Academic English as a Second Language
Central Piedmont Community College
PO Box 35009
Charlotte, NC 28235-5009 USA
(704) 330-6604 (office)
Central Piedmont Community College, English and Foreign Language Department, Charlotte, NC –
Professor, Academic ESL. In that program, have taught all levels of listening-speaking, grammar,
composition, and reading; special topics courses such as multiskill workshop (integrated skills),
TOEFL preparation, academic vocabulary and pronunciation.
Develop and implement new courses
materials, software. Restructured courses and wrote syllabi for conversion from the
quarter to the
misplaced students) Oct 2004-2014. Have created videotapes as a lab supplement to classroom
activities; integrate use of on-line technologies into course curricula, including use of email, social media,
and Moodle (as an on-line supplement to face-to-face instruction) and developed materials for the
Can8 server system. Have provided individualized
instruction in the language lab. Developed the first fully
grant writing, and have written standardized tests and quizzes for computer test-taking. Do extensive materials
development, including materials for open/tutorial multimedia language lab. Academic faculty advisor
for ESL students; have advised up to 150 students or
prospective students per term. Currently work in
committees to fill full-time faculty positions. Have worked to develop courses/materials/resources with the
International Business Center and Corporate and Continuing Education. Have received 7 Teaching
Excellence awards. Awarded rank of Professor, 2008. July 1984 to present.
Omeida College, Yangshuo, Guangxi Autonomous Region, China -- Taught integrated skills, with an
emphasis on listening and speaking, to small classes (3 levels of proficiency) composed primarily
of young professionals. June 2002.
University of South Carolina, English Program for Internationals, Columbia, SC – Taught composition
courses for international graduate students who needed to improve composition skills
for graduate level coursework. Participated in assessment of international students applying for
ITA (International Teaching Assistant) positions. Two semesters.
University of North Carolina, English Language Teaching Institute, Charlotte, NC – Taught grammar,
composition, and reading in the regular summer 1989 term of their intensive ESL program.
University of North Carolina, 1988 Summer Seminar in American Society, Charlotte, NC – Visiting
lecturer. Taught ESL to a group of 36 teachers visiting from Japan; classwork focused on
conversation and cultural awareness. Also led conversations during mealtimes and accompanied
the group on field trips.
University of Detroit, Intensive English Program, Detroit, MI – In an intensive university ESL
program, taught low and intermediate reading; intermediate and advanced listening-speaking;
advanced composition; courses for students studying in their major fields who need to perfect
grammar and/or composition skills. Organized the curriculum for and taught language lab.
Worked with other staff members to restructure the program from a more traditional one to one
which better integrates skills and better prepares the student to do research and communicate in
the American university classroom. Critiqued texts. Administered and scored the Michigan
Test. Did extensive materials development at all levels. Four semesters.
Oakland Community College, English Language Institute, Farmington Hills, MI – Taught beginning
grammar & composition. Developed materials to increase communicative and creative elements
of these skills at a beginning level while maintaining an academic orientation. 1 semester.
University of Detroit, Division of Continuing Professional Education, Detroit, MI – Taught individualized
classes for business and other professionals to improve English proficiency, and for individuals
preparing to take the TOEFL and other standardized tests of English proficiency. 1 year.
INTAC, Clawson, MI – Taught ESL to corporate professionals and their families. Instruction focused on
bridging the gap between textbook and real life. Included pronunciation, aural comprehension,
grammar, vocabulary, cultural awareness. 1 year.
University of Detroit, Department of English, Detroit, MI – Taught advanced composition to native
English speaking students. Students were taught techniques for the process of idea development
as well as organization, audience evaluation, modes of writing, unity, style and mechanical skills.
American University, English Language Institute, Washington, DC – In an intensive ESL program,
taught beginning pronunciation and grammar; intermediate pronunciation, grammar and reading;
advanced reading and pronunciation. Taught evening classes for professionals. Developed a new
curriculum and materials for intermediate reading. Did extensive materials development at all levels.
Monitored students in the language lab, administered and scored placement tests (the CELT).
English Language Services, Washington, DC – In an intensive adult program, taught beginning,
intermediate and advanced grammar; intermediate reading and writing; beginning conversation.
Developed a curriculum for a course in cross-cultural studies. Administered and scored placement
tests. 5 ½ months.
Language Tutoring Service, Athens, Greece – Organized a tutoring service and taught English and
French to students on a one-to-one basis. Students ranged in age from 16-42; subject matter
varied from preparation for examinations to hotel language to conversation practice. Trained a
replacement before leaving. 5 ½ months.
Grace Hospital School of Nursing, Detroit, MI – Organized and taught a remedial mathematics tutorial.
OTHER ESL RELATED EXPERIENCE
IELTS Testing Center, Charlotte, NC, USA -- certified speaking and writing task examiner for the International
English Language Testing System (IELTS). June 2008-May 2017.
