MA Degree in English: Concentration in TESOL {College of Liberal & Creative Arts}

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TESOL Talk Panel Discussion -- From practicum to employment: Opportunities to grow as a TESOL professional in the Bay Area

The SFSU MA TESOL Student Association is pleased to invite you to a special event  featuring

  • Greg Keech, City College of San Francisco

  • Leigh Anne Shaw, Skyline College, San Bruno

  • Julia Schultz and Holly Ho, American Language Institute, SF State

  • Esther Chan, Composition for Multilingual Speakers Program, SF State

  • Lynne Wilkins, Janice Tolman, English Center, Oakland


Please join San Francisco State University's M.A. TESOL students, alumni and faculty for this engaging morning of  discussion on Friday, February 28,  from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm  in Humanities 207 on the SFSU campus.


As students making our way through the academic realm of TESOL theory and research, we are all naturally wondering about the diverse career possibilities and pathways that a Masters in TESOL could lead us to. In an attempt to help guide and hopefully inspire future teachers at all stages of the program, the TESOL Student Association has organized a Career Path event featuring a panel of distinguished representatives from various Bay Area institutions who are willing to share information about their respective teaching contexts. They will comment on how we as students can gain practicum experience in our field and more fully benefit from the multitude of teacher training opportunities available to us throughout our scholarship.

Following an informational session regarding their specifics contexts, the panel will be answering questions, touching on a range of issues regarding the hiring processes, working conditions, challenges and, of course, benefits specific to their chosen career path. Sample questions include:

• What advice would you give a TESOL student who was interested in gaining more practice experience in the field while in grad school?

• What are some ways you would like to collaborate with our students and faculty around professional development?

What are some challenges you have encountered in working with TESOL students who seek to TA or student teach at your institution?


10:00- 10:20 am: Coffee and networking mixer

10:20 -11:10 am: Career Path Presentations

11:10-11:40 am:   Moderated Panel Discussion and Q & A Session

11:40-12:00 pm:  Mingle with panelists, your TESOL colleagues, and faculty


Please spread the word about this exciting event! Everyone is welcome. For questions or comments regarding TESOL Talk, please contact Sarah George or Carrie Hunter at

** To fully benefit from this unique opportunity, we recommend that students consider possible questions that they would like to ask the panel members during our interactive panel discussion prior to the event.  Please send your questions for the panel to


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