I would like to express my interest in teaching English. I am currently working as an instructor in France, where I am teaching courses on British Literature, English Grammar, Summary and Translation. Last year I taught courses on American Literature, British Literature, American Civilization, English Grammar, Summary and Translation. In 2007-2008 I taught an “English comprehension and expression” course, along with an “Initiation to Translation” course for freshmen at the University of Caen, Basse Normandie. In 2006-2007 I was a Lecturer of English at the University of California, Davis, where I taught English Composition through the study of Literature. In 2005-2006 I worked as a Lecturer in the French section of the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Between 2003 and 2005 I taught high school English in France. During that time I also attended teacher-training classes.
Just prior to my appointment, I passed two extremely competitive national exams. My success entitled me
to a teaching position in English. Beginning in fall 2001 I spent six months at Whitworth College in Spokane,
Washington, as an exchange student and a “lab leader” for American undergraduate students. In the English classes I taught at the University of California, Davis, I made a concerted effort to encourage interaction among students.
American undergraduates studied English and American Literature in my Composition course. When I taught French at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, I helped American freshmen and sophomores to see how learning grammar and vocabulary leads to communicating in real-life situations. I asked them to express their opinions on current cultural issues while using one or two grammatical concepts in particular as tools for expression.
When I taught English to French high school students, I worked on developing their speaking and writing skills through communicative tasks such as information gap activities or role-playing in pairwork and group-work. I would be glad to teach French classes and to partake in cultural events outside the classroom. I hope to have the opportunity to teach French and to participate as an active member of the university community.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks for your time and consideration.
Sara Adeline Mazzolini
Graduate Student Instructor
M. A. in English.