This month’s Spotlight features Erin, a former History and Global Studies major who’s bridging communication gaps around the world, teaching English as a Second Language from Turkey to San Francisco.
Erin, on studying abroad through EAP:
"I got to travel all around Europe (and even Morocco!), visit places that I’d only ever heard about, experience the famous Spanish nightlife, eat tapas...I could go on. By the end of my year, I was kicking and fighting not to get on the plane back to the U.S., and swore I’d be back someday.
Most importantly, it was in Granada that I was introduced to the ESL field. While there, I and a few other UC students worked as teaching assistants in a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course for Spanish students wanting to become English teachers. (Since we were native speakers, we were considered experts by default, and so asked to be TAs.) Without that experience, I don’t know if I would have ever considered entering the ESL field."
Erin welcomes UCSB students to contact her via LinkedIn with questions about the ESL field and for advice on how to use your time at UCSB to become competitive in the teaching world.
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Editor: Brandilyn Gilbert, Academic Advisor