Kayla Landers

Language Specialist
(610) 758-6180

Education

M.A., TESOL
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

B.S., Spanish Education
Slippery Rock University

Philosophy of Teaching

ESL students come from diverse backgrounds and bring with them different experiences and skills; therefore, it’s important for me to teach and assess in a variety of ways, thus allowing creativity in the class while taking cultural values and differences into account. Clear goals, based on students’ needs and university requirements, must be set so students have a clear picture of what will be accomplished. Classes should be relevant and meaningful. Ongoing revision and improvement is fundamental by incorporating recent research and trends in the discipline. Furthermore, self-reflection in my teaching is vital to continually progress as a teacher.

Professional Interests

  • Second Language Writing
  • Culture and Pragmatics
  • Presentation Skills
  • Eco-composition/ Environmental Education
  • Task-based learning
  • Collaborative learning

Selected Professional Presentations

  • Collaborative Writing with a Mission, Presentation, PennTESOL East Spring Fling 2017: Innovating and Educating for Change, Temple University, April 22, 2017
  • Engaging Students Through Organic Gardening, Presentation, PennTESOL East Spring Fling 2017: Innovating and Educating for Change, Temple University, April 22, 2017
  • StepUp Intensive English Program - International Peace Garden, Presentation, 2017 Symposium on Teaching and Learning: Community-engaged Teaching, Learning and Research, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, April 19, 2017
  • Dispelling Stereotypes Through Community Interactions, Presentation, Community-engaged Learning and Research Symposium, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, April 25, 2016
  • Teaching Environmental Responsibility in an Intensive English Program Through Organic Gardening, Poster Presentation, Community-engaged Learning and Research Symposium, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, April 25, 2016
  • Teaching English Through Environmental Education, Presentation, TESOL 2016 International Convention & English Language Expo, Baltimore, MD, April 8, 2016
  • Teaching Environmental Responsibility in an Intensive English Program Through Organic Gardening, Poster Presentation, LVAIC Sustainability Conference, Lehigh University: Bethlehem, PA, February 20, 2016
  • Teaching English Through Environmental Education, Presentation, TESOL 2016 International Convention & English Language Expo, Baltimore, MD, April 8, 2016
  • Dispelling Stereotypes Through Community Interactions, Presentation, Community-engaged Learning and Research Symposium, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA April 25, 2016
  • Teaching Environmental Responsibility in an Intensive English Program Through Organic Gardening, Poster Presentation

Publications

  • 2018, April 24. "Teaching ESL Writers Research Through Eco-Composition." Environmental Responsibility Professional Learning Network Newsletter, no. 8. With Ashley Murphy, Mary Newbegin and Teresa Cusumano
  • 2017 "Lesson Plan: Collaborative Writing with a Mission," PTE Voices Spring 2017

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish