Because all students learn differently and have their own style, it’s important to make learning relevant, fun and challenging. This workshop provides a menu of activities in speaking, listening, reading and writing for participants to explore and adapt to their individual needs as students and teachers of English and Other Modern World Languages. It begins to address and integrate the question, “What did you learn?”
Born in Michigan, U.S.A.; grew up in the Midwestern U.S.A. from ages 1 to 21 as the daughter of a business office manager and a registered nurse. Graduated from Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, IL, U.S.A. with a B.A. in Education and Art in 1973; moved to Japan that same year as member of the Volunteer Youth Ministry of the Lutheran Church ¬Missouri Synod. Worked in Tokyo from 1973 to 1976, including substitute teaching briefly in Niigata. Returned to the U.S.A. and taught at First Lutheran School in Long Beach, CA. from 1976 to 1978. Joined the U.S. Peace Corps and volunteered as a basic school teacher-trainer from 1978 to 1980. Repatriated to the U.S. for graduate work at the School for International Training with World Learning, Inc. from 1980 to 1981, earning an M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Communication.
Following various teaching positions, Sharon began serving Concordia University-Portland, OR, the U.S.A. as director of the English Language School in 1985 as an assistant professor. Assumed an associate professor position in August, 1999, as an instructor in the English Language School and professor of Education and International Studies, having earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed. D.) at Portland State University in the same year.
Relocating to Hong Kong and serving Concordia College Kowloon as a Native English Teacher in 2003, Sharon joined the Asia Lutheran Education Association (ALEA), a consortium of some 200 Lutheran schools in Asia. She has also served as a program coordinator and instructor at Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong University, Shanghai American School and Concordia International School Hanoi. Sharon has developed teaching and training workshops and curricula for schools in the United States, the Czech Republic, Dubai, Hong Kong, Macau, the Philippines, Shanghai, Taiwan, greater China, Banda Aceh Indonesia, Japan and Viet Nam.
Sharon is currently a full ¬time coordinator of English as an Additional Language (EAL) and intercultural communication at Concordia International School Hanoi, where she teaches Middle and High School EAL, Humanities and coordinates the EAL Sheltered Immersion Program.
Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). 1991-92. J.W. Fulbright, Jr. Award. Junior Lecturer Award: Zapodoceska Universita (The University of West Bohemia). Pilsen, The Czech Republic.
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