Hello. My name is Jennifer DeLapp. I would like to help you reach your goals in speaking & writing English. I have worked with international students for over 20 years. I have lived in two foreign countries and three different states. Thus far I have worked with students from Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cypress, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland,  Russia, South Korea, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela. This experience has helped me appreciate the challenges of learning English. 

I can help with any of the following:

  • Accent Reduction. Every language group has specific sounds that are difficult to pronounce in English. I can help you with this. If you want to sound more like a native, I can show you how to speak correctly.

  • Writing. Once you learn how to write correctly, you will be able to speak correctly. By doing your assigned homework, I will be able to identify your areas of weakness and help you increase your level of fluency.

  • Focused speaking practice. This includes helping you with errors in grammar related to specific conversational topics.

  • Business English. This includes practicing lunch or dinner conversation, as well as helping you to prepare for specific events, presentations and meetings. You provide the content; I’ll help with the language.

  • Interviewing skills. If your goal is to come to N. America to get a job, I know the questions most employers will ask you. I will work with you and help you answer the difficult questions like "Tell me about yourself."

  • Phrasal verbs and idioms are usually a part of every lesson

  • Tutoring for any age, including children as young as 10. For children under 15, I suggest a 40 minute lesson only.

  • Teaching survival English for tourists on their way to the U.S.

  • Group Lessons are available upon request.

 

  • TOEFL test preparation. To make real progress, I recommend signing up for two - three 90 minute lessons per week for 2-6 months to prepare for this test. Please note: All lessons are taught on zoom and not Skype. Please go to https://zoom.us for more information.

I am a certified ESL Exam Prep Coach. I received this training through English Success Academy.

For more information go to: https://englishsuccessacademy.com/certified/

 

Finding an English teacher can be difficult. I have been working with foreign students since I was in high school. I was a foreign exchange student myself many years ago. I know how difficult it is to learn a foreign language. I've studied more than 7 different languages, but I only know English well. If you'd like, please write to me by clicking on the "Send Me a Note" tab. I am happy to meet with you for a few minutes on Zoom before you commit to a paid lesson. During this time I'll tell you about my teaching methods and briefly test your level of English. At this time we can also discuss payment options and schedule your first private lesson.

I grew up in a small town in Northern California. I have also lived and worked in Long Beach,  San Francisco and Berkeley California. I also spent a year in Oregon. I have lived in Colorado since 2008. It’s beautiful here. Much of my life I have traveled. I first traveled with my family to Europe as an eight-year-old child. The next time I traveled to Europe I went with some friends and a backpack. We slept in small hotels, youth hostels, campgrounds and on the train. Later I returned to Europe and spent another couple of years living in both Finland and Germany. I have also seen much of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Western Turkey.

I received my University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults in 2001, but I've been tutoring since the 1980's. In addition, I have a B.A. in Humanities & World Religions from California State University Sacramento. I am also an editor. Are you ready to speak American English?

Mustafa Yakan from Indonesia.    Jennifer is my first TOEFL teacher. She is a reliable and passionate teacher. She is not only able to guide her students, but also persuade them to do their best. She is always punctual, well prepared and nit picky.    To be honest, I really like learning and talking in English with Jennifer. She is very open minded.    *****************************************************    Hi, I'm Maggie. I'm from China and living in California now. Though I've learnt years of English in my hometown, I was not confident with my English. I was looking for a good English tutor to help me improve my English so that I could communicate with people confidently. I feel grateful that I met Jennifer in 2016. She is a strict teacher who really cares about her student. She always encourages me to speak and arranges her class content according to my needs. She is warm like a nice big sister to me and she is open minded. I enjoyed every class with her.    After 8 months study with Jennifer, my English improved a lot and I'm more confident to speak English. Overall, I strongly recommend Jennifer to any student who wants to learn English with tailored support and dedicated attention.    ******************************************************     Hi. My name is Kelly. I live in Singapore. The following is my note of thanks & recommendation!  Jennifer is my first speech coach and she is very professional and punctual; not to mention, warm and caring. Although English is my first and native language, I have kept my mouth rather closed, eating up my words for close to 23 years. I got frustrated with 'You mumble mumble mumble' and (later) an attained mixture of accents. With the intent to simply speak clearly, I signed up for weekly classes in the midst of a busy schedule. In the period of 4 months, not only have I learned what was wrong in my word pronounciation and how to correct it, but also the basics of phonetics that govern the way of speech. This has been an extremely valuable investment I have made, and certainly would do this all over again.  On a side note, I initially felt it embarrassing learning to speak properly at an adult age - but everyone has to start somewhere and hey I've a right to speak clearly too!

