CV 2015 and previous years

23 May

2015

January 2015-

0.8 (semester 2 onwards)  ESOL lecturer for the Department of Language Studies (DoLS), Unitec Institute of Technology, Waitakere campus, NZ.

As the sole lecturer of NZCEL level 4 Social and Community Practice course I have:

  • created scaffolding reference word and punctuation cue materials for every unit of English Unlimited B2 as this was analysed as a shortcoming when it related to assessment results in semester 1
  • created more listening materials which support assessments as this was also identified as an area needing more scaffolding
  •  included relevant units from ‘Keeping Culture In Mind’ and ‘Keeping Culture in Mind Too’ to illustrate  New Zealand cultural differences from the textbook
  • become very comfortable with using google sites, drive, documents etc for e-portfolios – students’ and my own site
  • broadened students vocabulary base by using word part exercises from TOEFL and noun phrases from Functional English as well as regularly recycling each unit’s vocabulary
  • coordinated with relevant community stakeholders for lecture input on relevant units e.g. future careers, rights and obligations of New Zealanders.
  • end of semester party organiser for all levels currently at Waitakere campus.

PD GOALS:

1. Investigate the rewriting of all hard copy or interactive pdfs of my books  for i-books.

2. Add to and keep my website up to date www.englishteacher.co.nz, which is modified on a monthly basis.

3. Continue to learn from Twitter and spread knowledge gained through the department, by word of mouth and by using links embedded in tweets.  There are minimal social tweets, I follow 39 and I now have 131 followers, almost all of whom are in the teaching profession.

2013-2014

1.0 ESOL lecturer for the Department of Language Studies (DoLS)  – taught level 2 3 and relieved on 4. I was also responsible for online self access vocabulary and grammar support activities.  I was a regular contributor to ‘one on one’ colleague support for e-learning. I co-ordinated the students from CIE into a social club to encourage the integration of culture, fun and language learning and to prevent students being bored at the weekends.

Member of e-learning steering committee team DoLS, which creates overview of principles behind mobile/blended and online course learning, transition to more integrated e-learning and brainstorms solutions to existing challenges.  I was a contributor to vertical and horizontal guidelines for the 2014 curriculum  and NZCEL syllabi.

The article below was  published with Moira Hobbs:

Hobbs, M., & Hynson, Y. (2013). Development and use of Moodle for online student support. Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, 4(3), 196-207.           http://sisaljournal.org/archives/sep13/hobbs_Hynson

Several units from ‘Keeping Culture In Mind’ are now  interactive pdf, which can be downloaded for free temporarily from my website.  Unitec contributed about 40% of the funds through grants and PIDIT time to the completion.  They are being trialed by Certificate of English lecturers and others outside of the public system.  They fit well with the new curriculum 2014.

Currently redrafting ‘Keeping Culture In Mind Too’ (8 units of intercultural communication based on Dr Jonathan Newton’s principles).  Also investigating ibookauthor as an alternative way of publishing rather than Unitec e-press, even though it was accepted.  The review process delayed work for over a year and was still not done by August this year.

Webmaster of www.englishteacher.co.nz , which is linked to Moodle autonomous learning and which requires monthly updating to keep up with current changes in culture.

Member of Literacy CoP: currently in a passive role this year but hoping to be a more active contributor in the second half of 2013.

2009-2012

1.0 ESOL lecturer for the DoLS Certificate of English Programme – Elementary team leader across 3 campuses responsible for continuity of assessments and moderation, Moodle shell updater and creator, advisor and supporter of new teachers in the course, coordinator of team spirit!

0.5 Elementary teacher and 0.5 Pre-intermediate teacher.

End of semester games organiser for the Certificate of English party.

