After working with business leaders and local schools to advance those aims, Sheldon enrolled first in Columbia’s Master of Regional Studies (East Asia) program and then, in 2008, in TC’s TCSOL certificate program. Today, teaching Chinese language and history to middle-schoolers at Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York, Sheldon says both experiences served him well.
“As a non-native speaker, I know what the opportunities and challenges are for second language students. The TCSOL curriculum provided me with the tools necessary to articulate these to the students and to implement tasks and authentic language situations to enhance their learning experience,” he says. The ultimate payoff: “If you understand the language, you can get a deeper understanding of what the culture is all about and have the ability work more effectively and collaboratively with your counterparts outside of the United States, no matter what career is chosen by the student.”
Published Wednesday, May. 11, 2011