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Jennifer
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Jennifer
« Perfect! I hired Alisa to create an intensive ESL program for my 16 year old daughter who is a native Chinese speaker and has only been learning English for 2 years. Because of COVID and public high school limited course offerings we pulled her from quadmester 2. Alisa crafted a 3 hour a day program to fit her unique needs. Not only is she fun and sharp but her emotional quotient is off the charts. My daughter comes from a trauma background and she easily trusted and connected with Alisa from day 1. Her content/teaching is fresh, varied and interesting to Mia. Her communication with us has been superb and she's planning to write up a progress report once the tutoring is complete. I can most highly recommend Alisa for any of your ESL tutoring needs. On a scale of 1-10 she ranks an 11. »
$30/h
1st lesson is free!
Profile and diploma verified
Response Time 4h
Lessons offered by Alissa
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • ESL
  • Vocabulary - English
  • Writing comprehension - English
  • Listening comprehension - English
  • Writing expression - English
  • IELTS
Levels
  • All Levels

CELTA-Qualified ESL + English Tutor in Toronto. Personalized, Attentive and Entertaining Education!

Methodology

Learning English can be fun- while still being a rewarding and challenging experience. My lessons are suited to learners of all ages and proficiencies, as I have 3 years of experience with kids, teens, and adults. My lessons are always individualized because every student is looking for something different.

I have access to many interactive, Cambridge textbooks specifically designed for online teaching, as well as online English games and graded films and readers. Depending on your learning goal, lessons can be highly structured and focused on exam preparation, or lessons can be loose and conversational. Whether you want to practice speaking or prepare for an IELTS exam, I'd be happy to help!

Learning a new language should be done in a supportive and relaxed environment with an experienced teacher who understands your needs. Please feel free to message me with any questions about class content or my teaching style!

Background

I'm a CELTA-qualified teacher with over two years of experience teaching abroad and in Canada. I graduated from the University of Toronto with honours, majoring in English Literature.
Since receiving my CELTA certificate at the world-renowned International House London, I've travelled throughout the UK and Spain teaching young learners, adolescents, and mature students. I specialize in helping learners prepare for and excel in the Cambridge exams, Trinity GESE's and the IELTS. I also have experience with conversational classes, where the aim is to improve fluency and pronunciation.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $ 30/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $130
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $275
Lessons offered by Alissa
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at their home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • ESL
  • Vocabulary - English
  • Writing comprehension - English
  • Listening comprehension - English
  • Writing expression - English
  • IELTS
Levels
  • All Levels

Alissa's Resume

I have over two years of teaching experience both abroad and in Canada. I've taught pre-A1 all the way to C2 Proficiency. The following is a list of the academies I have taught in, the methodologies I was trained in, and the types of classes (size, class structure, level, games-based or exam preparation) that I have taught.

Online ESL Teacher
Speakadelic - Opole, Poland
March 2020 to September 2020

Taught an entirely online curriculum during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating engaging lessons from online textbooks and digital materials on the Zoom application
Managed monolingual classrooms and one-on-one lessons with students’ ages ranging from 9-40+ years of age and English levels ranging from A1-C2
Prepared and assisted students for Cambridge Exams, specifically Flyers, Advanced, and Proficiency
Adapted classroom games and group activities into an online setting, helping students remain engaged and challenged while maximizing participation

Online ESL Teacher
DaDaABC - Shanghai, China
October 2018 to March 2020

Created compelling and dynamic online learning environments utilizing ManyCam, online resources, and home-made teaching tools such as flashcards and props
Utilized a whiteboard whilst following the online courseware to maximise learning and motivate young learners
Responsible for completing comprehensive daily records of work and student assessment forms for parents and teachers to review
In addition to regular students, taught on a supply-basis and was able to create compelling, effective lessons with short notice

ESL Teacher
Target English International - Liverpool, UK
July 2018 to August 2019

Tested and graded students for the Trinity GESE (Graded Examinations in Spoken English) from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages, and English levels (A1-C1) and taught according to the Trinity Syllabus
Used an egalitarian, collaborative approach that fostered a student-led learning environment
Designed kinaesthetic exercises that emphasized English communication between ethnically and culturally diverse students to create an immersive language experience
Intensive one-on-one tutoring work to prepare students for spoken examination; 3 hours a week per student in a class of 7-10

ESL Teacher
The Family Language Academy - Barcelona, Spain
October 2018 to June 2019

