M.Ed. in TESOL, Literacy and Culture
I come from Shanghai, China. I studied at the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade and majored in Business English, and I have a bachelor's degree in Art. I had internships in a community college called Shanghai Television University where I worked as an English tutor, and I also worked as a TA in a middle school called Songjiang No. 6 Middle School.
As a teaching assistant in Songjiang No. 6 Middle School and Shanghai Television University I corrected the students' homework, assisted in class management and conducted teaching practice, viewing the vivid, interactive, efficient and face-to-face communication between teachers and students. The experiences enlightened me in that school education should be student-centered and closely integrated with the interests of the students, while the teacher should be a guide and co-worker with the students rather than a taskmaster assigning a fixed set of lessons.
How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?
I successfully connected with a program alumna who used to study TESOL and she gave me positive feedback about this program and SOLES, so that’s why I enrolled at SOLES.
Tell us about any research you have done at SOLES.
I am preparing for my Action Research about metacognitive instruction in reading for adult English language learners (ELLs).
How has your SOLES education impacted your career goals?
I am receiving systematic education about English teaching, which has inspired me a lot in that I am more insightful about what is underlying teachers’ instruction and their interactions with students. I think I’m more confident about being a teacher as well as getting along with students. My experiences in SOLES reinforces my goal of being an English teacher.
Which class has impacted you the most?
Methods for Teaching Literacy in ESL by Mark Manasse. I was greatly inspired by Prof. Manasse’s teaching pedagogy. He is so experienced in teaching and his charisma let us feeling excited about doing in-class activities. The activities were well designed: as a student, they helped me to realize and concentrate on my own progress. As a teacher, he showed us the purpose of doing such activities and how to get students involved in them.
Are there specific SOLES faculty, staff or administrators you feel have contributed significantly to your success?
My advisor, Dr. Molina, helps me a lot in both learning or other things related to learning. I sometimes talk with her about some difficulties in learning. When I have a problem in teaching and I do not know the appropriate solution, I will ask her for help. She usually gives me useful suggestions and lends me some books.
Sergio Rodriguez also helped me a lot. When I first came here, he showed me around the building and helped me register for classes. He is so hardworking and patient in arranging class observations and tells me about opportunities for conferences and workshops.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I hope to find internships in the U.S. and after that I plan to go back to China and work as an English teacher to teach adults in a community university or other education institutions.
Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective students?
I believe that my experiences at SOLES and in San Diego are extremely rewarding. They largely broadened my horizons and let me see the world from many other perspectives.