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Teaches: English, Spanish, French, Italian

Languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Catalan, Portuguese

Male, From Washington, D.C., United States, Living in Costa Rica

Local time: Nov 24, 2014 20:14   (Central America Standard Time)

Since 2005, I've taught thousands of students as a professional language teacher. I love helping people master languages fast, so they can enjoy the many benefits of multilingualism!
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200 - 300 ITC per hour
=20.0-30.0 USD

Current students: Pay for 9 hours, get 10 when you buy a 10 hour package. **You decide for yourself how often we meet.** New students welcome: Please write me before booking your first lesson. View time schedule Contact Teacher

Professional Lessons  

Conversational English with integrated grammar
  • English
  • 865 completed session(s)
  • Package
270 ITC per hour
=27.0USD
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Intermediate / advanced speaking practice
  • English
  • 184 completed session(s)
  • Package
270 ITC per hour
=27.0USD
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Español internacional orientado a la conversación
  • Spanish
  • 206 completed session(s)
  • Package
250 ITC per hour
=25.0USD
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Parlons français! -- Conversational French
  • French
  • 70 completed session(s)
  • Package
220 ITC per hour
=22.0USD
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Group English: Fun with your friends!
  • English
  • 0 completed session(s)
300 ITC per hour
=30.0USD
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Informal Tutoring  

Informal Tutoring: English
  • 140 completed session(s)
250 ITC per hour
=25.0USD
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Informal Tutoring: Spanish
  • 2 completed session(s)
250 ITC per hour
=25.0USD
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Informal Tutoring: French
  • 6 completed session(s)
200 ITC per hour
=20.0USD
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Informal Tutoring: Italian
  • 0 completed session(s)
200 ITC per hour
=20.0USD
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30 minute trial session

70 ITC 30 minutes
=7.0USD
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About Phil

Although I am experienced in teaching even the most basic levels 100% in the target language, I'm not dogmatic -- some students may benefit from interaction in their native tongue. If I speak yours (italiano, Deutsch, português, français, español) I'll be happy to use it with you where appropriate to accelerate your learning!



Everybody can master a new language, and since everyone is different, it's just a matter of finding what works for each individual. When you have your first lesson with me, we can work together to choose the methods most effective for you, from the many different courses and techniques I've used over the years. Of course, the most important thing is to make learning fun, because that improves your retention and keeps you feeling motivated!



My special abilities include:


•Track record working with students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and nationalities.


•Success in helping teenagers and young adults to build competence and confidence in their language skills.



Main points we'll make sure you master while we enjoy a fun, dynamic conversation:


•Fluency and confidence in speaking and self-expression


•Mastery of standard grammatical structures essential for communication


•Acquisition of native-speaker pronunciation -- essential for both speaking and listening success.



You can write me for more information, or go ahead and schedule a friendly chat where we can design a program based on your current strengths and weaknesses, as well as your individual learning style and personal goals.



I teach language for general purposes as well as for business (I have a degree in Economics), and we can focus on whatever you need -- general conversation, business language, banking and finance, customer service, interview skills, meetings, tourism industry, or just general conversation on any topics you'd like.

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Teaching Specialities

  • Beginners

  • Teenagers

  • Business

Teaching Tools

Audio / Video Available

Work Experience

    • English Teacher
    • Educational Language Corporation
    • 2012 - present
    • San José Costa Rica
    Design new courses as needed in response to market conditions. Teach all levels and evaluate new students for placement.
    • English Teacher
    • Sotoya Student Bilingual Learning Center
    • 2010 - 2012
    • San José Costa Rica
    Instructed advanced students in English for customer service and call centers.
    • Business English Teacher
    • inlingua
    • 2009 - 2011
    • San José Costa Rica
    Mastered internationally famous inlingua method to teach hundreds of students. Dynamic method uses no board and no written or recorded materials in classroom. Taught both business and general purpose English courses.

Education

    • University of Rochester
    • 1986 - 1990
    Bachelor's , Economics
    B.A.in Economics. Certificate in International Relations.

Certificates

    • Letter of Recommendation
    • inlingua Costa Rica
    • 2011
    Certifies my performance as a professional English teacher for almost two years, using the internationally famous "inlingua" method.
    Certificate Uploaded
    • Letter of Recommendation
    • Sotoya Student Bilingual Learning Center
    • 2012
    Attests to my professional teaching at the institute. (Document is in Spanish.)
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Phil

 Professional Teacher

Completed sessions 1482
Students 222
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Professional Lessons
Informal Tutoring
Instant Tutoring
Teacher sinceDec 17, 2013
Last session Nov 24, 2014