I attract and am best suited to help inspired individuals who fit one or more of these qualities:
1. Want to feel comfortable in new and foreign environments.
Feeling ‘at home’ in a new city or country is a process. Walking into unfamiliar territory can bring tremendous rewards and also many challenges. I am here to help you sort out your experiences and help you balance your rewards and challenges to create more comfort in your new environment.
2. Want to regain their identity and freedom while living abroad.
When we move we have to learn, unlearn and relearn ways of doing things in a new place. Sometimes, we feel “at the mercy of others” for our day-to-day activities. Things we took for granted ‘back home’, like finding our favorite food, knowing how to make friends, being successful at school or work, driving, or any other daily activity can be difficult or feel impossible to do in our new cultural and social situation abroad. Sometimes, cultural situations happen to us that we don’t understand and we’d like to discuss them with someone who’s neutral, who won’t judge us and maybe can provide an insider prospective.
3. Believe cultural adjustment is an ongoing process that affects many aspects of our lives and relationships.
Life is all about relationships. When we move abroad, we experience different kind of stresses on our relationships we may not have experienced if we were ‘at home’. Basic, daily situations, even as simple as how to communicate in day-to-day situations with ‘strangers’, coworkers, new friends or others suddenly require a lot more effort than before. Misunderstandings may seem to happen more frequently and quickly than in our ‘native cultural environment.’ I can help you sort out aspects of cross-cultural relationships in your community, within your friend’s circle and within your family environments to create comfort.
4. Already know English and want to be better understood by Americans in daily life situations.
Having had studied English grammar, vocabulary and idioms in one’s own country is very essential in preparation to coming to America. However, many people are bewildered when they come to America and realize that they can’t seem to understand daily conversation in grocery stores, doctor’s offices, daily greetings among strangers and the multitude of other areas language is used. Some people benefit from English (ESOL, ESL) Coaching that I provide, or “Enhanced American English and Culture Lessons.”
How can I help you as an ESL/ESOL* Coach with “Enhanced American English and Culture Lessons?"I help people who already have the basics of English (grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary) to ‘Americanize’ their communication through enhancing their sounds, teaching some American body language/hand gestures, and other communication strategies that increase their comfort, understanding and confidence in understanding Americans and being better understood by Americans. This process is highly individualized toward the unique individual you are. The point is not to compromise your identity or ‘make you lose your culture’ but to help you enhance some of your skills through exploring how to do things differently while maintaining your unique qualities that make you you. Read Questions and Answers about this service.
*ESL – English as a Second Language
*ESOL- English for Speakers of Other Languages.
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