Final Project: "Two Heads Are Better Than One: A Collaborative Peer Feedback Curriculum for Low-Proficiency ESL Writers"
After graduating from Concordia University in Chicago, Lindsey Sivaslian taught English in Japan for two years before arriving in the Bay Area to work as an educator providing academic English as a Second Language support to students. These experiences led her to return to graduate school at SF State in 2012 to pursue her master’s degree and a career helping others develop their English language skills. Sivaslian, a native of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, is graduating with an M.A. in English, with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
"Learning English can open up new opportunities in business and education for many people to provide them with a better future that they would otherwise not have, and I’m really passionate about bringing that ability to others and playing a part in their education," she said.
At SF State, she has continued to work with diverse populations, first in the University’s Learning Assistance Center, then as a teaching assistant in the Composition for Multilingual Students Program, and finally at SF State’s American Language Institute. For her final project, she developed and successfully implemented teaching materials that help English as a Second Language Learners develop peer feedback skills, "which can greatly support second-language writing and overall language proficiency development."
After graduation, she plans to apply for the U.S. State Department’s English Language Fellowship program and work in developing countries to teach university classes or train teachers.