Boston College (psychology)
American University (PhD)
University of North Carolina (Other)
My interest in teaching English has grown out of my research with immigrant Latina women in North Carolina. Then, as a faculty member in public health at UNC, I was interested in these women's perceptions of quality health care. Using both photographs and short questionnaires, we explored issues related to language, interpersonal communication, and cost in the choice to use (western) available health services in North Carolina or to rely on traditional health services, available in small store fronts locally. One of the findings is that women with more education and some ability to speak English were more likely to use services offered by UNC hospitals, other area hospitals and health departments.
I have tutored adult Latina women through a community program. I have also tutored native Spanish and youth of high school age. During the past 4 fall semesters, I have taught SAT writing, grammar and TOEFL speaking to high school students, hopeful of attending college in the U.S., at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.
With respect to certifications, which are important, I have both a TEFL certification, earned through Bridge-Linguatec. I took the course in Santiago, Chile; our practice teaching was done with local residents, interested in improving their English. I also have K-12 Certification for teaching ESL in North Carolina.
My strengths are in grammar, pronunciation, writing, all mixed with a dose of humor. English is a dynamic language, which allow is to grow and stretch when new knowledge is created. At the same time, rules and exceptions to rules are almost 50/50. It can be frustrating to a learner. A joke or two adds levity, reduces tension and relaxes the learner, producing much, much better outcomes for all. My interest in teaching English has grown out of my research with immigrant Latina women in North Carolina. Then, as a faculty member in public health at UNC, I was interested in these women's perceptions of quality health care. Using both photographs and short questionnaires, we explored issues related to language, interpersonal communication,
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I have a PhD in Anthropology, with a specialization in medical anthropology.
I have earned both a K-12 grades ESL Certificate for teaching students whose native language is not English.
I have also been awarded a TEFL Certificate. This course was offered through Bridge-Linguatec, which is based in Colorado. It is a 4-week, 40 hours a week course offered in Denver and several other locations. I took the course in Santiago, Chile.
Since earning these two ESL/ELL Certificates, I have taught and tutored students at all grade levels through the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Schools and the Durham Public Schools. In addition, I have experience teaching SAT writing and reading and TOEFL speaking and listening at the high school level to high students in Hangzhou, China who intend to attend college in the U.S. or England during 10 weeks for the past 4 fall semesters.
I have taught writing for the SAT test as well as to college students, and most recently to students at various levels of English competence at East Chapel Hill High School.
I started learning Spanish in college. Then, after graduation, I began working on several different public health projects in South America, mostly in Bolivia. Now, I have spoken the language for more than 20 years. I am also a certified ESL teacher, so I have developed some skills in helping youth -- your age, in particular -- learn the basics of a different language. I have taught at East Chapel Hill High, as well as other schools in the district. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you this fall. Let's start soon.