Congratulations on your acceptance into The New School’s Master of Arts program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL)
My name is Lesley Painter-Farrell, and I’m the director of the MATESOL
program. I would like to warmly welcome you to The New School, to the program,
and to the start of your online graduate studies. This is the beginning of a
We are very proud of the MATESOL for many reasons: the
faculty, including renowned authors and ESOL professionals such as Jeremy Harmer and
ELTon award winner Scott Thornbury; the experiential
curriculum; and, of course, our students. We have students from all over the world,
including Japan, Poland, Colombia, and Canada, who are all part of a vibrant, collegiate community.
kick off your studies, we hold a one-week online orientation before the
semester begins in Canvas, our virtual learning platform. This orientation will
cover a variety of topics, including what will be expected of you throughout
the program, what it is like to study online, how to access the online library,
and so forth. The orientation is a great way to get to know other students in
the program and to ensure that you have all the information you need to start
your journey. Many of our continuing students join in and offer helpful advice
and tips. Indeed, many students who meet at the orientation stage remain
friends throughout the program and beyond.
the next few days, using your NetID, access my.newschool.edu, the university’s Web
portal. Familiarize yourself with this portal. You can access everything here,
including your New School email account, Canvas, your grades, and information
about upcoming events at the university online and on-site. Please note: All
communication is done via your official New School email account, so please
check it regularly.
email is email@example.com. I will help you along
your path throughout the program, and I am also an academic advisor. Over the
next few weeks, the English Language Studies office will contact you for an
advisement appointment and instructions on how to register online. If you are
in New York, please stop by the English Language Studies office to introduce
yourself. We are here to help and encourage you in any way we can. If you have
any questions, please email or call 212.229.5600.
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