English as a Second Language

Private coach and online tutor TOEFL, IELTS, Conversational English, and Business English.

Business English

Conversational English

TOEFL & IELTS

Hello! I’m Melissa Grace

I have been teaching English language learners for over 20 years, since the beginning of my career in education. Most recently, I was a member of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program in the Denver Public School District in Colorado. Currently, I teach online second language learners across the United States, Asia, and South America. Additionally, I am a published author in the field of Philosophy (Cambridge University Press) and hold a B.A. degree in Philosophy and Psychology as well as an American Montessori Society Teaching Certification.

 

Areas of Concentration

Business English

Conversational English

Academic English

American Culture

Travel English

TOEFL Coaching

Interviews and Presentations

Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing

Western Thought

Vocabulary Enhancement

Abrahamic Religions

IELTS Coaching

Accent Modification

Guided Literature Listening and Self-Selected Reading

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Standards

My Approach & Values: Holistic

A holistic approach to learning a second language means looking at the whole person who is learning. This means thinking about your needs, likes, experiences, and goals.

This approach isn’t just about grammar and words, but it’s also about understanding how to use the language in real life situations. It understands that people come from different backgrounds, have different learning styles, and want to learn English for different reasons.

 For example, we might practice different skills like reading, writing, listening, and speaking. We might also use things from different cultures, like customs, traditions, and values, to help us learn. It’s also important to set achievable goals, be patient with yourself, and work towards independence.

My goal is to help you learn English in a natural way that is enjoyable, memorable and practical.

The Hypothetical PIE

The Hypothetical PIE

What a linguistically delicious and sundry world we have. With over 7000 languages currently spoken there are all kinds of regional dialects, accents, grammar patterns, intonations, rhythms and more - some sound like music to my ears, others, well not so much.  The...

Second Language Learning in the Zone

Second Language Learning in the Zone

When teaching second language learners, it can be important to allow for scaffolding in their native language at the beginning. This may involve using Google Translate for certain phrases or complex concepts. Scaffolding entails providing language learners with...