2012_student_party_games_organiser
2012_student_party_games_organiser2
2012_student_party_games_organiser3

2011-2012
0.2 e-coordinator for the DoLS:  ran ICT workshops,  organised a departmental CoP, advised direction for the department, gave one on one help with Moodle shells, researched needs of students, created 2 online language learning centers.
0.8 ESOL lecturer for the DoLS 2011-2012 – Elementary team Moodle activities creator, wrote New Zealand specific materials to supplement the syllabus and textbook.

2009-2010
1.0 tenured ESOL lecturer for the DoLS:
Elementary level Certificate programme for new immigrants and refugees- taught CALL and Language laboratory, all the skills and created a large body of materials for testing and supplementing the syllabus.
Coordinated the collection and sharing of existing materials in both schools – Intensive and Certificate- for teachers to access.
IELTS examiner for Unitec, NZ 2009-20102008- Feb 2009
6 months Full time English teaching at English Language Academy (Auckland University private school).  This involved preparation of students for entry into Auckland University degree programmes or Foundation Studies.

Job history for the last 30 years can be seen on:
LinkedIN 2007-2008
Full time Limited tenured ESOL lecturer at Unitec, Auckland NZ:
Pre-Intermediate English teacher on the Intensive English programme for international students. Taught CALL and Language laboratory, all the skills and created supplementary materials for Blackboard.

PD GOALS:

1. Publication of ‘Keeping Culture In Mind’ by Unitec e-press. Adaptation of some or all of the units for Moodle or ibookauthor publication. It is a new textbook on deeper discussion of the connection with culture and language learning.  Transferring (long term goal) it to  a more interactive CALL approach (Moodle)and research into the change in awareness after using units next semester 2012-2013. (long term goal)
2. Start drafting the second in the series ‘Throw Away Your Dictionary (2/too!) This was a previously desk top published workbook on reading strategies for unknown words in context.  This is more likely to occur in 2014.
3. Rewrite of ‘Weather…Or Not’ edition 2 (2003) (desk top publication) and adaptation for Moodle or a more interactive on-line approach ??ibook.  This is more likely to occur in 2014.
4. Continue to update monthly www.englishteacher.co.nz
Improve my website and upgrade photographs, which were for ‘dial up’ and not the current faster Broadband connection. Some have been replaced and more links for language learning are currently being added.
5. Keep tweeting and collecting useful links from Twitter (YVNZCBLISS) for my website and for Moodle student language learning zones.
6. To incorporate more CALL into language learning and flipping the classroom more.
7. To continue blogging and making podcasts.
8. To encourage the use of screen casts for writing feedback and content creation through workshops at national conferences this year.
9. To continue to use Petcha kucha approach to all Powerpoints or Prezi presentations.  These can then become videos or screen casts for my website.
10. To learn to use the latest ibook apps for making interactive textbooks.  This is ongoing in 2013.

Conferences/workshops attended or presented at:

2012  NZ: Oct 13 – ran 2 workshops for Crown Teacher Training Day on the use of screen casts for recycling existing vocabulary materials and for autonomous pronunciation learning, and about vocabulary websites for learning.

Sep-Oct CLESOLNZ – presented on the use of Moodle indices to connect and support students across campuses and courses.

Aug- Sep ILA Wellington – 2 minute summary and 2 hours interactive workshop on use of screencasts for writing feedback, language/IT support and integration into Moodle Student zones.

Feb Kickstart Unitec Auckland

Presented to all in house PD sessions: Moodle 2.0, vocabulary testing and engagement in autonomous learning, feedback on conferences.

2011 Co-presented with Zane Egginton from Landscape Architecture Unitec on use of screencasts and video for presentation and feedback at:

NZ Moodlemoot -Auckland
Teaching and Learning -Auckland
E-futures -Auckland

Attended:  Kickstart Unitec Auckland

2010 Attended: NZ Moodlemoot-Christchurch
Teaching and Learning  Auckland, NZ

Wrote a journal article on reading strategies for guessing unknown words in context based on ‘Throw Away Your Dictionary!’ for TESOLNZ.

