- English (US): Native
- French: Elementary
- Spanish (Latin American): Elementary
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Making English Fun!
Hello! My name is Jen. I live in Los Angeles, but I grew up in Cleveland OH, and I have lived all over the United States. I graduated from Heidelberg College in 2007 with a major in biology and a minor in psychology. Since then, I have worked in several industries. I started out as a research biologist, but also worked as a health inspector, restaurant manager and most recently as a sales analyst.
I have always loved books and reading. I even occasionally (and accidentally) find myself teaching new words to my co-workers. Language has always been interesting and important to me.
I was inspired to obtain my certification to teach English as a second language by a lovely intern (working at my office at the time) from Shanghai. She was struggling with the language so I decided to help her and I found it very rewarding. During my certification class, I had fun learning about people from all over the world, it was a wonderful and educational experience. After getting certified I travelled to Italy and Spain. It was inspiring to see such beautiful and interesting countries, and see firsthand both the difference and similarities in people. It also gave me insight as to just how challenging speaking with native speakers can be.
I encourage students to bring any questions or content they would like to work on in class! Everything from formal sessions doing mock interviews and pronunciation practice to simply sharing about our adventures and everything in between. I will offer grammar corrections in the chat box but if further clarifications is needed always feel free to ask me! I try to keep the environment laid back but also foster learning and growth. Helping people learn English is extremely rewarding and I look forward to meeting more students that are eager to learn!
I have lived all over the United States, this has given me a sensitive ear for subtle differences in pronunciation. I offer tips for correcting pronunciation errors. I have this to be an especially tricky area, but don't worry! I am very patient and we can practice the sound until even subtle sound differences are crystal clear!
I am constantly trying to improve my own vocabulary so I am confident that I can help others improve as well. I also use a variety of idioms and phrasal verbs, which can be a fun challenge!
I took the specialty courses designed for young learners during my TEFL certification course, this gave me great ideas for working with children. My enthusiasm for teaching helps them to stay focused and have fun while learning.
I took additional courses in my certification class which specifically addressed Business English, so that experience gives me strengths in this specialty.
I have alway found it very easy to talk to people and I really enjoy getting to know students during sessions. I also use current event articles that lead to great discussions. This gives me the opportunity to introduce new vocabulary, address pronunciation issues, and explain idioms or other confusing phrases.
Environmental Studies › Biology (Bachelor)
Education › Cert TEFL
R & D
Dedicated and efficient member of the toxicology team, that led to the successful approval of dozens of pharmaceutical drugs into the market. Responsibilities included, verifying test article, various dosing animals techniques, data interpretation, conducting physicals and making clinical observations for abnormalities.
My creativity and passion allowed me to take over a struggling food program and help it thrive with a balance of education and enforcement, while staying in budget. Besides running the food dept. I also inspected; mobile home parks, pools, schools, infectious waste facilities and water and sewage lines.
Managing Director / Executive
Face of the office, a comfort to patients, and support for the therapist. Managing responsibilities included; coding and filing insurance, patient intake, payroll and bookkeeping. I also supervised visitations for court ordered cases.
General Office Clerk
I was an asset to the agents making sure they had all tools possible to be successful. This included; inputting and managing listings, newsletters, troubleshooting, reports, scheduling, social media posts, and supply ordering. Additionally I selected layed out and edited content for weekly advertising publications.
Corporate Planning / Business Development
I helped an established company successfully inject new products into their sales line by analyzing product, and territory sales on a weekly and monthly basis. I also did account reconciliation, uploaded product details into synchronization programs, and maintained & developed presentations and various support materials.
I really have enjoyed my time with SkimaTalk so far! It is wonderful meeting and helping my students.