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Dr. Jim Cummins is a professor of education at the University of Toronto. He specializes in the language and literacy development of learners of English as a Second Language (ESL). He coined the terms: Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP).
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Dr. Stephen Krashen is a professor emeritus at the University of Southern California. He developed the Monitor Hypothesis to explain second language acquisition. He is a strong proponent of reading  as a means of aquiring language.
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Paulo Freire was an educator in Brazil who challenged accepted and established educational notions such as the teacher/student relationship. This approach called "Critical Pedagogy" was strongly influenced by him.
 

Teaching is a great responsibility. I look at my position as an opportunity to motivate, and excite students to discover and learn. I love to have discussions with students about new ideas, stories, or books we have read.
I am constantly using authentic materials and technology to illustrate ideas. I firmly believe in the strength of teacher collaboration in the classroom - some of my best experiences have been when I worked with a teacher from different discipline.    

Even though I grew up in a diverse multicultural area in Southern California, traveled in Mexico, and lived in the Dominican Republicic; it wasn't until I was hired for my present position and began my Master's program at UT that I first encountered second language acquisition theories. It was in my classes where I first learned about Stephen Krashen, Jim Cummins, and Paolo Freire. These professors have strongly influenced the way in which I approach my students and my profession.
 
The works of Jim Cummins, Stephen Krashen and Paulo F "Education must begin with the solution of the teacher-student contradiction, by reconciling the poles of the contradiction so that both are simultaneously teachers and students."
Paolo Freire   

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