“Reunion, Resilience & Reciprocity: Fulbright’s Yemini English Teacher Trainees,” presented at Fulbright’s 2022 Conference by Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin & Dr. Abdullah Al Ghurbani

Fulbright 22 Yemini TESOL Graduates

Reunion, Resilience & Reciprocity: Fulbright’s Yemini English Teacher Trainees
General Session: 60 Minute Presentation and Discussion

Presenter Information:
Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin
Touro University – Assistant Professor and TESOL Practicum Coordinator
Dr. Cowin is a Fulbright Scholar; Assistant Professor and TESOL Practicum Coordinator at Touro University; sustainability advisor for access and equity for Computers for Schools Burundi; collaborator with Prof. Abdullah Al Ghurbani, President of Future Horizons Foundation for Translation, Training, and Development a teacher training and translation institution in Sanaa, Yemen, member of the TESOL International CALL-IS Steering Committee, co-Chair of the of the Technology Enhanced Language Learning SIG 2022 conference, conference chair of the 51st NYS TESOL conference 2021. Recent presentations focused on Computers for Schools Burundi: Gukorera Hamwe through Cultural Competency Training, Yemeni TESOL Teaching & Training for the Future: Exploring Google, Virtual Field Trips and Open Educational Resources (OER’s), The Metaverse: Layers, Applications, and Terminology, The Next Normal: Metaverse, Virtual Beings, AI cloning for the World Higher Education Ranking Summit (WHERS), Dubai, UAE.

Dr. Abdullah Al Ghurbani, Ph.D.
Fulbright recipient (2005 USA), Prof. Abdullah Al Ghurbani, Ph.D., President of Future Horizons Foundation for Translation, Training, and Development a teacher training and translation institution in Sanaa, Yemen has 29 years of experience in the field of teaching English as a foreign/second language. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature, English Department, College of Languages, Sana’a University and was sponsored through a Fulbright grant to acquire the SIT TESOL certification at Rennert International, New York, U.S.A, 2012.

Session Abstract:
This presentation gives a voice to Fulbright grant funded Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) teacher trainees who were trained in Sanaa, Yemen. In alignment with this year’s theme ” Resilience”, this presentation showcases two Fulbright alumni, one from Yemen, the other from the US who reunited through LinkedIn and teamed up to reciprocate with teacher training. The presentation will explore Yemini TESOL teacher candidate’s perceptions on their professional growth through their weekly reflections during their Fulbright funded training cycle. Participants will explore, discuss and celebrate these meaningful journeys by engaging with the concept of reflective practice and the idea of Chris Argyris double-loop learning.

Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin & Dr. Abdullah Al Ghurbani

VIDEO: Reunion, Resilience & Reciprocity: Fulbright’s Yemini English Teacher Trainees

Author: drcowinj

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs only to the people who prepare for it today,” determined Malcolm X at the O.A.A.U.’s [Organization of Afro-American Unity] founding forum at the Audubon Ballroom. (June 28, 1964). (X, n.d.) Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin a Fulbright Scholar, SIT Graduate, completed the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP™) at Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Cowin served as the President of the Rotary Club of New York and Assistant Governor for New York State; long-term Chair of the Rotary United Nations International Breakfast meetings; and works as an Assistant Professor at Touro College, Graduate School of Education. Dr. Cowin has over twenty-five years of experience as an educator, tech innovator, entrepreneur, and institutional leader with a focus on equity and access to digital literacy and education in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Her extensive background in education, administration, not-for-profit leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and technology innovation provide her with unique skills and vertical networks locally and globally. Dr. Cowin participates fully in the larger world of TESOL academic discipline as elected Vice President and Chair-Elect for the New York State, NYS TESOL organization, for the 2021 conference. Ongoing research, expressed in scholarly contributions to the advancement of knowledge is demonstrated through publications, presentations, and participation in academic conferences, blogging, and other scholarly activities, including public performances and exhibitions at conferences and workshops. Of particular interest to her are The Blockchain of Things and its implications for Higher Education; Current Global Trends in TESOL; Developing Materials and Resources in Teaching English; E-learning; Micro and Macro-Methodologies in TESOL; E-Resources Discovery and Analysis; and Language Acquisition and the Oculus Rift in VR.

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