Protea Textware, Australia - freelance consultant. Localize video scripts and computerized
exercises to American English. 2003-2008.
English-to-Go, Australia & New Zealand - freelance contributor to the English-to-Go subscription
website. Includes writing exercises and providing digitized audio for selected interactive web-
based exercises. 1999-2009.
ETS, Princteon, New Jersey - freelance; have worked as an item writer for the Test of English for International
Communication (TOEIC) and as a consultant on community college and iBT-related materials, 2001-2005.
Certified TOEIC Speaking Test rater, 2012.
Pearson, New Jersey, USA - freelance course developer, 2007 - 2008.
TESL-EJ - an on-line peer-reviewed electronic journal focused on English as a Second Language
methodology, policies, and research. Edited and wrote the "Forum" column. Introduced a particular
topic, and solicited, contributed to and edited discussion of that topic for publication. September
2000 to June 2005. Reviewer, 2017-present.
TESL-L - an electronic forum that focused on ESL classroom pedagogy, with 30,000 members in 120
countries; Board Member and list editor. Helped establish editorial policy in conjunction with
a group of listeditors and individually monitored incoming messages for appropriacy for the list.
November 1997 to June 2003.
TESLJB-L - an electronic forum focused on employment issues within the field of English as a second
language; list manager. Encourage discussion of employment topics by posting on pertinent
issues. Revise and enforce list policies when appropriate. Monitor postings to the list for
breaches of policy, and deal with severe violations of list policy on an individual basis.
September 2000 to October 2006.
COPTEC email lists - managed two (one "open," one for TESOL members only) email lists for the TESOL
(Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Caucus on Part-Time Employment Concerns,
with a focus on part-time employment concerns and the activities of the caucus in this regard.
Originator and owner of the open list. Subscribe or unsubscribe members of the open list,
and keep the list active by posting topics of interest for discussion. February 1999-March 2012.
Subsequently managed a Yahoogroup for the TESOL-affiliated Forum on Fair Employment March 2012-2016.
lists - owner and co-moderator of the [Teach] [Life] and [Job] lists, May 2002-present.
TESOL (Teachers of
English as a Second Language) Conference
Student Writing without Teacher Death: Low Workload Supplements for Composition, Boston, March 2010
Big Steps and Small Steps: Making Progress on Employment Issues (academic session), Denver, March 2009
Tactics for PartTime, Adjunct, and Contingent Faculty, w/Lara Beninca, New York, April 2-5.
Solutions for the Inequities Facing Part-Time Faculty (colloquium), New York, Apr 2-5.
Supporting Non-Native Speakers in Health Careers, w/Gwen Barclay, Seattle, Mar 20-24
Supporting Non-Native Speakers in College Composition Classes w/Rosemary Schmid 3/20-24
Colloquium on Part-Time Employment Concerns: Working for Job Security for Part-Time Faculty
Going on the Road as a Consultant, w/Rosemary Schmid, Tampa, FL March 15-19
Colloquium on part-time advocacy, What one individual can do, Tampa, FL, Mar 15-19
MA TESOL Programs and the Job Market, colloquium, San Antonio, TX March 29-April 2
From Grammar Class to Grammar Use, w/Lara Beninca, San Antonio, TX March 29-April 2
Transitioning Students from Adult to Academic ESL, San Antonio, TX March 29-April 2
Student evaluations of teachers, Long Beach, CA, March 24-27.
Where does grammar fit?, w/Paula Baird, Baltimore, March 25-29.
Creating an inhouse academic ESL placement test, w/Bjarne Nielsen, Baltimore, Mar 25-29.
Assessing placement test validity, Baltimore, Mar 25-29.
Testing for placement, promotion, and proficiency, w/ Bjarne Nielsen, Salt Lake City, Apr 9-13.
Colloquium on part-time advocacy, Creating an email list to network, Salt Lake City, Apr 9-13.
Colloquium on part-time advocacy, On the status of adjunct teachers around the world, St.
Louis, February 27-March 3.
Issues in Higher Education, TESOL breakfast seminar panel (invited), Vancouver, Mar 14-18.
Colloquium on part-time advocacy, Internet Resources, Vancouver, March 14-18.
Colloquium on part-time advocacy, Advocacy through a TESOL regional affiliate, New York,
IEPs in community colleges (colloquium), New York, March 9-13.
Community college networking session (invited session leader), New York, March 9-13
Colloquium on part-time advocacy, Regional Status and History, Seattle, March.
University degree credit for ESL, Orlando, March 11-15.
Getting hired in an IEP: Improving your marketability, Chicago, March 26-April 1.
The politics of Academia: How we survive, Baltimore, March 8-14.
