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"Ellie Parker" - ELT - "Positive for Teachers"

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Uploaded on Nov 9, 2011

This video is an artifact of the Carter Winkle narrative inquiry PhD dissertation thesis, "A Narrative Inquiry into Corporate Unknowns: Faculty Experiences Concerning Privatized-Partnership Matriculation Pathway Programs."

Videos of constructed narratives from the study are read by colleagues of the researcher: they are not the actual participants. All participant, institution, and corporate-partner company names are pseudonyms. Click on the "WinkleAtBarryU" channel link for additional information.

Below is an introduction to the study participant:

Ellie Parker, Senior Instructor and English-language teaching faculty at Drexel Hill University in Flagstaff, describes herself as being reactive in her career moves rather than ambitioned. After graduating with an undergraduate degree in German and earning a post-graduate certificate of education -- which is the pedagogical certification required to teach in the U.K. public school system -- Ellie had a brief stint as a high school teacher of German. "I hated it. I loathed it. I abhorred it. I vowed never to teach high school German again [laughs]!" Rethinking her career choice, she returned to university to begin a master's degree program in literature. Needing money, and "with great reluctance," Ellie responded in the affirmative when asked to work as an English language teacher at the university she had been attending. "My god! I can do this!" Soon after, she left the literature program and enrolled in English language teaching certificate courses, now known as the Cambridge ESOL CELTA and DELTA courses and programs. Ellie has been teaching English language in both ESL and EFL contexts ever since. DHU and its original English Language Institute first became known to Ellie through her work in a Master's of Arts in Applied Linguistics at the university. Initially hired as adjunct faculty, and later contracted as a full-time Instructor with mentoring responsibilities for MA TESOL interns, Ellie concurrently began and is now near completion of a PhD in Education at DHU. When news of DHU's intention to partner with Passagemaker Partnerships initially made its way to the ELI administration and faculty, they thought it "was the end of the world; life won't be the same. But if the CEA reinstitutes our accreditation, I think we teachers will come out smelling of roses."

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