Meet Our Students: Annette | TESOL Certificate Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certification

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Meet Our Students: Annette

Today we are pleased to introduce you to Annette, who is currently enrolled in the part-time fall/spring TESOL Certificate Program.

Name: Annette 

Hometown: New York City

Background: I graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in East Asian Studies.

Why did you choose the TESOL Certificate Program?

I chose this program because it offered students the opportunity to teach in TC’s Community Language Program. I did not have any prior experience of teaching ESL and I thought it was great that this onsite portion allowed the students to teach actual non-native speakers of English with the help of a mentor.

What has been your favorite class and why?

My favorite class is Classroom Practices. This is because during the onsite portion, we get the opportunity to micro-teach and receive feedback from the teacher and classmates! Also, we get to learn more about our own teaching styles in this class.

What are your career goals?

I want to teach ESL to adult immigrants here in New York City. Most immigrants come here to the States for a better opportunity. However, for them to find a job, they need to know English. I want to help them improve their English and hopefully help them find their dreams here in New York City.

What advice do you have for prospective TCP students?

Teaching is also learning process. Don’t be afraid to take risks and have fun! Your peers and teachers will be there to support you throughout the program!