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Reviews of 2022-2023 TESOL Narratives:

Telling Our Stories: Oral History Projects Both Big and Small

June 11, 2022

Presenter: Francie Woodford

Reviewer: Mellissa Toomey

How Can a Readers’ Theater Be Used to Combat Racism, Hate, and Injustice?

April 9, 2022

Presenter: Alexis Finger

Reviewer: William Albertson

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  • Friday, September 30, 2022 10:56 PM | Rob Sheppard (Administrator)

    Part Time ESL Instructor 

    About the IELP  

    The intensive English language program (IELP) is our largest program, with 10 levels of academic English. Students who complete the highest levels of the IELP meet the University's English language requirement for admission.  


    Overview 

    Part Time ESL Instructorare responsible for the planning and delivery of ESL classes within the curriculum of the intensive English language program (IELP). Instructors are expected to plan lessons, activities, homework, and formative assessments for the entire session. The IELP curriculum provides course objectives, textbooks, and end-of-level assessment, but teachers have some autonomy in implementing that curriculum. Regular, timely, reporting on attendance, student performance, and some other administrative functions are essential to this position.  


    Schedule 

    Specific schedules vary from session to session, but it is common for instructors to teach one or two classes per (7-week) session, each of which is from 4 to 6 hours of teaching per week, plus 30% paid preparation time. Classes meet in person in North Philadelphia 


    Approximate Breakdown of Duties 

    • 70% classroom instruction 
    • 20% preparation, assessment, curriculum 
    • 10% meetings and administration 


    Duties and Responsibilities 

    • Plan and deliver inclusive, student-centered academic English lessons within the provided curriculum framework 

    • Plan and administer appropriate formative and summative assessments 

    • Assign and score work using Canvas, providing student feedback in a timely manner 

    • Help to advise Academic Team on student leveling and progress  

    • Attend periodic teachers’ meetings 

    Minimum Qualifications 

    • Must hold a master’s degree in TESOL, applied linguistics, or a closely related field, and two years’ experience teaching English to adults 

    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English 

    • Demonstrated knowledge of language teaching methodology and assessment practices 

    • Demonstrated ability to work with a highly diverse population 

    • Ability to work legally in the US 

    Preferred Qualifications 

    • Experience teaching abroad and experience in academic intensive English programs  

    • Fluency in additional languages 

    • Experience with Canvas, Microsoft Teams, and educational technology. 

    Application Instructions 

    Please email a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references. 


  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022 12:16 PM | Linda Fellag (Administrator)

    The Poughkeepsie City School District in Poughkeepsie, NY, is desperately searching for bilingual elementary teachers who can teach in our new Dual Language program.  


    NYSTESOL has posted this position on its website.  However, Poughkeepsie City School District is expanding its search as it is very difficult to find the teachers they are looking for.


    If you are interested, please contact Tracey J. Bleau.


    Thank you!


    Tracey J. Bleau

    ENL Coordinator

    Poughkeepsie City School District

    tbleau@poughkeepsieschools.org

    845-451-4900

    Ext. 1448

  • Monday, February 07, 2022 1:45 PM | Linda Fellag (Administrator)

    Check out "ESL Made Easy" -- a Canadian website for teachers of English language learners.  Hope you find something useful for your classrooms!


    http://www.eslmadeeasy.ca/

  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022 11:17 AM | Linda Fellag (Administrator)
    by Stephanie Johnson | 01/07/2022 7 January 2022 (Alexandria, VA) – TESOL International Association (TESOL) is pleased to announce Meg Eubank as the recipient of the 2022 TESOL Teacher of the Year Award. The award, presented by National Geographic Learning, honors exceptional English language teaching at all levels. Eubank will be recognized in Pittsburgh, PA, during the hybrid 2022 TESOL Convention & English Language Expo, 22-25 March. Eubank is currently a professor at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania and a doctoral student at the University of Houston. During the pandemic, as she pivoted to a virtual environment, Eubank continued to focus on respecting the diverse needs of students and creating a community of learners. She continues to encourage other teachers who operate in virtual environments to, “Make sure to present information verbally, visually, written, recorded, and in as many ways as possible for students, and implement UDL (universal design for learning) strategies.” With over a decade of experience as a TESOL teacher, Eubank was initially drawn to the profession by a passion for building community among students from across the globe. “It is important to me to choose a diverse curriculum that reflects people from all backgrounds, races, and cultures that is both representative of my students but also introduces new ideas.” She has taught and assisted several thousand students from over 100 countries. In her work with local nonprofits, she has encouraged her diverse group of students “to advocate for themselves and connect with one another, building community and support.” The recipient of the TESOL Teacher of the Year Award receives a one-year membership in TESOL International Association, a selection of TESOL publications valued at $250, a complimentary registration for the 2022 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, and a cash award of $1,000. The Teacher of the Year award recipient is also offered a session as an invited speaker at the Annual Convention, where Eubank will deliver a presentation titled “Building Community in an Age of Isolation.” For more information on Eubank, please see the Teacher of the Year feature in the January issue of TESOL Connections.
  • Tuesday, October 06, 2020 6:52 AM | Linda Fellag (Administrator)

    OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2020) – Currently celebrating 25 years as an education reform initiative, Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications now through early 2021 for graduate courses and master's degrees that offer extraordinary experiences through zoos and botanical gardens in the United States and in 15 countries throughout the world. http://ProjectDragonfly.MiamiOH.edu


    Earth Expeditions are study abroad courses that take place online and in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas. Earth Expeditions courses can be taken as stand-alone graduate credit, or they can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP) master's degree. The GFP combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities, and students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. http://EarthExpeditions.MiamiOH.eduhttp://GFP.MiamiOH.edu

    Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2021 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided through Master Institutions in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Jacksonville, New York, San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis. http://AIP.MiamiOH.edu

    Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

    Concerned about COVID-19? As a pioneer in multi-faceted online, hybrid, multi-site, and experiential learning, Project Dragonfly implements diverse approaches for engaged education and is fully prepared to adapt courses as needed to maximize safety regardless of the situation in summer 2021 and beyond. For more information, see our FAQ: Can I start and complete this degree with possible travel and in-person restrictions due to COVID?


  • Saturday, October 03, 2020 3:54 PM | Linda Fellag (Administrator)

    George Henry of Townsend Press is ready to ship a free "care package," of a few Townsend books to area ESL programs if they contact him at george.henry@townsendpress.com and give them their mailing address and the name of the director or academic director.

  • Tuesday, May 05, 2020 7:23 PM | Linda Fellag (Administrator)
    Teaching advanced listening-speaking on Zoom has been challenging, especially since this class requires a high level of student participation.   

    Here are some strategies I've used in the past few weeks: 

    1. Let family members join the class...within reason. (Who doesn't want to talk to a toddler?)
    2. Use Zoom breakout rooms for small group discussions and projects.
    3. Let students take turns leading parts of the class. (I borrowed this idea from my colleague, Leslie Greenlee.)
    4. Acknowledge that Zoom is not the same as a F2F classroom, but we should all make the most of it.
    5. And even though I don't mind the occasional child crawling onto a mother's lap, I tell students to mute their microphones when listening to others.
    Summer classes begin on May 18, and I'll need a lot more ideas to get my students and me through two L-S classes.  I'd appreciate any ideas!


    Thanks,

    Linda Fellag

    Community College of Philadelphia 

        

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