Profile: Patrick Russell

Part-time lecturer


Patrick graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2002. Wanting to see different parts of the world, meet its people and experience other cultures, he left the Midwest after graduation to teach English as Foreign Language in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2004, Patrick moved to New York City to pursue his dream of being a full-time artist. The starving artist lifestyle wasn’t really his cup of tea, and so he began to also teach English as a Second Language. Soon, he realized that teaching ESL was the perfect job because it allowed him to continue doing what he loved; learning from and about the world’s people and their cultures. So in 2012, he obtained his Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Official Language from the New School in New York City.

Patrick is interested in finding ways in which technology lends itself to use in an ESL classroom. He is passionate about providing students with lessons centered around language learning strategies that incorporate real world material (videos, reading texts, corpus websites, etc.) so that students can gain more insight on English and American culture while also sharing their native culture, as well as their personal history.  He has given several presentations at the New School’s MA TESOL and TESOL Certificate programs on how language teachers can incorporate video and internet activities into their lessons as a way to teach language and share culture. Currently, he is researching the “flipped classroom” and other ways in which technology can be used to make class time more student-centered and humanized.