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Kazakh Teacher & Tutor: John Doyle Wagner

Private lessons, classes in Chicago, Illinois, United States or online via telephone, email, text chat, voice chat, video conferencing.

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 Profile of John Doyle Wagner Date: July 11, 2015 
The Basics
Name: John Doyle Wagner
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City: Chicago
State, province or region: Illinois
Country: United States
  • Teaching
  • Tutoring
  • Lessons delivery:
  • Live in person
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Text chat
  • Voice chat
  • Video conferencing
    Program Summary
    Class sizes available:
  • Private Lessons
  • 2-3 students
  • 4-8 students
  • 9 or more students
  • Student proficiency levels:
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Facets available:
  • Grammar
  • Conversation
  • Business
  • Test Preparation

    Teaching Approach

    My teaching approach adopts the communicative approach and utilizes the 4 skills model to focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening and is student-cente red with interaction with students and developing linguistic proficiency as the principle goal. In addition to emphasizing mechanical and grammatical mastery, I focus on aiding students in developing the cultural competency skills necessary to truly immerse themselves in the culture of the language. My lessons are unique in that they are rooted in my experience as both a trained linguist and also a world traveller thanks to my time spent abroad as a teacher in Russia and Kazakhstan. Students with me will learn not only the language but how to comfortably and effectively navigate the countries and cultures for the languages they wish to learn.

    Program Description

    I hold a M.A in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Chicago and a B.A in Linguistics from the University of Arizona and certificates in language proficiency in German from the University of Leipzig in Germany and in Mandarin Chinese from Renmin University of China in Beijing. I have conduced research on Russian and a number of the minority languages of the former Soviet Union including Chechen, Kazakh, Kirgiz and Uzbek. In addition to these languages I also have studied and taught German at the University of Arizona and at Intellect Language School in Almaty, Kazakhstan. I have also received funding from Title VI for the study of Turkish and standard Russian. Finally, I am also able to tutor and teach Mandarin Chinese, Serbo-Croatia n, Turkish and Iranian Persian.

    Teaching Experience

    Intellect Educational Consulting Agency – English as a Second Language and German (Deutsch als Fremdsprache)
    University of Chicago – 1st Year Russian (Drill Instructor)
    University of Arizona – Applied Linguistics: Using linguistics to learn a foreign language (Student Teaching Aid)

    Teacher Training

    University of Chicago – M.A in Slavic Linguistics
    University of Arizona – B.A in Linguistics, Russo-Slavic Studies and German Studies
    Univ ersity of Leipzig – Directed Research in German Studies and certificate of German proficiency (C1)
    Renmin University of China – Summer Intensive Mandarin and Advanced Mandarin proficiency

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Available for in person lessons in the Chicago area, also available for online, telephone and Skype-based lessons (time and availability to be discussed with the student)

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    Profile Creation: July 11, 2015
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