As a 2021 Virtual TESOL Convention presenter, Zeboniso Murodova Sabzalievna, shared "Tajik Voices" with digital stories from Tajikistan. In this episode, she shares her personal and professional experiences creating her own digital story and then teaching her students the process of digital storytelling. Both the process and student successes are highlighted in this episode. She explains how she used Zoom, WhatsApp, and WeVideo to guide 5 Access students through the process of writing, recording, and sharing their personal narratives. Throughout, these students used and practiced writing, speaking, and listening skills.
Zeboniso also shares how she uses traditional folktales to connect with students and teach them the elements of storytelling. Students translated folktales from mother-tongue languages and analyzed grammar differences. She then used students' strengths to collaboratively transform the stories and share them with other students from around the world.
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Zeboniso Murodova has 17 years of teaching experience with 5-11th grade students. Ms. Murodova has attended and presented presentations at a number of educational conferences, workshops, and trainings at the local, regional, state, and international levels, including CATEC, TESOL, and IEARN. She has participated in two U.S. State Department programs, TEA (Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program 2009) and Fulbright FLTA 2011-2012. Since 2010, she has been a recipient of four USG alumni small grants to implement social projects on youth empowerment and women's leadership. Her exchange program changed her life. In 2020 she was awarded Alumni of the Year by the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe. From 2016-2020 she was an Access English teacher. One of her best achievements with the Access program was collaborating with Fulbright Scholar Jode Brexa to realize a Digital Storytelling project. They taught five Access girls how to make digital stories. The digital storytelling team presented at the 2021 Virtual TESOL Convention. Their presentation was titled Tajik Voices: Resilience through Digital Storytelling. Currently, she is the coordinator of the Resource Center at Bokhtar State University.
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