2009 Attended and presented at:

CLESOL Christchurch NZ

The 10 reading strategies for guessing unknown words in context as outlined in ‘Throw Away Your Dictionary!’ – a desk top publication in 2010.

Other useful experience:

More than 10 years assisting in protection and translocation of native bird species to ‘Ark in the Park’ bird sanctuary.
More than 30 years organic gardening, landscaping, restoring and extending native plantings on a 10 acre lifestyle block.
10 years as a laboratory technologist for Auckland hospitals 1970-1980.

Specialties:

textbook writing, ecology, evaluating, CALL, IELTS examining and ESOL teaching, creating teacher resources and giving teacher workshops, haematology, histology and nuclear medicine testing.

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CV 2016

1 Oct

WORK HISTORY

Reduced hours in semester 1 to 0.8- 4 days a week.

Semester 1: English for Social and Community Practice (ESCP4) at Mt Albert campus. Instructions for embedding were much simpler and supported by screen cast videos but repetitive instruction was more successful.  There was a high pass rate but this group appeared a lot more motivated and 4 found jobs and left the course before completion.  A positive life outcome but not a good academic outcome. Vocabulary and speaking materials were added to the course and more practice materials were made to support assessments.

Reduced hours in semester 2 to 0.6 – 3 days a week.

Semester 2: English for Academic purposes level 4 one day a week and level 2 for two days a week.  Both have a large CALL component.  EAP4 is e-portfolio work followed by Learning Spaces where there is a lot more flexibility for interactive activities.  Level 2 is also CALL and Learning Spaces so what I learn for level 4 is simplified for level 2. Both Learning Space sessions have been successfully received by both levels and include creation of google slides for vocabulary presentations, use of ‘cows’ for summary work, quizzes and grammar editing or grammar focus activities for review and extension.

Conference Presentation/Professional Development

CLESOL 2016 NZ was an opportunity to showcase current iBooks, which combine all materials written so far still in a month by month format:  ‘Weather…Or Not’ series including the two workbooks ‘Weather …or Not Puzzles’ and Weather…or Not 2′, ‘Throw Away Your Dictionary!’ -selected units are embedded as pdfs and ‘Keeping Culture in Mind’ and ‘Keeping Culture in Mind too’ which are embedded as interactive pdfs.  At least 125 apps have been created so far to rework existing materials and many have also been used in Moodle shells for levels 2 and 4 this year.

The aim is for these books to be used by the community at large, hopefully by public libraries as they are upgrading resources, which will enable them to use iBooks and eBooks.  The latter have only been created from January to May.  Language Partners also showed some interest in using them.  They are available for trial on itunesU.

https://itunesu.itunes.apple.com/enroll/FNY-ZBH-NND

Here is the link to the screen cast of the introduction to the workshop.

In November 2016 I attended a writing retreat where I wrote 4000 words and edited most of them to a workable 3000 word article for the CLESOL2016 proceedings.  This has since been submitted and accepted  subject to  feedback in January 2017.

Abstract for a similar workshop to CLESOL2016 was submitted and accepted to ALDH in HE in Hull, England.  Unitec may fund my travel there in April 2017.  Similarly, the application for the writing retreat in February 2017  for Unitec has been accepted.

Other goals remain unchanged from 2015- use of Twitter and forwarding of useful sites to colleagues and my website expansion now includes some of the ibook apps as free materials.  Finally, creation of materials to support students (two were apps for academic literacy in semester 2) and illustrating use of websites and apps to students in preparation for mainstream study at Unitec Institute of Technology.

2015 Resume

29 Sep

Since January this year I have been teaching a higher level: NZCEL4 with one day a week in semester one on NZCEL2 and literacy support for 4 hours a week – NZCEL3&4.

The focus of English for Social and Community Practice (ESCP4) is 50% online portfolio, which is fed into from tasks on Moodle: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  The platform has been google suite with google site being the repository of a work space and final showcase for assessment. Links are created from google docs and You tube which are then embedded into the work space.  This has been a huge learning curve for me but I am quite comfortable with it now in semester 2 and the results are rewarding.

