Language Arts

For those of you out there who are interested in improving your English language skills for school or business, or taking a beginning German or French lesson to prepare you for that trip across the pond, I’m your man!!

My rates are competitive and I have lots of experience teaching here in the US and in Brazil, Turkey, and Germany. I teach online with Zoom or Skype. Partner and group rates are available, as well. Send me an email at isaac@thecolorfulraconteur.com

Because of the challenges I had to overcome learning German and French, I can relate to a student’s fear of sounding stupid. Believe you me, I could tell you many stories of the hysterical mistakes I’ve made learning these languages. I also try to make the classes as interesting, relatable, and as fun as possible. Conjugating verbs can be mind numbing tedium.

I am especially good with academic and career oriented students who take English lessons to help them get into an international MBA program or land a job in a multinational company like Apple or Adidas. Proficiency in English, the de rigueur international language, must be achieved at a high level  to even have a chance of success in these two very demanding and competitive arenas. I have helped many students achieve their goals and I am proud of my record.

Becoming an ESL instructor, I believe, was a natural outgrowth of my curiosity of everything foreign, passion for endless conversation, and the willingness to sample any food offered to me in the course of discovery. One thing about learning a language you must not forget, you have to be fearless!! Making mistakes is part of the process, part of the fun. Just go for it!!

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Julie’s Story – Part 1

I met Julie Melville in Joinville, Brazil when I went there in 2014 to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) in a private school. Julie is a native of New Zealand and moved to Brazil after completing a number of teaching posts around the world. Julie adopted me and helped me to navigate the teaching world as well as adapting to living in the suffocating HEAT!!! of Brazil ! LOL!!!

Barbara’s Story – Part 1

Barbara Lewter-Speller has just published her first book of poetry, “From Zero to 60″, which chronicles the roller coaster ride of her life. Imagine, by the time Barbara was 19 she had three daughters, had been married and divorced, and graduated from high school with a 3.8 GPA…! Is this the original Super Woman?!

Walter’s Story – Part 3

Walter talks about how his autodidactic approach to learning English prepared him for lessons with me. In the conclusion of his stories, we reminisce about some very funny moments in class!!

Walter’s Story – Part 2

First, Walter first tells us about the computer generated background he uses which is produced by his company, Swisscom. Very interesting. He goes on to explain how, in Switzerland where four (4) languages are spoken, working for a national company can be demanding. Aside from the language aspect, there is also the challenge of navigating the different cultural norms of each region when trying to conduct business: the protocols are different with each region, ditto with the language.

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