TESOL Member Moment celebrates our members’ achievements and contributions to the field of English language teaching.
TESOL Student Member
Doctoral Candidate in Online and Distributed Learning, Athabasca University
Why are you a TESOL member?
TESOL membership provides me with opportunities to be an ELT knowledge producer through research presented at conventions and involvement in communities of practice TESOL offers. The learning through networking with colleagues and projects is invaluable. It has also fostered my leadership skills, helped me inspire others, and helped me be inspired by them!
What has been your most significant achievement in or contribution to the TESOL field?
One of the great achievements I always feel proud of is working on my master’s in law International Students Taking English for Legal Purposes summer program, which I designed and directed at William and Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA. Also, teaching a course in this program made me able to connect the design with classroom practices.
Other than the active learning through in-class debates and various activities to foster legal English skills and persuasive discourse, students very much appreciated field trips to different courts for attending live trials and engaging in reflective e-portfolios. The linguistic, communicative, and related legal skills learned throughout this program open many doors to my international students in their home countries and the United States.
Throughout my English language teaching career, my goal has been not only to foster my students’ linguistics and intercultural skills but also to guide and mentor them to use those skills in real life. I feel accomplished seeing students empowered by helping them discover their potential. Their success is my success!