I teach students how to teach themselves. My lessons focus on each student's personal interests, emphasizing conversation-building from the first day. Typically, students tell me about their interests, and I supply the vocabulary and grammar to help them express whatever they wish to say. Piece by piece, sentence by sentence, the information snowballs gradually and painlessly until they feel confident expressing themselves orally and on paper. I also incorporate books, comics, cartoons, subtitles, and other media to promote absorption and consolidation.
I am a former neuroscientist who is fluent in English, French, and Brazilian Portuguese. Over the last few years, I have tutored eleven students in these languages and in introductory Mandarin. I have worked extensively in multilingual environments with Portuguese and French speakers, and am a professional translator for an international playwright.
Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in Neuroscience (2011)
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
English, Portuguese, French (fluent)
Spanish, Mandarin (advanced intermediate)
Languages R.US, Beverly, MA, September 2015 - Present
Coach students of all ages pursuing the study of Portuguese, French, and ESL.
Generate customized activities and games that engage students by focusing on their personal interests.
Create abundant opportunities for students to speak and listen, encouraging repetition and recombination while avoiding hypnosis and boredom.
Utilize books, comic books, subtitles, and other media to promote absorption and retention.
Translate the works of successful international playwright John Minigan from English into Portuguese, in order to enable performances in Brazil. Plays translated include “The Maltese Walter/O Walter Maltês” and “The Shakespeare Code/ O Código de Shakespeare.”
Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, May – August 2011
LAB INTERN, DEPARTMENT OF NEUROSCIENCE
Served as lab assistant in microdialysis experiment related to 18-MC, a potential anti-addiction medication.
Entrusted with rodent care and maintenance, rodent injections, microdialysis surgeries (approx. 80 hours experience), running the HPLC machinery and related software, generating brain slices with a Cryostat, and staining (Cresyl-violet).
Saratoga Mentoring, Saratoga Springs, NY, January 2009 – August 2011
Volunteered as a mentor for an energetic and economically underprivileged eight-year old boy.
Planned activities, played games, and aspired to be a role model.
Orchestrated group activities with the large pool of mentoring children.
Acted as chaperone on the bus and on field trips.
Matthew has tutored me in several languages and I've always appreciated his patience. Although he is the coach, he approaches teaching almost as if he were still a student: consistently open to discovering the possibilities of communication, he builds a great deal of trust with the student by showing them that learning never ends. This direction creates an invaluable sense of teamwork. He is humble, friendly, creative (often teaches with cartoons), and downright effective. I wish Matthew taught more subjects!
I met Matthew in Beverly near a European cafe where multiple languages are spoken from Russian to Portuguese. Matthew has an expansive knowledge on multiple languages and always makes learning fun and easy to do. Learning from him will give students the ability to speak nearly any language with the same confidence as their first. Not only do I recommend him as a Superprof, I urge those who truly wish to learn a language to study under him.
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