Learn English Naturally

US ESL Tutor
Hello there! Let me introduce myself, and explain how I can help you become confident  with the English language.

ABOUT ME

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"
 https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/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"
 http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_the_saying_use_it_or_lose_it_mean

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!"
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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

GRAMMAR

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 you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got." --  W. L. Bateman
If the way you have been learning English isn't working, give my method a try.

PRONUNCIATION

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.

NEW VOCABULARY

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.

INTERESTING CONVERSATION

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:

www.breakingnewsenglish.com

www.famouspeoplelessons.com

www.manythings.org

www.englishclub.com

www.rong-chang.com

LISTEN TO MY GREETING:
I am a native English speaker and have a neutral American accent which is easily understood.

https://soundcloud.com/usesltutor/listen-to-my-introduction

PRE-INTEREMEDIATE TO ADVANCED  ENGLISH
Please note that I don't take students with a beginners English level or children under the age of 13.
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


FREE TRIAL CLASS!  Sign up and schedule with me for up to 25 minutes.
Classes are held via Skype or Scribblar.
One day notice of class cancellation by email or contact form.

Pay me directly with Paypal for online classes.
Fifty minute classes are $8 USD. Twenty-five minute ones are only $4 USD
In 2015 the 50 minute classes will increase to $10 USD. The 25 minutes ones will be $5.
Please note that I will not be scheduling classes from December 2014 till January 11, 2015. 
 
Schedule a class with Calendly 

If you don't see your time zone in Calendly please contact me.

I look forward to meeting you!

Galen (USESLTutor)