Friday, Mar. 11, 2016
Hometown: York, ME
Background: Teaching writing and composition at the postsecondary level.
Why did you chose the TESOL Certificate Program?
I chose the TESOL program because much of my teaching has informed and taught me the significance of TESOL work. The first college writing class I ever taught, while in graduate school, had a student from Korea who was an English language learner. He approached me after one of the first classes with a series of concerns about writing, reading, and working in an English class; I remember how limited my toolset was and how little I could offer him. And, of course, I remember understanding the importance to contemporary teaching TESOL was and will continue to be.
What has been your favorite class and why?
Intercultural Communication. I love the ways in which [instructor] Nadja provides us with scholarship and research within the field and encourages us to apply and incorporate the theoretical findings into our teaching and approaches to teaching. Too, much of the scholarship helped me rethink how I would often approach a teaching situation or moment, often through the ways in which we often evoke or rely on culture-based norms or assumptions.
What are your career goals?
In addition to considering teaching abroad, I really hope to combine my previous experiences teaching writing and reading at the postsecondary level with my TESOL Certificate to work explicitly within the literacy field, from teaching an ESL Writing class to working at a university or community college’s writing center.
What advice do you have for prospective TCP students?
Regardless of your experience teaching or learning another language, I’d prepare to rethink and re-approach many of your current practices. I enjoyed the amount of unlearning, discarding previous norms or “myths” about teaching or language acquisition, I engaged in while in the program.