University of Maryland (Psychology)
University of Southern California (Master's)
I am originally from Eugene, Oregon and after having lived a decade in South Korea I decided to pursue my MAT-TESOL from the University of Southern California's intensive back to back program and graduated Nov. 2015. After living in a massive city, I am trying to land a work place teaching position at the U of O or LCC. As an ESL Instructor, I have a passion to educate those for equal treatment, help people communicate effectively, and help those who are less fortunate survive in a competitive environment.
I am a 40-year old Korean American male born and raised in the United States. I went to Korea in 2004 to learn my parents' language and culture. In a globalised world, I call myself "a global citizen" as many people work between two cultures through English.
Along with my personal background and with my studies in sociology and psychology as double majors from the University of Maryland, I became naturally keen in socio-cultural factors in language. As I taught English for many years in Korea with various groups, I realised that language is the reflection of culture and the world.
I particularly adore diversity since I had the experience of racial discrimination in Korea while I was teaching English to local Koreans. Other than that, I enjoyed working with diverse people such as adult women, young men, and women, middle aged, and relatively old generations. Diversity supplies wisdom and fresh energy to the workplace. More recently, as a student at USC, I was the one who always invited different ideas from graduate students and put together those ideas from different races, gender, age, and other characteristics. I use inclusive language and practice inclusive workplace behaviours. To me, workplace diversity contributes richness to the community. Most of all, the world is increasingly interdependent among diverse races, cultures, and ideas.
As an instructor, I am prepared to cover a wide variety of topics including daily conversation, in-depth writing, debates, formal presentations, and business English with topics such as culture, society, life style, and current events to workplace English that is critical for students in the globalising job market. The opportunities and challenges presented as a 1:1 private tutor gives me a competitive edge as a bilingual, and this is the area in which I can make a very special contribution. I have hands on experience teaching a wide variety of groups from High School students, University students, women, various age groups including retired employees, and students preparing to study in the U.S to high level executives of global companies. I believe the best TESOL educator qualification is the ability to teach students to transform their lives through learning, to be a global leader through English, the ability to empower students to face the challenges in life and to contextualize the instruction into the realities that students are situated in. With proven success in improving English communications, presentations, writing, and with the knowledge of the business world including the various cultures I have come across through world travel, and my various experiences in my life journey, I am confident in teaching both Business English and general English language programs.
Finally, I believe that an excellent instructor means to meet both academic quality and personal traits. The latter is passion to motivate students, which is of the utmost importance when teaching in order to ensure student progress. From my experience, students improve English the most when the instructor shows as much energy and puts forth the effort to interact with students in the classroom and on a personal level.
I am originally from Eugene, Oregon and after having lived a decade in South Korea I decided to pursue my MAT-TESOL from the University of Southern California's intensive back to back program and graduated Nov. 2015. After living in a massive city, I am trying to land a work place teaching position at the U of O or LCC. As an ESL Instructor, I
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