Private English Lessons
for Adults and Teens

-Available to anyone online, but available for
in-person reading and writing tutoring in
Downtown and East Oakland

-Begin with a comprehensive diagnostic session

-Continue with comprehensive instruction and practice

-1-to-1 or small group

-Advanced, intermediate, and beginner levels

-Help for native English speakers and English language learners

-Prompt and consistent meetings

-Zero empty promises

-Available for early-morning, evening, and holiday scheduling

“My English is better and I can take the bigger English class at Merritt College. Thank you for helping me. I hope you like the flowers.”
— Karol Hernandez, Adult English Learner (2017) —

Learn or Improve Your English

▶ Grammar
▶ Reading
▶ Writing Mechanics

▶ Listening
▶ Pronunciation
▶ Speaking

▶ IELTS
▶ US Naturalization
▶ & More

Yes, I am a native English speaker and a professional English teacher, and I can help you learn English used in the United States. I provide private English lessons to adults and teens, and I am most adept at teaching English to Spanish speakers.

Get the instruction you need to help your kids with homework, pass the US naturalization exam, communicate more effectively at work, start understanding different US dialects, or have everyday conversations with native speakers — even when you become nervous.

If you need one-on-one lessons from a private English teacher for adults and teens, who will determine how you learn best and what to do to help you:

  • Learn to read in English
  • Learn to write in English
  • Learn to speak English
  • Learn to understand English spoken to you

I may be the best English tutor for you.

If you are ready to make a few shifts in your thinking to
augment your reading or writing,
we should meet.

There’s competent, consistent, and compassionate (but firm, as noted by one of my favorite customers) help available to you. My methods aren’t always new and exciting, but they’ll pay off if you are
WILLING TO WORK.

Pricing: How much will my English reading or writing sessions cost?

Registration Fee*
$49/flat

One-time cost of processing your application (e.g., appointment scheduling, classroom set up, test set up)

No Homework*
$49/hr

Diagnostic Session*
Personalized Learning Plan
Exit Exam
No Homework
Zero Last-Minute Reschedules

Add Homework*
$59/hr

Diagnostic Session*
Personalized Learning Plan
Exit Exam
Homework
Zero Last-Minute Reschedules

*Diagnostic sessions are billed at $49 per hour. Session lengths range from 1.5 to 5.5 hours and are established before appointments for diagnostic sessions are finalized.

WHAT ELSE WILL I RECEIVE?

  • Professional academic coaching from an experienced and personable English tutor who has been in business since 2011 (but has 21+ years experience) and has a reputation for helping learners of English language get the results they need

  • Consistent, reliable service and guidance

  • Accountability mechanisms that ensure you do what you need to do to communicate better in English

  • Personalized program driven by a comprehensive diagnostic session

  • 1-to-1 or small group availability

  • Appropriate guidance for advanced, intermediate, and beginner levels

  • Prompt and consistent meetings

  • Zero empty promises

  • Early-morning, evening, and holiday availability

  • In-person reading and writing tutoring in The Bay Area’s Downtown or East Oakland, California regions

  • Online English reading and writing tutoring available to anyone with internet access

Private English Writing Coaching for Adults & Teens Who Speak Other Languages

Get the help you need to improve or develop advanced, intermediate, and basic reading comprehension, stamina, and powers of analysis using English language. Fill gaps or work ahead of your class to make yourself more competitive to recruiters (or for your own pride’s sake) by preparing yourself to do well on tests such as SAT, ACT, HSPT, GRE, US Naturalization, or IELTS.

Common Writing Issues:

  • Having trouble writing lengthy essays without help

  • Earning low grades on essays, even though you take pains to use smart language

  • Sitting down and just getting started

  • Beginning English writing assignments but not finishing them

  • Turning in poor-quality work but knowing you could have performed much better

  • Being afraid to start assignments because, somewhere inside, you’re afraid you won’t do a good job because English is not your first language

  • Taking writing or grammar quizzes, just for fun, and not doing nearly as well as you thought you would do

  • Getting credit for completing English-related assignments but knowing, deep down, that your teacher or other mediator did not have high standards

  • Failing high-stakes tests (e.g., Praxis Core Writing, CBEST Writing, SAT Writing, GRE Writing) even though you communicate often in English or have almost always earned A’s or B’s in English courses

You’ve struggled finding the right private writing tutor online. I may be just what you need to help you with:

  • Diction

  • Writing Mechanics

  • Essay Development

  • Grammar (Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced)

  • Detail Manifestation

  • College Composition

  • AP Composition

  • Paper Formatting

  • Punctuation (Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced)

  • Spelling

  • Expository Writing

  • Persuasive Writing

  • Paragraph Development

  • Middle School Composition

  • High School Composition

  • Morphology

If consciously applied, the help you get here will boost understanding in other subjects and help you perform well on tests such as IELTS, EDTPA, SAT Writing, ACT Writing, GRE Writing, HSPT Writing, CBEST Writing, Praxis Core Writing, US Naturalization Writing, ASVAB Writing, and GED Writing.

