Teaching English to speakers of other languages
Analia Kandel started teaching English in 1989 and came to the University of Reading in 1998 to study the MA in TEFL (now known as the MA in TESOL). She has since worked both in the public and private sectors as a teacher, teacher trainer, administrator and consultant.
In 2009 she was elected by her colleagues as President of APIBA, Buenos Aires English Teachers' Association.
Analia chose to study at the University of Reading because:
"My mentor at teacher training college in Buenos Aires suggested the MA in TEFL [TESOL] at the University of Reading was the best option in the field, and he was right. [..] I found the academic excellence I sought."
For Analia, the best bit about living and studying in Reading was 'The outstanding tuition, the multicultural environment, the wonderful campus and its facilities, and the warm atmosphere among my fellow students and lecturers.'
She has fond memories of her time here too:
"My studies and experiences at Reading provided me with a deeper understanding of my profession and the field I specialised in. I miss meeting my fellow students at The Queen's Head, the delicious curry Jan from Pakistan used to treat us to, life at Sherfield Hall, the library […], the freedom and time I had as a full-time postgraduate student, my shopping trips in Reading and my occasional visits to London."
Analia has had many jobs since completing her master's at Reading:
"Since 2000 I have been the Head of the Foreign Languages Department at Boston College, a bilingual secondary school in Buenos Aires. Since 2009 I have been the Information and Special Programmes Coordinator in the Foreign Languages Office, Ministry of Education of the City of Buenos Aires."
And recognises the role that the University played in her career:
"My MA in TEFL at Reading was a turning point in my professional career. Not only did I improve my insight into the English Language Teaching field but I also honed my intercultural and interpersonal skills and broadened my contacts network. I have shared my newly-acquired skills and knowledge with my students and colleagues in Argentina and elsewhere."
The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a leading course from one of world's best known centres in TESOL and Applied Linguistics.
It is suitable for graduates already working or just starting a career in the field of English as a second/foreign language and who wish to develop and deepen specialist knowledge and skills in TESOL and related linguistic areas.
This course is designed for those with little or no teaching experience. It involves a completion of a portfolio based on own classroom observations and teaching experience gained during the summer term in our renowned International Study and Language Institute (ISLI).