Hi, my name is Sarah! I hold a Masters degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS in International Economics and Middle East Studies. I earned my 150 Hour TEFL/TESOL Certificate and certificates in teaching business English and online teaching.
I love teaching and learning different languages. I study Arabic, Persian, Pashto, and have just started studying French.
My Teaching Experience:
I've been teaching English for a little over two years to learners of all levels. My experiences include teaching ESL to new immigrants, teaching conversational English classes, teaching business English, and industry-specific English courses (for example, English for the technology sector). I have taught both one on one classes and multi-level group classes.
I specialize in teaching adult learners, from those wishing to learn or improve conversational English skills to students desiring to improve their professional English skills.
My Lessons and Teaching Style:
I enjoy helping my students meet their English language learning goals and delivering an individualized learning experience. To do this I provide all of my students with: initial and periodic placement testing, a student needs evaluation, individualized lesson plans, and regular progress assessments.
I am able to individually tailor lessons and learning materials for my students to meet their proficiency level and professional needs. Examples include business English, English for the technology sector, English for economics, English for diplomacy, and more.
M.A. in International Economics and Middle East Studies
Johns Hopkins SAIS - Washington, DC
2015 - 2015
B.A. in Global Studies and Middle East Studies
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Minneapolis, MN
2009 - 2010
A.A. in Foreign Language
Defense Language Institute - Monterey, CA
ESL Program Director
No One Left Behind - Washington, DC
• Program coordinator for over 60 students and 20 teachers, serving children and wives of Special Immigrant Visa families in the Washington, D.C. metro area. • Interviews students in Pashto or Dari to determine language learning goals. • Performs English placement testing for students to determine the appropriate level of instruction. • Recruits volunteer English tutors. • Conducts ESL teacher training sessions and continuing training for volunteer teachers. • Maintains an online database of student files and teaching material.
Business English and Industry Specific English Tutor
Self Employed - Washington, DC
• Conducts individual tutoring sessions for adult learners who wish to improve their business English or industry specific English skills. • Provide all students with placement testing, student needs evaluations, individualized lesson plans, and regular progress assessments. • Assists students with professional writing skills development for resume writing, employment applications, presentations, and other professional writing tasks. • Provides writing sample critiques and editing as requested by students. • Creates individualized learning materials for students based on proficiency level and professional needs. • Past and current students and clients include those in business, technology, diplomacy, and international relations.
2017 - 2017
Conversational English Teacher
Centre Culturel - Byblos, Lebanon
• Taught a summer multilevel conversational English class for adult learners to native Arabic speakers. • Taught one on one conversational English classes to children and teenagers who are native Arabic speakers. • Performed English placement testing for all students to determine the appropriate level of instruction. • Kept a database of student placement testing, assessments, and progress reports for Centre Culturel. • Developed individualized course material for all learners based on interest and proficiency level.