Barbara Hall

Barbara Hall



Barbara Hall has a B.A. degree (cum laude) from Carleton University and a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto. In addition, she studied Education at MacDonald College, McGill University,  and completed a TESL Canada accredited program for teaching English as a second language.

In Toronto, Canada, she is the Founder and CEO of Learning Tree Tutors – Tutoring Services and of  The English Circle  in Toronto, Canada.

Previously, Barbara held teaching, library and management positions in universities and research centres in Hong Kong, the Middle East, Australia and the United States.


Tutoring Services

Tutoring Services:

Barbara Hall is the founder, CEO and general manager of  two tutoring services companies:   The English Circle and Learning Tree Tutors (Toronto). Both services provides tutoring but the emphasis is on different subjects and types of students.

 English Circle logoThe English Circle – All About English  www.theenglishcircle.com

offers private classes in English and ESL/English as a second language. This service provides 1-on-1 tutoring to students of all ages and levels, but the students are primarily adults interested in improving their English for academic studies or business.  Special training is also available for foreign accent reduction.  The stated goal of The Englsh Circle is to see students acquire self-confidence by improving their English language skills for school or work.


 9838085_streeLearning Tree Tutors   www.learningtreetutors.net

provides in-home tutoring services in the Toronto area for a full range of Ontario curriculum subjects (Grades K to 12):  English and the Language Arts, Mathematics, French and the Sciences. Tutoring is also provided for many university-level courses as well as writing skills programs for students of all ages.  Learning Tree Tutors provides help with homework, remedial tutoring, learning enhancement, assistance with special learning difficulties, and prepares students for tests and exams.


Language Links

Barbara Hall

Language Links for English


The following are some useful links to resources on writing and language:

Academic Writing & Citations

A guide for writing research papers (MLA style)

Developed by the Arthur C. Banks Library, Connecticut, this guide was last updated in May 2004 to reflect recommendations in the MLA Handbook’s sixth edition (2003) and on the MLA’s own Web pages.

APA Style

The American Psychological Association style manual.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online

A publication of the University of Chicago Press.

MLA Essentials: Research Paper Checklist

MLA Essentials by Answers.com. The Modern Language Association’s guidelines for academic writing –helps you format your paper and cite your sources in an organized, standardized way.

Writer’s Handbook

PUW-Madison Writer’s Handbook, produced by The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Creative Writing Resource Guide is a guidebook to creative writing by Freebooks.

History of English

A Very Brief History of the English Language

Online Etymology Dictionary

Number of Words
Number of Words in the English Language


Ethnologue: Languages of the World

Vocabulary Building

The 1000 Most Common Words in English

The 1000 most common words in English listed in both order of frequency and alphabetical order.

Compleat Lexical Tutor

Students can test their knowledge of vocabulary from frequency word lists to see what level they should be working on, practice reading and listening, study the lists of words, and analyze their own work.


Common Errors in EnglishUsage

Extensive alphabetical list of the most common errors in English, with concise explanations.

Guide to Grammar and Style

Information on grammar rules and writing style, with points listed alphabetically.

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

Grammar, punctuation and structure explanations with quizzes for each chapter.

Barbara Hall


Barbara Hall