The SLS program at MSU focuses on developing students’ research as well as teaching skills. Besides being required to complete two quality research studies before starting on the dissertation, we are also required to teach language and/or content courses in SLA. Core courses in this program include both research-oriented and teaching-oriented ones.
I am also a Research Assistant (RA) in the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) here at MSU where I participate in developing instructional materials for select Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) e.g. Swahili, Hindi and Hebrew. Further details about this project and my assistantship roles are provided in the ‘Research’ page.
I got my M.A degree in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University in 2017. The program prepared me to be a teacher of ESL/EFL through course work and a teaching practicum. Also, throughout the program, I held a Teaching Assistantship (TA) position where I taught Swahili as a foreign language to undergraduate students.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education (Arts) from Pwani University in Kilifi, Kenya in 2015. My specialization was to teach English language and literature to high school students. The program requirements included content courses in English (language) and literature, educational courses and a teaching practicum.