Touro University’s TESOL Candidate Crystal DeMarco’s Fieldwork Observations on Phonics for Multilingual Learners

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

New York is a state that speaks many languages. We need teachers who can find the common ground. The MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program helps NYS-certified PreK-12 teachers more effectively teach and communicate with a diverse student population. Academically rigorous and practice-intensive, the 33-credit program includes 50 hours of fieldwork and supervised student teaching experiences. Candidates that complete all coursework, fieldwork, and student teaching requirements are eligible for recommendation for ESL certification.

Crystal Demarco

Crystal DeMarco is a candidate in the TESOL Graduate Program at Touro University. She completed her undergraduate degree at the College Of Staten Island, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies. Crystal shares, “I love learning new innovative ways to create an engaging curriculum for my students!”

Educators pave the way for students to achieve their academic goals with the help of students understanding the tools they need to succeed when learning a new language. Like anything else in life, acquiring a new language is a difficult task for both the teacher and the student learning. Therefore, teachers need to understand the importance of phonetics and sounds to help support students effectively while teaching them new words. Teaching students the fundamentals of “Phonetics” is a great way to prepare students to understand the difference between target language and sounds.

Crystal DeMarco, candidate in the TESOL Graduate Program at Touro University.

Prof. Cowin to present Keynote “Exploring the Synergy between Language Teaching & Acquisition, Immersive Technologies, Generative AI, and 21st-Century Technologies.” for the 3rd Annual VIRTUATALL, Online on May 6th,

Please join Amany AlKhayatAli Safivand, PhD.NYS TESOLFarah Akbar, and Keirah Comstock for The Third VirtuaTELL Conference, on May 6th, 2023 – registration is open. Register at
As conference co-chair l will give one of the keynotes.
#generativeai #tesol #pedagogy

A Bilingual Glossary for Administrators and Educators: English – Spanish Key Terms Describing Multilingual Learner Education Practices in New York State by Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin

As the end of 2022 is approaching, I decided to design a “poster” and create a bilingual English-Spanish glossary as a resource for administrators and teachers working with Spanish-speaking families. The inspiration came from a text-heavy document by THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, Office of P-12 Key Terms Used to Describe Practices Related to the Education of ELLs in New York State, March 2016. As I read through the document, I thought about visually creating a simpler structure to unbundle the information in a visual way.

Feel free to share!

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”

Flora Lewis

Want to Upskill? Study Grant Opportunity at Touro University, TESOL/BLE Department -Clinically Rich Intensive Teacher Institute programs (CR-ITI)

The New York State Education Department is intending to make new grant awards for the operation of Clinically Rich Intensive Teacher Institute programs (CR-ITI). These Institutes are targeted at NYC teachers who want to obtain a TESOL or Bilingual General Education teaching certificate.

Touro College’s Graduate School of Education is successfully operating a 5-year CR-ITI Program under NYSED. Under the Touro program, an annual cohort of 20 teachers will take 5 courses and upon completion of the program, will be recommended to NYSED for either an ESOL (PreK-12) or Bilingual Extension. Under the grant, participants will receive tuition support of $900 per course, as well as a 15% Touro College discount for the remainder of tuition expenses. To complete the entire one-year certificate program,

     Eligibility Requirements for Participating Teachers:

  • Participants must be NYC DOE teachers (with an initial or professional classroom teaching certificate) and must be recommended by their principals.
  • Teachers must be highly motivated and dedicated to better serving ELLs in their schools or districts.
  • TESOL candidates will need to provide proof of experience with learning a foreign language (equivalent to 12 college credits). Candidates may complete the necessary credits while in the program.
  • Bilingual Extension candidates will need to provide verification of target language proficiency.

For more details about this great opportunity program please see the attachment.  For other information including deadlines for application please contact

Dr. Olga De Jesus-Diaz

To apply send  required information to : Dr. Olga De Jesus-Diaz

Chair, TESOL/BLE Advance Certification Programs 

212-463-0400 ext. 55122

Dr. Cowin presents on “Simulation Training, Teacher Performance, Assessment and Artificial Intelligence” at the English Language Centre, International English Language Teaching Symposium (IELTS-2022), “Pathways, Paradigms and Possibilities (PPP) in ELT,” Oman


Teacher education programs require pathways for teacher performance assessment supporting ELT candidates completing practicum and fieldwork hours. This presentation focuses on reviewing, contrasting, and framing two distinct immersive ecosystems. Mursion and simSchool. Either platform offers immersive experiences simSchool is AI-driven while Mursion employs mixed-reality simulations. Both provide ELT teachers a platform to practice and hone the art and skill of teaching within a simulation using avatars through customized and personalized clinical experiences for language teaching.


