(212) 799-0720      (646) 269-6586
I can help you with both spoken and written English, no matter what your first language is.
My Ph.D. in English Linguistics is from New York University, and I have over 30 years of experience teaching college English and ESL, and tutoring individuals at all levels.
I am
   sensitive to your needs
   a patient, creative, flexible thinker
   available weekdays, weekday evenings except Friday, and Sundays, day and evening
I live in the West 70s: we can work here in the daytime, or meet elsewhere in Manhattan.

We can also work via Skype.
I tutor English and English as a Second Language: speaking, listening, writing and reading, as well as vocabulary, accent reduction, diction and grammar. Please note: I work with older children and adults.
I also work on vocabulary expansion, and presentation and conversation skills.
I can help you write resumes; academic, professional and personal papers; college/graduate school and other application essays, and personal statements.
In addition, I edit and proofread nonfiction and fiction manuscripts, website content, letters, proposals, academic and other types of writing.
I also translate texts from French to English: academic, fiction, nonfiction, etc.

My clients work in the following fields: Acting, Advertising, Architecture, Biology, Business, College Teaching, Computer Science, Dentistry, Economics, Engineering,  Event Planning, Fashion, Filmmaking, Finance, Flamenco, Graphics and Visual Arts, Health Services, Home Improvement, Human Resources, Insurance, Interior Decorating, Investment Analysis and Banking, Journalism, Law, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Professions, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Parenting, Pharmacology, Professional Poker, Psychiatry, Scientific Research, Singing, Social Work, Stock Trading, Sushi Chef, Swim Instruction, Television, Translation, Travel Industry, Wine Business, Writing, and are students--graduate, undergraduate, and high school.

I have worked with speakers of the following native languages:  Arabic, Armenian, Basque, Bengali, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Ethiopian, Farsi, French, Fujianese, Georgian, German, Swiss German, Greek, Guyanese English, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Malaysian, Mandarin, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Spanish (Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain), Taiwanese, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and, of course, English.

Some of my projects:

Trained medical billers in writing and telephone skills and in Netiquette--University Medical Practice Associates,  (Ms.) Robin Worley, (212) 315-0144 X423

Trained non-native English-speaking corporate employees in Presentation Skills, ProActive English David Kertzner, President:  dkertzner@proactive-english.com

Taught ESL to adult Russian speakers in Springboard Program -- (Mr.) Nahum Kaziev, Director (718) 997-6350

Taught accent reduction course for Faculty at DeVry Institute of Technology--Dean Ellen Gambino (718) 369-4204

Wrote two SparkNotes ESL Reference Charts--GRAMMAR and VOCABULARY--for Barnes and Noble


World War II memoirs of French Surrealist artist Claude Cahun --(Ms.) Alix Umen  cahun8@aol.com

Part of Dissertation: "Synagogue Music in Paris 1822-1874"

Parts of French Dictionary of Architectural Terms, ed. Jean-Paul Kurtz

 A French novel, 40 ans, 6 morts et quelques jours... English title: LEAVING AFTER 6, by Victor Rizman, 2009



The Emotional Imprint of Clutter, by Thea Maii

100-p. introduction to Comprehensive Bibliography on the Druze Religion, Druze Research and Publications Institute, by Dr. Sahar Muakasa

REPLICA 101, a 400-page novel, by David Moryossef

The Right Baby Name, by Oliver Tavakol, M.D.  Aardvark Global Publishing Company      http://www.flipkart.com/right-baby-name-oliver-tavakol/0980170508-6bx3f9iuxd

Broken Bond, novel by David Sergi

Solix Resettles Blue Mountain, by Robert E. Dansby, Ph.D., Edgenics Media

Other Professional Experience:

Literacy Assistant, New York Public Library: Recruited and trained volunteer tutors and taught adult literacy and ESL students in small groups using software

ESL/English Faculty:

New York City College of Technology (CUNY)

New York Insitute of Technology, NYC

Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY



Book reviews

Essay on Samuel Beckett in Critical Survey of Short Fiction

Short story "Old Dogs" : http://fictioncollective.blogspot.com/2010/09/old-dogs-by-diana-bloom.html

Papers presented:

"Daring to be Tentative: Teaching the Process Writing Approach to Chinese Students," 16th Annual Winter Conference, Applied Linguistics Special Interest Group, NYSTESOL

"Teaching The Color Purple," Conference of the New York College English Association

"Religion and Style in the Novels of Barbara Pym," Conference on Christianity and Literature

"Language in 1984," Interdisciplinary Symposium "George Orwell's 1984: Vision and Reality"


French: reading, writing, speaking

Spanish, Italian, Latin, Medieval French, Old and Middle English: varying degrees of comprehension and reading knowledge


M.A., Ph.D., English Linguistics, New York University

B.A., English, New York University

Graduate, Hunter College High School

References available on request.


"I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful job you did in revising my work.  Thanks a lot for your suggestions.  I will definitely come back for a revision of the play's text."    Client DGR