International-American student interaction: It's easier than you think, Vancouver, BC, Canada,
Building an ESL network among two-year postsecondary institutions, Vancouver BC Canada,
March 2-7 (invited speaker)
Dealing with student diversity: Program organization and placement, Higher Education Interest
Section academic session panel discussion, New York, NY, March. (invited speaker)
What is this word GONNA? -- a listening-pronunciation technique, San Antonio, TX, March.
What are grammar RULES, anyway?
Low Workload Supplements for Composition Class, Atlanta, GA, October
Academic ESL/Adult ESL Crosstraining, 2017: Placement Testing for Academic ESL
Best Practices for International Students in Degree-Credit Classes,
2017: Teaching and Advising Techniques
Teaching Adults Academic, Professional, Basic Skills and Vocational ESL
English for Medical Purposes, w/Gwen Barclay-Toy, Charlotte, NC, April 22
From Grammar Class to Grammar Use, w/Lara Beninca, Charlotte, NC, February 19
Transitioning Students from Academic ESL to "Regular" Curriculum Classes, Charlotte, NC 2/19
Transitioning Students from Adult to Academic ESL, w/Stacey Propps, Charlotte, NC 2/19
SLRF (Second Language Research Forum)
Overgeneralization and underapplication in interlanguage past time expression, Manoa, HI, October
SCIEC ESL Day, Columbia, South Carolina - featured speaker at a day-long workshop sponsored by the
South Carolina International Education Consortium. The focus of my talk was on placement /
assessment issues in particular, but also included information on the use of software in languages
labs and professional email lists as a resource for professional development. October 18, 2002
Southeast TESOL Conference
Instructional Techniques to Facilitate Good Grammar Production, w/Lara Beninca, Myrtle Beach, NC, 9/22-25.
Helping Students Move Grammar Beyond the Classroom, New Orleans, LA, September 24-27.
Improving Part-Time Employment Conditions, Charleston, SC, November 23-26.
The politics of Academia: How we survive, New Orleans, LA, October.
International-American student interaction, Atlanta, October.
1990 (joint conference with NAFSA Region VI):
International intake center: A model for community colleges, presentation with Rosemary
Schmid, Louisville, KY, October.
Focused interaction with Americans: A multi-buzzword experience, Louisville, KY, October.
Internationalizing the curriculum: Focused interaction with Americans, Raleigh, NC, October.
Whacha gonna do? -- a listening-pronunciation technique, Orlando, FL, October.
Caribbean Regional TESOL
What is this word GONNA? San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 6-7.
Carolina TESOL Conference
Employment Concerns, discussion group, Charlotte, NC, November.
Part-Time Employment Concerns, Charlotte, NC, April.
1992 (joint conference with SCCFLT – South Carolina Conference of Foreign Language
International-American student interaction, Greenville, SC, February.
Smorgasbord, presentation with David Parsons, Greensboro, NC, November.
Dictations aren't what they used to be: students' ears meet the real world, Greensboro, NC,
International TESOL, Miami: Highlights, Columbia, SC, October 31.
NCAIE (North Carolina Association of International Educators) Conference
Dealing with Change in Community College ESL, presentation with Gilda Rubio-Festa,
Wilmington, NC, April 22-23.
Two-Year College English Association (TYCA) Southeast Regional Conference
Lifelines and Bridges: Support for Non-native Speakers in the Freshman Composition
Classroom, colloquium, Charlotte, NC, February 26-28.
College English Instructors (CEI) Conference
Current trends in the teaching of English as a second language, Asheville, NC, April 19.
Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Teaching Conference
Please take note: Teaching low-level note taking, Tampa, FL, May.
National Conference on Teaching and Learning
Internationalizing the curriculum: Focused interaction between international and
American students, Jacksonville, FL, May.
North Carolina Literacy Partnerships Conference
Teaching English as a second language, panel discussion, Greensboro, NC, July.
Internationalizing the curriculum through the use of international students, Charlotte, NC,
Achievement Profile interview in ESL Miniconference:
Highlighted in a TESOL Member Story in the HEIS newsletter (summer 2006)
Composing Your Life, a 158-page in-house publication of explanations, exercises, and models
designed for a low-intermediate composition class. First edition, 1999. 2nd edition, 2000,
3rd edition, 2007. 4th edition, 2012.