Taught First Certificate and Cambridge Advanced Exam Preparation in a small, intensive group, overseeing bi-monthly mock tests
Trained in the school's specific methodology, 'gamefication', transforming textbook exercises to be structured competitively and to promote intrinsic motivation
Classrooms were student-led to encourage free expression and fluency
Adapted tasks from textbooks to be collaborative and communicative, allowing students to aid each other in language acquisition while supporting an English speaking environment

ESL Teacher
EF English First - Toronto, ON
April 2018 to June 2018

Taught varying levels as a supply teacher, from A2-C2, and was able to create compelling and effective lesson plans with short notice
Led special elective classes that emphasised conversational fluency in C1-C2 by creating topical, motivating debate structures
Managed classrooms with students ranging in ages from 18 to 40+, creating effective seating arrangments and pairings that would maximise learning and participation

The 7 reviews on Alissa
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
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Jennifer

Perfect! I hired Alisa to create an intensive ESL program for my 16 year old daughter who is a native Chinese speaker and has only been learning English for 2 years. Because of COVID and public high school limited course offerings we pulled her from quadmester 2. Alisa crafted a 3 hour a day program to fit her unique needs. Not only is she fun and sharp but her emotional quotient is off the charts. My daughter comes from a trauma background and she easily trusted and connected with Alisa from day 1. Her content/teaching is fresh, varied and interesting to Mia. Her communication with us has been superb and she's planning to write up a progress report once the tutoring is complete. I can most highly recommend Alisa for any of your ESL tutoring needs. On a scale of 1-10 she ranks an 11.

Alissa's response

Mia is a bright and curious student, and her biggest strength is her speaking level and overall fluency. She is able to convey all ideas, complex or simple, despite not yet being a totally fluent speaker. She struggles with reading and writing as she's begun her English studies quite late, but over the 3 months we've worked together, she has improved greatly in these areas and I'm certain she'll soon master these skills. Mia has been an absolute delight to teach and work with- any teacher would be lucky to have her as a student.

6 recommendations

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Genevieve

I have worked with Alisa for many years, and have had the pleasure to witness her in action. She is able to build excellent rapport with students, can explain complex grammar and vocab in simple terms, and manages to do so within fun, friendly, conversational lessons. Her focus on fluency is cleverly woven into dynamic and interactive lesson plans. Having trained all age groups for Cambridge, IELTS tests, and Trinity GESE's was of course an added skillset that made working with Alisa an easy choice. Let’s not forget she is an accomplished and published writer. As a colleague, I cannot recommend her more highly as a teacher. It’s a privilege to work with Alisa.

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Liz

We hired Alisa on to help my nieces with their school work and during the lockdown & summer months while out of school. Before this, I was attempting to tutor my nieces myself, but my grammar knowledge is limited and this became a problem. I found Alisa's profile and recommended her to my sister. My sister has told me that Alisa is really knowledgeable about English and grammar (native speakers often don't even realize how many rules we follow instinctively! Hard to help kids if you hardly recognize it yourself.) This is where Alisa has been a real help.

Alisa did such a wonderful job of keeping them engaged throughout remote learning experiences. Not only is she great with the kids, but she has been great at communication with my sister & brother-in law throughout; she provides progress reports and was able to speak to their overall well-being and development as well. Definitely recommend her services.

H
Hugh

Alisa has been my English teacher for a while now, and always keeps it super interesting! I feel like I've learned a lot with her. She has taught me some of the trickier parts of English language in a fun, engaging way. Definitely worth it! Thanks Alisa :)

M
Meri

I never thought I could find a teacher like Alisa. I was bored sick of speaking about my hobbies and learning the English words you’ll never use in life... You can notice Alisa’s lessons are well planned and adapted to you. She’s always in a good mood and ready to help me :) I can only recommend her!

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Speakadelic Language School

Alisa has worked for 2 different schools that I run. She has been a valued member of my team in a summer school that I run in the UK every year. Alisa joined us in 2 summers in a row and turned out to be one of the most reliable, independent and professional teachers.
Her language skills, intelligibility, great rapport with students of all ages and sparkling personaity clerly made her an asset to the school.
Alisa has also worked as an online teacher for my school in Poland. During that time she proved to be extremely flexible and versatile, often covering for other teachers - even last minute, when she had very little time for preparation.
In general, I hope to work with Alisa again and I'm sure she will be an asset to any school she joins.

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Alina

Alissa is an excellent teacher. She has great classroom management and is able to build trust and rapport with students. She can explain complex grammar concepts using simple language, and most importantly, is fun and friendly to work with.

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