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Jessica Ashah, M.Ed.
ESL Faculty
ESL Institute
B.A. English, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, M.Ed. in Secondary Education, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  Lupton Hall 117
  Fridays 9:00 - 12:00pm

Advice for ESL students

Fluency before accuracy — let go of any fears of saying something wrong.  Practice makes perfect, so speak as much as you can. Be patient, be confident, and have fun.


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Bridgeport, Connecticut

Area of expertise

My area of expertise is intercultural communication. I have a wealth of experience working with students who have just arrived to the United States. I understand the challenges they face as they try to navigate life in a new country and different culture. With these challenges in mind, I focus on the skills necessary for successful intercultural communication. By empowering students with these skills, I hope to help them minimize their culture shock and successfully transition into life within their new surroundings.

Favorite place on campus

There is always something happening at the University Center, like conferences, performances, contests, and public speaking events.

Favorite thing about UTC

Besides the fact that UTC gave me a wonderful education, my favorite thing about this university is its commitment to global education. We have ESL, undergraduate, and graduate students from all over the world. UTC faculty and staff work hard to support international students, and our academic programs are always improving.

Interesting facts

My parents are from Guantánamo, Cuba. I’ve traveled extensively through North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, and I’ve hiked the Sierra Maestra, Cuba’s highest peak.

My international students fuel my fascination with cultures. I have traveled to many places because I want to get to know my students better by digging deeper into their roots.