Adult ESL Lessons


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People want to learn English for different reasons:

  • to get a job or to advance in a current job,
  • to feel more comfortable communicating in everyday situations,
  • to help their children succeed in school,
  • to become a U.S. citizen,
  • to get a high school diploma or a GED, or
  • to obtain an advanced degree.

Whatever your reason might be for wanting to learn English or for wanting to improve your existing language skills, individual instruction will help you meet your goals in a private, comfortable, and relaxed environment. During each session, you will have a chance to read, writespeak, and listen to English, and the content of each session will be relevant to your everyday life and to your needs.

For example, if you want to improve your English so you can get a better job, we might focus on the English grammar and vocabulary you will need to know for a successful job search. Together we might also create or revise your resume and practice “mock” interviews.

If you want to develop your English language skills so you can help your children succeed in school, our sessions together might include learning more about the schools they attend, understanding how best to communicate with teachers and school administrators, or discovering new ways to help with homework. We might also focus on grammar and vocabulary related to children’s health and nutrition, grocery shopping, or doctors’ visits.

What: Students of all levels (beginning through advanced) will benefit from one-on-one sessions. During the first meeting, you will receive an assessment of language skills and discuss goals for subsequent sessions. In these future sessions, you will

  • participate in conversations on topics that interest you;
  • read articles about news, culture, and other subjects you choose;
  • practice pronunciation;
  • develop your writing skills;
  • learn essential grammar, vocabulary, and idioms;
  • take trips to local shops, grocery stores, and cafes;
  • watch English language movies and TV programs; and
  • listen to English language radio programs.

Where: We will meet in the DMV area, and, generally, location will be determined by student needs. I will consider meeting you at a library, at a comfortable cafe in your neighborhood, or at another location we choose.

When:  We can meet as often as you would like—though I recommend at least two hours per week—and you will have flexibility in choosing meeting times that fit into your busy schedule.


  • Individual lessons—$60/hour (first meeting is free)
  • A package of 5 one-hour lessons—$275
  • A package of 10 one-hour lessons—$500

Experience: I have worked extensively with English language learners from all over the world. For five years I was Program Manager at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Washington, DC, which offers English language instruction and other programs to adult immigrants. At Carlos Rosario, I ran a family literacy as well as an ESL program, and I helped develop a transition program for those wishing to go on to college or to enter the workforce. After leaving that position, I became Director of Adult Basic Education at Baltimore City Community College in Maryland.

For 20 years, I have also taught English at universities and community colleges on the east and west coasts, including George Mason University in Virginia, Northern Virginia Community College, The Evergreen State College in Washington State, and Skyline College in California.

I have a BA and an MA in English from UC Berkeley; an MFA in writing from Mills College in Oakland, California; and a PhD (with a focus on adult education, Latin America, and writing) from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have a secondary teaching credential in English (with an ESL certification) from Mills.

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