The remainder of the course supports the portfolio through a traditional textbook English Unlimited and is 50% traditional assessments with 2 based on their project work but I have had to write a number of resources to make it more relevant to their life in New Zealand.

In Semester 2 I cut back to just one course, 4 days a week (0.8 fulltime hours) and have cut back on all other research, book writing and workshops to have a break this year.  I have, however, started a creative blog based on Neolithic sites visited in Great Britain in 2012 and 2015 for 12 weeks as an outlet to relax and relive the trips with links and photos taken from both trips (England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales are rich in fascinating archeological places).

I am also creating a large body of materials to scaffold grammar, which is not included in the ESCP4 course in any significant way.

2013 CV

21 Aug

2013

January 2013-

1.0 ESOL lecturer for the Department of Language Studies (DoLS)  – Certificate of Intensive English (CIE) programme Mt Albert.  Pre-intermediate lecturer with International students for the first six months, now an Intermediate lecturer for the last 6 months.  Provider of one hour weekly Elementary and Upper Intermediate writing workshop support, initially gave the first 4 lectures of Upper Intermediate writing once a week until two Intermediate classes opened and the department needed someone to teach over both classes.  I am also responsible for online self access vocabulary and grammar support activities.  I am a regular contributor to ‘one on one’ colleague support for e-learning within CIE. I co-ordinated the students from CIE into a social club to encourage the integration of culture, fun and language learning and to prevent students being bored at the weekends.

Member of e-learning steering committee team DoLS, which creates overview of principles behind mobile/blended and online course learning, transition to more integrated e-learning and brainstorms solutions to existing challenges.  I am a contributor to vertical and horizontal guidelines for the 2014 curriculum.

The article below was recently published with Moira Hobbs:

Hobbs, M., & Hynson, Y. (2013). Development and use of Moodle for online student support. Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, 4(3), 196-207.           http://sisaljournal.org/archives/sep13/hobbs_Hynson

Several units from ‘Keeping Culture In Mind’ are now  interactive pdf, which can be downloaded for free temporarily from my website.  Unitec contributed about 40% of the funds through grants and PIDIT time to the completion.  They are being trialed by Certificate of English lecturers and others outside of the public system.  They fit well with the new curriculum 2014.

Currently redrafting ‘Keeping Culture In Mind Too’ (8 units of intercultural communication based on Dr Jonathan Newton’s principles).  Also investigating ibookauthor as an alternative way of publishing rather than Unitec e-press, even though it was accepted.  The review process delayed work for over a year and was still not done by August this year.

Webmaster of www.englishteacher.co.nz , which is linked to Moodle autonomous learning and which requires monthly updating to keep up with current changes in culture.

Member of Literacy CoP: currently in a passive role this year but hoping to be a more active contributor in the second half of 2013.

2009-2012

1.0 ESOL lecturer for the DoLS Certificate of English Programme – Elementary team leader across 3 campuses responsible for continuity of assessments and moderation, Moodle shell updater and creator, advisor and supporter of new teachers in the course, coordinator of team spirit!

0.5 Elementary teacher and 0.5 Pre-intermediate teacher.

End of semester games organiser for the Certificate of English party.

2012_student_party_games_organiser
2012_student_party_games_organiser2
2012_student_party_games_organiser3

2011-2012
0.2 e-coordinator for the DoLS:  ran ICT workshops,  organised a departmental CoP, advised direction for the department, gave one on one help with Moodle shells, researched needs of students, created 2 online language learning centers.
0.8 ESOL lecturer for the DoLS 2011-2012 – Elementary team Moodle activities creator, wrote New Zealand specific materials to supplement the syllabus and textbook.

