ESL Services (TESOL)

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 via Skype, or in person in the Frederick, MD region, for all ages and levels of English learners.

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.

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 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:

April 25, 2017
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!
March 29, 2017
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! :)

February 24, 2017

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!

February 23, 2017

Excelente, profesional y amigable. Refleja confianza y seguridad. Fue una experiencia muy agradable.

Relevant experience includes:

I teach beginner ESL classes and substitute for intermediate and advanced levels at the International Language Institute in Gaithersburg, MD.  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 (pro bono)…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