Teaching

Applied Linguistics.  I have been the primary instructor for Methods of Teaching English as a Foreign Language II and Language in Society (a Critical Thinking through Writing course) to undergraduates. I am also collaborating on course design with instructors in Baghdad. 

Intensive English Program. Contrary to common practice, I was given not one but two teaching assistantships in the Intensive English Program at Georgia State from the time I arrived in 2006. This double load led to a steep learning curve, but fortunately the teachers in the IEP maintain a very high standard of quality and collaboration in their teaching, so I learned from amazing colleagues and master teachers - as well as many terrific groups of students over seven semesters. 

Freshman Composition. In the fall of 2012, I taught two sections of English 1101, or freshman composition, designed for bilingual and ESL students. Major tasks included narratives, extended definitions, research papers, and in-class examinations on the first-year book.

Intensive English for Business Graduate Students. In the summer of 2012, I taught three sections of intensive advanced reading and writing for students entering graduate programs in business at Emory University and Georgia Tech. Content focused on reading for case-based discussions and writing case analyses. 

EFL.  When I moved to the Czech Republic to teach English in 2002, little did I know that I would be staying in Ostrava for more than a year - much less that I would make a career out of English language teaching and applied linguistics. I taught at a private language school founded and run by Christians called Fishnet Jazykova Skola from 2002 to early 2006, including general language courses for teens and adults, private lessons at the school and at businesses, and test preparation courses for the Cambridge First Certificate and Business English exams. 

Late in my second year, I met with the chair of the British and American Studies department at the local university to ask if I could borrow a few students for a theatre production - and soon thereafter I was offered a job as a lecturer in the department. There I taught communicative language skills, including speaking and writing, to English majors in the business track and to future English teachers. In addition to these advanced students, I taught classes to students from other majors, sometimes with levels ranging from pre-intermediate to advanced in the same room. At the same time I taught a seminar in EFL Theatre, which led to multiple nights of short one-act play performances and one full production in the fall of 2005.

In the spring of 2006, I then spent a few months in Belgrade, Serbia, training teachers, teaching a small advanced group, and leading theatre workshops for another private language school. Although I thought my experience in teaching and in intercultural communication and accommodation would carry over and make this an easy sojourn, Belgrade fascinated me and humbled me - and made me glad to return to the U.S., where I immediately started grad school at Georgia State.