INSTITUT PEDAGOGIQUE NATIONAL
Edinburgh University (Master's)
Southampton University (PhD)
I am a dedicated educator and seasoned teacher of English and French. I have been teaching English for over thirty years in all sorts of contexts and environments. My primary field within English Language Teaching is TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, but I have been teaching mainstream English and French for the past twelve years. Since my certification is English and Language Arts, I have also been teaching American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Learning Support English and pre-college composition. In a school context I try to make learning the languages I teach as interesting as possible by making the learning process fun. I use lots of games (especially crosswords), movies, and graphic organizers. I have designed a number of graphic organizers intended to make language learning and literature learning more meaningful to the learners. The teaching format is usually Plenary-Seatwork-Plenary.During the first plenary I give instructions to the students. I explain what they have to do, for how long, and for what purpose. During the seatwork the students are on their own. They work individually, in pairs or in groups. I walk around to offer assistance if and when it is needed. During the second plenary, I ask students to report on the work they have been doing. We wrap up the class by an informal evaluation of the tasks of the day.
In a home schooling context, I first ask the parents and the students to articulate their expectations. Then I ask them to give the length of time within each they want me to meet those expectations. Once I have the expectations and the time limits, I design a kind of syllabus which I call a brief. I submit the brief to the parents and the student. Once they approve the brief, we start working. This is when I work on my own, as a freelance tutor. When I work for a tutoring organization such as WyZant, I try to reconcile the expectations of the parents and the students and the expectations of the organization for which I am working. My experience as a freelance tutor shows me that although home schoolers work in the safe environment of their homes, they want course content and course delivery to be as close as possible to what is going on the regular schools. They certainly do not want to be considered as deficient in any way because they are learning at home. So I tend to raise the standards for my home schoolers pretty much to the level I raise the standards of my regular students. I use the same games and graphic organizers I use in regular schools. I use the Plenary-Seatwork-Plenary format with them, too! I am a dedicated educator and seasoned teacher of English and French. I have been teaching English for over thirty years in all sorts of contexts and environments. My primary field within English Language Teaching is TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, but I have been teaching mainstream English and French for the past twelve
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