Congratulations on your acceptance into The New School’s MATESOL program!
My name is Gabriel Diaz Maggioli and I’m the Chair of the English Language Studies department. I am writing to warmly welcome you to The New School and to the start of your online graduate studies. This is the beginning of a great adventure; over the course of your journey through the program you will become part of a strong collegial community and many of you will continue to collaborate long after graduating from the program.
Shortly before classes begin, you will receive a notice telling you that our MATESOL orientation is open and available. This notice will be sent to your New School email account. ALL communication between you and the university will occur via this account so it is important to check it regularly. Using your NetID, you will be able to access MyNewSchool, the university’s web portal where you can access everything, including your New School email account, online orientation sessions, and MATESOL online Blackboard courses. The MATESOL program orientation is designed as a Blackboard online class so that as you learn about the program, you will also become comfortable with your online “classroom.” During the orientation, you’ll “virtually” meet most of your fellow incoming students, current students, members of the English Language Studies faculty, and the administrative staff of the MATESOL. You will be able to chat asynchronously, ask any questions that you may have, and view all of the information that you need for the MATESOL. We will specifically focus on what it is like to be an online graduate student and how to use The New School’s online resources such as the library. The MATESOL advisor, Lesley Painter-Farrell, is always available via email at email@example.com. Lesley will email information about academic advisement and how to register for classes in the coming weeks. If you are in New York, please stop by the English Language Studies office to introduce yourself! We believe that our students come first, and that we are here to help and encourage you in any way we can. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.229.5372. Best Regards,
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