Hi!!! My name is Melanie and I'm so excited that you want to know a bit about me. Hmm...where do I begin?
Well, I am born and raised in USA - I've moved around a lot so I don't have one place that I can call home. Since I'm used to moving around I don't like staying in one city or state for too long. I've traveled to many places in USA: like New York, Philadelphia, North Carolina, California, Florida, Texas, Hawaii, Alaska, Tennessee and MANY OTHER places! I love to travel! I also LOVE fashion and my style tends to change A LOT! My students say I'm like a fashion model and that I look different everyday...lol!
I have been a Teacher for at least 9 years and I've been teaching English as a foreign language for a few years. I lived in South Korea and I taught English as a foreign language to adults and children, ages 3-16. I also did proofreading for the SDA Language Institute in Seoul, South Korea. I really enjoyed being able to help my students learn English and I loved seeing them grow.
I am a Graphic Designer and a Fine Artist and I currently sell my art to commissioned buyers. I also teach Conversational English at a community center on weekends which allows me to have open hours during the week. This is great for you because I have great availability for my students. I can even give last minute Sunday tutoring.
As I said, I love painting, I love music and singing but I don't know how to play any instruments. I also love photography, art, fashion, designing websites and just having fun!
If you're still interested, please continue reading my Qualifications, Experience & Teaching Approach.
I hope to meet you soon!! ;)
I have a TESOL certificate as well as a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and an AS in Commercial Art. I lived in South Korea, China and Japan and taught English as a secondary language.
I also have the valuable experience of being an online language teacher for at least 3 years. So, I understand the needs of my online language students all over the world.
Lastly, I have been able to experience writing and proofreading materials for other ESL institutes. I have worked with other language schools critiquing their writing material for their students and I have designed graphics for them as well, like SDALI all over the world.
I believe learning is important and there should be a balance of instruction and fun in each lesson. Each class is designed and catered around each student. Because the English language changes EVERYDAY, my goal is to give you basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
A typical class could go as follows:
-Begin with Idioms (Common phrases that American or British speakers use daily) so that you will have access to secondary English phrases. These are things that I hear daily in America. Idioms are phrases that all Americans have used or heard and my responsibility is to give you the current phrases.
-Next, we will move on to Pronunciation so that we can practice speaking and using common words in English.
-Then, we will move on to Grammar so that we can go over sentence structure.
-After that, we will move on to Conversation so that you will now have the opportunity to practice what you've learned for the day.
-Lastly, we wrap up the lesson and go over any questions that you may have.
Each day is tailor-made according to the needs of each student. You will receive homework, reading assignments, practice quizzes and test to increase your knowledge. By following this plan, a student will acquire the productive and comprehensive skills to speak English fluently. I want to bring out the best in you and help increase your confidence speaking a foreign language. I understand it can be hard, but I'm here to help you! That's my job! I'm going to cheer you on each step and I will do my best to give you the motivation you need to continue.
Let's build together and Get started!! I'm ready to help you whenever you are!
Had an awesome time talking to Melanie, the time just fly by with her and she has her lessons well structured. She immediately put my mind to ease. My confidence is slowly raising and I like to learn English with her, thank you! :)
She is very great teacher! She is so friendly and nice. I really like how she take time for me and she make me laugh. I like Melanie.