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Who am I?

Hi there! I’m Gabbie. I received a BA in French literature and language, graduating at the top of my class from Rutgers University.

I am a CELTA-certified English teacher who is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Foreign Language Education. 

Aside from teaching, I like to draw, paint, cook, act, surf, travel, and eat! I have lived abroad in France, and I have traveled to:

  • France (Aix-en-provence, Paris, Marseille, Avignon, Rousillon, St. Malo)

  • Spain (Barcelona, Madrid)

  • Portugal (Lisbon)

  • Canada (Niagra Falls, Montreal, British Columbia)

  • Costa Rica

  • Japan (Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Osaka)

  • Mexico (Mexico City)

  • United States (New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, Honolulu, Kaua’i, Alaska)

Want to see some of my artwork? Click here!

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Hanalei, Kaua’i

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Nara, Japan

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I’ve worked with students from of all ages and abilities from all over the world. I’m so excited to learn about your culture!

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Why choose me as your tutor?

Certified & Experienced

I have more than 3 years experience teaching ESL to adults at the university level. I have taught the following classes:

  • Conversation

  • Academic Presentation and Discussion/ Debate

  • Public Speaking for English Language Learners

  • Grammar (pre intermediate - advanced)

  • Pronunciation

  • Listening 

  • Reading

  • American culture

  • Test Prep: TOEFL

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Customized

I have been privately tutoring students for over 8 years. Privately, we have worked on:

  • TOEFL speaking prep: Practice the hardest part of the test in a comfortable, stress-free setting!

  • American University skills: writing emails to professors and staff, Academic discussions and presentations, figuring out the American University system

  • English for living in the United States/abroad: Already know how to have an academic discussion? That’s great, but can you hold a conversation with a cashier? Can you dispute a charge on a receipt? Do you know how to politely ask for a refund?

  • Writing: American Essay writing, proposal writing, punctuation, etc.

  • For fun! Learn to speak more spontaneously about many different subjects, learn grammar, vocabulary as you go. 

  • Business English: preparing for job interviews, CV/resume editing, writing effective emails, and presentation skills.

Patient & Understanding

Like you, I know how frustrating it can be to learn another language. I’ve studied French, Spanish, and Japanese. I usually become interested in the native languages of my students, so I have “flirted”* with languages like Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Turkish, and Indonesian. Because I’m familiar with so many languages, I tend to know where students struggle the most in English.

Furthermore, I know how frustrating it can be trying to understand native speakers and gain the confidence to keep speaking!

*to flirt in English has several meanings. In this case, I mean that I became involved in these languages in a way that wasn’t too serious.

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