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Miryam Rinkerman

 

Contact: mrinkerman@pccc.edu


Education


1990
   

  • Teachers College, Columbia University
    New York City, New York
    Master of Arts: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

 


1985
   

  • Montclair State University
    Montclair, New Jersey
    Bachelor of Arts:  Psychology


 

1983
   

  • Passaic County Community College
    Paterson, New Jersey
    Associate of Arts


 

Experience




Summer 2000-Present
   

Passaic County Community College

Paterson, New Jersey

Director, Paterson Community Technology Center

  • Seeking funding: ( Obtained more than 2 and a half  million dollars to fund the rehabilitation of CTC building and its programs.)
  • Managing, directing, coordinating, and facilitating the operations of the center.
  • Training and supervising Americorps members
  • Developing appropriate curricula.


 

Passaic County Community College

Paterson, New Jersey

Associate Professor, English as a Second Language

Teaching writing, reading, and grammar classes at the beginning intermediate and advanced levels.


 

February 2002
   

HUD HSIAC Technical Assistance Conference

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Presenter

 



April 2002
   

HUD HSIAC Technical Assistance Broadcast

Washington, DC

Invited Speaker

 



Summer 2002
   

HUD Office of University Partnerships Grants Review

Washington, DC

Peer Reviewer

 



Summer 1995
   

Summer Institute, Vinnytsia Pedagogical Institute

Vinnytsia, Ukraine

U.S.I.A. Teacher Trainer /Technology and Grammar

Training EFL teachers in the use of technology to teach grammar.

 



Summers ‘93-’94
   

Consortium for Pre-College Education, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, New Jersey

ESL Instructor

Teaching functional and survival ESL

 



1986-1990
   

Passaic County Community College

Paterson, New Jersey

Coordinator, ESL Computer Writing Center

  • Setting-up and coordinating a computer lab for ESL students.
  • Conducting Computer Literacy and word-processing workshops for students and faculty.  Preparing educational manuals.
  • Evaluating software.  Training faculty to use computers to teach writing.

 


1985-1990
   

Passaic County Community College

Paterson, New Jersey

Adjunct Instructor, ESL


  • Teaching writing, reading and grammar classes.


 

 

Professional Presentations

 


March 2011


“Create a Music Video for Grammar Learning” Electronic Village,
                
Mini-Workshop

Songs connect with emotions and can be very powerful and motivating tools for language learning.  Presenting them with images compound their impact and provide examples of grammar in real contexts thus allowing the teacher to move from the rules of usage to grammar use while appealing to students’ multiple-intelligences.

Workshop presenters briefly discuss the power of music in language learning, and demonstrate a short music video and the related grammar-focused exercises.  Then each small group of participants is guided through the creation of a music video in Windows Movie Maker using copyright-free images and music files. Participants leave armed with handouts that give directions for creating their own music videos from images, a discussion of copyright issues and examples of previewing, viewing and post -viewing grammar exercises.  A website provides post-production support.  Participants are encouraged to bring a personal USB drive to workshop.

 

45th International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Conference

New Orleans, Louisiana

 

 

February 2011



“Pathways to Learning and Employment:  PCCC’s Neighborhood University Project”



Through its proposed project entitled the PCCC Neighborhood University: Pathways to Learning and Employment, Passaic County Community College (PCCC) and its partners will address the educational and employment needs of Hispanic and minority, low-income, low-skill residents living in the Paterson’s Great Falls and Sandy Hill neighborhoods. The Neighborhood University concept is one in which the college will share its resources and expertise on-site, in the neighborhoods themselves, close to where the residents live and work.  The Neighborhood University model has two strands, one for local schoolchildren through an afterschool program and one for adults that focuses on ESL/career training, workforce readiness, technology training, and support services.

 

 

HUD’s Hispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC)        
National Conference        
Monterey, California

 

 

April 2010


“PCCC’s New Skills for a Digital Economy”

In November 2006, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded Passaic County Community College an HSIAC grant.  The purpose of this grant is to provide low-income Hispanic residents and businesses in Paterson, New Jersey with the technology skills needed to succeed in today’s information-based economy.  The Project’s three major components include the following:  1) Business/Technology Training for Hispanic Businesses and Entrepreneurs; 2) After School Multimedia Training Program for Hispanic Children; and 3) ESL and Technology Skills Training Program.  The project activities take place using the resources of the College’s Paterson Community Technology Center (CTC), and the College’s partners in this project include nine community-based organizations.