Mustafa Yakan from Indonesia.

Jennifer is my first TOEFL teacher. She is a reliable and passionate teacher. She is not only able to guide her students, but also persuade them to do their best. She is always punctual, well prepared and nit picky.

To be honest, I really like learning and talking in English with Jennifer. She is very open minded.

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Hi, I'm Maggie. I'm from China and living in California now. Though I've learnt years of English in my hometown, I was not confident with my English. I was looking for a good English tutor to help me improve my English so that I could communicate with people confidently.
I feel grateful that I met Jennifer in 2016. She is a strict teacher who really cares about her student. She always encourages me to speak and arranges her class content according to my needs. She is warm like a nice big sister to me and she is open minded. I enjoyed every class with her.

After 8 months study with Jennifer, my English improved a lot and I'm more confident to speak English. Overall, I strongly recommend Jennifer to any student who wants to learn English with tailored support and dedicated attention.

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Hi. My name is Kelly. I live in Singapore. The following is my note of thanks & recommendation!

Jennifer is my first speech coach and she is very professional and punctual; not to mention, warm and caring. Although English is my first and native language, I have kept my mouth rather closed, eating up my words for close to 23 years. I got frustrated with 'You mumble mumble mumble' and (later) an attained mixture of accents. With the intent to simply speak clearly, I signed up for weekly classes in the midst of a busy schedule. In the period of 4 months, not only have I learned what was wrong in my word pronounciation and how to correct it, but also the basics of phonetics that govern the way of speech. This has been an extremely valuable investment I have made, and certainly would do this all over again.

On a side note, I initially felt it embarrassing learning to speak properly at an adult age - but everyone has to start somewhere and hey I've a right to speak clearly too!

 

Hi! My name is Catherine. I live in Russia.

I’ve been Jennifer’s student for 6 months by now and I liked each lesson I had with her.

She is great at teaching, well organized and extremely polite. She is very attentive to what and how I say or write, kindly correcting me when necessary and giving a handful of useful tips on how to sound wright and more natural while speaking American version of English. At the same time Jennifer is an easy-going and sociable person, who can find a right approach to a student. 

I must admit that English language has been a huge part of my life since childhood, but the classes with Jennifer really made a difference.

First of all I would like to say thank you Jennifer, for our wonderful journey into the English language. I've learned so much! Our lessons opened American traditions, new recipes, language I need to simply to live life here: shopping, traveling, medicine, slang. Your lessons help me successfully pass the DMV test.  Also thank you for your openness and advices. Time flew by so quickly. It’s very interesting to study and talk with you!  Best, Oxana

First of all I would like to say thank you Jennifer, for our wonderful journey into the English language. I've learned so much! Our lessons opened American traditions, new recipes, language I need to simply to live life here: shopping, traveling, medicine, slang. Your lessons help me successfully pass the DMV test.

Also thank you for your openness and advices. Time flew by so quickly. It’s very interesting to study and talk with you!

Best, Oxana

Hi my name is Nils and I'm from France. I and my sister Lilly have been taking lessons separately with Jennifer for 1 year and we have greatly improved the things we wanted to perfect. I wanted to do some conversation and work on my end-of-year exams and my sister on grammar and conversation. We were both very motivated and asked her to give us some more work at home to get better, faster. She corrected it and prepared each lesson every time very neatly. Jennifer is also very organized and above all, she is very punctual. She is an attentive, warmhearted and extremely devoted and passionate teacher. Jennifer cares a lot about her students and she makes everything for them to achieve their goals. If you want to learn or work on your English, she is the right person to ask.  Best,  Nils and Lilly

Hi my name is Nils and I'm from France. I and my sister Lilly have been taking lessons separately with Jennifer for 1 year and we have greatly improved the things we wanted to perfect. I wanted to do some conversation and work on my end-of-year exams and my sister on grammar and conversation. We were both very motivated and asked her to give us some more work at home to get better, faster. She corrected it and prepared each lesson every time very neatly. Jennifer is also very organized and above all, she is very punctual. She is an attentive, warmhearted and extremely devoted and passionate teacher. Jennifer cares a lot about her students and she makes everything for them to achieve their goals. If you want to learn or work on your English, she is the right person to ask.

