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I am an English teacher and have traveled all over the world teaching. I am from Berkeley California, and went to college at the University of California at Santa Barbara where I studied French and English. I lived in France to study French at the advanced level, and taught English while I was there. I then traveled around the world as a flight attendant with Pan American World Airways. I grew to know cultures, religions and thoughts of peoples from many parts of the globe. I love foreigners! I love to be around people of other cultures, and I love to teach them English as well! I started a non profit school for English here in Boulder CO where we taught English to 90 foreigners from 28 different countries. I then went on to teach English in Thailand for 2 years. When I came back, I began teaching TOEFL test preparation, and I continue to do so now, along with tutoring in English. Please contact me and find out how fun English and TOEFL can be!
Khalid A. November 28, 2010
"Where do I begin?! I have taken the TOEFL preparation class with Deborah. She was one of the best teachers I have ever seen. She kept correcting my pronunciation mistakes in a friendly and courteous manner. She was full of enthusiasm to teach her students and worked on their weaknesses. She had a dynamic way to deliver lessons and encourage participation in class by bringing new topics to her class. I like the distinctive teaching approach she had, especially when she asked us to do in-class writing which was based on the topic we had discussed.
With her help I scored 27 out of 30 on the speaking section of the actual TOEFL test. She is very helpful and always willing to work with her students to improve their language. She acts like a friend for her students! In addition to the speaking, she gave me great suggestions about how I could improve my writing. For instance, she encouraged us to email her our essays; the next day, she brought them to class and sat down with each student to teach him/her how to avoid making the same mistakes. She had a profound impact on my TOEFL score, and I highly recommend taking any ESL class with her. If you get her as an ESL teacher, you are absolutely so lucky!"