I graduated from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK in 2003 with a B.A. majoring in Spanish. I was certified by the Board of Education of the State of Oklahoma to teach both French and Spanish in public schools, from pre-K through grade 12 and taught both French and Spanish at three different public schools in Oklahoma. Prior to and subsequent to obtaining my college degree, I taught ESL (English-as-a-Second Language) to adults at: the Tulsa English Institute, as an adjunct professor at Tulsa Community College, and the YWCA of Tulsa.
As a public school teacher, I taught both French and Spanish to junior high and high school students bilingually, using textbooks and workbooks purchased by the school systems.
For the adult (ESL) classes, I also used materials supplied by my employers, but supplemented those materials with books, magazines and newspapers. I generally taught my ESL classes using the immersion method (English only), but occasionally conducted my classes bilingually, if the class were made up entirely of new immigrants whose first language was Spanish. I began each semester of ESL classes with an explanation of the US monetary system and "English" system of weights and measures, with the equivalent conversions to the Metric System.
In addition to giving out and correcting written assignments for all of my students, I emphasized oral practice among my students and between myself and students. I introduced new material using a lecture approach, but preferred to facilitate already introduced material, allowing my students maximum time to "vocalize" the language.
I have conducted classes, in various subjects, in both public and private educational institutions for more than 20 years. Prior to being certified to teach French and Spanish in Oklahoma public schools, I taught the computer languages COBOL and RPG at two private business colleges and darkroom courses in both black and white and color photography at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma and for the continuing education department of Tulsa Public Schools. Class sizes varied from 8-12 students in the photography classes to 28 or more students in the public school, college, and computer programming courses I taught. The foreign language courses I taught in the public schools introduced students to both new languages and different cultures while enabling some of them to complete both credits needed for their high school diplomas and the two year foreign language requirement demanded by many colleges to complete many degree programs. The students to whom I taught computer languages were able to obtain jobs as computer operators; some of them even secured entry-level jobs as programmers. The photography classes consisted of many students who enjoyed photography as a hobby. However, several of my students secured positions with local newspapers which required both picture-taking and darkroom skills in the years prior to digital photography. The ESL classes enabled students to succeed in all the areas requiring language skills: buying groceries, getting a job--and, sometimes, qualifying for a better job, understanding verbal and written news, and getting public school and college degrees.
I graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma with a B.A. as a Spanish major in 2003 and was certified to teach both French and Spanish from pre-K through grade 12 by the Oklahoma State Board of Education.
Prior to teaching. I worked as a radio announcer and as a staff and/or free-lance journalist for several newspapers and magazines. The jobs I performed in the media required me to have excellent communication skills: clear enunciation, pronunciation and reading skills for radio; vocabulary, syntax and grammar skills for written media--and the ability to meet deadlines. These are the same skills required to teach effectively.
I have traveled extensively both within and outside of the US. I have traveled to Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia Minor and have lived for more than one month in: Belgium, Chile, Cuba, and Israel. During my stays in Israel, Cuba and Chile, I was enrolled in intensive language courses designed to improve my skills in Hebrew and Spanish, respectively.
During the year I taught French at Wagoner (Oklahoma) High School, my students and I devised a new method of remembering the verbs which use "etre" rather than "avoir" to form the passe compose, without relying on the "DR/MRS VANDERTRAMPP" acronym. I presented the results of our class project in a paper entitled "Remembering the 17 Verbs which take Etre to form the Passe Compose" at the 2006 Annual Conference of the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French), held in Milwaukee.
I will be happy to provide copies of both my "media" and "teaching" resumes upon request.
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