Gelsomina Chioino is a native Californian who has had a lifelong love of being an international student herself and working with international students. She has worked with foreign students since 1998. In 2011, she received her Master’s degree in TESOL from the New School for Public Engagement in New York City. Prior to that training, she did a CELTA teaching certificate in 2001 in San Francisco. She has taught EFL abroad for seven years. Three years were at International House, Sevilla, Spain; three more in Kobe, Japan; and two summer sessions in Qatar and Ecuador.
She has been teaching classes at the IEPP at UCDE for three years with an overarching goal of providing her students a classroom environment that is personalized, relevant and, most importantly, engaging, striving to meet the learners’ needs and to motivate them to reach their personal and professional goals. Her professional interests are in English for specific purposes, English as an international language, curriculum development, and utilizing technology in the language classroom. She personally keeps very busy taking care of her family and getting in as much fun and flamenco dancing as she can manage.