Class of 2008 TC Alumna, Lauren Park, to Go to Goergetown to start Ph.D. Studies

| July 1, 2010

For the past two years since graduation, Lauren has been a lecturer in the General English Programs at Sogang University and Dongduk Women’s University (Seoul, Korea). She has been given the opportunity to teach a variety of English courses to students of various levels and says that living as a teacher for two years has taught her that teaching is not as simple as merely delivering knowledge. It is a much more complicated job that requires you to be quick-witted, ob-servant, and discerning every minute.

During the past two years, she has come to realize that what she observes in her students can become useful findings and resources to her colleagues if she becomes a more competent researcher in the field of SLA. Now that she sees where she falls short, she has decided to take a big leap in her career. In September 2010, she is going back to school as a Ph.D. student in Linguistics at Georgetown University. She states that she remembers studying at TC wasn’t always pleasant, but she knows it was those struggling moments with books and papers that helped her become a better student and a better teacher. She is excited to go through another long training process where she can hopefully learn to become a qualified scholar in SLA.

This originally appeared in the 2010 edition of the TESOL/AL Times, the TC TESOL and AL Programs newsletter.