by Jasmin Cowin, Assistant Professor and Practicum Coordinator, Touro College, GSE
Adjusting to COVID19: Flexibility, strength, and resilience at the Touro TESOL and Bilingual Department. I think of resilience as having both strength and flexibility, which allows one to adapt to change without catastrophizing about the unique circumstances. My TESOL and Bilingual teacher candidates rose to the challenge!
For the Methods & Materials Teaching English as a 2nd Language Touro TESOL candidates planed and videotaped themselves instead of delivering and in-class session, giving a 5 to 10 min mini-lesson in a specifically designed approach to language learning found in the Richards and Rodgers text, i.e. Communicative Language Learning, Total Physical Response, etc. They also submitted a SIOP lesson plan. Any content area could be selected to demonstrate the lesson and supplemental videos, PowerPoint, materials, and realia were used as needed.
Carmen Montoya is a career changer, who recently earned an Initial Certification in Childhood Education and Special Education, Grades 1-6, from the Touro Graduate School of Education. She is currently pursuing a TESOL Advanced Certificate for grades K-12 at Touro, due to be completed by Fall of 2020. “I hope to ultimately become an effective ESL teacher who can help and encourage students at various grade levels along their unique journeys.”