TESOL Newsletter, 2019 Fall
Student Spotlight: Annie Bai
"A good teacher can always extract teaching points from students’ performances and never get tired of exploring and trying innovative approaches to meet the ideal results."
Alumni Spotlight: Megan Calvert
"AU had such a positive impact on my life and my career in ways that I could not have known at the time. I would advise students to build as many bridges as they can while they're there and definitely keep in touch with professors and classmates after you graduate."
Faculty Spotlight: Tabitha Kidwell
"As I have grown as a teacher, I have learned that strong relationships are the foundation for all meaningful learning, and I make efforts to establish positive, caring, supportive relationships with my students at the beginning of each semester."
Recent TESOL Graduates
Congratulations to our Recent TESOL Graduates!
- Jordan Brown
- Khuyen Dieu Le
- Mariana Grassi
- Xinxin Wang
Read more about our Spring 2019 graduates
Jordan Brown has spent the summer catching up with friends and family across the US. She is excited to move to Turkey in September and start working at Bilkent University in the School of English Language. There she will work full time as in instructor in English language classes that prepare students to take English-medium courses.
Shortly after graduating last May, Mariana Grassi joined the 6-week Summer ESL program at Georgetown Prep School. This fall she started working as an adjunct faculty at AU'S English Language and Training Academy (ELTA) and Community College of Baltimore County's (CCBC) Academic ESOL program. She is teaching Writing & Grammar (Level 5) and Life and Culture in DC (Level 4) at American University and Advanced Writing and Intermediate Grammar and Communication at CCBC. She plans to work for a year in the DC area before deciding to take any other major steps in her career.
After graduation, Xinxin Wang has continued to work as an English tutor at AU’s international accelerator program and as a program assistant at AU’s English Language and Training Academy (ELTA). She began both positions when she was a graduate student. She also has accepted an adjunct position at ELTA and will teach the course called Life and Culture in DC for the 2019 Fall semester. In the future, she plans to look for one more adjunct position in the DC area to enrich her teaching experience and get in touch with more TESOLers within the DC area.
Welcome the new TESOL Students!
Debora Amidani MA TESOL Student
Deborah Araujo is in her first year of the MA TESOL program. She is from Brazil but did her undergraduate and her first MA at Stony Brook University, NY. She double majored in Linguistics and Spanish and for her Masters she did research on the intonation patters of Montevideo (Uruguay) Spanish. She is married and a stay-at-home mom to three active toddlers, a 5 year old girl and twin boys who are 3 years old. She loves running, cooking, audio books, and movies. She would like to teach adults at a college in a couple of years once all her kids start going to school.
Zijun Qin MA TESOL Student
Zijun Qin holds a BA in English Translation from Tianjin Foreign Study University. She chose to join the MA TESOL program at American University not only because of her passion for learning English but also hopes to become a helper for people who want to learn English. After this professional training and learning, she hopes to provide students with a comfortable, engaging and efficient learning environment.
Jiayu Hou MA TESOL Student
Jiayu Hou comes from Guangxi Province, China. She studied English Writing and Rhetoric for two years in the US for her bachelor’s degree. During the two years her interest in teaching was inspired by working a part-time job as an English teacher during the summer and taking a TESOL course. That is why she is now at AU. In her spare time she watches crosstalk, a traditional art of language of China. After studying rhetoric and linguistics, she started to apply knowledge from these courses to crosstalk performances to see how the actors play with language to create jokes and how they adjust their performances based on audiences’ reaction. She likes to share her culture and enjoys when others are understanding of her culture.
Scarlette Rivera MA TESOL Student
Scarlette Rivera is from Costa Rica and she has been an English teacher for 10 years now. She worked in a public school and different language institutes in Costa Rica before earning the Fulbright scholarship to study in the USA. Scarlette is also an ITE (International Teacher Education) scholarship recipient by the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation. She has also done volunteer work as an English teacher in different countries like Sri Lanka, Morocco and Romania as well in her own country. She enjoys photography and knitting, and is really excited about joining the TESOL program.
Amy Sleep MA TESOL Student
Amy Sleep was originally born in South Africa, but moved to northern Chicago with her family when she was young. She attended UW-Madison where she double-majored in Spanish and English Language and Linguistics. She lived in Madrid, Spain for three years where she taught English at a high school before moving to DC to start her MA in TESOL here at AU. She is excited to see where this next chapter takes her, and looks forward to her future as an EAL teacher. Her goals include, but are not limited to, owning her own dog and living in South America to teach English.
