Having achieved a postgraduate degree in education, I have formally studied learning principles and theory in depth. With thirty years teaching experience in different countries, student cohorts and teaching contexts, I have applied those principles in both exciting and challenging situations.
I have chosen examples related to my experience teaching the Adult Migrant Education class in Devonport, Tasmania, in 2016. This class consists of five different nationalities and has three levels, Certificate 1 to Certificate 3.
When new students arrive in class a proficiency test, ISLPR, is applied. An entry score based around ASCF levels places the student in the suitable CSWE level. I note the student’s prior knowledge, confidence level, cultural differences, learning styles and specific assistance required. With consideration of each student, I then plan an introductory theme of ‘Who am I’. The identity theme is interpreted appropriately between Certificate levels and the chosen modules. Within each level the task was supported by practicing the core skills along with cueing or prompting, questioning, modeling, telling and discussing.
In one of the related activities the students prepared and presented a dish from their country in a ‘Harmony Day’ event, highlighting their cultural background and knowledge. To promote cross cultural exchange, another TasTAFE class was invited to join this celebration. Around this activity I used confidence building team activities, conversation and discussion practice in pair and group work, individual activities on the computer and independent research work on the internet. Each certificate and module had a particular outcome based around the theme.
The feedback from the migrant students and the other TasTAFE class involved, revealed there was a greater understanding of one another; the migrants felt more confident socially and showed improvement in their conversation skills. This approach helped students to be independent and comfortable advancing to a higher English level.
I hold Master of Education in TESOL, University of Tasmania, Teaching Certificate with Tasmanian College of Advanced Education. Also I have attained CERTIFICATE IV Training and Assessment TAELLN411, TasTAFE, CERTIFICATE IV Training and Assessment TAE40110, TasTAFE, CERTIFICATE IV Training and Assessment TAA40104, TasTAFE.
I have had 20 years of international TESOL teaching experience in overseas. Over the past 12 years I have held numerous ESL contract positions; presently with MaxSolutions in Newcastle, NSW, with TasTAFE English Language Services NW Tasmania; Burnie, Smithton and Devonport. I have facilitated assessments for AMEP and have been responsible for the curriculum, timetabling and audits of the ESL Language and Literacy courses at TAFE. I have taught ESL for Certificate Courses, English for Academic Purposes, Study Tours and IELTS courses as well as performed assessments and training for the ELICOS program at Deakin University, Victoria.
2014 Address Language Literacy and Numeracy TAELLN411, TasTAFE
2013 Introduction to ISLPR, Language Services Assessment and Instruction
2011 CERTIFICATE IV Training and Assessment TAE40110, TasTAFE
2010 CERTIFICATE IV Training and Assessment TAA40104 TasTAFE
2001 MASTERS of EDUCATION in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Other Language), UTAS
2000 GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION, UTAS
1979 TEACHING CERTIFICATE
Designed and delivered ENGLISH language classes in TESOL. Created lesson plans, assessed student progress, and ensured student success through individualised instruction.Taught preliminary to intermediate level ESL classes to culturally diverse students. Counselled student independent pathways and individual learning opportunities.
Additional Teaching Experience:
TEACHER OF LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH, JAPANESE AND ASIAN STUDIES – TASMANIA, 2008-2013
Boat Harbour Primary School, Saint Peter Chanel Catholic School, Wynyard High School, Marist Regional College
Designed and delivered language classes in Japanese and cultural classes in Asian Studies. Created lesson plans, assessed student progress, and ensured student success through individualised instruction.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE – JAPAN, 2004-2008
Aichi Bunkyo University, JAPAN
Coordinator, Course Designer and Academic English Teacher, Study Tours
ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR, EAL TEACHER – VICTORIA, 2002-2003
Deakin University, DUELI, VIC
Coordinator, Course Designer and English Teacher, Study Tours, IELTS, General English and Academic English
Hawthorn Language Centre, VIC, ESL Study Tours
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