ESL and American Workplace Culture Instruction
I am a certified TESOL instructor with decades of experience in a variety of classroom environments. I have created a highly successful course in American workplace language and culture for a diverse population of adult ESL students in the hospitality industry.
Whether your limited-English employees are out front serving customers or in the back of the shop, I can help them build their conversational skills to be more professional and efficient with customers, co-workers and management.
Contact me now to set up an on-site consultation. I am based in Los Angeles and offer training services anywhere in Southern California. However, please do not hesitate to contact me if you are out of the area. If my services are the right fit for your needs I can offer training anywhere in the United States.
I am a conversation coach for ESL adults as they prepare for interviews and move into the workplace.
Becoming confident and efficient at work requires much more than proper grammar. It requires an understanding of the unspoken meanings, cues and feelings that native speakers take for granted. In a safe and engaging environment, I offer the next level of fluency training that adult students need after passing ESL classes.
My instruction is constantly interactive, and students leave class feeling confident and energized. Students often report that my class is the essential ingredient, securing the mechanics learned in academic ESL classes.
I have a unique ability to meet each student exactly where they are.
I take great pride in the fact that even the most timid students feel safe to speak up, play, make mistakes, laugh and try again. I have deep respect for those adults who are working toward better lives and it is my joy to help them progress.
"Dear Shelly Blaisdell, I am thank to you for so many reasons. Thank you for your amazing patience. I know we had a lot of questions but you are always answer everything, vocabularies, phrases, meanings etc. You always make sure we were understanding. You are not just a teacher you are truly a helper."
"Shelly is an exceptional teacher and put a lot of effort and interest on all of us. She makes sure that the whole group learns. She helped us with real life scenarios and encouraged all of us to practice and participate."
"I'm really grateful to be part of this training because this class was very helpful to me. The classes were very interesting and simple to understand but the most important was Miss Shelly. She is very polite and respectful person when she teach us. Shelly was very focus on the most important [things] to know about every topic."
Culver City Unified School District, Los Angeles Area
Substitute Teacher - January 2019 - Present
Teaching middle and advanced levels of English as a Second Language to adults. Also performing assessments and specialized instruction for Adults with learning delays or Special Needs.
Hospitality Training Academy, Los Angeles
Teacher - April 2018 - December 2019
Created a curriculum to teach adults from around the world the cultural skills needed to be hired for and keep entry-level jobs in the hospitality industry. Created unique activities to help adult students understand many of the unspoken codes of conduct of the American workplace and of Customer Service. The program builds on the skills learned in ESL classes to develop facility in effective, real-world conversational communication.
Kelly Educational Staffing, Los Angeles
Substitute Teacher - 2000 - 2014
Serving the Green-Dot schools, some of Los Angeles’ most at risk students. In addition to teaching regular classes, I also coached individual students as they prepared for exit interviews. Most of these students were first and second generation citizens.
Awarded by UC Irvine
Subjects: Citizenship, History, Social Sciences, ABE, and ESL
IET (Integrated Education Training)
Specialized instruction offered via LAUSD in the new approaches to co-teaching ESL with workplace skills and CTE classes.
The Davis Method Level one.
This is a trademarked system for teaching children and adults with Visual Processing Disorders.
Evergreen State College
BA - English and Cultural Studies
Contact me to schedule an initial phone consultation.
I am based in Los Angeles and offer training services anywhere in Southern California. However, please do not hesitate to contact me if you are out of the area. If my services are the right fit for your needs I can offer training anywhere in the United States.
5001 Maytime Lane
Culver City, California 90230