TOEFL exam couple of times, I could not obtain the required marks (550 for the paper-based exam). Meantime, I met Jorge (4, 5 years back when I was struggling to get required marks to get TOEFL exam done) and he helped me to improve my English. He taught me how to approach for reading, writing, and listening papers efficiently.
His reading techniques for searching an answer for a given question really helped me on the exam. His opinions given on my writing improved my writing approach drastically. Especially in essay writing, he taught me how to write a good essay with a good start, important points, body, and an end. I managed to improve my English with Jorge’s invaluable and constructive help within a couple of months. Finally, I got the marks I needed to apply for graduate school and I entered to OU graduate school in 2014, Spring.
Jorge’s teaching style helped me a lot to get admission from OU and pursue my academic work. As a student whom successfully finished graduate school, I always recommend him to anybody who needs assistance to improve their English, especially as a second language.
I wanted to learn basic Spanish speaking and writing skills to communicate with my relatives and Spanish speaking customers around the world.
Jorge was able to teach me the basic communication skills within 6 months and tailored the lesson plans to fit my needs and learning skills. He was very patient and used conventional and new methods ( music) to teach and make me remember words. He provided good feedback and spent a considerable amount of time after class to help me master the language within a few months.
I recommend Jorge to all non Spanish speakers who want to learn how to speak Spanish in a short time.
Jorge received his master degree in the Modern Language Department at Ohio University. As a professor of this institution, I have high regards for our graduate programs, which train teachers and researchers. The department of Modern Languages produces highly skilled teachers.
In addition, the work he executed for my lab was excellent. He is very professional and produced accurate translations. I also know Jorge has taught at several institutions of higher education in the United States and performed well. Thus, I strongly recommend him for this teaching position.
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