If you’re looking for a private Markham ESL tutor, you’ve come to the right place! We also service students in Richmond Hill or Stouffville who need ESL help.
When you’re new to Markham, Ontario, a top priority is usually to learn English. English affects your daily life and your work life. It can open the doors for making friends in Canada, and increase job opportunities.
While ESL classes are essential to this process, sometimes the group classroom environment can leave you feeling stuck. English can be hard to learn, and doesn’t always make sense to non-native speakers. Plus, your background in English may be different than others in your class. A classroom ESL teacher at school may not be able to spend one-on-one time with her students. A private ESL tutor may be the answer to these needs.
Yes! We help with ESL test tutoring and graduation requirements
We realize that learning English is not just a luxury. Sometimes, your immigration, job or school requirements demand that you pass English proficiency tests. Your future depends on the grade you get. Our local Markham ESL tutors are aware of the exams you may be preparing for, and how important they are to you.
Our company can send a private tutor to the location of your choice in Markham, Richmond Hill or Stouffville. They’ll help you study, at your pace, for any of the following tests:
- Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) (for high school graduation)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) (for permanent resident status in Canada or Canadian citizenship)
- Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®)
- Test Of English for International Communication (TOEIC®)
- Cambridge English Language Assessment (formerly Cambridge ESOL)
- Pearson Test of English Academic
- Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
- English Language Diagnosis and Assessment/Certificate of Proficiency in English (ELDA/COPE) (for acceptance to the University of Toronto)
Passing some of the exams listed above can be required for entry into Ontario universities such as University of Guelph, University of Toronto, and Western University. If you want to study outside Ontario, keep in mind that other Canadian universities usually have similar standards for English comprehension.
Advance your English skills with the benefits of a specialized ESL tutor in Markham
Our tutors are not just native English speakers. They are fully trained to teach English as a second language. They come with any or all of the following credentials:
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification
- Teaching degree
- Ontario Federation of Independent Schools certification
- Membership with the Ontario College of Teachers
- Master’s degree and teaching experience
These types of qualifications mean they are able to discern how your background as a foreign English speaker can affect your understanding of the language. They can use context, and help explain English without the assumption that you already know about Canadian culture.
For example, helping you understand why some English language ‘rules’ work the way they do can make all the difference in your ability to remember them later. They can also explain the terminology and figures of speech used in English. You may hear these on TV or with friends, but not learn them in a textbook at school. So, tutors will be able to give you a small history lesson on those sayings, or explain how those words change in different social situations, and in different time eras. And so on…
A native speaker who merely knows these things as ‘the way they are’ probably won’t be able to advance your English skills. But a trained ESL tutor can.
In fact, sometimes you’ll find that a non-native English speaker can do a better job at being an ESL teacher, because they’ve had all the same questions and learning experiences you’re going through now! They can ‘unbox’ the language specifically from your viewpoint.
Who needs an ESL tutor? These signs and questions can help you decide
Sometimes, the decision of whether or not to get an ESL tutor is a tough one. You may feel confident in your English skills, and hope that will be enough for your test. Or you may have passed an English proficiency test, but aren’t sure if your ‘daily life’ English will be enough. Do you need the extra lessons? Will an ESL tutor help?
Here are some signs that an ESL tutor is a right fit for you:
You struggle with practice tests, or have failed English proficiency tests before. An ESL tutor can identify where your weak points were in the tests. Perhaps it was in comprehension and spelling, but not in sentence structure or vocabulary. One-on-one tutors can then help you strengthen those areas, instead of focusing on the parts you already know.
You can pass an English proficiency test, but struggle when reading and writing in other subjects. If your hope is to qualify for work in Canada as a doctor, engineer, teacher, PhD student, accountant or any other career, you probably have more work-related English to learn. Some English proficiency tests can qualify you for these types of jobs. But nothing can compare to the regular practice of language in context. An ESL tutor can work with you on an ongoing basis to learn the style of English you need for your career.
You’re too shy to use the English you know in daily life. If you don’t feel confident asking a grocery store clerk about a food product, or don’t want to fill out forms at a doctor’s office, perhaps an ESL tutor is what you need. You may be good at listening in English, but weak at speaking and writing. This is common, since English is all around us – even internationally. The good news is that you have a good base to start using the language. Speaking and writing skills in English can free you up in many ways in your life.
Of course, there are other reasons people decide to get an ESL tutor. If you are reading this page, you may already know that you need help. We encourage you to try one of our local Markham ESL tutors. If you are unhappy, there is no risk. We offer a 1st-lesson money-back guarantee.
Book a Markham ESL tutor today!
Our Markham tutoring company helps you quickly find an ESL tutor (we also service nearby Richmond Hill and Stouffville).
Our matching process connects you with a qualified TESOL / TEFL tutor within 48 hours. There’s no need for you to interview or qualify the tutors yourself: our service brings over 15 years of expertise in teacher screening and hiring.