I, Weronika Rzucidlo, desire to pursue an undergraduate degree in World Language Education because it effortlessly joins together my sole two passions: language and education. As a child going through the public school system, whenever I was asked the standard question of what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always responded, “a teacher.” However, as I have grown up and have been exposed to different situations, I have developed an affinity for the Spanish language. It started as a language requirement in high school and transformed into a language class that I had to have every semester or else I would have felt lost. I felt a connection to the language, the culture, and its people; I knew that not continuing my studies in the language at a college level would serve as an immense disservice to myself. Throughout my undergraduate career, I have had various opportunities to solidify my desire to teach not only in a general manner but to specifically teach the Spanish language. Although I am very excited about all of the career opportunities which graduating with an undergraduate degree in World Language Education would provide me, I am most interested in how it will prepare me for a bilingual graduate speech pathology program in the future. I intend on teaching in a school environment for a year or two before I apply to a graduate program. Today’s population is very culturally and linguistically diverse, and the population of minority groups is steadily increasing. Speech
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I had a great time today with the children and I am very proud of their progress this year. I hope they can keep practicing their Spanish during Summer break. Depending of the number of students registered I will keep teaching this advance class next year.
Every fall, millions of students return to school to learn about math and science, English and history, every weekday until summer finally returns. Year after year, the same fundamental classes return and, time after time, seem to faintly impact the students. Schools have been designed so you learn the same information, slightly more in depth, from kindergarten to senior year. What about topics that would further the student in their future after graduation? Schools emphasize the same core subjects throughout the years, but not the real life obstacles millions of millions of people face. What if schools required classes on survival, job interviewing skills, studying, how to pass the SAT- all classes which would further students in their
Now, I would like to broaden my professional reach by also teaching Spanish at the community college level. In addition, I am in the process of becoming a certified legal and medical interpreter which is also a professional goal I am working towards. Although in order to reach these professional goals, it is imperative I pursue the appropriate graduate studies, I also look forward to the considerable personal satisfaction I would gain by pursuing
All in all, I would like to pursue a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at FIU in large part due to the bilingual emphasis the program offers. Pursing a graduate degree at FIU will give me the platform to achieve my goal of continuing research to better serve bilingual and culturally diverse populations. My long-term goal is to own my own speech-language clinic in the South Florida area that specifically treats bilingual and culturally diverse populations and specializes in aural habilitation. I am confident that attending FIU will aide in my success as a bilingual
### Names #### Throughout all my years of school, I had always wanted to become a teacher when I grew up. It was not until my friend, Michelle Martino, began telling me about the wonderful program she is in at Southern Connecticut State University for Spanish Secondary Teaching; it was in that moment that I realized that teaching Spanish was where my true passion was. Because of this epiphany, I decided to tackle another independent performance project focusing on teaching Spanish. My original concept was to only do so at NBIS until I was approached by the primary grade teacher, Ms. Prota. I truly found my niche.
I am new to the profession of education, but where I lack in experience I make up for it when it comes to my enthusiasm and willingness to learn more. My first field experience was at Milton Union high school, and it was also the most scared I’ve ever been in the classroom. However, when I went to Stivers School for the Arts things got even better—I felt more prepared. This year I’m back at Stivers and so far everything has been good, and I really enjoy working with my cooperating teacher. This year will be a test of my endurance and capabilities. I am up to the challenge to work with students who are linguistically diverse, even though I know it might be difficult at times. Studying Spanish for six years half in high school and college have given me an idea of how disorienting it is to not understand the language. Not only is it disorienting it is also very challenging, because languages are all unique in vocabulary and grammar structure. These experiences will become of aid to me when I’m working with ESL students in the classroom.
Today’s classroom environment is becoming more diverse as time passes. This diversity is being seen not only in school district settings but in college settings as well. Thomas & Collier (2002) stated, “It is predicted that by the year 2030 this population will embody 40% of the student body”. Consequently there is a growing training gap in the education system stemming from regular teachers not being fully trained to meet the academic challenges that come in teaching to increasing student diversity (Daniel, & Peercy, 2014 & Lee, Maerten-Rivera, Buxton, Penfield, & Secada, 2009). Through teacher education programs, bilingual teachers go through a training geared to prepare them to teach to English language learners, whereas, regular teachers do not.
(Graduates of Saint Joseph’s University class of 2020, I, Nicole Schall welcome you here today to this wonderful celebration. It is so nice to see all of your smiling faces together one last time. I would like to thank President Reed, the administration, and that crazy professor who almost who almost failed me freshman year for the opportunity to speak here today. The one who almost caused me not to be standing here today. First and foremost, graduates, congratulations on all of your achievements thus far. Parents, professors, friends and family you should be proud of each and every graduate sitting here on St. Mary’s lawn today. Give yourself a round of an applause. (round of applause sound effect) Can you believe it is already graduation? Time really does fly when you’re having fun am I right? I can only speak for myself, but I’m sure many will agree with me that freshman move-in day seems like yesterday. But truth be told you all have grown since freshman move-in day, not just in height, or from the freshman fifteen, you are all smarter, brighter, and ready to take on the world.)
As result of creating and implementing this artifact, I realized that the most effective lesson plans are those which initiate with the final assessment in mind. So, I applied a pre-test at the very beginning of my lessons with every different group I would be teaching to measure a starting point or the amount of pre-existing knowledge on the topics to be taught. Based on this, I planned the instruction to deliver and how to differentiate it.
II. Main Point (state as a single declarative sentence): The progress that I have made helped me lead up to writing well-developed essays. The main reason I believe my essays are improved because of the time I take on my pre-writing.
Signing up for encouraging critical and skillful thinking class I was really excited at the possibilities I could learn as an educator to share with my students. Every day in my math class I am trying to show students how I approach different math problems. I go step by step explaining my logic behind every move I make and emphasize why I am making these very specific moves throughout the problem. To me, I feel what I am doing is very cut and dry but somehow there are students who get lost along the way. Maybe it is the way I present the material or it could be that our thinking does not line up. To some students Algebra is very stressful and it is almost a self-preservation class, meaning students fall back on prior knowledge and
A majority of high school students try to take more Advanced Placement (AP) and AICE classes in order to obtain college credit hours well in advance, and each one presents an exam at the end of the year. If they pass these exams with a certain grade or score, then they can avoid taking certain prerequisite classes because they met some of the requirements for their college general education plan.. In fact, I was able to skip English Composition I in my freshman year , for my scores in AP English Language and Composition allowed me to enroll in Honors English Composition II.
my life. You’ve seen me grow, you have encouraged me, cared for me, believed in
“Nevermind, you are all set. You can go now.” OK, so that was the first time I entered the custom house in America. The saddest thing about it was that I thought I was so smart and so cool, but I was actually stupid and rude. I would have given this nice guy a better impression if I have known a little bit more about English Language. I had never heard of the phrase “what’s up” at that moment. Before I came, the only way of greeting I was taught were “how are you” and “fine thank you, and you?” Thus, I made so many silly mistakes because of the misunderstanding of the greetings. For example, when someone asked,
English class seemed to be the most dreadful to take within school. Writing essays for most of my grade in a class is not what I was looking forward too. When I entered college I knew that it would be one of many challenging classes I would have to take. Starting from the lowest English class to moving on up, the writing assignments became longer and more thought out. The time came when I got into this class that I knew more work was going to have to be put into essays and thus brought out what I had not seen before in my work progress.