This workshop took deep dive into two very distinct teacher simulation training platforms: simSchool and Mursion. By comparing and contrasting the platforms’ respective approaches to simulation training workshop attendees be introduced to simulation-based learning and emotionally intelligent student avatar. This presentation identified, summarized, and reflected through showcasing each platforms teaching and simulation scenarios. In addition, simulation teacher performance assessment generates data. Such data aggregation offers institutions informed decision-making teacher performance through systematic reviews using data and technology to improve their language teacher education programs.

Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin joins as Co-Chair the Second Annual VirtuaTeLL Conference Committee for Spring 2022

Dr. Jasmin Cowin, Touro University, TESOL and Bilingual Department, GSE assumes the position as conference co-chair of the Second Annual VirtuaTeLL Conference Spring 2022.

VirtuaTeLL Conference Spring 2022 is part of NYS TESOL. This year’s conference theme Emerging Technologies in Language Learning and Teaching: Diversity, Criticality and Multimodality

Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin is a Fulbright Scholar; Assistant Professor and TESOL/Bilingual Practicum Coordinator at  Touro College, Graduate School of Education; co-conference chair of Second Annual VirtuaTeLL Conference Spring 2022 (VTCon 2022) Conference with the theme: Emerging Technologies in Language Learning and Teaching: Diversity, Criticality and Multimodality, past Editorial Board member of the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics,  and Informatics for its special issue “Trans-Disciplinary Communication”, past chair of the New York State  TESOL 2021 conference; sustainability analyst for Computers for Schools Burundi; TESOL expert and Train the  Trainer for the Future Horizons Foundation for Translation, Training, and Development in Sanaa, Yemen; retired  Chair of the Rotary Club of New York United Nations International Breakfast Meetings; past President and past  Rotary Assistant Governor for New York State.  Dr. Cowin brings over twenty-five years of experience as an educator, technology specialist, and institutional leader. As an Education Policy Fellow at the EPFP™ Institute, Columbia University/Teachers College, she became part of a select group of strategic leaders analyzing trends regarding effective educational policy and leadership with a focus on preparing qualified educators for the complexities of 21st – century classrooms. Her extensive background in education, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, augmented and virtual reality simulation training, Green and Black Swan market shifts, not-for-profit leadership and commitment to the idea of education as a basic human right provide her with unique skills and vertical networks locally and globally.

The theme “Emerging Technologies in Language Learning and Teaching: Diversity, Criticality and Multimodality ” reflects current trends and approaches in second language learning and teaching Through inclusive, self-reflexive and multimodal practices embedded in our research and our teaching. This theme invites a broad consideration of related issues, including (but not limited to) the following: Smart CALL, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, language assessment and learner’s data, Natural Language Processing, Mobile Learning, Intelligent Tutors, games and language learning, gamification, Adaptive Learning algorithms.

Second Annual VirtuaTeLL Conference Committee

The Conference team:

Amany Alkhayat
Conference Chair

Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin
Conference Co-chair

Christian Perticone
Conference Co-chair

Ali Safivand
Conference Co-chair

Annual VirtuaTeLL Conference Spring 2022 website

Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin presents Reimagine and Redesign: Augmented Reality Digital Technologies and 21st Century Education at ICLTTE 2022, the 16th International Conference on Language Teaching and Teacher Education in Jeddah

I am pleased to share my presentation and abstract for Reimagine and Redesign: Augmented Reality Digital Technologies and 21st Century Education.

The International Conference on Language Teaching and Teacher Education aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Language Teaching and Teacher Education. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Language Teaching and Teacher Education.

Algorithmic approaches to decision-making are starting to permeate both institutional and personal spheres through decision support systems. In education, AI and intelligent systems are poised to become change agents with deep impacts not only on assessment, administrative functions, organizational strategic planning, student acquisition, and retention but also on curriculum design, and personal learning networks (PNL). The global competitiveness of educational institutions and their graduates’ rests on their ability to be agile and nimble in adopting adaptive technology spaces.

Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin

This paper explores augmented reality digital technologies (ARDTs) and their use in educational cases in the artificial intelligence (AI) age. The future of education and work are evolving to a fluid landscape with an uncertain job or career trajectories due to a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) environment. Structuring education as a menu of predefined
disciplines and degrees, situated in brick-and-mortar educational institutions may no longer be an optimal education model.
Algorithmic approaches to decision-making are starting to permeate both institutional and personal spheres through decision support systems. In education, AI and intelligent systems will become change agents with deep impacts not only on assessment, administrative functions, organizational strategic planning, student acquisition, and retention but also on curriculum design and pedagogies.
The convergence of three areas: ARDTs, big data, and global demand for a highly qualified teacher workforce will bring forth far-reaching consequences to the field of education while raising fundamental questions about the functions of educational institutions and educators.
Transformative ways of knowledge generation and pedagogy come on top of business processes enabled through data aggregation and analytic forecasts. Areas in which AI is already entwined in education include smart content, intelligent tutoring systems, virtual facilitators, ARDTs, and yet-to-be-invented learning environments with the distinct possibility of blockchain or Holochain integration for administrative organizational purposes.
The future of education will need to be reimagined and redesigned while implementing and harnessing innovative technologies. Reshaping educational philosophies and their underpinning pedagogies will transform the modes of delivery in educational institutions worldwide. Ultimately, 21st-century ARDTs present significant opportunities and challenges to educational institutions and learners alike.
Fourth Industrial Revolution, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality Digital Technologies, Distributed Ledger Technology

Cowin, Jasmin. “Reimagine and Redesign: Augmented Reality Digital Technologies and 21st Century Education.” virtual presentation, ICLTTE 2022: 16. International Conference on Language Teaching and Teacher Education, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

GLoCALL 2021 Conference Presentation on “Simulation-Based Learning Environments: Practice-Based Teacher Education for TESOL Teacher Candidates” by Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin

It was a great pleasure to present today my research on “Simulation-Based Learning Environments: Practice-Based Teacher Education for TESOL Teacher Candidates” at the GLoCALL 2021 Conference. My presentation and research focused on reviewing, contrasting, and framing two different virtual training environments for TESOL educators searching for additional opportunities to offer interactive field and practicum experiences: simSchool and Mursion.

What is GLoCALL 2021?

GLoCALL 2021 is an international academic conference focused on the use of computer technology for language learning (CALL). GLoCALL conferences have been held annually since 2007 in various countries across Asia. When is GLoCALL 2021? The GLoCALL 2021 conference will be held 16th-18th December 2021. The GLoCALL 2021 conference is held online with online sessions presented via the website.

Plenary and Invited Speakers

Every GLoCALL conference features plenary presentations and workshops by internationally renowned CALL experts. This year the invited speakers are:

  1. Dr. Wong Su Luan (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  2. Dr. Deborah Healey (University of Oregon, USA)
  3. Dr. Mark Pegrum (University of Western Australia)
  4. Dr. Pramela Krish (Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia)
  5. Prof. Gordon Bateson (Kochi University of Technology, Japan)

Touro TESOL/Bilingual Candidate Ashley Cosenza’s Materials Critique and Redesign for EDPN-673

The Touro College TESOL/Bilingual Program course EDPN-673 – Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language provides a historical overview of second language acquisition theories and teaching methods. Students learn how to apply current approaches, methods, and techniques, with attention to the effective use of materials, in teaching English as a second language. Students engage in the planning and implementation of standards-based ESL instruction which includes differentiated learning experiences geared to students’ needs. Emphasis is placed on creating culturally responsive learning environments. Includes 15 hours of fieldwork.

One assignment is the Materials Critique & Redesign where candidates will: (1) prepare a written critique description of the material or resource, analyzing its effectiveness for ELLs and (2) based on your analysis, redesign one section/activity of the original material so that it meets the need of ELLs. The materials chosen will promote culturally and linguistically responsive classrooms and instructional practices.

Ashley Cosenza:

Touro TESOL/Bilingual candidate Ashley Cosenza submitted an exemplary project. She is receiving her Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language in Spring 2022. She is in her second to last semester at Touro College with Professor Cowin. Ms. Cosenza, “I enjoy learning different strategies to include in my 5th-grade classroom for students to learn the English language. It is important to me to deliver each lesson in such a way to captivate ELLs in each subject.”