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Christina Mizer studied in the small city of Guanajuato, Mexico. While she was there, she was immersed into the culture of Mexico through a host family and through a language program at a Mexican university. She observed firsthand how languages are taught in other countries, the different resources that are used and the different teaching methods used. She did this by taking classes at a Mexican university in order to gain experience and knowledge about how Mexican students are taught to learn English. She herself was placed in the Advanced classes and sat in on the classes of the Intermediate students and Beginner students to observe how different levels of students are taught but by the same teachers. She also volunteered for one day to go into a resource center at the university and assist Mexican students with their practicing for their upcoming oral English exam. Upon returning, Christina has decided to switch her major to Spanish so that she may aid non-English speaking students through English as a Second Language Programs and help them learn English and acclimate themselves to the language and culture of the States.
CEE Title: Curriculum Development for English as a Second Language