2009-2010
1.0 tenured ESOL lecturer for the DoLS:
Elementary level Certificate programme for new immigrants and refugees- taught CALL and Language laboratory, all the skills and created a large body of materials for testing and supplementing the syllabus.
Coordinated the collection and sharing of existing materials in both schools – Intensive and Certificate- for teachers to access.
IELTS examiner for Unitec, NZ 2009-20102008- Feb 2009
6 months Full time English teaching at English Language Academy (Auckland University private school).  This involved preparation of students for entry into Auckland University degree programmes or Foundation Studies.

Job history for the last 30 years can be seen on:
LinkedIN 2007-2008
Full time Limited tenured ESOL lecturer at Unitec, Auckland NZ:
Pre-Intermediate English teacher on the Intensive English programme for international students. Taught CALL and Language laboratory, all the skills and created supplementary materials for Blackboard.

PD GOALS:

1. Publication of ‘Keeping Culture In Mind’ by Unitec e-press. Adaptation of some or all of the units for Moodle or ibookauthor publication. It is a new textbook on deeper discussion of the connection with culture and language learning.  Transferring (long term goal) it to  a more interactive CALL approach (Moodle)and research into the change in awareness after using units next semester 2012-2013. (long term goal)
2. Start drafting the second in the series ‘Throw Away Your Dictionary (2/too!) This was a previously desk top published workbook on reading strategies for unknown words in context.  This is more likely to occur in 2014.
3. Rewrite of ‘Weather…Or Not’ edition 2 (2003) (desk top publication) and adaptation for Moodle or a more interactive on-line approach ??ibook.  This is more likely to occur in 2014.
4. Continue to update monthly www.englishteacher.co.nz
Improve my website and upgrade photographs, which were for ‘dial up’ and not the current faster Broadband connection. Some have been replaced and more links for language learning are currently being added.
5. Keep tweeting and collecting useful links from Twitter (YVNZCBLISS) for my website and for Moodle student language learning zones.
6. To incorporate more CALL into language learning and flipping the classroom more.
7. To continue blogging and making podcasts.
8. To encourage the use of screen casts for writing feedback and content creation through workshops at national conferences this year.
9. To continue to use Petcha kucha approach to all Powerpoints or Prezi presentations.  These can then become videos or screen casts for my website.
10. To learn to use the latest ibook apps for making interactive textbooks.  This is ongoing in 2013.

Conferences/workshops attended or presented at:

2012  NZ: Oct 13 – ran 2 workshops for Crown Teacher Training Day on the use of screen casts for recycling existing vocabulary materials and for autonomous pronunciation learning, and about vocabulary websites for learning.

Sep-Oct CLESOLNZ – presented on the use of Moodle indices to connect and support students across campuses and courses.

Aug- Sep ILA Wellington – 2 minute summary and 2 hours interactive workshop on use of screencasts for writing feedback, language/IT support and integration into Moodle Student zones.

Feb Kickstart Unitec Auckland

Presented to all in house PD sessions: Moodle 2.0, vocabulary testing and engagement in autonomous learning, feedback on conferences.

2011 Co-presented with Zane Egginton from Landscape Architecture Unitec on use of screencasts and video for presentation and feedback at:

NZ Moodlemoot -Auckland
Teaching and Learning -Auckland
E-futures -Auckland

Attended:  Kickstart Unitec Auckland

2010 Attended: NZ Moodlemoot-Christchurch
Teaching and Learning  Auckland, NZ

Wrote a journal article on reading strategies for guessing unknown words in context based on ‘Throw Away Your Dictionary!’ for TESOLNZ.

2009 Attended and presented at:

CLESOL Christchurch NZ

The 10 reading strategies for guessing unknown words in context as outlined in ‘Throw Away Your Dictionary!’ – a desk top publication in 2010.

Other useful experience:

More than 10 years assisting in protection and translocation of native bird species to ‘Ark in the Park’ bird sanctuary.
More than 30 years organic gardening, landscaping, restoring and extending native plantings on a 10 acre lifestyle block.
10 years as a laboratory technologist for Auckland hospitals 1970-1980.

