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Tutor profile: Vanessa A.

Vanessa A.
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About Vanessa

About Vanessa
AVAILABLE: TU-FRI 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM CENTRAL TIME (Evenings 7PM- 10PM Central Time, ON APPOINTMENT ONLY) As a published author of peer-reviewed articles and a teacher of academic writing, I can help you unlock the door to successful composition. Whether you’re struggling with a blank page, organization, vocabulary, punctuation, or something else, I’m here to help! I have a master’s degree in TESOL and have 10 years experience working with writers of diverse backgrounds across many fields of study. I’ve helped writers with everything from...

Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience
I've taught and/or tutored students from diverse backgrounds for roughly 10 years, working at various highly-reputable universities in the US (DePaul University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University) and abroad (Tokyo International University, Japan).
University of Illinois at Chicago
Applied Linguistics
Master's Degree
2011 - 2013

Work Experience

Work Experience
DePaul University, English Language Instructor
2019 - 2020
Teaching essay-writing organization, mechanics, editing, grammar, and rhetorical moves to international students; Assisting with the development of departmental academic essay-writing materials; Supporting students in their acclimation to American university culture and to life in the US
University of Chicago, Academic English Prematriculation [Summer] Program Instructor (Writing Track)
2019 - 2019
Delivering lessons on academic writing to help international students prepare for postgraduate study; Developing and delivering lessons on analytical reading, critical thinking, and concise argumentation; Working with students to personalize the intensive lessons to their majors of study
Tokyo International University, Academic Integrity Procedures Developer
2015 - 2019
Spearheading the standardization of departmental plagiarism policy procedures and record keeping; Collaborating to develop an online version of the registry system for ease of use by faculty; Overseeing the implementation and (as necessary) revision of the procedures
Tokyo International University, Writing Curriculum Developer/ Coordinator [bridge-level] and Literacy-to-Content Faculty Liaison
2015 - 2019
Liaising between content and academic literacy faculty to support standardization of curricular standards; Continually developing a course text, syllabus, evaluation criteria, and grade-norming procedures and training teachers to use these materials and procedures; Informing curricular decisions with recent literature (and personal research) regarding the implementation challenges facing English-Taught Programs in Japan and worldwide
Tokyo International University, Peer Advisers for Writing (PAW) Program [writing center] Coordinator
2015 - 2019
Developing and delivering pre- and in-service training and materials about peer-tutoring; Monitoring tutors for quality assurance via observations, tutor reflections, and writer feedback; Collecting, analyzing, and presenting program data in term-to-term progress reports for stakeholders
DePaul University, English Language Instructor
2013 - 2015
Teaching Intensive English courses (incl. essay writing) for students of varying English proficiency; Assisting with the development of academic essay-writing course pack of materials; Supporting students in their acclimation to American university culture and to life in the US
University of Illinois at Chicago, Writing Tutor at The Writing Center
2013 - 2013
Applying theory in anti-oppressive pedagogy to practice in tutoring sessions for a variety of subjects; Completing self-reflections on sessions using theory as a framework for analysis; Transcribing recordings of own sessions to analyze turn-taking, power dynamics, and strategy use
The English Language Learning Program, Loyola University Chicago, ESL Advanced [EAP] Writing and Grammar Instructor (emergency half-term)
2013 - 2013
Teaching advanced academic essay writing in an Intensive English Program; Coordinating with a co-teacher to develop course materials and ensure normed grading standards; Supporting students in their acclimation to American university culture and to life in the US

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