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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Spring 2007, ESL 899, Level 7

Spring 2007
Bridging Class ESL 899, Level 7
Community Learning Center, Oceanside CA
MiraCosta College, ESL Non Credit

This was my second class here at MiraCosta. We had a fun and productive class. The students created a newsletter, several PowerPoint presentations, and a couple of short movies.
View the newsletter

View some clips (DFilm)
Jimmy and Mario
Martin and Mauro

View some PowerPoint presentations

P.S. It is fun to see some of you around taking ABE or High School classes. Keep up the hard work!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

My Story

Hi, my name is Eli (Elizabeth) Dinamarca Clarke. I am a Chilean who has been living in the US for almost 8 years. When I moved to this country, my primary goal was to learn English. My secondary goal was to earn a Master’s degree and later on go back to work in my home country. At the school where I took my first ESL (English as a second language) classes, I learned a lot. My teachers were great! They were so dedicated and helpful. These classes were free, so I really wasn’t expecting a lot since in my country education is really expensive. We do not have free English or computer classes like here in the US, not at least when I was living there.

One day, one of my teachers asked me if I wanted to help her with some student’s grammar. I was delighted, since grammar was my favorite subject. Later on, I was asked if I wanted to be a tutor. I felt that I was being paid to learn English and do what I loved, teach grammar. I really enjoyed helping other students. I remember my first students (as I use to call them, not tutee) were a Chilean girl, an Italian, several Mexicans, and a Guatemalan. This experience allowed me to realize how much I enjoyed helping and learning at the same time; therefore, I decided to become a teacher. Once I finished all the ESL levels offered at the school, I transfered to a community college to learn some writing skills.

Later, while working in an ESL classroom, an instructor for the Business Skills Department saw me helping some students. She asked me where I was from and I explained who I was. She asked me to go View her class when I had a chance. Later on, I ended up teaching a bilingual computer class for her. My first class was at Taller San Jose in Santa Ana, CA.

After about a year, I moved to San Diego, CA. I got a job with SDCCD and started teaching computer classes to ESL students at the Cesar Chavez Campus in Barrio Logan. After all these experiences, I decided to get a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in TESOL. I earned my Master’s in December of 2005 from ALLIANT International University.

Currently, I am still teaching at Cesar Chavez Campus and I have added one more school to my curriculum, MiraCosta College.

At MiraCosta, I have been working in a lab where we offer ESL classes, Citizenship, and Crossroads Café. I have also taught the bridging class and currently, I am teaching level 5.

I love what I do, and I always thank my first mentors, friends, and teachers form Centennial!

Eli Clarke