HUD’s Office of University Partnerships (OUP) National Conference:

Communities and Universities: Making a Difference in Challenging Times
San Antonio, Texas

 

 

March 2010

 

“Music and Language: Enhancing Memory, Eliciting Emotions, Capturing the Imagination”
               
Recent research shows that music plays an important role in language. Similar areas of the brain are activated when listening to or playing music and speaking or processing language.  Presenters will show effective language lessons that incorporate songs with a focus on teaching grammar. 

 

"Re-imagining Grammar Instruction Through Film"

 

Short film clips provide the framework for re-imagined grammar lessons that include previewing, viewing and post viewing activities that move students from comprehension to controlled use to active production of grammar patterns.
 

44th International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Conference
Boston, Massachusetts

 

 

March 2009                    

 

“Forging Connections between Interactive Music Videos and Grammar”

Current research indicates mental pathways connect music, images, and language.  Music videos lower the affective filter, and motivate and optimize learning.

This DVD showcases successful video lessons focusing on student learning of contextualized grammatical patterns.


 
“Learning Contextualized Vocabulary with Internet Tools”

While reading novels; students cannot possibly look up all the words that are new to them. This presentation demonstrates how Google images and online learner's dictionaries help students understand new vocabulary items on their own. Then following class discussion of student-selected items in context; practice exercises in Quia or Hot Potatoes help students consolidate their understanding of target vocabulary in the context of the story and give them opportunities for incidental learning of other vocabulary; collocations and idioms. Handout and website provided.

 

“Constructing Language-experience Books with PowerPoint”

Students’ shared experiences, from class trips to media events, can easily be made into student-authored books that can serve as readers for beginning-level ESL readers. This collaborative effort can also be shared electronically on school websites and/or at parent meetings. The presenter will demonstrate the process, present examples and provide participants with a handout detailing the procedure.

 

   

43rd International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Conference

Denver, Colorado

 

December 2008              
   

Putting “Community” Back into the Community College:

Expanding Our Reach through Collaboration
In 1999, Passaic County Community College established the Paterson Community Technology Center (CTC) on its campus, giving the College a mechanism for sharing its educational resources and expertise with the surrounding community and for better serving segments of the population that were not benefiting from the College’s academic and continuing education programs. Within eight years, the College has served more than 8,000 local residents through an array of educational programs, leveraged $10 million in outside funding, effectively engaged faculty, staff, and students in CTC activities, and generated enormous good will in the community. The CTC project helped the College to more effective fulfill the community outreach aspect of its mission statement. In 2004, as part of the Middle States accreditation visit, the Middle States team commended the College for its CTC initiative.

   

Hispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC)

10th Anniversary Conference: “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Present, Strengthening the Future.”

San Juan, Puerto Rico


April 2008
   

New Jersey Council of County Colleges 2008 Best Practices Conference

Ocean County College Toms River, New Jersey

 

March 2008
   

Silk City Media Workshop - Empowering Urban Middle School Students with the Tools To Express Themselves.... Digitally!

 

Silk City Media Workshop is an after-school program for middle school students from Paterson, NJ. Housed in the Passaic County Community College's Community Technology Center (CTC) and funded through local, federal and private funding, this program partners with local agencies such as the Paterson YMCA, ASPIRA and Garrett Morgan Academy to provide urban youth with an alternative to more traditional after-school activities while offering access to digital media for the purpose of creative expression. The program is also unique in that it utilizes digitally savvy pre-service teachers from the Montclair State University Teacher Education Program to provide instruction and mentoring for the middle school students participating in the program.

 

Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference (SITE) 2008
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

 

“Bridging the Digital Divide”

A demonstration of the training modules that effectively teach student volunteers how to become successful mentors in an economically-challenged community.

 

April 2002
   

International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Conference
Salk Lake City, Utah


“Multiple Media Support Unabridged Literature”

 More on using multiple media to teach unabridged literature.

 

April 2001
   

The Role of the Imagination in Language Learning Conference

New Jersey City University

Jersey City, New Jersey

 

October 2000
   

Sixth Annual Mid-Atlantic College Conference

Teaching, Learning, and Managing with Technology

Montgomery County Community College

Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

 

April 2000
   

The Role of the Imagination in Language Learning Conference

New Jersey City University

Jersey City, New Jersey

 

March 2000
   

International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Conference

Vancouver, BC, Canada
   

“The Call of the Wild Technologies”

Using multiple media to teach unabridged literature.

 

May 1999
   

New Jersey Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Annual Spring Conference, New Brunswick, New Jersey

 

March 1999
   

International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Conference, Manhattan, New York

 

October 1998
   

New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Conference, Buffalo, New York
   

“Products of the Process”

Using word processing and Internet resources to teach process writing.

