Eileen Calub

EFL Instructor at Lo-Fi Language Learning

Eileen Calub is a TEFL-certified English teacher and a lifelong language lover eager to assist Lo-Fi Language Learning trainees in completing Bridge-TEFL coursework. As a recipient of four Department of State / Defense scholarships for study abroad – the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (Mandarin Chinese), the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (German), the Critical Language Scholarship (Turkish), and the David L. Boren Scholarship (Turkish) – Eileen strongly believes in the mission of Lo-Fi Language Learning to empower artists and creatives with intercultural competence and teaching skills necessary to lead an EFL class with confidence. During the pilot program, Eileen will assist in preparing trainees to present teaching materials that highlight the diversity of American society and foster an inclusive classroom environment.

* Schedule: Eileen will be presenting in a breakout session “LoFi Language Learning: The Dopest Descriptivist Approach“ on Thursday, March 4th 10:00-11:00am MST.

Breakout Session Description: Hip-hop is one the top 5 growing music genres globally. Not only does it have a rich origin but wherever hip-hop spreads it incorporates a part of that region’s culture and identity. This malleability of hip-hop allows for people across the world to form their own personal connection to the genre of music. Hip-hop is more than an art form. Hip-hop more than entertainment. Our presentation will show how hip-hop can be used effectively as a tool to teach english to nonnative speakers. We will break down 5 pillars of hip-hop and how each pillar correlates with a strong foundation for teaching and learning english as a foreign language. The LoFi Language Learning approach to EFL provides an immersive and interactive experience for our learners while growing their confidence and capacity in the language. 

5 Pillars of Hip-Hop 

* As it relates to teaching English as a foreign language. 

  1. Movement: Language of The Body 
  2. Vision: Global English(es) and The End of Postcolonial Descriptivism
  3. Sound Rhythm and Mnemonics 
  4. Speak: Culturally Competent Classrooms
  5. Knowledge: Mental Self is Educational Wealth!