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  • 1.  Introduction

    Posted 02-04-2021 05:36 PM
    Edited by Alassane Abdoulaye DIA 02-04-2021 05:38 PM
    Hello! My name is Dr Alassane Abdoulaye Dia. You can call me Alassane. I am an ESL Teacher and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the Universite Virtuelle du Senegal. Nice to meet you all. Thank you!

    Alassane Abdoulaye DIA

  • 2.  RE: Introduction

    Posted 03-04-2021 10:37 PM
    Welcome to TESOL International, Alassane!  Can you tell us more about the courses you teach?  What is a recent classroom "success" you have experienced?

    May I also suggest that you look into joining some of TESOL's Communities of Practice?  These are groups where teachers can interact around specific areas of interest, such as teaching in "Higher Education" or teaching "English as a Foreign Language."  Just click on the "Communities" tab above to see a list of Interest Sections and Professional Learning Networks.  You can join as many as you like as part of your TESOL membership!

    Best wishes,

    Nikki Ashcraft
    Associate Teaching Professor
    University of Missouri

  • 3.  RE: Introduction

    Posted 04-04-2021 07:52 AM
    Hello Nikki!
    Nice to meet you and thank you for the warm welcome! 
    It is a great pleasure for me to be a member of TESOL International. I am a Faculty/Professor of English and comparative literature at the Université Virtuelle du Senegal. 
    As for ESL, I teach Reading, Writing, and listening. For my specialty, I teach African literature, American literature, American civilization, comparative literature, academic writing, and research methodology.
    The recent classroom success, I have experienced is to teach writing to my students who major in law. They take ESL classes and I have been teaching them at the university for four years. 
    In their third year, I focus on writing and speaking in order for them to be good at both oral and written communication. As regards  writing, I exposed them to the writing process following carefully all the different steps and making students produce as much as possible providing them with the necessary feedback to progress.
     At the end, a good number of them built strong skills and could write correctly in English and produce good pieces of writing. 
    As They gained confidence and I also was more confident to go further with them, I was invited by a colleague from an American university who had a project about Anthology of African Women in Law. The project manager sent me the call for contributions to produce entries and I shared it with my students. Thirteen of them submitted and were all accepted. Some are already published. When the students reached such a level of exposure and practice, I observed that they became more confident and were very satisfied with themselves.  This was above all a big success story for me as an ESL Teacher to see my students emerging and realizing great things.
    Thanks for the orientation, I will join Communities!

  • 4.  RE: Introduction

    Posted 09-04-2021 04:46 PM
    Hi Alassane:

    How wonderful that your students had the experience of writing for an authentic audience and the opportunity to be published!  I'm can see how that would be very motivating for them.  If the anthology is on the internet, perhaps you could post a link to it here.

    Also, you should consider submitting a proposal to present this project at our next TESOL convention.  The call for proposals is out now!  There will be both live and virtual sessions.

    Finally, given what you have shared about your classes, I think two communities would be a good fit for you.  The first is the English for Specific Purposes Interest Section (ESPIS), where you can connect with other people who teach English to law students, and the Second Language Writing Interest Section (SLWIS), where you can meet other writing instructors.

    Best wishes,

    Nikki Ashcraft
    Chair, Membership Professional Council
    University of Missouri

  • 5.  RE: Introduction

    Posted 04-04-2021 10:08 AM
    Nice to meet you, Alassane!



    James Papple
    Interim Associate Director
    York University