Davina Ramirez

    Spring 2014 ESOL Courses

Textbook Committee

 

Writing 8

 

Comm. 7

 

Reading 8

Welcome to 2012!

To read the website for a specific class, click on the class name above. Each one has class information, study links, and much more. 

Other Useful Links:

 Panther Tracks First Term Guide

ESOL Page

Dave's ESL Cafe

ESOL Links for Self Study

OWL English: Writing Help

          

Even if you are a continuing student, check out the Panther Tracks webpage.   You'll probably learn something interesting.

Some More Information about Me...
I started teaching English 15 years ago, and I've been teaching here at Sylvania for 9 years. 

I have taught in Oregon, Washington, California, China, and Japan.  In China, I spent 2 years in the English department of Nanfang Yejin Xueyuan, a college in Ganzhou City, Jiangxi Province.  I didn't speak Chinese well before going there, and in such a small city, almost nobody spoke English.  I had to learn to speak Chinese by being brave and practicing every day.  In Japan, I taught in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture for about 1 year, and again I had to learn Japanese by talking to ordinary people every day - shopping, going to the bank, mailing letters and riding on the bus.  I remember these experiences every day as I teach.  I remember the feeling of being surrounded by a new language, feeling shy some days, sometimes learning fast and sometimes learning slowly.  I think this helps me be a better teacher.

My master's degree is in linguistics, the study of language as a whole.  I studied at UCSC in Santa Cruz, California, which is an amazing university.  Language is so interesting to me!  I am enjoying watching my daughter, Echo, learn to speak English, too.

Many people ask what country I am from.  Actually, I am an American: I was born in L.A., California.  My family is from Mexico, however, so I am Mexican-American, and I'm proud of both countries. 

I look forward to meeting you!

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