This is where we will post our self-introductions. I
will go first.
Please call me Steve. I teach at a university in Japan where
I have lived for the last 14 years. I was in the first on-site certificate class at the New School oh so many years ago and
that gave me a great foundation to pursue a career in ESL/EFL teaching. Since then I have gone on to get an MAT in teaching
English from the School for International Training and an Ed.D. from Temple University in curriculum and instructional technology.
I have taught in NYC, Ecuador, China, and Japan and have done teacher training in Japan, Thailand, and Bangladesh. I have
worked with kids (very challenging for me), high school students and adults in community language programs, business English
programs, and university/college.
I always thought I was a lousy language learner (two years
of high school Spanish supported that feeling), but I decided in the late 80s to stop being monolingual and so enrolled in
Berlitz to study Spanish…since then I have studied several languages (dabbled is a better term) but can only speak Japanese
(my Spanish has declined and so I want to brush up on it).
I want to make this course
and the subject accessible to all of you and I want you to leave the course knowing how to analyze a grammar point and how
to put a grammar lesson together.
I worry about the change from the old New School online system
to Blackboard. I think Blackboard should be a great system, but worry about the learning curve I have to (and you by default)
Any questions, please do not hesitate to email me. I will post more on how
I see our class running in the next day or two.
Also, please respond to other's posts by
making a comment or asking a question (of course, you don't have to do it if you have nothing to say, but these follow-up
comments are what makes our course feel like a real course!