"The ConnecTEFL class was both challenging and enjoyable. The material, class dicussions, projects and practicum prepared me as I began my first classes. Additionally, the direct and useful comments offered by the instructors as they observed my class helped me continue to improve for both my students' and my benefit. ConnecTEFL is completely worth the time and the money spent. While I am not a master, ConnecTEFL helped me feel confident as I move into the arena of TEFL/ESL."
"Living overseas in a cross-cultural environment, and receiving numerous requests to help individuals learn English, ConnecTEFL provided the knowledge and skills I needed. I appreciated the practical content, inclusion of cultural elements and individualized feedback. ConnecTEFL not only equipped me for teaching; but also provided insight and help for my own current second language acquisition process."
"Taking this course was invaluable to me! The instructors mold each student using their particular gifts and personalities to become amazing teachers."
Richard is the Director of Education at Connect Language Center where he teaches ESL and ConnecTEFL courses. He received a Masters in TESOL at the University of Memphis where he also taught adult ESL in Intensive English for Internationals from 2012 to 2018. Prior to that, Richard spent time teaching English to college students in Baku, Azerbaijan and studying Turkish in Izmir, Turkey. In his spare time, Richard likes spending time with his wife Hope, reading, skateboarding, and hanging out with his students.
Tammy received her undergraduate degree in English from Delta State University as well as a masters in English at the University of Memphis. She has been teaching for over 20 years at college and secondary levels. Tammy also lived in Belmopan, Belize for 9 years where she worked as an instructor and principal. Currently, Tammy teaches English courses at the University of Memphis. Tammy is an avid reader and loves spending time with her family in Mississippi.
Angela has taught in the ESL/Applied Linguistics and Intensive English for Internationals departments at The University of Memphis. She has also taught EFL programs in the Czech Republic and Mexico. Dr. Thevenot currently facilitates ESL workshops in the Memphis community providing in-service teachers with ESL training and tools for bridging ELs to STEM. Her research interests include intercultural communication and ESL/EFL teacher education. When she isn't working on professional projects, she enjoys being in the garden, reading people’s stories, and dreaming of her next trip to France.