Monday, Mar. 28, 2016
Hometown: The Bronx, NY
Background: 19 years as an Instructor, 18 years with the State University of New York North Bronx Career Center teaching and developing the curriculum for the Business Office Technology certificate program.
Why did you choose the TESOL Certificate Program?
I chose the TESOL Certificate Program at TC Columbia University due to their blended learning format as well as the fact that it is one of the top ranked schools in the field. The practicum portion of the course really appealed to me as it provides an opportunity to be mentored by an experienced teacher while teaching real language learners enrolled in the language program. The program has been rigorous and quite intense at times but I have enjoyed every minute of it.
What has been your favorite course and why?
Every course addresses pedagogical methods and approaches that are informative and relevant for language teaching. However, due to the interactive activities in Classroom Practices with Michelle Stabler-Havener, it is my favorite. We have learned a variety of teaching techniques, how to form assessments, how to integrate the four communicative skills in every language lesson and written an abundance of lesson plans designed for English language learners. Although the class is very demanding, each lesson is providing us with a firm foundation as English language teachers.
What are your career goals?
My immediate career goals are to teach ESL to adults at my current place of employment. In the future, I wish to teach abroad.
What advice do you have for prospective TCP students?
My advice for prospective TCP students is to review grammar before the course begins and to get familiar with Google Docs as they will be assigned as part of many group projects and using this technology is one way to make life easier.