*** Please note that, for the time being, I will only be teaching live classes on Saturdays. However, I offer editing services almost every day of the week on a by-request basis, so please contact me if you'd like me to open up a time slot to edit a written document for you! ***
Hi, I'm Bonnie, and I'm not your average e-teacher! I'm a professional writer, an editor of academic literature, a researcher of language acquisition, and a graduate of linguistic studies; I'm also an animal lover, a collector of body art, a bike-traveler, a music enthusiast, and a keen examiner of both the human condition and the universe we inhabit. But first and foremost, I'm a certified ESL teacher with more than 13 years of experience (including 3 years as an online instructor and 2 years on Verbling).
I provide editing services (please contact me for more information) as well as more traditional online classes. I specialize in business and academic English, informal discourse and conversation, exam preparation (TOEFL, TOEIC, and IELTS), phonetics (the sounds of speech), and pragmatics (the use of language in the North American context, such as idioms, colloquialisms, and social conventions). I have experience teaching all ages and levels, although I specialize in intermediate- and advanced-level adult learners.
My hardware is a Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p HD webcam, and I have a high speed (50 mbps) cable internet connection.
Let's talk about your English goals and how I can help you achieve them. I hope to meet you soon!
Areas of research: textual appropriation in second language academic writing, computer-mediated corrective feedback, the use of social media for argumentative writing, and psycholingusitic investigation of morphosyntax. Comprehensive essay topic: second language anxiety.
Major in English Rhetoric and Professional Writing.
CEATI International - Montréal, QC
Proofreads, edits, and formats engineering research reports for publication.
Editor & Research Assistant
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue - Rouyn-Noranda, QC
I have been involved with two projects; for the first (Technologies in L1 and L2 classes), I was responsible for compiling the literature for and producing an annotated bibliography. I've now begun working on a second project (Facebook for argumentative writing), where I am responsible for data collection and coding to explore how social media use contributes to quality of argumentative writing. I am also responsible for the proofreading and editing of the associated (and additional) research reports.
Concordia University - Montréal, QC
I am currently involved with two projects; for the first (L2 writers’ use of outside sources & challenges), I am responsible for multiple data collection procedures (interviews, observations, questionnaires), piloting and subsequently revising coding categories, data verification, as well as data analysis. For the second project (Morphosyntactic language learning), I am responsible for participant data management and editing and rewriting of the corresponding research report.
2018 - 2018
Concordia University - Montréal, QC
I was the teaching assistant and tutorial lead for two third-year undergraduate courses in the B.Ed. program (TESL Practicum & Computers in Language Learning).
2015 - 2016
Global T - Seoul, South Korea
I provided individualized tutoring sessions to Korean-speaking adult professionals over the phone and Skype, with a focus on spoken English in the academic and business spheres. I was also responsible for editing their written texts.
2009 - 2014
Casualty Claims Adjuster
Belair Insurance Company - Toronto, ON
I investigated and settled auto injury claims. I dealt with a high volume of complex cases, including brain injury, fatality, and fraud. I was also extensively involved in ADR process, and represented the insurer at FSCO mediations and pre-arbitration hearings.
2008 - 2009
Lee Dental Associates - Toronto, ON
I answered patient and phone inquiries and dealt with all insurance forms, scheduling, payments, and the balancing the accounts.