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Kenneth Odiase-Capps

Online TEFL Class Professor

What class do you teach at International TEFL Academy & when did you start?

I teach several of the online teacher training courses. I taught one Online TEFL/TESOL Certification Course with ITA in the summer of 2013 and began teaching again with ITA starting in January of 2018. 

What is your educational background?

Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

  • Masters in English with Emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL)—June 2007
  • Certificate in the Teaching of Writing—June 2007
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: TESL/TEFL, Philosophy, & Mandarin Chinese Studies – June 2004
  • Graduate Service Appointment Recipient—September 2005 to June 2007

Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan

  • Exchange Program: Intensive Language Studies - Mandarin Chinese

Where have you taught abroad and in the u.s.?

In the United States, I have taught at Eastern Washington University near Spokane, Washington, at Connect English in San Diego, and at the American Language Institute at San Diego State University.

I worked at EWU for 10 years where I worked as an Instructor in several programs including the English Language Institute, the Asia University America Program, and the English Composition program. I also served as the International Student and Scholar Advisor for the International Education Office where I developed and taught various courses as well as led both individual and group advising sessions for International Students from all over the world.

At Connect English in San Diego, I had the opportunity to work as a TOEFL test prep teacher and communicative language teacher.

At the American Language Institute, I worked in various programs in both teaching and administrative roles. The programs include the International Business English program, the Social Entrepreneurship program, the English for Academic Purposes program, the Intensive English for Communication program, and the Pre-MBA/Pre-Masters program. While at the ALI, I also served as the Professional Development Coordinator, Writing Programs Coordinator for the IEC and EAP, and EAP Placement Coordinator.

I spent three years, 2010-2013, teaching at Asia University in Tokyo, Japan. This was requisite English language program for all AU students.  I also taught in two summer programs in China in 2000 and 2001. In the summer of 2000, I taught EFL to middle school student in a two-week intensive English program in Qingdao, China. In the summer of 2001, I spent 10 weeks in Shenyang China teaching as a volunteer teacher in North Eastern University’s EFL program and one of their special summer programs for adult learners.

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What countries have you visited?

I have traveled through much of the US and traveled internationally to Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, and Italy. I have also traveled to Taiwan on over 12 separate trips. I studied Chinese in Taiwan from 2002-2003 as part of an exchange program between the Chinese Culture University in Taipei, Taiwan.

What's your favorite travel memory?

My many trips to Taiwan will always be at the top of my favorite travel memories. I have made several close friends in Taiwan during my studies at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei where I studied from 2002-2003. Additionally, while studying and working at EWU, I befriended those that I now consider my Taiwanese family. My time in Taiwan provided me many opportunities to learn more about Taiwan and to participate in many traditional cultural events. I was the best man in my friend’s traditional Taiwanese wedding ceremony, I was able to visit several temples during the Chinese New Year festivals, and I also ate some amazing foods including fresh wax apples right off the tree in southern Taiwan; however, my favorite memory of Taiwan is meeting my god-daughter for the first time last year. If I didn’t have reason to visit before, she has given me one for years to come.

What Advice Do You Have for ITA Students Who Want to Teach English Abroad? 

Go! Wherever the work is and wherever you find the chance to spend time in the ESL/EFL classroom, go there. Whether you know the language(s) of the area or not, whether you feel confident in your teaching or not, just go! Make the world a closer, more peaceful place by creating more connections and understanding among cultures.

Make the world a closer, more peaceful place by creating more connections and understanding among cultures.

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