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I am passionate about culture and language. Learning a new language and culture can be one of the most challenging things a person can do. It can be frustrating, confusing, and overwhelming. However, the rewards are great. Language success can mean twice as many opportunities for communication, friendship, success, business, education, etc. My passion is helping you get there without pulling too much hair out in the process.
Who: I teach high school students and adults at all levels from beginner to advanced
What: Conversation. Grammar. Speaking. Listening. Pronunciation. Vocabulary. TOEFL prep. Writing. Culture. SAT/ACT Prep.
How: What do you need to work on most? I customize my lessons to each student’s needs in order to provide the best environment for success. Together we can form a plan of what should be done.
When: Monday through Friday. 8am – 6pm. Lessons after 6pm are also possible, but more difficult to arrange. You can choose how often you’d like to arrange lessons. We’ll pick a time and length that’s good for you. Generally, lessons are 1-2 hours per day, 2 or 3 days per week; however, I am willing to arrange what’s best for you.
Where: We will meet in a public place that is comfortable and convenient for you. I teach in most areas of Houston including Inner Loop, Spring, Katy, West Houston, Bellaire, several others… If you’re unsure about your location, just ask!
Private one-on-one lessons: $35 per hour
Small group (2 students): $20 per person per hour
Small group (3+ students): $10 per person per hour
*Skype lessons: $10 for 20 minutes [conversation only]
*Add $5 per hour extra for lessons on weekdays after 6pm and weekends anytime.
*Add $5 per hour extra for lessons outside Beltway 8 loop.
some discounts may be available
My name is Lauren. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in International Studies, a minor in Russian language, and a TESL/TESOL/TEFL certification (ESL certification).
I spent several years teaching conversational English and culture to international graduate students at Texas A&M with the volunteer organization iHouse (International House). Later I taught group lessons in grammar, conversation, and speaking with a local language school. I worked as a Program Manager at the Korean-owned SAT Solutions Test Prep Center for a year, helping organize and build programs that would help high-school students improve their English as well as their performance on standardized college-entrance exams. I also taught for 2 years as the high-school reading teacher there, where many of my students had recently immigrated from Korea and sought to improve their English.
I have traveled to over 30 foreign countries exploring culture and language. I spent time studying in St. Petersburg, Russia and teaching in Tainan and Hsinchu, Taiwan. My travels help me better understand the culture and background of my students. I love learning about my students’ cultures, just as much as I love sharing my own with them. I have taught students from all over the globe – from countries including: China, Korea, Japan, India, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Venezuela, Mexico, Bolivia, Spain, France, and many others.
I am a native English speaker, and I am conversationally proficient in Russian and somewhat proficient in Spanish. My travels and study of other languages have given me a more rounded grasp of the English language and a deeper understanding of the challenges of learning a new language and culture.
Meet Our Newest Teacher!
Brianna studied history and western culture at Rice University. While there, she worked with Rice’s reputable ESL program as a language and culture partner. She was paired with international students in the program to help them improve their language skills and understanding of culture as it relates to every day life.
After graduation, Brianna spent time doing research in both France and Italy. She also spent time working in Australia and Angola. She coached several basketball teams and taught additional English classes for Sudanese and Chinese immigrants. She has traveled to 5 continents and has spent time studying Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, and French. She understands the challenges of adapting to a new culture and learning to communicate in an unfamiliar area.
When she came back to the USA, Brianna started working as a private cultural advisor for employees at a multinational corporation. Now, she is continuing to share her love of teaching English while working on her Masters in International Business and Intercultural Communication.
“I find it is extremely rewarding to work with and learn from people from other cultures. In my experiences (overseas), I have had great and memorable interactions with people who were passionate and kind enough to share their cultures with me. In turn, when instructing, teaching, or tutoring, I always try to accommodate them in the same way I have been.”