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Part 3: CUTV News spotlights ESL Expert Dr. Angela Koponen of Koponen Associates

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Center, TX – If you have talent, skills and education, but no experience, it can be extremely difficult to land that first job. It can be especially difficult if your grasp of the English language is lacking.

Dr. Angela Koponen is an editor, writing coach, and public speaking expert for English as a Second Language (ESL) professionals. As the founder of Koponen Associates, Dr. Koponen offers a full range of editing and writing services with a special emphasis in working with ESL professionals, as well as coaching in presentation and public speaking for career development. 

Dr. Koponen says she’s had a special talent for working with non-native English speakers from a young age.

“It started in the sixth grade,” recalls Dr. Koponen. “We had a Cuban refugee in our class. I spent a lot of time with her going through magazines. She would point to a picture and I would tell her what it was and help her pronounce it correctly. She was getting a constant immersion of English language. I loved it. Since then, people who need help with their English have gravitated to me.”

“I also have a real knack for helping people get what they want,” says Dr. Koponen. “If they want a new job, I can coach them toward acquiring the skills to land a job. We can level the playing field.”

Dr. Koponen says she inspires her students by challenging them.

“It’s your civic duty now to speak for those who cannot speak up for themselves,” says Dr. Koponen. “You’ve got something now that can help others, so use it to help others.”

For more information, visit http://www.koponenassociates.com

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