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$35/h
First lesson is free!
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Lessons offered by Lorraine
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • ESL
  • Oral expression - English
  • Business English
  • TOEFL
  • Accent reduction - English
Levels
  • Adult Education
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Proficient

Certified TESOL, TESL, TEFL teacher specializing in business English and social conversation

Methodology

I can help you realize your English language goals for career or social advancement with lessons that are designed specifically for you.

Some students need to develop their vocabulary in a very specific area such as travel, health care, finance, or technology.

In addition, business students often need to develop their social conversation skills to assist them in developing and maintaining their business and working relationships.

Many students are more advanced in their reading and writing skills than their listening and speaking. Communication by email may be relatively easy, but discussions on the phone or in-person can be very difficult.

I am also familiar with the American and British variants of English for learners who must deal with organizations or business associates on both sides of the Atlantic.

Certain sounds in English may not be used in the learner's native language.
Whether they are Italian, Brazilian, or Chinese, students have their own individual pronunciation challenges. That is why pronunciation, word stress, and the rhythm of spoken English is a big component of each lesson.

I also emphasize the importance of phrasal verbs, idiomatic expressions, and slang that are a huge part of communicating comfortably in English.

If you are an intermediate or advanced English speaker, I am your ideal teacher.

Background

My home is Vancouver, Canada and I have the advantage of a Canadian accent which one of the most easily understood accents in the English-speaking world.

Throughout my thirty-year career, I have conducted courses and made presentations on a variety of business topics.

I am certified to teach English as a second language and have given lessons, both locally and in Europe, for business English and general conversation.

I offer lessons in-person or on Skype.

Rates

Transportation Fee : $10
Rate for online lessons : $ 35/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $170
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $320

Details

For in-person lessons, any parking expenses will be charged out at cost.

Lessons offered by Lorraine
Individual
The lessons will be held
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • ESL
  • Oral expression - English
  • Business English
  • TOEFL
  • Accent reduction - English
Levels
  • Adult Education
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Proficient

Lorraine's Resume

- TESOL, TESL, TEFL certified to teach English as a second
language.
- Certified in Business Administration
- Travelled extensively throughout United States, Europe, and
Japan for business.
- Familiar with British and American variants of English language.
- Ongoing professional voice training for radio and TV.

Lorraine's interview

QUESTION 01 | 05
When did you develop an interest in your chosen field?
Lorraine — In 1996 I wanted to change my career. I had been working in the corporate world and was now trying to decide between studying interior design or getting certified as a teacher of ESL. At the time, I chose interior design. Now, 22 years later, I am ready for another career change and have gone back to my original love of language and teaching.
QUESTION 02 | 05
What makes you passionate about your subject?
Lorraine — I have always loved the English language and have been a voracious reader all my life. English has a rich vocabulary which allows for many subtle nuances in meaning. It is very satisfying to be able to elegantly express one's thoughts and feelings.
QUESTION 03 | 05
What do you like about tutoring? What makes you a "Superprof"?
Lorraine — I consider the issues most relevant to the individual student in preparing lesson plans.
Most of my students have advanced reading and writing skills in English.
It is problems with speaking and listening that is preventing them from engaging more socially with English speakers and communicating effectively with their colleagues at work.
There are certain sounds in English that do not exist in other languages and these can pose difficulties for ESL earners.
Pronunciation issues and insufficient vocabulary are roadblocks to functioning effectively in an English-speaking environment.
In addition, everyday conversational English includes many idiomatic expressions and slang.
QUESTION 04 | 05
Do you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you?
Lorraine — I had a wonderful English teacher in school who encouraged my love of language. Also, early in my career, I worked under a manager who produced all the published literature for the company. He taught me how to write succinctly and accurately for business.
QUESTION 05 | 05
What are your keys to success?
Lorraine — I make sure I understand the life/work circumstances of each student and their specific challenges in understanding and participating in English conversations.
In addition to my certification to teach ESL, I have professional voice training and am a native English speaker.
I am also familiar with American and British variants in spelling and pronunciation.
The variety of experience in my business career is particularly helpful for the students who want to focus on Business English.
I have studied the French and German languages and have had to converse in simple conversation on business trips to Europe. I have experienced how stressful this can be!

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