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AFIWA MENSANH

amensanh@miis.edu - http://afiwamensanh.wordpress.com/

EDUCATION Master of Arts: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Monterey Institute of International Studies A Graduate School of Middlebury College Bachelor of Arts: International Development Studies Illinois Wesleyan University Minor: French LANGUAGE TEACHING EXPERIENCE Assistant English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Intensive English Program Monterey Institute of International Studies Beginning Oral Communication Monterey, CA Fall 2012 Monterey, CA Anticipated May 2013 Bloomington, IL May 2011

Taught Oral Communication to beginning level ESL learners from Korea, Italy, Saudi Arabia, China, and Turkey. Designed lesson plans with listening, speaking, reporting, and note taking skills on topics such as health, presentation skills, travel and adventure, survival and nature, as well as food and travel to promote interaction and practice grammar points. Incorporated authentic materials into lessons through the use of audio-visual support to increase communicative language practice. Assisted instructor in assessing and providing feedback on student oral presentations. Seaside, CA Spring 2012

ESL Teacher (volunteer) Peace Resource Center

Team-taught communicative activities to a mixed level group of adult students, from true beginners to advanced intermediate, native speakers of Spanish. Adapted lessons to accommodate drop-in students who were beginner ESL learners. Strengthened learners confidence to be more vocal through oral practice and speaking activities. Provided timely feedback to students to improve their writing. Bloomington, IL 2008-2011

French Teacher UNITY Community Center

Taught communicative activities to a mixed level group of students ages 5-16 of diverse ethnic backgrounds including Nigerian, Congolese, African Americans, Korean, Togolese, Caucasian, and Hispanic. Created lessons to accommodate different age levels. Engaged learners in singing and writing activities to practice speaking.

ADDITIONAL RELEVANT EXPERIENCE Reading Tutor (volunteer) Monte Vista Elementary Monterey, CA Fall 2011 Present

Read story books with 1st and 3rd graders for 1.5 hours three days a week. Reinforce the learners pronunciation using repetition. Echo read with 1st graders with funny voices to represent storybook characters. Bloomington, IL 2008-2011

Program Coordinator UNITY Community Center

Supervised 45 youth ages 5-16 and volunteers during after-school programs and field trips. Registered families speaking French and English for the after-school program. Tutored youth in English, reading, spelling, math, writing, social studies, and French homework. Delivered curriculum instruction art, outdoor recreation, cultural lessons, and French during summer programs. Facilitated family intervention with youth behavior. Bloomington, IL 2008

Intern Illinois Wesleyan University Summer Enrichment Program UNITY Community Center

Served as an outdoor recreation instructor at the UNITY Community Center. Collected Bloomington-Normal community resources data for Bursting the IWU Bubble social project. Volunteered as a financial literacy facilitator for 50 youth at Catholic Charities. Chicago, IL 2006-2007

Tutor (Volunteer) RefugeeOne Youth center for refugee youth from conflict areas around the world

Tutored refugee youth in English, reading, spelling, math, writing, social studies. Assisted in the supervision of 40 youth during field trips; translated French. Assisted site coordinator and program director during summer program and Back-to-School party for students and families.

PROJECTS Curriculum Design Spring 2012 Conducted a needs analysis and developed curriculum and lesson plans for Class 1 (5-6 years old) at Acts Community School, in Nukualofa, Tonga. Language Assessment Spring 2012 Designed, pre-piloted, and administered an original diagnostic test of phoneme, grapheme, lexical, and discourse to 5 years old at the Preschool of the Pacific Grove Adult School. Second Language Acquisition Spring 2012 Conducted a case study to explore the language learner history of an ESL student of Chinese descent. Recorded, transcribed, and analyzed an interview for the report.

Sociolinguistics Fall 2011 Created and distributed a survey to gather individuals reactions to a variety of greetings in spoken English. Conducted and reported qualitative analysis of the data. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES Project-based learning workshop Project-based learning workshop LANGUAGE SKILLS French English Ewe/Mina Native Speaker Native Speaker Native Speaker (West African dialect from Togo) October 2011 February 2013

LIVING AND STUDY ABROAD Cameroon - Social Pluralism and Development Spring 2011 School of International Training (SIT) Explored 4 major Cameroonian cities. Investigated, analyzed, and presented on attendance in Yaound (urban) and Dschang (rural) high schools; culture and traditions of Bamilks people; linkage between the Cameroonian currency, Communaut Financire Africaine (CFA franc), and the French franc/Euro. SPECIAL SKILLS Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Google Applications (e.g., Google sites, Google Documents) Course Management Systems (Moodle, Blackboard) Digital Media Platforms (e.g., iMovie, Animoto, YouTube) Presentation Tools (PowerPoint, Prezi) Publishing Platforms (Wordpress, Weebly sites) Surveying Software (Google Forms) Organization Tools (e.g., Dropbox, Google Drive, Mendeley) Photo Management Tools (e.g., Flickr, iPhoto) HONORS/AWARDS Monterey Institute of International Studies Merit Scholarship Deans List, Illinois Wesleyan University George M. Pullman Scholar REFERENCES Peter I. De Costa, PhD. Visiting Professor Monterey Institute of International Studies 460 Pierce Street 2011-2013 2007-2011 2011

Monterey, CA 93940 831.647.6560 pdecosta@miis.edu Peter Shaw, PhD. Professor of Applied Linguistics Monterey Institute of International Studies 460 Pierce Street Monterey, CA 93940 831.647.6530 pshaw@miis.edu Jean, L. Turner, PhD. Professor of Applied Linguistics Monterey Institute of International Studies 460 Pierce Street Monterey, CA 93940 831.647.3522 jturner@miis.edu Lynn Goldstein, PhD. Professor of Applied Linguistics Monterey Institute of International Studies 460 Pierce Street Monterey, CA 93940 831.647.4184 lynng@miis.edu Jennifer Grode Instructor Intensive English Program Monterey Institute of International Studies Kinnoull House C 213 Monterey, CA 93940 831.647.4186 jgrode@miis.edu