Cynthia Eden, M.A. ’01

Profession: Lead Instructor, English Language Programs, Open Learning and Educational Support at the University of Guelph

Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Seeing students take the risk to trust themselves, me, and others as they embark on their language learning journey is beautiful, because they are opening themselves up to new perspectives and ways of knowing. It is in these moments that transformational change happens.

How did you discover the field-based TESOL program at APU?

I discovered APU's field-based program through my affiliation with ELIC. APU’s program stood out because it recognized the need for flexibility in learning for individuals serving and working in overseas contexts. Being able to fulfill M.A. in TESOL residency requirements in a variety of contexts (California and Thailand), along with the monetary support offered to ELIC candidates made this a feasible educational opportunity for me.

How do you see your work as making a difference?

The work I am involved with allows individuals from various cultures to begin dialogue with one another. At the beginning, it may be connected to how to write or speak in the present progressive tense, but it quickly moves into using language to understand and engage with one another. The tools we practice and hone within the classroom empower individuals to move into academic and life opportunities in which they comfortably and confidently contribute their valuable insights.

Is there anything you think people should know about APU’s TESOL program?

APU’s TESOL program offers innovative learning experiences that equip individuals with a passion to serve the world through language education. The outpouring of academic and professional expertise of faculty is evidenced in their commitment to educating future TESOL professionals and their continued contributions to research. However, it’s the faculty’s commitment to Abba’s Kingdom work that will empower you to balance academic pursuits while doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God (Micah 6:8).

Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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