Hello, all! I’m Rachel Kapelke-Dale, and I’m thrilled to be joining the Magoosh team as a TOEFL blogger. I can’t wait to begin helping you achieve your goals; I’ll start posting TOEFL tips over the next few days. Before that, though, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about myself.
I started teaching English as a Second Language in Paris in 2009, while I was doing my Master’s at the Université de Paris VII. I had the ultimate privilege of teaching my native language while desperately trying to master my second, so I’ve definitely been where you are now. My love of language, combined with a nerdy obsession with tests, led me to specializing in ESL tests, including the TOEFL, TOEIC, and Cambridge exams. I was thrown into the deep end right away—my first class was a group of 40 soldiers from the French Ministry of Defense, all of whom were at least 15 years older than me. It all worked out well in the end, however; I’m still in touch with several of those students today.
I’m currently finishing my PhD in Film Studies, and have now branched out into teaching at the university level while continuing to work on my own writing. It’s been a long journey through the TOEFL world, and I’m so excited to share what I’ve learned with you!