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Writing an Instrocutor Bio

Writing an Instrocutor Bio

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Published by Jonathan Acuña
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Published by: Jonathan Acuña on Jul 25, 2013
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ELT article published by Prof. Jonathan Acuñaat http://reflective-online-teaching.blogspot.com/ 
Writing an Instructor Biography
When one starts teaching a F2F class, one of the very first things that isdone is introducing oneself, so students get to know a bit about who theirinstructor is. But what happens in an online course where no real F2Fintroduction is possible? Can one actually create the bond betweenstudents and instructor? How can the teacher start with his/her socialpresence in an online teaching scenario?Several ways have been suggested to start making one
s teaching presencebe felt by students. On the one hand, the instructor can prepare a welcomeletter to students that can easily be sent to them to their email accounts. Additionally, this welcome letter can also serve as an introduction to one
scourse on the learning platform that is going to be used. If prepared by theinstructor, a written or video version of his/her biography can be posted orembedded on the opening page of the course.
ELT article published by Prof. Jonathan Acuñaat http://reflective-online-teaching.blogspot.com/ 
What are the key elements to include in one
s Instructor Biography?Roughly speaking five key elements have been suggested (LaureateEducation 2013):
Provide a brief recounting of your educational history, and do payattention to areas that are closely and intrinsically related to the classthat is going to be taught.
Include an illustration of your professional experience, which willplace you in context within your professional and teaching field andwhich let your students comprehend the depth of knowledge you areable to share with all of them.
Explain your philosophy of instruction.
Explain what your priorities are in regards to learning and studentlearning goals.
Share with your students a bit of your personal hobbies, interests,and family life to fully create your social presence among yourlearners.
Sample Instructor Biography 
Jonathan Acuña Solano
Senior English Language Instructor at Universidad Latina, Curricular Developer and Teacher Trainer at Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano, and Oxford University Press ELT 
Freelance Consultant. Completed my Master’s 
Degree in Linguistics and a BA in English at the University of Costa Rica, specialized in EAP (English for 
ELT article published by Prof. Jonathan Acuñaat http://reflective-online-teaching.blogspot.com/ 
 Academic Purposes) at the University of Cambridge, Homerton College,UK., and studied Web 2.0 Tools for ELT through the distant educations program at the University of Oregon. Most of my work focuses partly on educational research for curricular development and betterment and partly on ELT (English phonetics and phonology, public speaking, language teaching, and teaching practicum). I curate three different daily online ELT newspapers ( ELT Daily  , Phonemics Daily  , TEFL Daily  ), write teaching  blog  ,and have published an article  on The Language Point, an electronic  publication in the UK. My teaching now focuses on supporting undergraduate students who need to learn English for their majors or who are studying ELT and want to become English Language Instructors. I have taught a great range of subjects in the last 15 years: English Pronunciation,Reading Skills, Oral Communication, Curriculum, Literature, Teaching Practicum, Computering Applications for Education, and regular English language courses. On a lighter note, I am an avid reader, a soccer and baseball fan, and love gardening, history, and art.
 To sum up, if you are transitioning to VLEs and want to start in a heartyway, do not forget to include the key elements necessary to write your
instructor biography 
. This bio is vital information for your pupils and a wayto start creating and enhancing your social presence in your course. Andremember that if you do not want to stand in front a camera, write a

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