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  • 1.  Introduction

    Posted 26-01-2021 02:12 PM
    Hello, everyone! I am new to the myTESOL community. I recently achieved my TEFL certification with ESP in Business English and Young Learners; I look forward to interacting with and learning from the other members. I have not yet begun EFL/ESL teaching since becoming certified, but I greatly enjoyed teaching EFL during my time at a public high school on the JET Program in Tokyo, Japan. I have also taught college Art History, Japanese language, and studio arts workshops here in the US. I love nurturing the potential of others and am passionate about opening gateways for international students to experience their own explorations abroad and advancing their careers.

    All the best,
    Erin
    Program Manager & Cultural Exchange Facilitator
    USA


  • 2.  RE: Introduction

    Posted 27-01-2021 01:20 PM
    Hello Erin,
    Welcome to TESOL. Wow, public high school in Japan, sounds interesting. When I was younger, I was thinking about relocating to Japan, even though I have not been/taught there. Where are you now? I am in Dallas, Texas.

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    Yuliya Summers
    MyTESOL Lounge Coordinator/Volunteer
    United States
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  • 3.  RE: Introduction

    Posted 28-01-2021 01:56 PM
    Hello Yuliya,
    Thank you for the kind welcome! If you ever have the chance to visit, Japan is an amazing adventure! I'm currently in the DC Metro area looking for my own next adventure.
    Best wishes,
    Erin

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    Erin
    United States
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  • 4.  RE: Introduction

    Posted 28-01-2021 10:02 PM
    Hi Erin:

    I see you have TEFL certification with ESP in Business English.  If you haven't already, be sure to check out the ESP Interest Section!  You'll be able to connect with other teachers working in that same area.

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    Nikki Ashcraft
    Associate Teaching Professor
    University of Missouri
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  • 5.  RE: Introduction

    Posted 29-01-2021 10:27 AM
    Thank you, @Nikki Ashcraft!​ Unfortunately I am able to "view only" the ESPIS according to the webpage. Perhaps I met my limit of Interest Sections I am allowed to join? Being new, I admit I am still a little confused between Communities and Interest Sections (getting the hang of it slowly!).

    Best wishes,
    Erin

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    Erin
    United States
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  • 6.  RE: Introduction

    Posted 29-01-2021 01:10 PM
    Hello Erin and Everyone!

    There are two types of Communities of Practice in TESOL International:  Interest Sections (IS) and Professional Learning Networks (PLN).  The Interest Sections are more formally structured groups while the PLNs are more informal in nature.  If you have purchased a membership in the TESOL International Association, you can join as many communities as you like!  No limits!

    To join a group, click on the Communities button above and choose "All Communities."  You will see a list of all the different communities.  If you are interested in joining one, click on the name of the community and it will take you to the community page.  On the right hand side of the community page is a green button that says, "Join/Leave (Name of Community)."  Click on that, and it will take you to your account.  When looking at your account page, click on the tab that says "Communities of Practice." Then, you will see a list of the communities with check boxes where you can indicate which ones you would like to join.  You would also go to your account page to remove yourself from any of the groups.

    It may sound complicated, but it is well worth it to be able to connect with like-minded colleagues and make the most of your TESOL membership.

    Best wishes.

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    Nikki Ashcraft
    Associate Teaching Professor
    University of Missouri
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  • 7.  RE: Introduction

    Posted 22 days ago
    Thank you, Nikki! I appreciate your guidance!

    Best wishes,
    Erin

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    Erin
    United States
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