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Alumna profile: Rebekah Green


Rebekah Green graduated with an M.A. in Linguistics (TESOL option) in summer 2013.

What is your current job? How did you find this position?

My current job is English Instructor at Eastern International University in Vietnam. I teach EFL (English as a Foreign Language) to undergraduate Vietnamese students going into nursing or engineering programs. I found this position from completing the Practicum in TESOL course offered by the Linguistics department as a study abroad course. In this class, we worked hand-in-hand with EFL professionals who generously shared their time and expertise with us. I applied, had an interview, and accepted the job all during the time I was in Vietnam completing the course. I can definitely say that if it weren’t for the department of linguistics at CSULB, I would not have the job I have today.

What was good about the education/training you received in the program?

From my very first semester I was blown away by the depth of experience and expertise of all the professors in the department. At many institutions, teachers this talented and knowledgeable sometimes forget that students are their first priority, but I was pleasantly surprised by how attentive teachers are to students’ needs. Instructors in this department are fair and make all students feel valued and appreciated. I found it incredibly enriching to learn how to be a good teacher from them, because as their student I felt they earned my respect.

What advice would you offer to a student currently enrolled in the linguistics program at CSULB?

First, congratulations! You’ve chosen a great program. Second, be prepared to be challenged during your time here, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. One great benefit of this program is that you can learn to do a lot of new and interesting things on your own (for example, how to conduct a research project), but you must take responsibility for your own learning. Part of that responsibility includes reaching out to your teachers and peers who are there to help you. Have fun, and remember that when you commit yourself to your own learning, you benefit from that investment the rest of your life.

(updated Fall 2013)