Of course, for current students, improving your grades is important, but remember that grades can be subjective (as some of you already know). Here, I want to help you earn high marks, but, more importantly, I want you to develop or sharpen writing-related skills that empower you to stand toe-to-toe with nearly anyone, in nearly any situation, and use what you know about English language to help you correctly interpret other people’s writing, especially when it’s time to make serious, life-altering decisions. Writing well helps, too, in communicating to folks—especially those who’d otherwise dismiss you—that you understand how to produce written language that demands that you be taken seriously. Learn what the writing rules really are and when to honor or break ‘em.

Private English Reading Coaching for Adults & Teens Who Speak Other Languages

Get the help you need to improve or develop advanced, intermediate, and basic reading comprehension, stamina, and powers of analysis in English. Fill gaps or work ahead of your class to make yourself more competitive to recruiters (or for your own pride’s sake) by preparing yourself to do well on tests such as IELTS, SAT, ACT, HSPT, or GRE.

Common Reading Issues:

  • Having trouble remembering what you read

  • Having trouble interpreting unfamiliar words (even when there are context clues)

  • Regularly misanswering reading review questions

  • Having trouble pronouncing words that seem easy to everyone else

  • Having the motivation to complete reading assignments in English

  • Properly contextualizing what you’re reading—even when you’re enjoying what you’re reading

  • Understanding antiquated pieces written in English

  • Failing high-stakes reading tests even though you read a lot and/or almost always earn A’s or B’s in English

  • Failing high-stakes reading tests even though you follow advice given in traditional test prep courses

I may be just what you need to improve:

  • Critical Analysis

  • Reading from Scratch

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Close Reading

  • Reading Stamina

  • Punctuation*

  • AP Literature

  • US Literature

  • African American Literature

  • British Literature

  • Grammar*

  • Vocabulary Augmentation

  • History of English Language

  • Linguistics

  • Morphology

  • Phonics

*Although grammar and punctuation are associated with writing, understanding both helps improve reading.

If consciously applied, the help you get here will boost understanding in other subjects and help you perform well on tests such as SAT Reading, ACT Reading, GRE Reading, HSPT Reading, CBEST Reading, CSET English, Praxis Core Reading, US Naturalization Reading, US Naturalization Speaking, ASVAB Reading, and GED Reading.

Of course, for current students, improving your grades is important, but remember that grades can be subjective (as some of you already know). Here, I want to help you earn high marks, but, more importantly, I want you to develop or sharpen reading-related skills that empower you to stand toe-to-toe with nearly anyone, in nearly any situation, and mentally digest whatever’s presented to you and make decisions—especially grave, life-impacting decisions—based on correct interpretation of the written word.

Meet Your English Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Tutor:
Kenisha Carr

Kenisha helps adults and teens turn English and other academic subjects into tools for personal and financial success by closing their understanding gaps or helping them intellectually reach beyond what’s offered at school. Got a test you keep failing? She can help you pass—

WITHOUT MAKING YOU FEEL SMALL FOR NOT KNOWING WHAT YOU HAVEN’T BEEN REQUIRED TO LEARN.

Her specialty is English language arts (i.e., writing: advanced grammar and composition; reading: fluency and advanced comprehension; speaking: fluency, pronunciation, and listening), but she has a knack for effectively helping teens and adults make sense of arithmetic, basic and intermediate algebra, basic trigonometry, geometry, and other subjects. Let’s not forget her eagle eyes and the nimble fingers that aid her in sprucin’ up documents for professionals and graduate students.

With 21+ years in the education arena, an appreciation of different learning modalities, and a love of cross-curricular teaching, Kenisha’s developed proven approaches to strategically helping her customers earn more scholarship dollars, gain membership to their preferred schools or programs, get or keep their teaching jobs, improve their writing, get a solid grasp of math, earn US citizenship, and develop or improve their ability to communicate in English.

No. It is a coincidence that I only have photos and recordings of past customers who are speakers of Spanish and Chinese. I’ve worked with speakers of French, Brazilian Portuguese, Wolof, Pulaar, and Kiswahili.

I am open to working with speakers of all languages.

Not proficiently.

I can read, speak, and interpret Spanish at a lower-intermediate level.

I can read and interpret French at a beginner level.

I know a few Madarin Chinese, Wolof, and Arabic words and phrases.

In the beginning, if there are communication problems, I pay an interpreter to help me communicate with my customers.

As time progresses, I use two-way interpretation dictionaries. Usually, with customers who do not speak English, I am able to communicate better within three to four weeks because they will have learned enough English to continue building their English-communication skill set.

Yes, I do.

I teach A1 (elementary), A2 (Pre-Intermediate), B1 (Intermediate), B2 (Upper-Intermediate), C1 (Advanced), and C2 (Proficient).

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I’m sorry, but I can only determine that after meeting for a diagnostic session. When you visit a competent doctor, he or she runs tests, asks questions, and observes you before trying to help you make improvements. Well, the same is true for the work I do. I can’t help you until after I’ve figured out what’s going on with you.

Depending on your preference and availability, we’ll meet at one of three locations in Downtown Oakland, or we’ll meet at an East Oakland location.

Home visits occur on a ridiculously strict case-by-case basis. They cost a bit more, too, to accommodate for travel time, gas, and vehicle wear.

Typically, though, the answer is “no”.

I work with them on a strict case-by-case basis. Working with older children and adults is easier for me.

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