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I've been an English teacher since 1988, and I've been teaching students online since 2003. As an experienced teacher, I understand how students learn new information and skills and how they learn English. What's the secret? There isn't a secret. Learning English is really hard. However, there are two things you must do:

Work hard and write.

write by hand

The secret to learning a new language lies in the skill of writing. In the classes that I teach, I urge everyone to write as much as possible. All of my students have notebooks, and they all write. It's a simple method, but it works. You can do it, too!

My students are from all over the world: Ethiopia, Mexico, Somalia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Central and South America, among others.

I originally built this website in 2003 for my students to use for free, but now 99% of the people who come here are from other states and other countries. I'm still working on the website and adding to it daily.

Basically, I just wanted to create a free space on the internet that students think about going to when they're trying to figure out how to say something in English --beginners to advanced.

So don't expect too much at first from a free website. You know, what they say--you get what you pay for.

My Experience

2003 - the present  I'm a regular classroom teacher for adults. I teach English as a second language classes and adult basic education. I specialize in the areas of writing, reading, vocabulary development, and grammar and usage. I've also been teaching English to people online since this website began in 2003. It's a lot of fun and I have met many interesting people.

1997 - 2012  I taught English as a second language (ESL) at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.

1991 - 1997 I taught high school English at Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood, Minnesota for six years, from 1991 to 1997. Until I started teaching at the Mall of America, this was the best job that I had ever had.

1990 - 1991 Before moving to Minnesota, I spent one amazing year at a Catholic girls school in Chicago. This was my "boot camp" --the place where I really learned how to be a teacher. Thanks to Sr. Theresa to whom I'll forever be indebted. She was my mentor and my friend, and truly an angel on earth.

1988 - 1990 My very first paid teaching experience was at the Lakeview Learning Center in Chicago where I taught ESL part time. These were my very first students, and it was from them that I started to learn how to teach.

 

Education

1988 - 1990 - DePaul University, Chicago, IL (teacher certification)

1986 - 1988 - University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

1981 - 1985 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL (B.A.)

 

1963 - 1991 Almost everything I learned about being a good human being came from my mother, Marilyn. She was a Spanish teacher and a teacher of children and adults who were bilingual in Spanish and English. Without her support and influence, I never would have become a teacher.

 

 

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