TESL alumna, Natasha Agrawal, presented at International TESOL this past weekend. Agrawal, who currently teaches at Carroll Robbins Elementary School in Trenton, NJ, presented on the experiences of her Thai-Burmese students within New Jersey public school system.
“Refugees who come to the US from camps on the Thai-Burma border have experienced emotional and psychological trauma, which can impact their ability to learn. My presentation offered strategies for teachers to help refugee children in their process of learning English, and adjusting to a new environment.
“It is only because of Dr. Jean Wong’s constant support that I was able to send in my proposal and get accepted for TESOL. I admire that she keeps in touch with, and encourages her students long after they have graduated! Xie xie, Dr. Wong!”
Agrawal currently partners with Professor Jean Wong to address her students needs through the Adopt-A-Student program. There, TESL students throughout the academic school year conduct a series of intensive tutoring sessions, giving much needed individualized instruction to the ESL students at Robbins School.