M.A. in Applied Linguistics at Biola University
4.0 GPA/Summa Cum Laude
B.S. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
3.9 GPA/Summa Cum Laude
Both degrees provided experience teaching English, ESL, and literacy to a variety of students from elementary school through PhD programs.
Lessons are structured around the needs and interests of the learner and catered to fit them as an individual.
I have been teaching English/ESL for over five years. I have a New York teaching certificate in ESL for K-12. I have also worked at two colleges as an English tutor for undergraduate and graduate teachers, giving me experience at all levels of instruction.
I have worked in large group, small group, and one-on-one settings and enjoy providing learners with creative ways to understand and apply the material.
Every hour is $25 plus a $5 fee for travel and an additional fee of $5 if I need to travel more than 10 miles.
I am a linguist and ESL instructor pursuing a faculty position in ESL or Linguistics. I have an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and a B.S. in TESOL with a New York K-12 ESL Teaching Certificate. I am currently employed at the University of Scranton as the Director of the Language Learning Center, coordinating ESL and foreign language tutoring and support services for the university and community. I have previously been employed as an ESL and English tutor/consultant at two colleges tutoring ESL students teaching grammar and conversation workshops.
Director of the Language Learning Center| University of Scranton
· Coordinate translation services, tutoring programs, and other language related services for the university and the larger community
· Oversee day-to-day operations of the Language Learning Center
· Interview, hire, schedule, and supervise 25+ employees in the Language Learning Center
· Train employees to tutor ESL and world languages
· Coordinate foreign language tutoring for University of Scranton students
· Coordinate ESL and language tutoring services for the community
· Oversee and plan ESL curriculum and instruction for community member tutoring
· Administer and grade foreign language placement tests
Research Assistant | Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University
· Served as a research and editorial assistant for the International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching (IJC & ELT) published through Biola University
English/ESL Tutor | Cypress College English Success Center
· Tutored students with Directed Learning Activities focusing on ESL, Grammar, Writing, Reading, and Study Skills
· Tutored students in one-on-one drop-in tutoring sessions
· Designed curriculum for and taught grammar and conversation workshops for ESL students
Graduate Writing Consultant | Biola Writing Center
· Tutored ESL and English students in writing one-on-one focusing on grammar, composition, style, structure, and more.
· Tutored both graduate and undergraduate students, including doctoral students and PhD dissertations
M.A. in Applied Linguistics | Biola University
· GPA: 4.0, Summa Cum Laude
· Key coursework:
· Foundational courses:
· Articulatory Phonetics: transcription project and empirical acoustic phonetics research paper on the Hmong Leng language using Praat software
· Syntax: grammar sketch of the Cashinahua language and paper on Halliday’s Functional Grammar
· Phonology: morphophonology sketch of the Hawaiian language
· Fieldworks in Linguistics: phonology sketch, grammar sketch, lexicon, and interlinear text of the Hmong Leng language
· Planning, Evaluation, and Research in Applied Linguistics: grant proposal to fund a language documentation/revitalization project for the Paipai language including a budget and a three year plan
· Applied Linguistics and Seminar in Applied Linguistics: annotated bibliography on language and gender and papers on language and power in the linguistic landscape, language revitalization, orthography development, and lexicography in endangered languages
· Discourse and Text Analysis: paper on the survey of salient discursive features in a Hmong folktale at the macro and micro level; paper comparing the information structure of spoken vs. written hortatory discourses
· Second Language Acquisition: analyses of eight empirical TESOL articles on cross-linguistic transfer in
second language acquisition, culminated in final paper examining the role of the native language in second language acquisition
B.S. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) | Houghton College
· Concentration: Culture, language and linguistics
· GPA: 3.9, Summa Cum Laude
· K-12 Teaching Certification in ESL in the state of New York
· Teaching experience: Coursework in the public education classroom in various contexts
· Adolescent and Elementary Student Teaching, Adolescent and Elementary Practicum, Teaching in Urban America: senior portfolio of teaching philosophy with evidence (lesson plans, curricula, and student work), etc.
· Linguistics/TESOL: Coursework focused on linguistics or TESOL-specific content
· Introduction to Linguistics, First and Second Language Acquisition, TESOL Methods: ELA and Content Areas, Understanding English Grammar, Linguistics for TESOL: paper about the influence of the home language on bilingual learners, paper about language acquisition and the SIOP model, lesson plans for various content areas using the SIOP model, etc.
· Special Education: Coursework focused on meeting the needs of students with special needs
· Educating Exceptional Learners and Language and Literacy for Diverse Learners I and II: paper on how to assess English Language Leaners with Learning Disabilities, case study on a specific student, produced several hybridized unit plans, a literature review on how English language learners link their first and second languages to develop reading skills including an annotated bibliography, etc.
· Educational practices: Coursework focused on teaching practices and pedagogy
· Curriculum and Assessment Development, Education and American Culture, Educational Psychology: unit plan for a 5th grade ESL classroom including alternative assessments, grading rubric, shared learning folders, etc., personal philosophy of education paper, paper on racial privilege in education, classroom management plan, developmental profile, etc.
Elementary and adolescent student teaching | Frank A. Sedita Academy in Buffalo, NY
· Lead teacher for 10 weeks of 14 week placement in a bilingual English/Spanish classroom
· First half of the semester: 4th/5th grade ESL classroom
· Push-in, pull-out, large group, and small group shared/guided reading contexts
· Wrote lesson and unit plans to meet NY Common Core ELA/ESL standards
· Second half of the semester: 7th/8th grade ESL classroom
· Push-in, pull-out, co-teaching, and small group contexts
· Designed curriculum and taught newcomer Social Studies and English classes with six ESL students including several units with alternative assessments
· Met with students’ parents to discuss achievement and strategies for improvement
Rapid Word Collection Dictionary Workshop | Papua New Guinea
· Conducted a semantic-domain based rapid word collection workshop (using FLEX language explorer) in the Rapoisi language of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
· Worked with a team of nationals to produce a dictionary of over 13,000 words
Elementary Practicum | International School in Buffalo, NY
· Supported 3rd grade ESL class instruction
Adolescent Practicum | Lafayette High School in Buffalo, NY
· Supported 10th/11th grade beginner ESL class instruction
· Served as a teacher’s assistant, working primarily with students with low English skills in one-on-one tutoring
Skills & Abilities
· Fluent in APA Style 6th Edition including in-text citations, reference list, and stylistics
· Conversational fluency in Spanish
· Four semesters of college-level Spanish classes
· Taught in Spanish in a bilingual school in a newcomer ESL class
· Conversational fluency in Tok Pisin (trade language of Papua New Guinea)
· Proficient in using Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, & PowerPoint)
· Proficient in using linguistic software: FLEX (Language Explorer), Phonology Assistant, Praat, and Audacity
· Proficient in typing with the IPA Unicode keyboard
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