From United StatesLiving in Toronto, Canada (12:44 UTC-04:00)
italki teacher since Nov 22, 2021
I’ve interviewed people and written articles since I was a teenager. Finding out about what makes people tick and writing their stories is a passion of mine. Visual arts are also my passion. I am a photographer and collage artist. I also play a bit of ukulele. I live in Toronto, Canada, with my husband, our goofy beagle, and one green budgie bird.
Me as a Teacher
My interest in people’s backgrounds translates into compassion and an interest in my student’s backgrounds. When I meet a student for the first time, I assess their level of English and then tailor lessons to a slightly higher level to engage the most learning. I have taught online English lessons for over a year. I also taught a photography class for 7 years.
My lessons & teaching style
I am clear, concise, friendly, and patient. When I correct a student’s mistakes, I do not make them feel pressure or stress during the lesson. I will clarify and repeat back what they said, but in a correct manner so they can learn. I also add humor to the mix. A shared laugh is an icebreaker and helps students relax and learn.
I incorporate photographs and music in my lessons. Visual art is a universal language and students can learn everything from vocabulary to grammar by talking about photographs. Music helps the brain to remember vocabulary and sentence structure. With my library of online lessons to glean from, I tailor each lesson to a student’s needs.
2020 - 2021
tutor CamblyCambly - Toronto, CanadaI tutor English to students from all over the world. I teach lessons incorporating vocabulary, reading and conversation. I also teach IELTS prep classes.
1988 - 1992
Bachelor's - EnglishRoosevelt University
TEFL Certificate University Of Toronto 2021120 Hours of study.
6 lessons completed
Let's Talk About Photography & Visual Art!
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Job Interview Practice
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Reading Comprehension Practice with Engoo
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ILETS Exam review
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5 English lessons
Fluently, on time, friendly.
Jan 5, 2022
2 English lessons
Sonya is very kind and patient teacher, I enjoyed her lesson. 👏
Jan 3, 2022
4 English lessons
Sonia a very friendly and intelligent teacher with knowledge to talk about various subjects. Great for practicing conversation and learning new vocabulary. I loved practicing conversation with her!
Dec 28, 2021
1 English lesson
I really enjoyed the lesson with Sonya.
Sep 16, 2022
21 English lessons
Everything was great!! She is a professional teacher i really appreciated it