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

Leah Bechtold

Leah Bechtold has been volunteering and teaching English as a Second Language for over six years.  She has an academic background in Teaching English to Students of other languages as well as in communication and speech performance. Leah taught English in Myanmar for six months. She was an English Language Learner instructor for two years at the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy where she created lesson plans focusing on grammar, pronunciation, and conversation skills. Leah now works as a private English tutor. She specializes in developing unique lessons for each student's needs and abilities. Leah also helps with email writing, interview preparation, and editing research papers in a variety of fields for English learners. She currently acts as a pronunciation coach for visiting scholars and professors as well. Her passion is to help people grow in all aspects of language learning. She can be contacted by email or phone: leahkbechtold@gmail.com or 417-241-8284.

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 with her family. 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 also taught ESL classes in writing, reading, grammar, and TOEFL for the ESOL Program at Purdue Village, as a lecturer at Purdue University, and for the English Language Program at Morton. Currently, Heather works with non-native speakers of English who need short-term tutoring in conversation, writing, or interviewing and job preparation. She can be reached at heatherday027@gmail.com.

Hannah Fischer

Hannah Fischer is a Purdue Alumni and native English speaker. She has prior teaching experience for the Oral English Proficiency Program and teaching American Sign Language (ASL 10100) at Purdue. She has a specialized academic background (B.S.-Speech, Language Hearing Sciences; M.S.- Speech Language Pathology) in the English language. Her knowledge in English pronunciation, anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, and the English phonetic system allow her to identify and target student's pronunciation difficulties effectively. Also, being a former OEPP tutor, she has experience helping students improve their presentational speaking skills and other major areas of oral English (fluency, grammar, idiomatic language, etc). Tutoring services are individualized and may comprise in-person meetings, video phone calls, or both. Hannah can be reached by email at h18fischer@gmail.com or phone at 1-219-689-9388.

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.


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