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James <> - 2016-06-16

As an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher/tutor/coach, I focus full-time on improving all English skills, including accent reduction and speaking skills, according to the needs of my students. I am a native speaker of American English from the Boston, Massachusetts area, in the U.S.

I have over 19 years of experience, working with all kinds of professionals and students (doctors, lawyers, Harvard and MIT visiting professors and researchers, graduate and university students, etc.) You can take private lessons in person or on Skype. You can also take advantage of my ESL editing services, ESL seminars/workshops for visiting tour groups (including topics related to American culture and government), and special life coaching sessions.

Most of my experience teaching English is with advanced and intermediate students. I especially enjoy students who like to be challenged to advance their English fluency and those who like to ask all kinds of questions. I teach students how to do (learn) for themselves so that they will know what to do to continue the learning process after they finish classes.

I have some fluency in Spanish and French as well as knowledge of other languages.

INTENSIVE classes are on SKYPE:


Three GREAT reasons to contact me now:

1. Take advantage of A FANTASTIC system that allows you to progress at a faster rate. I have my own unique system that will help you to speak and sound more like an American, and put you on the road to NOT NEEDING A TEACHER. This will save you time and money. MY STUDENTS APPRECIATE THE CORRECTIONS I MAKE AND MY SYSTEM OF TEACHING PRONUNCIATION!

2. Work with an extraordinary and experienced ESL teacher/tutor/coach who knows how to give you the individual instruction you need. I will be able to answer your questions and to give you the expert instruction you need to SPEAK and SOUND more masterful with the English language. I can teach ALL aspects of English as needed.

That's right. We can meet and talk, and you will experience my expertise and personality right away. I will give you an idea of HOW I will be able to HELP YOU. YOU WILL ALSO EXPERIENCE MY SYSTEM AND SEE HOW IT WORKS.

***If you choose, each class I will correct your mistakes and give you easy-to-understand explanations. Many of my students have discovered a new and exciting way of looking at English!***

***Are you a visiting professor, instructor, researcher, or scholar? A diplomat? I can give you what you need to be successful.***

[Please note: All testimonials have been edited for grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.]

"I had learned English for a long time before I met James, but I could not make a real leap in speaking English. I would strongly recommend James to those of you who seriously want to improve your English. In the time I have been working with him, first with classes in Cambridge and now from South Korea on Skype, my English skills have definitely improved. He helps his students in so many different ways and provides continual support that goes beyond the classroom. After I started working with James soon after I arrived in the U.S., he began to show me effective ways to advance my English to higher and higher levels. He also closely guided me. He is not an ordinary teacher, and his class is not just about learning grammar and expressions. His teaching methods are customized and have evolved depending on my progress. He has further helped me cultivate more natural American rhythms and accents, which no other teachers could do in the past. If you choose James, you will have a great teacher and maybe even a trusted friend at the same time!"
-- Hessung, South Korea

"I met James as a visiting Materials Science and Engineering student at MIT. After coming from Russia to Boston, I was shocked and frustrated that after so many years of studying English, some of my professors and peers were unable to understand me. People kept asking me to repeat myself. Working with James made a big difference. Over a short period, the rhythm of my speech changed from "Russian English" to "Real English," helping me with the pronunciation of sounds, words, intonation, and some other things that I had not known about. With practice in and outside of class, even my voice began to sound better! It took one month to see interest in the eyes of my fellow students and colleagues when I spoke. Totally worth it. In fact, when I returned to Russia, my American advisor was able to understand me much better, and a friend on the debate club asked me if I had had some special kind of training in English. James is a very patient and understanding teacher. This helps a lot, especially when you are in a new environment and scared of everything."
-- Elena, Russia

"I sincerely recommend James, a wonderful teacher not only in English but also in life guidance, to all who seek to improve English skills and/or who are eager to understand American culture and history. James has incredible cultural sensitivity and intellectual diversity as well as a passion for and patience in teaching. I benefited tremendously from James in accent reduction, speaking/listening comprehension, and presentation skills (just to name three areas) during the time we worked together. I have heartfelt gratitude to James for continuous energy in teaching and for guiding me in many aspects, levels, and stages of life."
-- Ching-Fu, Taiwan

"I could never have imagined I would find such an enthusiastic, interesting, and wise person when I first contacted James. Meeting James was a powerful experience for me, both in terms of my English and my life. He was the most dedicated, patient, and efficient English teacher I had ever had. After two classes in Cambridge, we continued on Skype. Never before had I improved so much in terms of conversation skills and in the understanding of the English language in all its aspects. With new techniques and different teaching approaches, he found a way to engage me in the learning process and to make me desire and love every moment I spent surrounded by English.

"This was not about spending hours in front of boring and inanimate books anymore and became a complete, fun, and more intuitive process, in which we focused on those weaker aspects of my knowledge as they came up. The teaching was individualized based on the different aspects I lacked. Besides that, learning didn't finish every time James' face faded away on my computer screen at the end of our Skype classes. James sent interesting and well-structured materials for me to work with at home and gave me pieces of advice regarding different activities related to English that helped me to improve at my own speed. Our classes were definitely worth every dollar I paid for them."
-- Pablo, Spain

"Learning English was never so much fun! James is a remarkable teacher. I needed intense, short-term help to gain fluency and confidence for upcoming interviews. Very quickly James understood my needs and concerns, and tailored every lesson to them. We immediately became a good team: I was able to bring questions and specific difficulties to class, and he addressed them, in addition to teaching me techniques, idioms, pronunciation.... We had a lot of laughs. It was so much more than I had expected. I feel confident and enriched, and I have gained a new friend. I would recommend James to any high-level non-native English speaker."
-- Simone, Luxembourg

"James is an extraordinary teacher, providing a professional teaching approach combined with a fun working atmosphere. He easily identified my weak spots and came up with an individual approach to address these issues and resolve them. He is very motivating, encouraging, creative, highly skilled, and energetic, offering not only English lessons but learning for life as well. I enjoyed this holistic approach, benefiting from a unique teaching material data base which he created all by himself and which is still available to me now, even after I have finished classes. He is simply a great teacher, which you need to experience for yourself. Words can't explain."
-- J├╝rgen, Germany

Rate for an INTENSIVE One-on-One Private Lesson:
$75 U.S./hour
$105 U.S. /two-hour session
(Discounts for five or ten sessions, prepaid and scheduled in advance. Longer sessions are also available.)

I HAVE BEEN TEACHING STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONALS ESL ENGLISH SINCE 1997, and I have a three-page resume, which includes other teaching and work experience.

Please e-mail me now at


It will be my honor to serve you!


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