I have been teaching ESL for over 6 years, gaining experience teaching young learners, university students, and adults.
Areas of Expertise
Conversational English and Pronunciation
Materials and Assessment Development
Integrating Technology in
Pre-Service Teacher Training
Community Outreach and Engagement
Where I've Taught
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My 6 Teaching Beliefs
Language teaching should be meaning-based with content that is relevant to the students, appealing to their interests and reason for study.
Students can become knowledgeable about how language and culture intersect including understanding the importance of pragmatics. Learning to compare other cultures to their own can lead to compassionate and informed global citizens.
Inductive, Social Learning
Language learning is a social and inductive process. Students learn best when involved in stimulating and healthy debate, an exchange of ideas, and mutual learning.
The role of the teacher is not to tell the students what to think but to provide them the critical thinking skills and language capabilities to express their own thoughts, even when it differs from my own.
Power of Voice
Students can learn their voice is powerful and valued. By creating a classroom culture that encourages expression and debate confidence and independent can grow.
There is no single “best way” for a student to learn, students are unique and I believe it is my responsibility to assess their needs, listen to their feedback, and adjust, to ensure the success of every student in my class.
“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”
See me teach
This video is from an academic reading course for intermediate students at Mukogawa Forth Wright Institute.
See more about My Leadership and Pre-service Teacher training
Gonzaga ESL Community Outreach: the Community-based ESL Teacher Training Program
Under my direction, the program grew exponentially
To read more the project, and research, visit: www.communitytesolprogram.com
I have experience teaching young learners, university students, and adults.
Monolingual and Multilingual Classrooms
I have experience in teaching in Academic monolingual and multilingual classrooms.
I have taught Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking and Grammar in Intensive English Programs. The multilingual program attracts students from diverse language and cultural backgrounds. Students complete fun, interactive projects like Poster Presentations, online audio presentations, weekly field trips, and conversation circles.
Adult Immigrants and Refugees
While at Gonzaga, I was the Coordinator and a volunteer teacher with Gonzaga English Community Outreach, GECO. The program offers free ESL classes to adult immigrants and refugees and lets student-teachers gain teaching practice.
In this position, I coordinated a team of volunteers, including scheduling teachers, reviewing lesson plans, observing new teachers, and providing feedback. I also marketed the program on social media, researched grants and networked to get local news coverage.
In this position, I am laying the foundation for a future expansive program and developing solutions for language learning in large classes with limited resources. Additionally, my focus has been on developing critical thinking skills and breaking the norms of choral teaching and teacher-centered classrooms.
"To teach is to be full of hope."
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
100 Hour TEFL Certificate
International TEFL Academy
170-Hour TEFL Certificate
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Communication
Take a look at a selection of materials I have developed.
I often incorporate authentic texts, music, songs, and interactive activities.
Article Complied from Authentic Texts
Lesson using Song
Listening and Speaking
Lesson using Youtube
Lesson using Interview
Photos from my classrooms and programs
I am available as an ESL/EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, or NGO Educational Consultant.
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"Learners must no longer sit there and expect to be taught; teachers must no longer stand up there teaching all the time. Teachers have to learn to let go and learners have to learn to take hold."