Karuna Rajani

Abu Dhabi, أبوظبي

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About me:

  • Learner-focused and a dedicated professional with 7+ years’ experience in providing effective delivery of language lessons with innovative practices of language learning and optimum use of current technological tools in (distance) learning.
  • A paraprofessional with demonstrated skills in classroom and behavior management, lesson planning, understanding learners’ needs, designing engaging activities and delivering customized lessons involving differentiation activities.
  • Expert in teaching English as Second Language, Business English, Communication Skills and Interpersonal Skills. 
  • Abreast of the recent developments in my subject, pedagogy and varied curriculums (IB, UK, US, Canadian, International & Indian).
  • Committed to the total development of learners.

Education:

University of Mumbai

1. Ph.D. in English Literature (2018 - present day)

  • Currently pursuing my research (submitted my thesis).

2. Masters in English Literature 

(2012 - 2014)

  • Percentage: 73.5 
  • GPA: 6.75
  • First Class.

3. Bachelor in English Literature (2011 - 2012)

  • Percentage: 70.83
  • First Class.

1. CELTA - Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults by Cambridge University, UK 

(Sep – Oct 2016), 

2. Certified Trainer for BEC –

Business English Certifications by Cambridge University, UK (since January 2015).

3. Instituto Hispania

  • Basic level course in Spanish in August 2015
  • Percentage: 76.3%

4. Vidya Prasarak Mandal’s Centre for Foreign Language Studies, Thane

  • Summer Vacation Course in French in June 2009.
  • Grade: A

5. All India Council for Professional Training & Research (AICPTR)

  • Certificate in PC Operation (CPO) in November 2007.
  • Grade: A

Educational Professions Licensure (TLS – Teaching License Test) UAE:

  • Pedagogy (Nov 2020)
  • Specialization English (Dec 2019)

Microsoft Certification:

  • Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator (April 2019) 

MOE Online Training (learning curve platform) Certifications:

  • Educational Neuroscience (May 2021)
  • Literacy Across Subjects (April 2021)
  • Numeracy Skills Development Across All Subjects (April 2021)
  • Teaching for Impactful Learning (April 2021)
  • Educational Wastage (April 2021)
  • Wellbeing Within School (April 2021)
  • Interactive Content Design Tools (Feb 2021)
  • Principles of Multimedia Use in Education Design (Feb 2021)
  • Blended Station Teaching (Dec 2020)
  • Advanced Sills in Smart Learning (Oct 2020)
  • Safe Return to Schools (August 2020)
  • An Introduction to Hybrid Learning (August 2020)
  • Distance Learning Approaches (May 2020)
  • Upskilling in Distance Learning (April 2020)
  • My Classroom, My Passion – General Strategies (April 2020)
  • Novel Corona Virus (Feb 2020)
  • Cambridge Language Awareness Training (Oct 2019)

Alef Training Certifications:

  • Scaffolding Strategies for Greater Student Independence (Sep 2020)
  • Distance Learning: Challenges and Solutions (May 2020)
  • Effective Strategies for Engaging Students During Distance Learning (April 2020)
  • Creating a Positive Digital Learning Environment (Nov 2019)

Currently Pursuing:

  • Business Analytics for Decision Making from Coursera.

Experience:

 

  1. Avenue Learning – SNHU University, USA (July 2021 – currently working)
  • Online global faculty for English Composition papers for UG – freelancing project

2. Ministry of Education, Abu Dhabi  (September 2018 – September 2021)  (I am currently based in Abu Dhabi and can start immediately)

