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I have always had a love for travel, languages, and other cultures. Having grown-up in the United States as first generation American, I was able to experience the nuances of language and culture first-hand within my own family. I was also given the gift of traveling at a young age spending part of my summer breaks in Europe. My love for ‘the other’ continued into my adulthood – undergraduate degrees in International Affairs and History, courses in French and Italian, and eventually trips to South Asia and South America. All of this eventually led me to the field of TESOL and International/Intercultural Education – which was the perfect fusion of my passion for teaching, language, and culture. I love seeing the world through my students’ eyes which helps me recognize the value of perspective, challenges my own way of thinking and perception of the world and, ultimately, helps me see how interconnected we truly are.

Qualifications (Or Why Study with Cheryl)

Masters in TESOL
Masters in International/Intercultural Education
University teaching experience
Business language teaching experience
Scored TOEIC exams
Taught Accent Reduction courses
Taught TOEFL Test Prep courses
Native Speaker
Experience teaching all levels
Experience teaching all subjects
Patient and Creative Teacher
Supportive Learning Environment
Undergraduate degrees in International Affairs and History


Books Worth Investing In

Azar Grammar
The Azar Grammar Series is by far one of my favorites. I love teaching grammar from these books because the information is presented a way that is clear and concise.

The textbooks and workbooks also include answer keys in the back of the book which will enable you to self-correct your work.

Azar offers three levels of grammar instruction:

Beginner Level (red color)

Basic English Grammar with Audio CDs and Answer Key (4th edition)
Basic English Grammar Workbook (4th edition; student edition)

Intermediate Level (grey color)

Fundamentals of English Grammar with Audio CDs and Answer Key (4th edition)
Fundamentals of English Grammar Workbook (4th edition; student edition)

Advanced Level (blue color)

Understanding and Using English Grammar with Audio CDs and Answer Key (4th edition)
Understanding and Using English Grammar Workbook (4th edition; student edition)

Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook by Gail Brenner

Idioms are tricky (they don’t directly translate and sometimes bend the rules of grammar). What I love about this book is that it is teacher and student friendly. The book is designed in a way to make idioms less overwhelming since they are divided into categories making it easier to master this tricky part of American English.

Learning English through the News

Free news sites are a great way to help you improve your listening and reading comprehension and build vocabulary. Staying abreast of current events and issues also increases the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with native English speakers.

The Times in Plain English
This website takes current articles from news publications and rewrites them using simpler English (easier grammatical structures and vocabulary).

New York Time’s Times Minute
Short videos (some as short as 2 minutes) of recent international news, politics, ideas, and culture.

BBC 6 Minute English
Short podcasts on a diverse range of interesting topics that will help you improve your listening comprehension. Transcripts and vocabulary terms are provided.

BBC Words in the News
Although this series has ended, you can access their archives of short videos that help build listening comprehension and vocabulary. Each video includes a vocabulary exercise at the end.

BBC Lingohack
Listen to and watch up-to-date news bulletins from BBC World and learn key words and phrases that help you make sense of the news.

BBC News Report
Improve your listening skills and build vocabulary through authentic audio news stories from the BBC.

E-NEWS: Weekly News for English Language Learners
I really like this site because it provides articles on current events written for 3 different levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced (and it’s easy to navigate between levels). Key definitions are provided to aid comprehension and build vocabulary. Audio reading is provided as well.

Ted Talks
Interesting and thought-provoking presentations. Search for talks that are based on your interests to help you build your listening comprehension and vocabulary.

New York Times
Well-written news articles covering top stories in politics, business, sports, etc. Limited access to their articles without a subscription.

The Economist
A weekly publication covering in depth analysis of current events. The Economist also provides an audio feature in which the full text of each week’s issue is read by professional broadcasters.

Writing Websites

Purdue Online Writing Lab

A great site run by Purdue University. Provides guidance on writing and grammar tips for students learning English. The site also provides guidelines on citing sources for undergraduate and graduate writing (APA and MLA styles). The link above will bring you to the student portion of the ESL section which will help you navigate the site a bit easier.

Vocabulary Websites

Language Guide
I like the vocabulary portion of this website. Provides 11 vocabulary categories, which includes numbers, food, the house, etc. Place your cursor over the image to hear how the word/phrase is pronounced and to see how it is written. The site also gives you the ability to learn the same vocabulary in languages other than English.

American Culture

Want to have a better understanding of American Culture? Check out these links…

This American Life
Thematic storytelling that can provide insight into the diversity and complexities of American culture. Audio is available on their website, podcast, or on the radio.

Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

A weekly radio show that humorously recaps the weeks news and events. Understanding humor can be challenging since it requires an understanding of current events and cultural norms. Episodes are available to listen to via the web, podcast or on radio.


-Why is TELEPB different?
Your lessons are individually designed based on your level (determined by pre-assessments) and your English language learning goals. Many language schools offer a “one-fits-all” approach to course design. At TELEPB, no two courses are alike. This provides a more targeted and more flexible approach to improving your English in the shortest amount of time.
Course design can include the following components:
accent reduction/pronunciation
business English
test preparation for TOEFL and TOEIC

-English in the Real World
Immersion is the fastest way to learn a language. Not only is Palm Beach and its surrounding areas beautiful, there are lots and lots of native English language speakers which gives you the opportunity to learn and practice English in natural real world settings.

Click on this video to see the beauty that Palm Beach County has to offer.
From it’s beautiful beaches and waterways to its cultural and fine dining experiences, South Florida has something to offer everyone. Plus, it’s conveniently located between Miami and Orlando.

Assistance can be provided for travel and housing arrangements.

-Business English
As a business professional, I know your time is limited. Business English language courses are specifically designed based on your professional needs to help you develop the necessary English language skills to succeed in the global market.

The following language skills, depending on your workplace needs, can be addressed throughout the course:
specialized vocabulary
accent reduction

Workplace topics and skills can include the following based on your professional needs:
writing emails
phone conversations

Course content also addresses the role that intercultural communication plays in the workplace. Topics can include the following:
communication styles
physical space,
sense of time
social cues
gestures, etc.