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  • 1.  Who am I?

    Posted 15-12-2021 02:44 PM
    Dear Members,

    I am quite excited to rejoin TESOL community and looking forward to learning from a diverse group of educators around the world. I am currently teaching at P-TECH  in New Jersey, U.S. I teach ESL to high school as well as adult students.

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    Tabinda Khan
    ESL Instructor
    P-Tech, New Brunswick, NJ
    United States
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  • 2.  RE: Who am I?

    Posted 15-12-2021 10:06 PM
    Hello Tabinda, we are glad to see you here. I am a member of TESOL MPC (Membership Professional Council) and we are planning some exciting activities for the next year.

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    Yuliya Summers
    MyTESOL Lounge Coordinator/Volunteer
    TESOL MPC
    United States
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  • 3.  RE: Who am I?

    Posted 16-12-2021 10:27 AM
    Thanks, Yuliya! Looking forward to learn more about it.

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    Tabinda Khan
    ESL Instructor
    P-Tech, New Brunswick, NJ
    United States
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  • 4.  RE: Who am I?

    Posted 29-12-2021 12:00 AM
    Hello Tabinda:

    I love that you shared some pictures of your hobbies (flower arranging and "salad arranging") on your profile! Have you been able to incorporate any of these hobbies into your classes with secondary or adult students?  I am sure they would make for great experiential lessons.

    Best wishes,

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    Nikki Ashcraft
    Past Chair, Membership Professional Council
    University of Missouri
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  • 5.  RE: Who am I?

    Posted 02-01-2022 12:44 AM
    )Thanks Nikki for noticing my hobbies!

    Yes, I have used them in my classes not the salads though :) I did a lesson on how to create open and closed terrariums. Students enjoyed designing their own terrariums and then they observed the growth throughout the school year. It was fun! Also, students love hands-on projects.
    Terrariums that my students designed from scratch.


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    Tabinda Khan
    ESL Instructor
    P-Tech, New Brunswick, NJ
    United States
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  • 6.  RE: Who am I?

    Posted 05-01-2022 11:51 AM
    Those are beautiful!  I was also thinking about the word "terrarium" and how students could learn about word roots and morphology when they learn this new vocabulary word.

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    Nikki Ashcraft
    Past Chair, Membership Professional Council
    University of Missouri
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  • 7.  RE: Who am I?

    Posted 07-01-2022 02:34 PM
    Edited by Laura Peskin 07-01-2022 02:34 PM
    Dear Tabinda, Nikki, and All ~

    Hello, Tabinda, from your neighbor in New York State! I'm pleased to meet you. I worked in adult ed in a community/cultural center for many years. Now I'm an educational writer.

    And, Nikki, thank you for reminding us about the importance of teaching morphology to our students. In September 2021, the Reading and Vocabulary Interest Section (RVIS) hosted a webinar as follows:

    MORPHEMIC AWARENESS AS AN EQUITY ISSUE: HOW EXPLICIT INSTRUCTION IN MORPHOLOGY CAN SUPPORT LITERACY FOR ALL STUDENTS

    There is a growing body of research that indicates that explicit attention to morphology leads to wider vocabularies and stronger reading comprehension. In this workshop, we will explore the research, engage in discussion, and participate in simulations that highlight the equity issues behind access to morphology instruction.

    Presenter:
    Michelle Benegas, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Second Language Teaching and Learning for Hamline's School of Education and principal investigator on the ELM (English Learners in the Mainstream) Project, a $1.5-million teacher professional development initiative through the US Department of Education.

    https://my.tesol.org/events/event-description?CalendarEventKey=4ca6cf71-ffb6-4f5d-87f2-91a2a94ec60d&Home=%2fevents%2fmanage-events

    Here is the link to the recording:
    https://youtu.be/GFWR-_VFevc

    I hope this is useful.

    Happy new year!

    Best wishes,
    Laura

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    Laura J. Peskin
    Independent Educational Writer
    New York, USA

    "The ability to speak our own truth in our own words is power."
    Dr. Jill Biden
    Cherokee Nation's Cherokee Immersion School
    Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA
    December 2021
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