ESL Services (TESOL)

Teaching philosophy: My role as a teacher is to provide an enthusiastic, interactive learning experience that adapts to the needs of the student, welcoming mistakes as learning tools and fostering lifelong language development.

Choose Karilogue, LLC for your ESL needs!

I have lived abroad, in a country to which I moved without knowing the language. I know how hard it is. I know what it is like to not be understood. I know what it is like to be unable to express yourself. I know how embarrassing it can be to use the wrong word. I know what it is like to understand a concept but be unable to explain it. I know what it is like to feel “dumb” in a foreign language. I know what it is like to watch your child struggle as they encounter a new language.

Let me help you move beyond those feelings and obstacles, making you more confident and comfortable in your surroundings–at home, work, or school.


I am a native speaker of English, with a Master’s Degree in Linguistics.  I am available to perform ESL classes for all ages and levels of English learners, via Skype or in person in the Frederick, MD region.

I will work with students, employers, and parents to tailor classes to students’ individual needs. My focus is on conversation, writing, and grammar. My fluency in and familiarity with other languages–Latin-based, Germanic, and Semitic–along with my graduate and undergraduate education in Linguistics, give me insight into why a speaker is making their specific errors. Lessons will address students’ weaknesses, which will be continually evaluated.

For students in any level of schooling, I will assist with English assignments.

Pricing: $35/hour.  Discounts available for small groups and/or siblings; other discounts, including need-based, may apply at my discretion.


I will come to your business in the region from Frederick to Gaithersburg, to teach groups of students. Prices negotiable, but will generally run $40-60/hour for classes of 3-15 students.


Recent feedback from tutoring via Verbling, where Kari’s rating is 5 stars, includes:

  • This was the most fun grammar lesson I’ve ever had – in fact it’s the only fun grammar lesson I’ve ever had (I hated grammar in school). I look forward to our next lesson, and I will read a lot in my grammar book until then! (2017 – Swedish adult learner)
  • Time and time again I notice how Kari is helping my little sister get better with her english. My sister enjoys the lessons and I see her making progress every week. Looking forward to many more lessons! (2017 – German teenage student)
  • I can tell that Kari is a linguist, she’s really amazing at pinpointing all these small mistakes I make when I speak – what makes my accent sound Swedish. I will take more lessons with her because this is really fascinating! (2017 – same Swedish adult learner)
  • Excelente, profesional y amigable. Refleja confianza y seguridad. Fue una experiencia muy agradable. (2017 – Puerto Rican adult learner)


Relevant experience:

I teach beginner ESL classes and substitute for intermediate and advanced levels at the International Language Institute in Gaithersburg, MD.  I am also adjunct faculty at Frederick Community College, where I am substituting until a class opens up.  I am registered as an English tutor through Wyzant and I am a registered Verbling online ESL tutor. I am a former TESOL volunteer, co-teaching a weekly drop-in class to a group ranging from 5-10 students, focusing on speaking and reading.  I have two years’ experience in teaching English to Arabic speakers in lecture, private, and workshop settings, and hosting an online course teaching Arabic-to-English translation.  I am a former TESOL instructor for summer-session Mexican foreign students.  I also have experience editing documents for German students making presentations in English…and more!

Relevant education includes: M.A., Linguistics, George Mason University (with TESOL coursework); coursework at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, MATESOL program; and various levels of education in foreign languages.

I was fluent in Spanish at one time, I was fluent in Arabic at one time, I am familiar with German, and I have used tourist levels of French, Italian, and other languages.  


Current and Recent Affiliations

Member, TESOL International Association, since 2016

Member, Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, since 2016

Member, Foreign Language Advocacy for Grade Schools, since 2010

Member, MENSA (Metropolitan Washington Mensa), since 2009


Member, American Association of Teachers of Arabic, 2003-2012

Member, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2006-2012

Member, American Dialect Society, 2010-2012

Student Member, Linguistic Society of America, 2009-2012

Member, Middle East Studies Association, 2004-2009

Member, National Council on Less Commonly Taught Languages, 2006-2012

Student Member, National Museum for Language, 2010-2012

Corporate Member, Association of Language Companies, 2006-2007

Associate Member, American Translators Association, 2006-2009

Corporate Member, Northern California Translators Association, 2006-2007