Sole ESL minor reflects on learning experiences

first_imgThe junior class at Saint Mary’s has a small number of students that are pursuing Elementary Education majors. However, out of all those students, Mary Stechschulte, is the only one who chose to also participate in English as a Second Language as her required minor.All Elementary Education majors are required to minor in something, but English as a Second Language is one of the four minors that provide students licensure to teach in Indiana upon completion. The other three are Mild Intervention, Reading and Early Childhood.“I studied French for 13 years, Spanish for two years and I dabbled into a very small amount of Arabic,” Stechschulte said. “The whole point of the minor is that I do not know how to speak any other language fluently.”Stechschulte originally started off as an Elementary Education major with minors in Spanish and history.“Spanish did not really fit into my schedule freshman year,” Stechschulte said. “They never really told us about the English as a Second Language, but I asked the right questions and found out about it.”Stechschulte said the minor focuses on helping train students in the context of classrooms whose first languages are not English.“It teaches how to reach students on different levels while still being respectful,” Stechschulte said. “It is all about cultural competence and making students feel welcome while still helping them learn important techniques.”Saint Mary’s professor Susan Devetski, who started teaching in the College’s education department last semester, said students learn how to teach children and how to embrace diversity in the classroom through this program.“The English learners at elementary and high school are from diverse backgrounds and speak a variety of languages, so teachers need not speak their language, but rather be open and willing to learn to teach English,” Devetski said.This minor not only allows individuals opportunities to learn in a classroom setting, but also to have real life experiences in local schools.“I have a new placement every semester at different schools,” Stechschulte said. “In this past fall semester, I was placed in a school that was mainly composed of Spanish-speaking children, while this semester there is more diversity in the school I am placed at.”Devetski teaches two courses and supervises English as a Second Language students while they work in the field.“Field experience is a strong part of the program,” Devetski said. “Students attend cultural experiences on and off campus to expand their own thinking and understanding.”In the United States, Devetski said, there is a very high need for teachers who are trained and certified in ESL, as the number of English learners continues to grow in elementary, middle and high schools.“The minor is excellent for education majors, and others interested should contact advisors to see if it is possible,” Devetski said.Tags: education, English as a second language, saint mary’s, Susan Devetskilast_img read more

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Michael Rupert & More Complete the Cast for On The Town

first_imgTony winner Michael Rupert (Legally Blonde: The Musical, Ragtime, Falsettos, Sweet Charity) and Allison Guinn (Hair) will join Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves in the new Broadway revival of On the Town. Directed by John Rando, previews will start at the Lyric Theatre (formerly the Foxwoods) on September 20, with opening night set for October 16. Related Shows View Comments Rupert will play Judge Pitkin and Guinn will play Lucy Schmeeler. Phillip Boykin (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) and Stephen DeRosa (Hairspray, The Nance, Into The Woods) also join the cast. The ensemble will feature Chip Abbott, Tanya Birl, Angela Brydon, Holly Ann Butler, Julius Carter, Kristine Covillo, Lori Ann Ferreri, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Stephen Hanna, Eloise Kropp, Brandon Leffler, Jess Leprotto, Cory Lingner, Skye Mattox, Michael Rosen, Samantha Sturm, Christopher Vo, Cody Williams and Mikey Winslow. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015center_img On the Town The cast will also include the previously reported Megan Fairchild, Alysha Umphress, Elizabeth Stanley and Jackie Hoffman. First seen on Broadway in 1944, On the Town follows the adventures of three sailors on leave in New York City. Based on the ballet Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins, the musical features music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Toe-tapping hits from the show include “New York, New York,” “I Can Cook Too,” “Lonely Town” and “Some Other Time.” Yazbeck, Johnson and Alves will be reprising their roles from the 2013 Barrington Stage Company production of the tuner.last_img read more

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Wolf Administration Cabinet Members Host Community Event in Tunkhannock

first_imgWolf Administration Cabinet Members Host Community Event in Tunkhannock Press Release Tunkhannock, PA – Today, Wolf Administration cabinet officials were joined by more than 100 community members for a Cabinet in Your Community event at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. This series of events gives community members the opportunity to talk with cabinet secretaries and discuss issues important to the region.“It is of utmost importance to ensure that constituents across the commonwealth have access to their government officials,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “By hosting these events, my administration can better serve Pennsylvanians by having valuable dialogue and giving community members an opportunity to feel connected to Harrisburg regardless of where they live.”This event featured Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller, Acting State Police Commissioner Lt. Col. Evanchick, and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Rick Flinn. The department heads answered questions from the audience and provided information on ongoing and upcoming state projects in the region.The next Cabinet in Your Community event is currently scheduled for next Thursday, April 26, in the McFarland Student Union Building at Kutztown University. This event will be hosted by the cabinet secretaries of the departments of Community and Economic Development, Aging, Health, and Transportation. April 16, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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UK Pensions Regulator makes chief executive appointment

first_imgThe UK Pensions Regulator (TPR) has unveiled Lesley Titcomb as its new chief executive after a nearly two-year search.Titcomb joins from financial services regulator the Financial Conduct Authority, where she is currently COO.She is expected to take up her new role as head of TPR in March 2015, with current interim chief executive, Stephen Soper, stepping down.Soper was appointed interim after former chief Bill Galvin’s departure and will move back to his role as executive director for defined benefit (DB) regulation. Galvin announced he was leaving TPR in March 2013 to become the chief executive of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), one of the UK’s largest schemes, with £42bn (€52.5bn) in assets.Titcomb, also an FCA board member, has been COO since April 2013 after joining the organisation’s predecessor in 1994.Titcomb said: “With so much fundamental change, it is important that the industry is overseen by a strong, independent pensions regulator, focused on the issues within the sector, that is respected for its technical expertise and authoritative voice.“I relish the opportunity of working with the regulator’s high-quality team and with other industry stakeholders.”Soper will lead the organisation until Titcomb joins in March next year.last_img read more

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