 


September 1998
   

New York State Applied Linguistics Conference

Manhattan, New York

 

March 1998
   

International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Conference, Seattle, Washington
   

“Using Video to Create a Living Grammar Textbook”

Using video to provide a context to grammar

 

October 1995
   

Diversity in Second Language Learning and Teaching

Fifteenth Annual Bilingual / ESL Conference

William Paterson University, New Jersey

 

May 1995
   

New Jersey Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Annual Spring Conference, New Brunswick, New Jersey

 

March 1994
   

International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Conference, Baltimore, Maryland


April 1993
   

4th Annual Conference on the Role of the Imagination on Second Language Acquisition,

Jersey City State College, New Jersey
   

 “Encore: More on Using Video to Create a Living Grammar Textbook”

More on using video to provide a context to grammar

 

May 1993
   

International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Conference, Long Beach, California
   

“Participating Stakeholder”

 

March 1993
   

Public Hearing of the Council for the Education of Language Minority

Students, Trenton, New Jersey

 

“Video and Culture: Bridging the Gap between the Real World and the  Classroom”

Using video to provide a cultural context in the ESL class.


October 1992
   

12th Annual Bilingual / ESL Conference

William Paterson College, New Jersey

 

“Creating a Videotext for the ESL Classroom”

Using video as your “textbook” in the class.
   

New Jersey Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

4th Annual Regional Conference, Rowan College, New Jersey

 

May 1992
   

New Jersey Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Annual Spring Conference, New Brunswick, New Jersey

 

“Beat not the Poor Computer: Interactive Composition”

Using word-processing to teach composition


March 1992
   

International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Vancouver, B.C., Canada

 

“Metamorphosis:  Computer Lab Becomes Writing Classroom”

Using a computer laboratory instead of the traditional classroom

 

March 1992
   

International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Vancouver, B.C., Canada

 

“Computers and Adult Basic Writers”

Teaching adults to use computers to improve their writing

 

October 1990
   

Teachers College, Columbia University

New York City, New York

 

“Computers, Language and Children”
(Student Assistant)

Using computers to teach language to children

 


March 1990
   

Teachers College, Columbia University

New York City, New York
   

Publications


 
ESL

1995 – 1997
   

Editor

Tesol Video News, The Official Newsletter of the TESOL Video

Interest Section

Spring 1996
   

Author:  “Practicing Questions and Answers Using Green Card”

Tesol Video News, The Official Newsletter of the TESOL Video

Interest Section

 

1993-1994
   

Editor, Video / Book Review Column

Tesol Video News, The Official Newsletter of the TESOL Video Interest Section

Spring 1993
   

Author: “She’s Having a Baby:  Teaching Grammar with Video”

Tesol Video News, The Official Newsletter of the TESOL Video Interest Section

 

Spanish

1997
   

“Carta a Mama”

“Row, Row, Your Boat”

Usted Querra Leer Estos Cuentos:  Anthology of Contemporary Argentinean Authors

Coleccion Sombras de Luna, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Photography

1999
   

“Ainsley’s Autumn”

The International Library of Photography

 1998
   

“Fall”

Kodak Viewfinder Forum

1997
   

“Ainsley’s Summer”

The Best of Collage Photography

Web

North Jersey Media Group News Article, October 2006

 

Presenter at Hiroshima Jogakuin University, Hiroshima, Japan

http://jaltcall.org/conferences/call2002/program-detailsK-P.html

 

Member, Digital Divide Network, DDN

http://www.digitaldivide.net/

 

Member, Community Technology Centers Network, CTCnet

http://www.ctcnet.org/
 

HUD’s Hispanic Serving Institutions’ Newsletter, Summer 03

http://www.oup.org/files/pubs/newsletter/HSIACSummer03.pdf

 

HUD’s Minority-Serving Institutions of Higher Education: Developing Partnerships to Revitalize Communities, January 2003 Report

http://www.oup.org/files/pubs/minority-report.pdf
 

Affiliations

   
   
Member of TESOL, NJTESOL-BE, New York State TESOL, NJEA, NEA.

 

Honors and Awards

   
 
Received the Aspira Community Service Award from New Jersey Governor J. Corzine

Professional Development Award, Teachers College, Columbia University 1988-1990

Special Recognition Award, “Best ESL Tutor at PCCC”, 1984

Outstanding Minority College Graduate, 1983

Outstanding Young Women of America, 1981

First Prize in the “Short Story Contest”, Passaic County Community College, 1980

Languages

   
Native speaker of Spanish

References

   
Furnished upon request