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  • 1.  Greetings!

    Posted 9 days ago

       Greetings to all Fellow Teachers!

     

    Let me introduce myself as a new TESOL Member: I am Lala Sadykhova, PhD (Cultural Studies), ELT (TESOL Certified), from Moscow.

    I've been teaching ESL, online and offline, to adult students, and began it with Content-Based Language Instruction, at Moscow State University, teaching humanities in English; then facilitated English and American Book Clubs, including my volunteering at the American Center in Moscow.

    Having academic backgrounds in psychology, translation, and intercultural communication, I enjoy teaching English to students with any cultural and learning differences and needs; and I really like travelling, and communication with people from all over the world.

    Being TESOL 2021 Convention attendee (an unforgettable experience indeed), I'm looking forward to connecting, and sharing, with you, dear colleagues.

     

    Best wishes to all, stay safe and well,

    Lala

     

    P.S. If some of you haven't read a very interesting paper, by Dr Kate Kinsella, on language instruction through personal narrative, let me recommend it to you:  

     

    https://www.languagemagazine.com/2021/04/06/celebrating-multilingual-learner-identity-through-personal-narrative-instruction/

    And if you want some fun, why not read this, on psychology of verbal sounds:

    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210430-what-the-sound-of-your-name-says-about-you



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    Lala Sadykhova
    Russian Federation
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  • 2.  RE: Greetings!

    Posted 3 days ago
    Hello Lala. Thank you for sharing these papers. I met Dr. Kinsella a few years ago at the AERA conference. Language instruction through personal narrative, interesting. Is this something you have tried with your students?


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    Yuliya Summers
    MyTESOL Lounge Coordinator/Volunteer
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  • 3.  RE: Greetings!

    Posted 2 days ago
    Hi Lala,

    Thanks for the link to the article on the psychology of sounds (with a focus on the sounds in names).  It made me think of how often one hears comments like, "Funny-- you don't look like a Kate/Emily/Bob..."  An entertaining read!

    Cheers,
    Margaret

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    Margaret Hurdlik
    Director of English As a Second Language
    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
    United States
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  • 4.  RE: Greetings!

    Posted 2 days ago
    Hello Margaret,

    Thank you for sharing your experience, and I agree that the article is entertaining. Such phonetic-associative chains can be used in a classroom too, as part of a 'warming up' play: before, or between, other activities; to develop vocabulary, through having some fun, etc.

    (What mystifies me, however, about the phenomena as such, in terms of the underlying psychological mechanisms, is the differences in associations for speakers of very different languages, such as one of the European languages, on the one hand, and, e.g. Chinese, on the other hand...)

    Thank you again for writing!

    Best regards,
    Lala

    Lala Sadykhova, PhD
    Moscow, Russia


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    Lala Sadykhova
    Russian Federation
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  • 5.  RE: Greetings!

    Posted 2 days ago
    Hello Yuliya,
    Thank you very much for your letter; I'm sure that communication with such interesting and creative people as Dr. Kinsella, particularly at a conference, must be great pleasure.
    As for me, I have done something similar to personal narrative described in Dr. Kinsella's recent paper: personalized tasks (looking for such topics to discuss, and creating materials to work with, that my students whose interests and backgrounds I know would find interesting ang appealing); and this really works for us.

    Best regards,

    Lala Sadykhova, PhD
    Moscow, Russia

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    Lala Sadykhova
    Russian Federation
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  • 6.  RE: Greetings!

    Posted 2 days ago
    Thanks for the suggestions on readings, Lala. I've added them to my ever expanding list. :)

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    Christine Nicodemus

    Department Chair- Humanities, Social Sciences, & Fine Arts, Wayne Community College (USA)
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  • 7.  RE: Greetings!

    Posted 2 days ago
    Thank you, Christine,
    I 'm glad you found those suggestions, and I hope you'll enjoy the readings as much as I did.

    Best regards,

    Lala Sadykhova, PhD
    Moscow, Russia

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    Lala Sadykhova
    Russian Federation
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