Private tutor in Madison, WI
Southern Methodist University, B.A. Philosophy, Japanese (2005) Kwansei Gakuin Daigaku, Nishinomiya, Japan (Intensive Intermediate/Upper-Intermediate 12 Month Course) (2004-2005) University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, J.D. (2009) Teaching House (Chicago) (2014) (Intensive Cambridge CELTA Training Course)
Prior to obtaining my Cambridge CELTA, I taught ESL in Japan to children ages 3 and up. While in law school, I worked with visiting international law students from the East Asian Legal Studies Center to help them improve their legal theses and dissertations. Also, I was a Note & Comment Editor on the International Law Journal and I published a comparative law article focused on intellectual property rights in the U.S., Russia and China. I have extensive experience teaching pre-intermediate, intermediate and advanced level ESL to adults. Currently, I provide affordable private ESL lessons for university students and professionals. I also have legal experience in the areas of family law, bankruptcy law, prisoner litigation, employment law, environmental law and civil rights. Currently, I offer Legal English classes to advanced level ESL students who are interested in attending law school in the U.S. or who simply have an interest in learning more about U.S. law.
Weekdays after 9AM
Up to 20 minutes away for no additional charge
I have a passion for the law and I'm very interested in teaching the fundamentals of U.S. law to foreign students. I personally developed a Legal English course for university level instruction. At present, I am working on developing a Legal English II course. That course will further build upon skills obtained in Legal English, though the main emphasis will be on legal research and writing skills. ------------------------------------------------------------- Legal English for Upper-Intermediate & Advanced ESL Learners A. DESCRIPTION In this 10 week course, you will hone and further develop your English language skills within the context of U.S. law. The course includes an overview of the U.S. legal system; an introduction to case briefing in the areas of contract law, criminal law and torts; and an introduction to threshold requirements for a civil complaint, including proper format and content. Throughout the course, you will learn how to write at a law school level and you will practice speaking accurately and persuasively about legal issues. Also, you will experience what it is like to represent a client in various legal matters. B. COURSE OBJECTIVES By the end of the course, students will understand the basic structure of the U.S. legal system. They will be able to analyze legal cases and statutes with a lawyer's attention to detail. Also, students will understand the meaning and usage of key legal vocabulary; and will have improved their abilities in legal writing as well as in oral presentations and arguments. Prerequisites: This course is designed for upper-intermediate and advanced ESL learners. Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency, either through relevant paperwork or an on-line exam. C. CLASS SCHEDULE, LOCATION & REGISTRATION DEADLINES Classes will be held twice per week over the course of 10 weeks at a convenient location. There will be 20 classes total. Each class will be 2 hours long. Exact days and times will depend on students' schedules and will be determined prior to the start date. Fall 2016 registration: July 1 - Aug 31 Fall 2016 course: Sep 6 - Nov 10 Spring 2017 registration: Dec 1 - Feb 10 Spring 2017 course (tentative): Mar 7 - May 11. D. COURSE FEE The first class is free! If you enjoy the first class and you would like to continue with the course, you will be asked to pay an hourly rate. Payments are due within at least 72 hours of the next scheduled class. You may pay by check, money order or credit card via PayPal. E. REGISTRATION & COURSE SYLLABUS To register and receive a course syllabus, send me an email with the subject line: "Legal English Course Registration." In your email, please provide the following information: 1. First and last name: 2. Country of origin: 3. English proficiency level: (You must provide proof of proficiency either through documentation or by taking a free on-line examination -- I will provide you with a link!) 4. PayPal email address: (This will be needed for your PayPal invoice and communication regarding the course) 5. Availability for classes: Mondays: morning or evening Tuesdays: morning or evening Wednesdays: morning or evening Thursdays: morning or evening Fridays: morning or evening 6. Why are you interested in the Legal English course?: F. PAYMENT Small group lessons (2-3 students) are available, if you prefer to study with just a few of your friends. However, the overall class size is generally limited to 12 students. There are 12 registration slots. After attending the free class, you can secure one of the 12 available spots for the Fall 2016 course by providing payment within at least 72 hours of the next scheduled class. Spots are secured in the order that payment is received. G. WAITING LIST If you attended a free class, but you were unable to obtain a spot in the Fall 2016 course, you may ask to be placed on a waiting list. If a student drops out within 1-2 weeks of the start date, I will contact you and ask if you would like to take that student's place in the course. If so, payment will be due within at least 72 hours of the next scheduled class. You also have the option of being placed on a waiting list for the Spring 2017 course. In that case, I will contact you when the registration period opens and ask whether you are still interested in taking the course. If so, payment will be due within at least 72 hours of the first scheduled class. H. PRIVATE LESSONS If you are not comfortable with a group class or if you would simply prefer one-on-one instruction, please let me know! The course can easily be adapted for private instruction and students have taken advantage of that option in the past. I. QUESTIONS/CONCERNS Feel free to contact me with general questions about the course and my qualifications. Please be advised that a course syllabus will only be offered to registered students who are qualified to take the course.
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