Teaching

!Archived! Fall-Spring 2020/2021 at Collegium 16:

American Literature (four sections, meets: Tue, Fri)

British Literature (four sections, meets: Mon, Wed)

NB: for training courses of ENGin program which I teach (i.e., initial evaluator training aka "Intro to Language Assessment", interviewer/interlocutor training for ENGin SSPA, and professional development courses at Assessment and Evaluation of ENGin), please reach out directly to me at daniil [at] enginprogram [dot] org or to our Chief Evaluator Soe Young Lee. The syllabi and materials for those classes are confidential since they use recordings of ENGin students and volunteers. Enrollment in those courses is also by invitation only.

Awards

The Shaffer-Mehrkens Religious Studies Award,
Dept. of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Northfield Mount Hermon

The Marshall E. Climan Award,
Office of Dean of Students, Northfield Mount Hermon

The Etta May Schweiss Prize,
Dept. of Modern Languages, Northfield Mount Hermon

Presidential Scholarship, Ukraine

Teaching qualifications

TKT

The Teaching Knowledge Test, or TKT, is a professional credential that focuses on core teaching concepts for teachers of English as a foreign language. The British Council explains that the TKT "is a test of the skills you need to be successful in teaching English to speakers of other languages". Moreover, it is a rigorous and internationally accepted qualification, administered by a recognised exam board that proves language-teaching abilities.

The TKT assessment tests and demonstrates that those who pass are:

  1. familiar with different teaching methodologies

  2. know how to use teaching resources effectively

  3. understand key aspects of lesson planning

  4. can use different classroom management methods for different needs.

TKT M1: Background to language learning and teaching, Cambridge Assessment English

Descriptor: The candidate generally demonstrates comprehensive and accurate knowledge of language systems and background to language learning and teaching. He/she shows familiarity with most of the concepts, terminology, practices and processes tested, which relate to describing language and language skills, factors in the language learning process and the range of methods, tasks and activities available to the language teacher. The candidate is generally able to relate existing knowledge to both familiar and unfamiliar classroom situations.

TKT M2: Lesson planning and use of resources for language teaching, Cambridge Assessment English

Descriptor: The candidate generally demonstrates comprehensive and extensive knowledge of lesson planning and use of resources for language teaching. He/she shows familiarity with most of the concepts, terminology, practices and processes tested, which relate to general practice in lesson planning and materials use, reasons for carrying out particular activities in the classroom, and for using particular resources and materials. The candidate is generally able to relate existing knowledge to both familiar and unfamiliar classroom situations.

ESL qualifications: C2 Proficiency from Cambridge English

"A C2 Proficiency qualification shows the world that you have mastered English to an exceptional level. It proves you can communicate with the fluency and sophistication of a highly competent English speaker.

Preparing for and passing the exam means you have the level of English that’s needed to study or work in a very senior professional or academic environment, for example on a postgraduate or PhD programme.

A C2 Proficiency qualification shows that you can:

  • study demanding subjects at the highest level, including postgraduate and PhD programmes;

  • negotiate and persuade effectively at senior management level in international business settings;

  • understand the main ideas of complex pieces of writing;

  • talk about complex or sensitive issues, and deal confidently with difficult questions.