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Narrative Essay Describing a Persons Development as an ESL Teacher


Write a narrative essay describing your development as an ESL teacher. This essay is intended to be an opportunity for you to reflect on what you have learned in your TESOL program, and to explain how the materials included in your portfolio reflect your efforts to understand the field. While your introduction may serve as the foundation for future letters of application, for the purposes of the portfolio, your essay may include a discussion of your uncertainty and the ways you have worked and may still be working to resolve those questions. An effective teacher is often one who continues to reflect on his or her practice, and who acknowledges that teaching is, in fact, a life-long learning process. To that end, your portfolio introduction should include the following:

A description of your motivation for studying TESOL and your knowledge or assumptions about the field when you started the program, An explanation of how you arrived at your current teaching philosophy (be sure to explain what your current philosophy is), including a discussion of how your philosophy has evolved due to the concepts and theories you have  studied in the program, Reference to specific course projects and papers that have contributed to your understanding of the field and your teaching philosophy, An explanation of the kinds of teaching activities and lesson plans you have developed as a result of your knowledge, A reflection on selected teaching journal entries that demonstrate your growth as a teacher, Concluding remarks about how you plan to continue developing as a teacher in the future.

Classes were taken

Fall Year One
English 6501 Theory and Practice of Teaching ESL I
English 6504 Morphology and Lexical Semantics

Winter Year One
English 6502 Theory and Practice of Teaching ESL II
English 6750 Theory and Practice of Composition
Spring Year One
English 6508 Supervised Teaching and Tutoring (Part I)
English 6506 Sociolinguistics

Fall Year Two
English 6503 Second Language Acquisition
English 6509 Computer Assisted Language Learning and Teaching

Winter Year Two
English 6510 Pedagogical Grammar
English 6507 Testing and Evaluation for Teaching ESL


Summary: This question is related to a narrative essay and describes a person’s development as an ESL teacher and explains learning in TESOL program.

Total word count: 1255


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