Private English Tutoring Services
Materials: (textbooks, exercises, etc.)
For all skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening, we use a lot of materials that are freely available online, and/or I write original material designed just for you, and/or we just talk naturally to see what you have to say. Once your needs are established, I would be happy to devise a plan (specific syllabus) if you prefer.
Due to the time demands of your schedule, you may prefer a more flexible organization. You can schedule lessons regularly or just once in a while. Regular students also have the benefit of free "Answers Anytime" which means you can contact me with questions through the Skype chat box at any time and receive a response at the earliest possibility.
It is best to work with papers you are writing for real-life purposes, but we can also work with writing curriculum. If you prefer a specific plan, for example a weekly assignment with a text for academic writing, then I will provide a complete syllabus and recommend a book, such as the following by Keith Folse:
Great Paragraphs ISBN-10: 1424051002
or Greater Essays ISBN-10: 142406211X
Time: My time zone is Pacific Standard Time (PST) GMT-8. I'm in San Jose, California.
It is best to check the World Meeting Planner to compare the times across different time zones: timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html
Contact me and I will share my Google calendar with you. You will be able to add your own appointments at your convenience. The Calendar will always show appointments according to your local time.
Tools: I usually use Skype, which you need download to your computer (for free). This tool gives us a clear audio connection, plus it keeps a record of the exact time that we are connected and a complete log of any chatting texts in our conversations. There is even a possibility of recording the entire session through Skype options. For scheduling, I use Google calendar. Another useful tool is Google docs, where we can share documents and see any changes made within seconds.
2014 Rates: starting at $45/hour (USD).
I use Paypal to collect tuition. I just send an invoice through Paypal, which arrives in your email. Paypal will encourage you to open an account with them, but it isn't necessary if you have a credit card.
I do this after the first lesson. Prepayment is not required. For regular students, I usually send an invoice at the end of the month.
Feel free to chat with me on Skype (Lizzcap) to talk about schedules or other issues you might have. I only charge for the time we are connected by audio, so text chatting is free.
NOTE: For parents or child guardians, who are inquiring about lessons for children and wish to speak with me first, I offer brief audio connections at no charge (by appointment or anytime).
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