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Isabella tutors in Chicago, IL

Isabella D.

Private tutor in Chicago, IL


Master of Arts in Teaching (TESOL) The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign May 2008 Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Rhetoric (Writing) The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign August 2005


-Taught preparation courses for GRE vocabulary at Texas A&M 2010-2015 -Tutored students in my classes on an individual basis as needed Full work experience is listed below: Senior Lecturer –English Language Institute Texas A&M University, College Station, TX Summer 2010-Fall 2015 Special focus in methods of instruction and curriculum development in Advanced Composition, Rhetoric, Graduate Student Writing/Research and Reading courses Leadership positions included: Reading Chair, Vocabulary Chair, Composition Co-Chair Lead the faculty in department wide Joint Composition Test scoring and preparing benchmarks for scoring Instructed Advanced level classes in Composition, Reading, Vocabulary, and Grammar Developed original course syllabuses and materials for Advanced and Intermediate classes Lecturer –English Language Institute University of Texas Arlington, Arlington, TX Spring 2010 Instructed an advanced reading class in developing vocabulary and analytical skills Conducted a listening/speaking class focused on presentation and academic note-taking skills Taught an intermediate grammar/writing class with an emphasis on essay writing strategies Instructor – International Language Academy Arlington Heights, IL October 2009-February 2010 Evaluated levels of students’ linguistic competencies Taught business English to high-beginning, intermediate, and advanced level Japanese students Designed learning curriculum for pronunciation, conversation, and grammar skills Curriculum Developer - School of Continuing Studies Northwestern University, Evanston, IL January 2010 Designed a curriculum and syllabus for the course: Business Writing for Professionals Researched English for Specific Purposes materials Crafted exercises and assignments for professional vocabulary and writing skills development Contract Associate –Linguistics Department Northwestern University, Evanston, IL October 2009 Trained staff in SPEAK test evaluations Conducted SPEAK test evaluations for international graduate students Instructor - Intensive Summer Institute Northwestern University, Evanston, IL July 2009-August 2009 Taught international PhD candidates pronunciation and academic presentation skills Conducted a SPEAK test preparation course and “Learn by Doing” workshops Lead student acculturation activities Language Specialist- The Learning Studio Columbia College, Chicago, IL August 2008-June 2009 Tutored students in writing, reading, and speaking skills Aided students in acquiring successful study and writing strategies Motivated and guided students into becoming independent learners English as a Foreign Language Instructor - Poliglota Language School Warsaw, Poland May-June 2008 Taught intermediate to advanced level classes in business settings Focused instruction on conversation, pronunciation, and grammar skills Writing Course Instructor - Advanced Composition: Physics 280 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign January 2008-May 2008, January 2007-May 2007 Researched, designed, and integrated new scientific writing curricula into the course Guided students through critical thinking, revision, peer response, and editing processes Supported a five member teaching staff in meetings, grading, and instructional development Writing Consultant - The Writer’s Workshop University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign August 2007-December 2007 Consulted individually with domestic matriculated undergraduate and graduate students, as well as ESL students, regarding cross-curricular composition assignments Demonstrated strategies for organization, logical clarity, and language mechanics Developed students’ argumentative and analytical skills Graduate Lecturer - Intensive English Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign August 2006-December 2006 Instructed Intermediate Grammar Facilitated group activities, programs, and cultural activities Collaborated with staff and instructors on a regular basis to review, evaluate, and refine class curriculum International Volunteer - New Hope Foundation Warsaw, Poland January 2006-April 2006 Supported growth of relationships amongst Americans, Polish university students, and the foundation by planning and hosting Friendship International Meetings Aided in Polish-English translation Substitute Teacher - Illinois School Districts Champaign and Rantoulle, IL October 2005-December 2005 Presented lessons to K-12 students in all subjects Participated in media-based classroom teaching Residential Life Advisor – Graduate and Undergraduate Housing Divisions University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign August 2003-August 2005 Oversaw International Graduate student programs in various areas of residential life Developed and coordinated activities for 20-500 students Counseled students during orientation activities Served as a representative for the Resident Advisor Council


Weekdays in the afternoon, Weekdays in the evening, Saturday in the morning

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Up to 15 minutes away at my regular hourly rate, Up to 30 minutes away for a flat fee


I enjoy reading National Geographic, adventure and science-fiction novels, playing the piano, and interesting movies. I am friendly, patient, experienced in teaching, and I smile a lot.

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