As a student at Manhattan College, I completed my student teaching experience in the Bronx, NY. A year after graduation, I substitute taught in all of the boroughs. During this time, I achieved my New York State Teacher Certification in Secondary Education: Spanish. ------- After moving back home, I worked in the insurance field. To be quite honest... I wasn't sure that teaching was what I wanted to do. Well, that time away from the classroom made me realize that, in reality, it is EXACTLY what I want (and NEED) to do. It's my calling! :D ------ I promptly began to work on certification reciprocity and am now on my second year of having my very own Spanish classroom. I couldn't be happier! I'm not quite at the 5th year mark, ( :p ) but am working very hard to get there! And will continue to work hard once I do!
Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT). ''TBLT is an educational framework for the theory and practice of teaching second or foreign languages. Based on empirical research, TBLT adopts meaning-based, communicative tasks as the central unit for defining language learning needs, determining curriculum goals, designing activity in the (language) classroom, and assessing language competencies.'' For more information on TBLT, please visit http://www.tblt.org/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------- As a quick example, I create projects that require students to complete real world tasks in the target language. These tasks address the language learning goals covered in that specific unit. A rough draft of a sample project idea is to have students plan a trip to a Spanish speaking country. Students perform real work tasks like creating an itinerary (while also demonstrating proficiency of the future tense), finding and ''purchasing'' plane tickets, looking for and utilizing tour guides and maps etc. The idea is to have students realize how the target language will be useful to their life outside of the classroom :D
***Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. *** Cum Laude: Bachelors of Arts in Education and Spanish
Manhattan College ('14): Bachelors of Arts in Education and Spanish -- Universidad Complutense de Madrid ('13): Programa de Estudiantes Extranjeros
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