NYS TESOL Member of the Month for May 2017
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- Eligibility – Nominee is a current NYS TESOL Member.
- Selection Criteria – Nominee demonstrates a commitment to the field.
– In addition to 12 months of recognition on our web site, each year the
12 Members of the Month will be entered into a Raffle for a
complimentary registration to the NYS TESOL Annual Conference.
– Click the link below and tell us about your nominees contributions
to the field and/or our community of educators and students. A
NYS TESOL committee will review the entries and select the monthly
Meet the NYS TESOL Member of the Month for May 2017
Wen (Elyssa) Sun, New York City Region
Wen (Elyssa) Sun is a recent
graduate of the M.A. TESOL program at Teachers College, Columbia
University. Her interest in linguistics prospered when she successfully
reached the near-native level of English in the EFL setting using her
unique way of learning during high school. Growing up in China where
the education system is mainly exam-oriented, she has contemplated much
about its erroneous way in English learning and teaching. This drove
her to seek out teaching opportunities in areas of diverse cultural and
economic backgrounds during her undergraduate years. She has since
worked with many ESL learners of diverse proficiency levels ranging
from 2nd graders to adults.
Elyssa’s involvement with NYS TESOL began in 2016 when she first
volunteered for the Applied Linguistics Winter Conference (ALWC) as a
student at TC. She then proceeded to serve as both Conference Chair and
Proposals Chair for 2017 ALWC. Her experience on the conference
committee has exposed her to a wider variety of research topics,
strengthened her work abilities, as well as expanded her professional
network. She is looking forward to pursuing more teaching experiences
and further education in the future.
As an ESL teacher, it is crucial to keep up with the most current
research and keep renovating the methodology. NYS TESOL has provided
Elyssa with quick access to the frontier of the academic field and
inspired her with the work of fellow colleagues. The student-run
conferences have also provided her with the humbling and rewarding
experience of learning how conferences come together.
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