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Lorraine

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  • Hourly rate $38
  • Response Time 3h
  • Number of students 42
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Certified TESOL, TESL, TEFL teacher specializing in business English and social conversation

About the lesson

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.

subjects

  • Academic English
  • ESL
  • English speaking
  • +3

    Business English

    English phonetics

    TOEFL

languages

  • English

levels

  • Adult Education
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • +1

    Proficient

About Lorraine

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 via Skype, or students may set up Zoom if they prefer.

Rates

packages

  • 5 h: $190
  • 10 h: $360

webcam

  • $ 38/h

free lessons

  • 1hrs

Details

I do not offer in-person lessons. All rates are based on webcam lessons.

Find out more about Lorraine

  • 01

    When did you develop an interest in your chosen field?

    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.

  • 02

    What makes you passionate about your subject?

    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.

  • 03

    What do you like about tutoring? What makes you a "Superprof"?

    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.

  • 04

    Do you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you?

    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.

  • 05

    What are your keys to success?

    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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