|US ESL Tutor|
My name is Galen or "USESLTutor."
Thanks for visiting my web site! I am an American currently living in the Philippines with my beautiful and wonderful Filipino wife. As you can see we are very happy. We thank God for bringing us together from opposite parts of the world.
We live in the northern part of Luzon island. If you come to visit the Philippines you will find many kind and friendly people. An added bonus, is that many of them speak very good English.
Below, I will introduce you to my method of tutoring ESL, the materials I use, and how to schedule a free trial class with me. Let's get started......
ESL: What does it take to learn English?
Below are 3 idioms that will help you understand that it takes work and practice to learn a language.
1. "PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT"
Just like how a baby learns to speak by hearing and repeating what is heard, you can learn to speak English naturally. It is not hard for babies to learn English. You too can learn to speak by hearing how it is spoken and by repeating it. Practice a little every day and you will see some progress!
2. "IF YOU DON'T USE IT - YOU LOSE IT"
Learning a second language is like body building. By lifting weights and working out you get stronger.. Work on your English like you would to get in physical shape. Are you sweating yet? :-)
As many of you know, if you don't use a language you will forget it. After all the hard work you have put into learning a language, make sure you maintain it by using it.
3. "NO PAIN - NO GAIN!"
You can think of me as your English coach. I will help you to "work out" with your English. It won't hurt too much :-) If you use the language you will gain fluency
Listening and reading will improve your English generally. They won't teach you the actual rules of grammar, but your grammar will improve. This is because the way sentences are spoken and written will become fixed in your mind through use, and you will use them the same way.
I do not teach grammar in my tutoring. I concentrate on helping my students gain confidence in their speaking of English. Many ESL students are so concerned with grammar rules that it hinders them from speaking at all. They have spent years learning grammar, but can't talk with confidence. If you want to do well on a grammar exam, then study the rules. If you want to want to talk like a native, then listen to and speak with native speakers. Learn naturally like a baby does!
Listening and repeating are the key to becoming fluent. Listen to native speakers on podcasts, audio books, videos etc each day. On the right column, I have some free resources listed that will help.
The quote below is a good one for those who are learning anything. Think about it.....
If the way you have been learning English isn't working, give my method a try.
"If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got." -- W. L. Bateman
Many English learners do not realize they are pronouncing words wrongly till someone corrects them. This is where online English tutors can be very helpful. If you use me as a tutor, I will kindly correct your mistakes as we read and discuss topics. I will tell you the correct pronunciation and ask you to repeat it. As you hear the correct way to pronounce a word during class, I would recommend you write it out the way that it sounds. For example: "today" sounds like tu'dey. Keep a notebook of these vocabulary words and review them again so that they "stick" or stay in your mind. Say the words out-loud the correct way.
If you want a friendly native speaker, who will patiently coach you in English, then I think I can help.
Vocabulary is something everyone should work at. In order to become fluent, you need to expand your vocabulary and know how to use these words in a sentence correctly. One word can have many different meanings (according to how it is used in a sentence.) A good ESL tutor will help you with the correct usage. I try to introduce new vocabulary in each lesson. If you wish, we can add phrasal verbs as well as idioms and slang.
Learning English shouldn't have to be boring. My classes are filled with materials that I hope you will find interesting and educational - including short stories, biographies and news articles.
Here are some web sites that I use frequently:
LISTEN TO MY GREETING:
I am a native English speaker and have a neutral American accent which is easily understood.
You can also see and listen to me give a tutorial in the video at the bottom of this page.
PRE-INTEREMEDIATE TO ADVANCED ENGLISH
Please note that I don't take students with a beginners English level or children under the age of 10. There are many tutors on BuddySchool who can help you with beginners English. When you get to pre-intermediate level or above please contact me. :-)
Also, if you are wanting to prepare for the IELTS or TOEFL tests it would be better to find another tutor who specializes in that. I specialize in helping you gain fluency and confidence in spoken English.
TUTOR WITH TEFL/TESOL CERTIFICATE
This is where I obtained my certificate.
My certificate and credentials can be seen here at the bottom of this page
(click on Experience and education)
You can schedule on my profile page here:
FREE TRIAL CLASS! Sign up and schedule with me for up to 25 minutes.
Pay with Paypal for online classes. Fifty minute classes are $8. Twenty-five minute ones are only $4USD.
I use Skype to conduct the class. Let me know what your username is when you schedule a class.
The time you schedule the class is in your time - not mine.
My hours are from 7am to 7pm M-F in the +8 time zone. It is the same time zone as China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
BuddySchool software will show you on my calender what times I am available.
Watch the video below for a tutorial on how to schedule a class.
- From BuddySchool website: To schedule a lesson with a tutor:
- find his or her profile and go to the profile page.
- check a calendar to see when your tutor is available.
- click on a day marked with green and then use the Schedule lesson button.
- in the window with request details specify the time and lesson details. If it is your first lesson with this tutor, you can schedule a short free lesson to get to know them better (Note that not all tutors will allow this option). To schedule a test lesson choose a Free test lesson type in the Lesson type field.
- click on Schedule in order to send the request to the tutor. When the tutor accepts your request, the lesson will be scheduled.
You can also contact me if you still have trouble. Use the contact form on the right column.
Let me know when you contact me what your needs are in English conversation. My username on BuddySchool is USESLTutor
I look forward to meeting you! :-)
I have a tutorial on how to schedule a class on BuddySchool below. If you have problems or questions please contact me via contact form in the right column above. THANKS!