I applied to Biola's M.A. TESOL program while on a one-year internship in Central Asia, during which I realized how important it was for me to be trained in English language teaching. Our organization's goals align with Biola's and I was happy to be studying with faculty who shared my international perspective and vision. It was also great that my husband could study at Talbot at the same time! While I studied I also taught ESL locally — the teaching helped shape the assignments I did, and the coursework helped me improve in my teaching.
Upon graduation we returned to Central Asia and to our original project. Eventually, I will be using my degree as I teach EFL, but in the meantime we're studying Russian, and my TESOL studies have been valuable for that as well. I now have dozens of perspectives, theories, and resources to address my daily struggles with Russian. My time in Biola's M.A. TESOL program was definitely worthwhile. I have become a better language learner and I feel well equipped to participate in the professional TEFL environment here in Central Asia.