English & Business Studies Teacher

  • Contribute to the school development plan and consistently raise quality of language practices and results in an innovative and engaging way.
  • Conduct a thorough and accurate data-analysis to identify and categorize students of the class in varied levels of learning.
  • Teaching English in Cycle 2 & 3.
  • Teaching Business Studies in Cycle 3. 
  • Creating content (videos, live classes, interactive ppts, etc.) using varied and modern technological tools like Mentimeter, Kahoot, PowToon, Padlet, Nearpod, Animoto, Buncee, VoiceThread, Wordle and so on.
  • Conducting training on MS Teams for the teachers of the school.
  • Directing students to identify their goals.
  • Planning, preparing and delivering effective lessons.
  • Tailoring English teaching methods and using differentiation to suit the needs of individual students.
  • Develop student enrichment/ improvement plans to support students.
  • Work with an SEN teacher to support students with special needs.
  • Self-reflecting on the teaching methodologies, curriculum and delivery of lessons.
  • Ensure digital safety and behavior management among students.
  • Conducting continuous assessments.
  • Preparing students for summative exams and external exams like IELTS.
  • Grading students’ work, continuous and summative assessments and providing constructive feedback to students.
  • Analyzing results at the class and school level for English and Business Studies.
  • Attend weekly and vacation MOE trainings on platforms like Learning Curve, Alef Academy and PLCs – Professional Learning Communities.
  • Send weekly reports to the school administration on curriculum completion, training and tasks, continuous assessments and behavior management.
  • Conducting extra learning support classes for students.
  • Arranging or organizing school trips or school events.
  • Communication with parents.
  • Creating meeting agendas as per the direction of the school administration.
  • Actively involved with the school administration to prepare the school ready for any inspections, framing school policies, developing schedules, monitoring examination, compiling weekly reports which are received from subject coordinators and so on.

 

3. L&T Institute of Technology, Navi Mumbai (July 2015 – May 2017)

Lecturer for English & Communication Skills

  • Lecturer for English, Communication Skills, Development of Life Skills and Professional Practices subjects for Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical and Computer) students.
  • Responsible for the Internal Assessment of students.
  • Examiner for MSBTE

Language & Communication Skills Trainer

  • Train corporate employees from varied departments of L&T for Communication skills, EPC – English Proficiency Course, Business English and Technical Writing and for various industrial training sessions and for in plant trainees. 
  • Design customized trainings pertaining to learners’ needs.
  • Prepare training materials.

BEC Coordinator & Trainer

  • Train students for BEC – Business English Certificate Examinations by Cambridge University, UK.
  • Design the timetable for the course and responsible for its implementation.
  • Arrange Expert Lectures for students.
  • Responsible for admissions and effective management of the course.
  • Provide an effective support to Exam Team from Cambridge.
  • Responsible for all the official correspondence between L&T Institute of Technology and Cambridge University Press.

Technical Writer

  • Develop Online Help Manual for software with “Adobe Robohelp” (particularly for the accuracy of language).
  • Responsible for the look and design of online help files

Faculty Trainer

  • Train Faculty Members on Use of Mobile Apps for Daily Convenience and Effective Communication.

Language Lab In-charge

  • Supervise and maintain lab and techno-based language learning activities.
  • Design the schedule for language lab & monitor its implementation.
  • Facilitate language learning with these aids.
  • Maintain records of all the assets of the lab.

 

4. Smt. CHM College, Ulhasnagar (Aug 2014 – Aug 2018)

BEC Coordinator & Trainer

  • Train students for BEC – Business English Certificate Examinations by Cambridge University, UK.
  • Design the timetable for the course and responsible for its implementation.
  • Arrange Expert Lectures for students.
  • Responsible for admissions and effective management of the course.
  • Provide an effective support to Exam Team from Cambridge.
  • Responsible for all the official correspondence between Smt. CHM College and Cambridge University Press.

Visiting Faculty 

  • Visiting Faculty for post-graduate course (MA in English Literature) in Department of English of Smt. CHM College, Ulhasnagar, 421003; (September 2014 till August 2018) with specialization in Contemporary English Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, Fiction, Drama and Linguistics and Stylistics papers.
  • Lecturer (CHB) for under-graduate course in Department of English of Smt. CHM College, Ulhasnagar, 421003; (September 2014 – January 2015) teaching Business Communication to FYBCOM and SYBA, Communication Skills to FYBA and English Literature to TYBA.

5. Mulund Centre for Commercial Education, Mulund (April 2015)

Resource Person

  • Lecturer for Proficiency in Pragmatic English Course on topics: Interpersonal Skills and Vocabulary Building to FYBsc IT Students of Mulund College of Commerce, Mulund (West), Mumbai – 400080.

6. Ideal English High School & Jr. College, Kalyan (Aug 2012 - April 2013)

  • Lecturer of English for VIII, IX, X, XI, XII Grades of Ideal English High School & Jr. College, Kalyan.

What kind of projects is Karuna Rajani looking for?

Academics - Teaching English, Communication Skills and Business English and Business Communication

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