Carlye Stevens MA TESOL Student
Carlye Stevens is from Cleveland, Ohio and holds a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Spanish and a TEFL certificate from Ohio University. She taught English at Ohio University and in Tortuguero, Costa Rica. These two experiences helped her decide to pursue her MA in TESOL at AU, where she also serves as a Graduate Assistant. After the program she hopes to become an English Language Fellow or a Fulbright grantee. For now, she is looking forward to exploring DC and checking out new restaurants.
Weiyu Zhang MA TESOL Student
Weiyu Zhang is from Shanxi, China. Her first language is Chinese, but she can also speak a little Korean. This is her second year at AU, but it’s her first year in the MA TESOL program. Her hobbies are swimming and running. When she was a child, she won a medal in a swimming competition. She also likes cooking and eating delicious food.
Zhounan Wang MA TESOL Student
Zhounan Wang is from Xuzhou China, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Italian from Hebei Normal University of Science & Technology. She has been a teaching assistant in New Oriental School and a private EFL teacher for a long time. Since her mother is also an EFL teacher in China, she decided to pursue her MA in TESOL at AU. After the program, she hopes to become an EFL teacher in China. For now, she is looking forward to exploring DC and making new friends.
Maisa Junayd MA TESOL Student
Maisa Junayd is from Medina, Saudi Arabia. She joined the AU TESOL program because it offers the best coursework and experience of teaching and it also gets students involved in the community of TESOL. After the program, she plans to teach English at a top university in Saudi Arabia. In her free time she likes to explore new places.
Paul Shumaker TESOL Certificate Student
Paul Shumaker is a DC native. He works as an office manager at an elementary school in Tenleytown. He has been doing volunteer teaching with adult ELLs for four years and is looking forward to moving into TESOL full-time in the future. In his free time, he enjoys vegetable gardening and running - he's training for his first marathon!
Courtney Haviland TESOL Certificate Student
Courtney Haviland moved to DC a year ago with her family. She graduated from Middle Tennesse State University in 2013 after majoring in Physical Education. Her family loves to travel the world together and she is looking forward to acquiring her Graduate Certificate to begin working in an EFL setting overseas.
Find out what’s on our TESOLers’ bucket lists!
Carlye Stevens, Ohio, USA
My bucket list item is to get my skydiving license so I can go on dives without an instructor. I went skydiving when I turned 18 with my best friend and have wanted to get my certificate ever since! It takes a lot of time, work, and money to get a license, but once I get my mine I want to go skydiving on every continent (save for Antarctica… that might be too cold!)
Traveling by bike from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi
Dr. Tabitha Kidwell, Ohio, USA
One of my favorite traveling experiences was a three-day bike tour of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Traveling by bicycle lets you see every inch of the country, and makes it easy to stop and meet the local people. We ate at roadside stands, visited a boa constrictor farm, and rode a boat to a floating market. The same company hosts a three-week trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, and I would love to do that trip one day!
Weiyu Zhang, Shanxi, China
I began learning English in middle school, because I have had a dream since childhood to travel the world. Once I traveled to Europe with my parents and I had to use English to survive there. That was the first time I felt my parents' proud eyes on me, so it strengthened my determination to learn English well and shaped my career. I've been to 12 countries and I hope to travel around the world, but I'd rather be able to teach English or Chinese around the world. Thus, teaching a second language around the world is definitely on my bucket list!
Visiting every state park in VA
Melissa Krutt, Pennsylvania, USA
This year, I've made it my mission to visit every State Park in Virginia! There are so many here (although why aren't they called Commonwealth Parks?) and they showcase a wide range of natural beauty. To get up, get out, and get moving, I invite everyone to join this challenge! After all, there are only 39... or 40 (one's a WIP!), and there's more to Virginia than Shenandoah National Park -- but go there, too! See you out there! :)
Tianhan Yang, Yunnan, China
I've been planning to go skydiving since before I entered college in 2013. But six years later, I haven't had a chance to implement it. When I started to include skydiving on my to-do list, I learned that skydiving was a high-risk activity and participants need to be in very good health. For example, it’s required to get a healthy night's sleep one to three months before you skydiving to insure a healthy body condition. This seems to be the biggest obstacle for me because I always stay up late.
Eating every past dish on Al Volo's menu
Megan Fullarton, Maryland, USA
My bucket list item is to eat every single pasta dish on the menu at my favorite pasta restaurant, Al Volo! Al Volo is home to the best pasta I have ever had in the US (but don't tell my mom that). My favorite dish is Fettucine All Amatriciana because the sauce is delicious, but I'm looking forward to trying Pappardelle All 'Agnello during my next visit!