What ages and levels do you work with?
I work with intermediate to advanced (B1-C2) adult and teenage students. You must be at least 13 years old to work with me.
Am I too old to learn a language?
No! There is plenty of research to support the idea that adults are 100% capable of becoming fluent in a language. In fact, adults recognize linguistic patters faster than babies and children, but usually do not have the time or the confidence to progress quickly. I can help you with your fears and confidence and feel confident speaking today!
You don’t have to take my word for it, however. Check out these articles below:
The Best and Fastest Way to Learn Another Language
Are your classes online?
Yes. My classes are fully online. I do sometimes offer in person sessions for students/groups depending on your current location. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I’ve never taken an online class before. What do I need?
The only equipment that you need is a desktop/laptop computer, a tablet or a smart phone. You will also need a strong internet connection. A reliable wifi connection is just fine, but a LAN line connection with a cable is even better. Finally, you will need to download Zoom onto your device. Some students like to use a headset or earbuds with a microphone. You are welcome to use these devices if you'd like.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a video conferencing app that works a lot like Skype, but better. Not only does it allow us to meet face-to-face, I can also share my screen allowing you to see materials that I have selected for the class, like a pictures and videos.
Zoom can easily be installed on your phone or tablet from the App Store or Google Play.
If you are using a desktop/laptop computer, you can download Zoom from their website: https://zoom.us/download.
How long are your classes?
Currently, group classes are 90 minutes.
Private lessons are 60 or 90 minutes.
What do we do in an online class?
This depends on you and your goals! Since grammar and vocabulary are best learned through conversation and context, I usually pick a topic of interest to you and we hold an open discussion about it. However, I can also tailor your lessons to something more specific, like if you need help with a specific grammar or pronunciation concern.
What happens after a session?
If you decide to become one of my students, I will share a Google Folder with you in which you will have access to our Zoom former sessions, resources, assignments and feedback.
What does “yes and english” mean and why is it your name?
Yes and is a philosophy that serves as the foundation of my language teaching. It stems from improv theater - a type of theater where the characters, plot, story and setting are all made up in the moment or on-the-spot. Players are allowed zero preparation time. They must accept whatever situation is thrown at them. In other words, they must say yes and add to the scene.
When I was learning French in high school, we tended to do a lot of memorization. We memorized scripts on how to order food from a restaurant, how to talk to a cashier, or how to ask for the time. When I went to France, NONE of these memorized scripts worked out for me. Native speakers do not follow a script when they speak to you. Sometimes, you may not understand, forget a word, or stumble. However, effective and fluent communication means that you can speak spontaneously on any topic life throws at you. You can pick yourself up from your mistakes and keep going.