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University teaching expernce; linguistics training

Posted By: Amy Wilhelm <amymidwest@gmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, 22 January 2013, at 5:45 p.m.

Hello,
This is my first time posting on this site.
I am interested in teaching ESL not in a grade school or high school. Rather, I would like to teach either a combination of ages, or adults in a university or private company type of setting. Based on my background explained below, what types of positions could I obtain right now, without additional training? What training would I need to get to teach the ages I am interested in?
(I am not limiting myself to a certain country right now, but probably would not consider Saudi Arabia or other conservative Middle East countries.)
My background: Thank you for reading through this. I apologize ahead of time if this is unnecessarily detailed.
I am a U.S. citizen, have a B.A. in International Relations (with Spanish). I spent a semester in Mexico during this. I later took classes in Education for 2 years at 4 year university; this gave me a nice pedagogical base and a State (Missouri) certificate to teach Spanish K-12. I took one applied linguistics class, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Methodologies, (its theories and practices were very helpful to my teaching effectively high school Spanish). After 3 years of teaching high school, I obtained an M.A. in Spanish, which included two (graduate level) classes in Applied Linguistics: one studying theory of language acquisition and methodologies of teaching L2 with attention to technology; and another studying phonology and teaching phonology of a second language. I taught Spanish at the University where I did masters as a T.A. and then adjunct, for total of 3 years. I then taught Spanish last year at another university as an adjunct full time. This included a couple classes that were "hybrid" (partly online classes). This totals 4 years of teaching college level. I have recently volunteered teaching ESL to small classes of adult native Spanish speakers for a total of about 40 hours.
I appreciate details on the nature of training you recommend so I can see how I would develop as a teacher. Thank you so very much for your thoughts.
Sincerely,
Amy W. (40 years old)

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University teaching expernce; linguistics training
Amy Wilhelm -- Tuesday, 22 January 2013, at 5:45 p.m.
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nomad soul -- Wednesday, 23 January 2013, at 3:42 p.m.
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Tim -- Thursday, 24 January 2013, at 11:49 a.m.
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amymidwest -- Thursday, 20 June 2013, at 9:57 a.m.
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nomad soul -- Friday, 21 June 2013, at 11:01 a.m.
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spiral78 -- Friday, 21 June 2013, at 9:51 a.m.

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