Reports after the first two weeks of the August to November 2020 semester:
In the Intensive English Program, the learning teaching experiences have been very rich: there are just 4 instructors, but each teaches 20 hours/week, 22 students on 4 continents, 16 countries. Many of the students are those at a very advanced level of English, each earning 2 non-degree credits on their official TCU transcript and 3 degree credits more when they start their undergraduate degree. Others are registered via TCU’s Extended Education without credits, part of the six-university Free English Collaborative. Electricity, wifi, Zoom connections, D2L connections, and even our redundant GroupMe connections have failed for some from time to time. The collective group has been wonderful to overcome gaps due to outages. Spirits are high, multilingual students and instructors happy!
In the TESOL Certificate, the practicum course is underway. The instructor and practicum students have connected well via Zoom, and each student respectively has observed 4 hours different IEP classes, a very helpful time to observe since there are so many things going on at the beginning of this semester in those classes. What great lessons in how to teach English to speakers of other languages during a socially-distancing pandemic. What great exposure to individuals in places, literally in those places, where the Practicum students never get to go to; some students have Zoomed in from a refugee facility in the US, some from plush homes in Turkey, some from an outdoor park in Rwanda via a smart device. (See above.)