Hello! This site is intended to be a resource for TESOL teachers around the world. Additionally this site is here to provide invaluable information for those of you wanting to pursue an exciting career in the world of TESOL!
I have an MA in TESOL from the University of Southern California (Go Trojans!). I have taught ESL, children’s theater, and yoga for over 12 years. In my teaching I seek to find new ways to integrate the arts and multimedia into the ESL classroom; I seek to create innovative teaching with little to no resources, and I strive to promote learner autonomy through cooperative learning.
I currently teach Intermediate-Advanced ESOL to adults.
I have lived abroad in the United Kingdom, Jordan, and Indonesia. I have travelled to Malaysia, China, Brazil, Mexico, France, Spain, Scotland, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia, Palestine/Israel and my favorite… India! (Almost a tie with Indonesia.) I love learning about new cultures and sharing my cultural heritage with others.
My research while at USC focused on alternate approaches in communicative learning, learner autonomy in the classroom, assessment alternatives for ESL students, and online learning. I believe a curriculum should employ needs assessments for the students, be challenging yet accessible to all levels, and align with current ESL standards. I believe data driven assessment and other means of informal and formal assessment, such as portfolios, can help adult ESL students meet their goals, develop self efficacy, and prepare them for university work.
During my studies at USC, I served on a student advisory committee for improving the MAT program, wrote for the MAT@USC blog, and formed an online job opportunity board for MAT candidates at USC.
In my classroom, I create a dynamic learning environment through multimedia projects
is a true community of learners, where all students are treated with respect and encouragement. I employ needs assessments for students in order to differentiate my curriculum, and I believe content should be engaging, challenging, accessible to all levels, and align with current ESL standards. I believe data driven assessment and other means of informal and formal assessment, such as portfolios, can help adult ESL students meet their goals, develop self-efficacy, and prepare them for university work. I encourage my ESL students to get out into their community for experiential learning. I aim to provide my students with knowledge and skills to be highly effective and contributing global citizens.
I have worked with both beginning through advanced students. The experience I gained in the classroom gave me tools to teach multi-level students from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
I am always interested in connecting with colleagues about TESOL, so please drop me a line if you want to get in touch!