Specialties:

textbook writing, ecology, evaluating, CALL, IELTS examining and ESOL teaching, creating teacher resources and giving teacher workshops, haematology, histology and nuclear medicine testing.

Curriculum Vitae of Yvonne Hynson

7 Aug

Qualifications:

 

2009                     IELTS examiner

2007                     B passes in Adult Literacy: Contemporary Perspectives and Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education: Online teaching and Learning (towards an MA dLitNumEd at AUT)

1999                      BSc Ecology 

1996                      Dip. ELT (Post grad.) Auckland University – 2 years part time

1991                      R.S.A.T.E.F.L.A. (prep. cert.)

1977                      Dip.  NZ Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology.

                               Haematology/Nuclear Medicine/Histology

1975                       NZ Cert. Science  (A.I.T.)

 

Recent Professional Development

 

2011

  • presented at Moodlemoot Auckland on using screencasts
  • presented at Teaching and Learning Conference Auckland on screencasts
  • Attended regular Literacy CoP meetings at Unitec
  • Created two student zones on Moodle for autonomous learning: language and IT.  Additionally incorporated Local events,  Course information, took staff photos for student information and made nearly all of the materials on Elementary 2 Moodle.
  • Became an active tweeter and incorporated useful sites into Moodle student zones and Elementary 2.
  • Wrote 6 units of an academic textbook on culture and begun collaboration with colleagues in two other departments:  Te Puna Ako and Maia.
  • Attended a seminar on

2010

  • May Attended Moodlemoot Christchurch workshops relevant to 0.2  e-coordinator role for the School of Language Studies Unitec
  • Inhouse workshop Unitec on Moodle and ongoing research and practical support of colleagues in the changeover to moodle courses
  • Attended regular Literacy CoP meetings at Unitec
  • July IELTS inhouse examiner training
  • Feb E-coordinators weeklong workshops with Weigner and Trainer
  • Written the overview of an academic textbook on culture and begun collaboration with a colleague in the creation of units

 

2009

  • Jul 15 ‘IELTS 5.5 limitations’ workshop for Literacy and Numeracy Symposium at Unitec
  • Jun Unitec e-learning mini symposium – input on moodle and Smartboard
  • Attended regular Literacy CoP meetings
  • Crown Teacher Training Day May 23 ‘Guessing unknown words in context.’
  • Feb/Mar IELTS examiner training at ELA
  • Feb ‘Audacity’ software training ELA in house workshop
  • Textbook publication ‘Throw Away Your Dictionary!’ – reading skills and strategies for post elementary students.  ISBN 0-9583265-9-2
  • monthly updating of www.englishteacher.co.nz including interactive video quizzes ‘Listen to New Zealanders Talk’ (ongoing)

2008

  • CLESOL workshop Oct 4 on guessing unknown words in context.
  • Created moodle template for International ESOL groups, especially Kumamoto University groups, which included course information, video clips, blogs, news sites and Flickr RSSfeeds.

 

 

2007- 2001 

  • Foundation Learning Progressions:  Launch of the draft by TEC
  • CLESOL conference Christchurch 2004.
  • Took part in Global Learning Day 2004- 8th annual 48 hour Web conferencing with Franklin Institute of Learning, USA.
  • 2001-2004  Attended seminars at Unitec e.g. Portfolio assessment, Exploiting textbooks, Using CALL in the classroom, Chinese students and mainstream training, Writing and speaking/ testing and moderation, Relative Clauses, Grammar Analysis, Computer software for the computer labs, Language Laboratory for Beginners and Advanced.  IT sessions on blogging, interactive web page design, testing on-line and Blackboard use for teachers and students, Useful Internet sites and networks; CALL Symposium  
  • 2003  Interviewed, edited and produced video clips for the Advanced Unitec EAP interactive CD.