Teaching English in Chile

Kristin Giordano, surrounded by her students, at an English public speaking competition

Kristin Giordano, surrounded by her students, at an English public speaking competition

Since graduating with a double major in Hispanic Studies and Linguistics, Kristin Giordano (’14) has been teaching English at the Liceo (High School) Pablo Neruda in Temuco, Chile.

A Phi Beta Kappa Scholar who worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Hispanic Studies program, Kristin’s deep interest in the way language shapes our lives and the realities we inhabit led her to apply to the English Open Doors Program, an initiative launched by the Chilean government and supported by the United Nations Development Program.  Upon arrival, prospective teachers receive intensive language-teaching training, and are then transferred to their respective institutions, which are located throughout Chile.

A dynamic English classroom

A dynamic English classroom

While Kristin had already taught English during her semester abroad with the W&M program in La Plata, Argentina, prior to traveling to Chile, she enrolled in the special MDLL course “Teaching English Abroad” (MDLL 348).  During her undergraduate trajectory, Kristin also participated in Prof. David Aday’s project M.A.N.O.S. (Medical Aid Nicaragua: Outreach Scholarship), and interned at the Embassy of Spain in Washington D.C.

For more information on teaching English in Chile via the English Open Doors Program, please consult their website.

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