Best,

Nils and Lilly

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Hi, my name is Panos and I am from Athens, Greece.  I am an economist and have been involved in American investments since 2015.  I hold an Msc from an U.K. university in 2005, so I was able to speak English fluently.  When I started working with American guys back in 2015, I felt that I had to practice my everyday American English.  I had to find an experienced teacher that would help me on this particular topic.  I had tried with several teachers in Greece and internationally through the web.  It was cool, but still I couldn’t find what I was seeking.  One day I came across Jennifer’s website.  I liked it and I felt that she could provide me with the solution to my problem.  I gave her a try and we arranged our first lesson. I remember that I was impressed with her professionalism and way of conveying to me new vocabulary, phrasal verbs and idioms.  She helped me a lot with grammar and she gave me particular tests in order to overcome my grammatical deficiency.     I don’t like to exaggerate, but I positively could say that Jenifer was by far the best English teacher I ever had.  She understood what I was looking for and she gave me exactly what I needed. As time went by, I started to become better and better.  Now I feel very confident when I am going to speak with a Native American speaker.

I recommend her not only to students, but to professionals too that want to master the everyday speaking.  

May 30, 2018 Here is a note from my Egyptian pharmacy student.

Hello Jennifer, 

I have just received my Toefl result and guess what! I passed it and got 26 in the speaking section. 

We did it, Jennifer and I am really thankful that I met you. You helped me a lot and motivated me and gave me a hope that I can do it and never gave up on me.

I'll send you the report later today and here is an attachment of my grades.

Please let me know if you want me to write any reviews or if I can help you by any means as you helped me.

Thank you so so much!

Diana (Diana is a pharmacist from Egypt)

       Test                          Test Date             Reading    Listening    Speaking    Writing    Total
TOEFL iBT    Sat May 08:06:29 EDT 2018    23               25               26                 24            98

CONGRATULATIONS Diana. I'm so proud of you. You worked hard for this.

 

I'm 77 years old. I am from Brazil. One of my hobbies is studying foreign languages. I have studied English since my youth. As to reading and writing, I have gained considerable knowledge, so much so that most of my books are in English. However, in talking to people on the street, or watching a movie, my English still left a lot to be desired. So I decided to look for a native teacher on the internet and, luckily, I met Ms DeLapp. I did not regret the choice.  During this time I have been taking classes with her, I have vastly improved my ability to understand and speak English, losing the fear that prevented me from spontaneously initiating a conversation with natives. Ms DeLapp is very polite, attentive and extremely punctual, besides mastering the English language. If anyone wants to improve their English, Ms DeLapp is an excellent choice. I thank her for how much I've learned.

I'm 77 years old. I am from Brazil. One of my hobbies is studying foreign languages. I have studied English since my youth. As to reading and writing, I have gained considerable knowledge, so much so that most of my books are in English. However, in talking to people on the street, or watching a movie, my English still left a lot to be desired. So I decided to look for a native teacher on the internet and, luckily, I met Ms DeLapp. I did not regret the choice.

During this time I have been taking classes with her, I have vastly improved my ability to understand and speak English, losing the fear that prevented me from spontaneously initiating a conversation with natives. Ms DeLapp is very polite, attentive and extremely punctual, besides mastering the English language. If anyone wants to improve their English, Ms DeLapp is an excellent choice. I thank her for how much I've learned.

My name is Georgy. I live in Moscow, Russia. I am 36 years old. I studied English at school and since then I've had a huge break in practicing English. So I was looking for a teacher to help me refresh my English skills, especially my speaking ability.  I am very happy that I came across Jennifer's website. She is a very organized, 100% punctual and professional. We have been studying for several months already and I have definitely made good progress. I have started to speak much more confidently and I make fewer mistakes. Jennifer is a delicate and easygoing teacher. Although I am not a good speaker and I can even say a shy person, I feel very comfortable during the lessons and she helps me a lot to concentrate on grammar and vocabulary so that I can make better progress.

My name is Georgy. I live in Moscow, Russia. I am 36 years old. I studied English at school and since then I've had a huge break in practicing English. So I was looking for a teacher to help me refresh my English skills, especially my speaking ability.

I am very happy that I came across Jennifer's website. She is a very organized, 100% punctual and professional. We have been studying for several months already and I have definitely made good progress. I have started to speak much more confidently and I make fewer mistakes. Jennifer is a delicate and easygoing teacher. Although I am not a good speaker and I can even say a shy person, I feel very comfortable during the lessons and she helps me a lot to concentrate on grammar and vocabulary so that I can make better progress.