Oral English Proficiency Program Department of English

Private Tutors

A variety of resources are available in the Purdue and Lafayette-West Lafayette community. Below are the names of individuals offering private ESL instruction. We provide this list as a courtesy to students and non-students alike, but we cannot be responsible for the quality of services provided. Please contact these individuals directly for information on their fees for services.

Individuals seeking ESL instruction are also encouraged to consider the options listed on our Community Resources in ESL page.

If you are interested in private tutoring and want to appear on our website, please send a cover letter, resume and CV to oepp@purdue.edu

Mary Maxine Browne

Mary Maxine is fluent in Dutch, German and Spanish, and has long-term experience living abroad in the Netherlands, Great Britain and Canada. Her professional background is in writing, literature and theatre. Mary Maxine specializes in accent reduction with ESL students and has been active as a long-term private ESL tutor for many Purdue international students. She also has several years experience teaching and tutoring ESL students in her capacities as an instructor for ENGL 106, Writing Composition, as well as serving for five years as the writing tutor for a Purdue graduate course in grant and proposal writing. Concurrent to these activities, she also edits for ESL writers at Purdue who are completing masters' and doctoral theses. Mary Maxine can be reached by phone at 765-743-1030 or via email, mmb@purdue.edu.

Heather Day

Heather grew up in Great Britain and emigrated to the United States as a high school student. She has lived and worked in four countries, and she has studied and continues to study several languages. Her B.A. is in French and she holds two master's degrees. Heather has worked as a professional librarian, and she has had experience in editing, grant-writing, and compiling bibliographies for publication. She has also taught academic writing classes and TOEFL at the ESOL Program at Purdue Village and as a lecturer at Purdue University.  Currently, Heather teaches Reading classes for ESL students in the English Language Program at Morton Community Center, West Lafayette (Facebook.com/EnglishLanguageProgram)  She also has an editing service for graduate students, visiting scholars, and faculty. She can be reached via email, heatherday027@gmail.com.

Jeff Katz

Jeff has a B.S. in biology from Purdue. He was a volunteer tutor, a teacher's aide and finally a teacher at the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy where he had a now-expired Indiana teacher's license. Jeff has been teaching English to visiting professors and scholars, PhD students, and their spouses since 1999. He enjoys helping students improve their confidence (ja-shin-gam) and pronunciation by talking and reading about subjects of interest with them in a relaxed atmosphere. Jeff can be reached by phone any day until midnight at 765-586-5966 or by email at katz1803@gmail.com.

Beth Lageveen

Beth has been teaching English to international students for over 10 years. She has an M.S. degree from Purdue in Education and holds a current Indiana teaching certificate. She is currently an instructor for the Oral English Proficiency Program at Purdue University and has taught  for Tippecanoe School Corporation's Adult ESL program, Purdue's ESOL program, and for IOR Global Services. Beth tutors students of all ages and levels. She also tutors long-distance on Skype. Beth enjoys helping students with conversation skills, pronunciation and acclimating to the U.S. She can be reached in the evenings at 765-743-8218 or by email, blagevee@purdue.edu.

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