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Hart Dubois

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Teaches: English Native
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Interests: Reading, Nights Out with Friends, Experiencing New Restaurants, Going to the Beach, Watching Movies

Hello! I'm Hart, an American English teacher driven by a deep passion for the English language. I grew up in Colorado, where I earned my English Writing degree at the University of Colorado. Needing a break from the snowy landscapes, I traded my snow boots for flip-flops and spent five years in sunny San Diego, California, before eventually making my way to Los Angeles.

My goal as a teacher is to make learning fun and engaging for all of my students. I understand the challenges of learning a new language, and I'm here to make this journey enjoyable and rewarding for each of you. My teaching philosophy revolves around creating a supportive and interactive environment where each of you feels encouraged to express yourselves, ask questions, and set and achieve your language goals. I'm here to provide guidance and support every step of the way.

Beyond the classroom, you’ll find me reading new books, trying out different cuisines, or exploring outdoors. I believe that language learning goes beyond textbooks, and is about embracing the language in real-life contexts.

I’m excited to learn about each of you as we embark on this English language journey together!

An Interview with Hart

What interested you in becoming an English instructor?

I became an English instructor because I enjoy helping others develop their language skills, overcome challenges, and express themselves confidently in English. I am motivated by the idea of creating a supportive learning environment where students feel encouraged to explore and enhance their language abilities. Teaching provides me with the opportunity to make a positive impact in my students' lives.

What are your tips for speaking English and learning a language quickly?

Learning any language takes time and practice, but here are some tips that I tell my students:

  1. Immerse Yourself: Surround yourself with the English language as much as possible. Watch English movies, listen to English music or podcasts, and try to think in English.
  2. Practice Regularly: I cannot stress this enough! Consistency is key. Set aside dedicated time each day to practice speaking English. Regular practice helps reinforce what you've learned.
  3. Learn Common Phrases: Focus on learning everyday phrases used in conversations. This will help you communicate more naturally in various situations.
  4. Use Flashcards: Create flashcards with English words on one side and their meanings or translations on the other. Regularly review them to reinforce your vocabulary.
  5. Be Patient and Persistent: Language learning is a gradual process. Be patient with yourself, celebrate small victories, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes!

What are the most important things to know when you travel and how can someone be a good tourist?

Always write down important contact information and addresses and keep this information in your wallet or backpack! I once had a mini panic attack after briefly losing my cell phone in the Milan airport because it had all my crucial trip information, including hotel details, friends' phone numbers, and connecting ticket information. I never realized how dependent I was on my cell phone until I didn’t have it! I was in a foreign country with no idea where I was going and no one to call for help. Luckily, airport staff found my phone (it had fallen out on the tarmac!), but lesson learned— I now always keep a physical copy of necessary addresses and phone numbers when traveling.

What is the best place you’ve visited?

I have a deep appreciation for Budapest, Hungary. Budapest was the first city I traveled to solo and I met a lot of really cool people. The trip was filled with enlightening conversations, delicious food, and impressive architecture. Hungary also has a really fascinating history that I may never have learned if I hadn’t made the visit.

What are the best words or phrases to know?

An English idiom I really like: “A blessing in disguise.” This is used when a good thing that seemed bad at first works out for the better.

A quote I try to live by: “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

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