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ADDRESS: 108-2706 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1V 7T4 CANADA
TELEPHONE: 1-613-366-2578
MOBILE: 613-801-4442
IPAD NUMBER: 1-786-372-0279 ( For SMS Text messages Only )
E-MAIL: mvbain3000@gmail.com
SKYPE ID: michellevbain
AGE: 52 years (strong, healthy and energetic!)
NATIONALITY: The Bahamas (Bahamian passport)
COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE: Ontario, Canada (Canadian permanent resident & Canadian
TESL/TEFL certifications)

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Obtain an ESL/EFL Instructor position for 2016-2017 to teach English as a second or other language in international contexts,
and also to facilitate adult training and professional development


*Taught English composition and Linguistics at the college level for 15+ years
*Tutored undergraduates from diverse disciplines in writing, college composition, scholarly research and English grammar in a
  language support centre for 5 years.
*Experience in computer-assisted language learning, especially preparing LINC Levels 1/2 lessons (working with beginners’ levels)
  (LINC=Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)

*Proficient in using Canadian Language Benchmarks 2012 and LINC Curriculum Guidelines to provide adult learners with
  instruction appropriate to their level; familiar with IELTS and TOEFL

*Taught EAP ESL (English for Academic Purposes) for 2 years 2014-2016 at university

*Excellent interpersonal communication skills, sensitivity and cultural awareness as well as flexibility and understanding in
 multi-cultural and diverse environments

PhD Studies in Applied Linguistics & Discourse Studies, Carleton University. Ottawa, Canada.  Sept. 2014-2016 (INCOMPLETE: Taking a well-deserved break)
Certificate in Teaching Assistantship Skills, Educational Development Centre (EDC), Carleton University. Ottawa, Canada. Sept. 2014-April 2015.

TESL Ontario Language Instructor Accreditation, Toronto, Ontario. July 2013.

TESL Canada Professional Certification: Standard Three (Interim), Calgary, Alberta. August 2013.

Ontario College Graduate Certificate in TESL (340 hours), Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Kitchener, Ontario. Sept. 2012 – April 2013. *Distinction – GPA 3.86.

Master's of Arts Degree in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Carbondale, IL, USA. July 1991-August 1993. *Distinction – GPA 4.0.

Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in English (Language, Linguistics & Literature), University of the West Indies at Mona. Kingston, Jamaica. September 1982-June 1986. (British year-long curriculum -- *Second-class honours.

Teacher’s Certificate in Secondary Education: English Language & Literature (grades 7-12/junior and senior levels certification). Joint Board of Teacher Education (J.B.T.E), University of the West Indies and the School of Education, The College of the Bahamas. Nassau, Bahamas. September 1980-June 1982.
Graduate Teaching Assistant (part-time Fall and Winter semesters), Carleton University,  Ottawa, Canada. September 2014-present
*Tutor international university students enrolled in English for Academic Purpose courses (ESLA) one-on-one for 10 hours per week during Fall and Winter terms
*Instructed, coached and evaluated undergraduates in LING 1001A: Introduction to Linguistics, a descriptive (theoretical) linguistics course covering phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics (Fall term 2015)
*Instructed, coached and evaluated undergraduates in LING 1100: Mysteries of Language, a descriptive linguistics course covering morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, language change, language documentation, language & music, etc. Worked especially with undergraduates at a distance and online (Winter term 2016)
ESL Instructor & Educational Consultant (full-time), Nanhu International Experimental Middle  School, Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, China. Sept. 2013-June 2014 and July 2014 (Summer School)

*Taught Chinese middle schoolers (grades 6-9) for 25+ hours per week for one calendar year in an international ESL program that focused on Canadian English standards. The program was moderated by CINEC Education Group with headquarters in Vancouver, BC.

*Facilitated students' development of English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills at various levels in regular and summer school semesters

*Created and executed engaging lesson plans on various Chinese-English themes, while incorporating vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation skills/practice

*Served as an ESL language consultant to Chinese adult professionals in various extra-curricular spheres in the local community in Jiaxing, China:
(1) judge for English speech contests;
(2) radio announcer in English testing;
(3) English conversation teacher/leader;
(4) English tutor/homework facilitator;
(5) expert English grammar coach;
(6) English speaker for local schools’ oral tests;
(7) trainer/speaker for Chinese high school English teachers (pedagogical grammar & TEFL issues), etc.
Associate Professor (full-time College Instructor), The College of the Bahamas. Nassau, Bahamas. September 1987–August 2012.

