What is Applied ESL?

They call me Teacher Dara


June 2005-June 2020

Hello students! My name is Dara K. Fulton and I am an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. My students call me "Teacher Dara." I have been an ESL teacher for 15 years. I have a Bachelor's degree in English, two Associates degrees, and both TESOL and TEFL certifications. I LOVE being a student as much as I LOVE being a teacher. I met many wonderful people, had great experiences, and wore many different hairstyles! The one thing that has remained the same is my passion for teaching English to adults. I am a creative teacher who loves to make people smile and feel comfortable. I love helping people and drinking coffee!


After having two hip surgeries, being laid off from work, and feeling unhappy, I decided to pursue my dream. I decided to start my own ESL tutoring company called Applied ESL. Applied ESL is an online English tutoring service with a creative approach. I help adult learners build their confidence while they improve their English speaking skills. 

When students feel COMFORTABLE, they LEARN better. Many adult students feel they can't learn English. They don't feel comfortable speaking English, because they don't want to feel or look "stupid." Learning English is a process but it doesn't have to be uncomfortable. Applied ESL is a service that will help students to feel COMFORTABLE and CONFIDENT in speaking English. No student is "stupid." 

My interest is helping the everyday man and woman who are looking to speak conversational English, using English for everyday situations such as introducing yourself, making a doctor's appointment, or buying your favorite cup of coffee. I teach beginner and intermediate levels of English. My lessons are focused on speaking, listening, and pronunciation. 

I always tell my students, "Try your best," because when you TRY your best, you DO your best. I hope to be YOUR teacher :)

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Lessons that meet different 
student learning needs
  • I offer one-to-one tutoring sessions to adults online via Skype and Zoom. Students must have some speaking knowledge of English. I only speak English (sorry) :(

  • Group tutoring sessions are welcomed.

  • Lessons are  for 1 hour.

  • Lessons focus on formal and informal American conversation, listening, and pronunciation skills

  • Each lesson is based on students' needs and interests.

  • Visuals and educational materials (pictures,  videos, worksheets) may be used during tutoring sessions to enhance student learning.

  • Lesson packages are available. 

  • Students are welcomed to suggest topics they want to learn EXCEPT topics about religion, politics, or anything controversial. 

  • The Applied ESL student contract must be read, agreed, and signed by both the teacher and student to start lessons. 

  • Payments are accepted through PayPal.

Check out my LIVE weekly series on Instagram, Workbook Wednesdays at 5pm where I teach FREE English lessons based from the Applied ESL Life Skills Student Workbook. I also share tips for teachers so they can use the lessons for their students.

Curriculum and trial lessons
Latest News

JULY 1, 2020 Applied ESL did its FIRST ORIENTATION online! Click on the "Orientation" tab to watch and learn HOW Applied ESL can help YOU learn English!


Teacher Evelyn and Teacher Rick bought the Applied ESL Life Skills Student Workbook for their students. Teacher Evelyn teaches beginner level English to adults and Teacher Rick teaches children. This workbook can be a great resource for ALL teachers and students!

Want to help YOUR students like Teacher Evelyn? Click here for details: 
Applied ESL, LLC is a Limited Liability Corporation and is registered by the state of New York, the United States. Applied ESL was formally known as Dara's ESL which started in 2018. The name Applied ESL and its business officially became a LLC in February 2019.
Dara K. Fulton is the sole owner and teacher of Applied ESL.


The purpose of Applied ESL tutoring service is to help students gain conversational fluency and build confidence to speak English. My service will be a start or a supplement to your learning needs. 


Each lesson is student-centered meaning topics and materials will vary based on students’ needs and interests. A confidence tip is added after every lesson.


Students will have some knowledge of spoken English


Goal: to help students feel confident while learning and practicing English speaking, listening, and pronunciation skills.



What does Level 1 mean?

Level 1 means low-beginner; students at this level cannot speak much English but have some knowledge of the language. 


What does Level 2 mean?

Level 2 means beginner; students at this level can hold a simple conversation in English. 

What does intermediate level mean?

Intermediate level means levels 3 and 4; students at this level can speak English whether formally or informally. They still struggle with pronunciation, but can understand basic words, sentences, and grammar.

Trial Lessons are offered to students who want to get to an idea about lessons. These lessons are FREE and for 15 minutes.

What do students have to say about Teacher Dara ?


Dara was my teacher from January to May 2018. She’s not only a very good teacher, professional and responsible but is also a good person, friendly and lovely with a big heart. Always respectful with everyone. Her moto was: Try your best! Learning English is a long and non easy process but always you try your best. Thank you Dara. - Erinda, Italy

My opinion she is best teacher. She knows what she is doing. She was not only teaching English. At the same time you are learning so many experience from her. Such as American culture, talking tips (native, non native etc.). Important thing she is so kind and open mind. Thank you so much DARA TEACHER. - Tayfun, Turkey

It was a very good experience with one of the best teachers I have had. She has a lot of information to teach, a friendly teacher with a good heart. She gave a high quality of teaching and using a creative and new ways. If I had a chance to choose my teacher I will choose Dara, and I advice everyone who want to learn English join Dara's classes. - Enrique, Palestine

If you are starting to learn English, or you are studying it a long time but haven't felt confident, maybe you shy, but you NEED IT, you should meet with Dara K. Fulton. She was so kind and friendly, she was very supported by me, that I started to speak quickly and without big stress. She is passionate about her job and maybe you will become best friends if you will be friendly too. I truly recommend getting acquainted with her. She is awesome. -Olga, Russia

Gunay is the FIRST student of Applied ESL since it launched in 2019, and has been working with Teacher Dara for over a year. Gunay is from Azerbaijan.

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