Ellen G

Johnson City, TN

ESL Teacher



I am an ESL lecturer at East Tennessee State University. I have been teaching and tutoring ESL for eight years, and this spring I am receiving my PhD in linguistics from Stony Brook University in New York. I have the most experience teaching pronunciation/conversation and now composition, but I have definitely taught my fair share of grammar classes as well. My current students at ETSU are in need of grammar lessons, so we spend part of our time on language study rather than composition, and I also tutored students in ESL grammar when I was living in New York. Two of my tutoring students were two Japanese teenagers who had just arrived in the U.S. They had a limited knowledge of English and their speech was quite difficult to understand. I'm very proud to say that with the help of his classes in school and my tutoring, the older boy took the TOEFL test and got a high enough score to attend community college the next year. I enjoy one-on-one teaching because I can really get to know a student's strengths and weaknesses when it comes to grammar, speaking, listening, vocabulary, etc., and we can work on those areas together.


B.A. Linguistics - Kenyon College, M.A. Linguistics - Stony Brook University

Subjects of Expertise

Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary, TEFL

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