*Tutored undergraduates from diverse disciplines in writing, college composition, scholarly research and English grammar in a     language support centre for 5 years

*Served as an English language education consultant

*Co-hosted college workshops effectively on topics in college writing & composition, dossier preparation for faculty promotions, and advanced pedagogical grammar
*Contributed my linguistic and writing expertise to faculty members’ research & professional development initiatives
Secondary (High School) English Language & Literature Teacher (full-time).  Inagua All-age  School. The Ministry of Education, Training & Development.   Nassau Bahamas.September 1986–June 1987.

*Taught English Language and Literature to junior & senior high school students in grades 7 through 12
*Instructed high school seniors using the English Language and Literature curricula for U.K.’s London General Certificate of Education (G.C.E.) Examination-Ordinary Level
Bain, M. (2005). Language education and Bahamian students’ compositions (refereed). International Journal of Bahamian Studies: College of the Bahamas Research Journal, 13, 4-23. Retrieved from http://journals.sfu.ca/cob/index.php/files/article/view/57/89 
·      School of Linguistics and Language Studies (SLaLS) Teaching Assistant Award, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. April

·      Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. May 2015- April 2016.

·      “Best Master’s Thesis Award” in the Department of Linguistics, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL,
         USA. December 1993.

·      International Exchange Fellows Award, Institute of International Education, Chicago, Illinois, USA. August 1991-July 1993.

·      Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities (LASPAU) Fellowship & Foreign Fulbright Award. United States
       Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and  Cultural Affairs, Washington, D.C., USA. (Exchange scholar: Southern
       Illinois University  at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL, USA). August 1991-July 1993.

·     Bahamas Merit Scholarship (for undergraduate study at the University of the West Indies (U.W.I). Bahamas Ministry of
       Education & Culture, Nassau, Bahamas. August 1982-July 1986.

·     The College of the Bahamas President’s Award 1982 (graduation cohort, class of 1979; for outstanding academic performance
      and community service). The College of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas. June 1982.

Available upon request.


My Cover Letter

Michelle V. Bain

108-2706 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, ON K1V 7T4
Tel: 613-366-2578     
Email: mvbain3000@.gmail.com 

Credentials Website(s): http://www.michellevbain.info / http://www.michellevbain.com
Skype: michellevbain

 Dear Sir or Madam:


It is a joy to assist international students in learning English.  I have been teaching English in international contexts for the past 20 plus years.  Having completed a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics with TESOL in 1993, a TESOL/TESL certification with Oxford Seminars, Jacksonville, Florida, USA, in May, 2007, and just recently, after obtaining an Ontario College Graduate Certificate in TESL with Distinction (Canada), I am eager to advance my international English teaching career in diverse and multi-cultural environments. I am writing to apply for a position with your school as a teacher of English as a Second/Foreign Language for students at various levels, especially primary and middle schools.

I believe your institution can use an effective teacher who is trained to provide and maintain a positive and supportive learning environment. I can facilitate second language learning and individual student growth.  As a teacher, an ESL instructor, and a student advisor, I create and foster a supportive yet dynamic environment that addresses the unique learning styles and needs of all students and encourages them to participate.  I am also trained to teach TOEFL.  I uphold a lifelong commitment to helping students achieve their full potential!

Teaching English internationally has become a great career focus since I have been teaching English in various contexts-- the Bahamas, Jamaica, USA, Canada, and China.  Your institution could use my extensive educational and employment background in preparing students for higher levels of English proficiency and even in selected careers in business, science, education, technology, and so forth.  I have taught undergraduate classes at college/university in The Bahamas, Jamaica and USA.  My diverse exposure affords me the skills, flexibility, cultural awareness, and the open-mindedness that are necessary to teach English overseas in multi-cultural, diverse contexts.  In addition, I adapt to new situations quite well and I welcome new challenges and opportunities.  I pride myself on my optimistic outlook, self-motivation, and attention to detail.  I believe that these characteristics will enable me to succeed in teaching ESL/EFL at your institution.

The enclosed resume and other documents found on my credentials website ( http://www.michellevbain.com ) provide an outline of my education and experience, and they convey my passion and enthusiasm for teaching English.  I hope that we can arrange an interview at your earliest convenience.  I appreciate your consideration of my application for an ESL/EFL position at your institution, and I look forward to hearing from you.


Thank you for your time.


Yours respectfully,


Michelle V Bain