Grammar III Workbook, a 96-page in-house publication of explanations and multiple skill and/or
contextualized grammar exercises designed to accompany an intermediate grammar text. First
edition, 1994. 2nd edition, 1995. 3rd
edition, 1998. 4th edition, 1999. 5th edition, 2003, 6th ed 2007,
Resources for English for Medical Purposes, article, ESP News, Vol 13 No 1, January 2008
Practical Tips for Teaching Telephone Use in English, article, HEIS News, Vol 24 No 1, March 2005
reprinted in the Spring 2005 issue of the LaTESOL Newsletter
Innovation in ESL and EFL Textbooks, article, TESL-EJ, September 2003
Teaching About Language, article, TESL-EJ, March 2003
Testing in Higher Education, article w/Bjarne Nielsen, ESL in Higher Education Newsletter, August 2002
Vocabulary and Storytelling, lesson plan, featured as the "lesson of the week" on the English-to-Go
website, May 2, 2002
Using the First Language in the Second Language Classroom, article, TESL-EJ, March 2002
Student Centered Learning, article, TESL-EJ, December 2001
Varieties of English: Definition and Instruction, article, TESL-EJ, September 2001
I'm Going to Take a Vacation, lesson plan, featured as the "lesson of the week" on the English-to-Go
website, August 2001
It-Was-the-Way-You-Said-It, lesson plan, featured as the "lesson of the week" on the English-to-Go
website, February 2001
Bringing worlds together: Internationalizing the curriculum through focused interaction, article,
Innovation Abstracts, Vol XIII, No 1, January 1991
Please take note: Teaching low level notetaking, paper on microfiche in the ERIC (Educational Resource
Information Center) database of educational documents. November, 1987 (Doc # ED 283 390)
Taking the pain out of dictations, or: Listening for fun and profit, article, Carolina TESOL, June 1987
Low-level notetaking, article, KATESOL Newsletter, June 1984
Theory Development in Applied Linguistics: Toward a Connectionist Framework for Understanding
Second Language Acquisition, co-author with J. Dean Mellow, Issues in Applied Lingusitics,
Volume 13, Number 1, June 2002
Alternative accounts of developmental patterns: Toward a functional-cognitive model of second
language acquisition, co-author with J. Dean Mellow, Proceedings of the Third Annual High
Desert Linguistics Society Conference. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico, 2001
Acquisition of English Past Time Verbal Morphology by Instructed Adult Learners of a Second Language,
unpublished MA thesis, University of South Carolina, May 1998
Research into the Acquisition of L2 Verbal Morphology to Locate Events and Situations in the Past,
Carolina TESOL Forum, Vol 1, Spring 1997
Gender issues in the ESL classroom, summary of current research, Carolina TESOL, Spring 1993
Promotion for poor writers? summary of current research, Carolina TESOL, February 1989
TOEFL reading strategies – a summary, Carolina TESOL, September 1988
Puerto Rican culture: Some effects on communication, Carolina TESOL, February 1988
Tactics for Part-time, Adjunct and Contingent Academic Faculty, article, HEIS News, August 2008
Going on the Road as a Consultant, article, HEIS News, July 2006
Practical and Theoretical Approaches to ESL/EFL Student Evaluation of Teachers, article, TESL-EJ,
TESOL 2003: Hearing the Voices of Contingent Faculty, article with co-authors Joan Grosse, John
McLaughlin, & Jack Longmate, TESOL Matters, June/July/August 2003.
Part-Time Teachers: What's the Problem?, article co-authored with Jack Longmate, American Language
Review, July/August 2001.
On the Status of Adjunct Teachers around the World, article in TESL-EJ, December 2000.
Internet Resources for Part-Time Employment Concerns, article in CONCEPT, Spring 2000.
Unequal Employment Conditions: How do We Right a Wrong? article in the ETAS (English Teachers
Association, Switzerland) Newsletter, Vol 17, No 1 (Winter 1999).
Working on Part-Time Issues through a TESOL Affiliate: An Anecdotal Report, article in PTC News,
Part-Time Employment: Where do we go from here, and how do we get there?, article in the TESOL
Placement Bulletin, November 1997
The politics of Academia: Points of departure, article on microfiche in the ERIC (Educational Resource
Information Center) database of educational documents. December 1994 (Doc #ED 371 600)
Surviving the politics of Academia, article, ESL in Higher Education, Vol 13, No 2, Summer 1994
Highlights of HEIS meetings: TESOL '93, report, ESL in Higher Education, Vol 12, No 2, Summer 1993
Equitable treatment for adult internationals, article dealing with current legislation, Carolina TESOL,
HEIS business meeting highlights: TESOL '92, report, ESL in Higher Education, Vol 11, No 2,
Report on the 21st annual TESOL convention, report, Carolina TESOL, June 1987
Website Review: Learning Vocabulary Can be Fun, article, HEIS News, February 2006
Vocabulary Website for English Learners, review, English Horizons, October 2005
Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan, review, Language Magazine, January 2004.
River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, review, Language Magazine, January 2002.
I speak fluent French, have a command of Spanish, and some knowledge of modern Greek.
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC – MA in linguistics, May 1998. Thesis: Acquisition of
English Past Time Verbal Morphology by Instructed Adult Learners of a Second Language.
Graduate courses included: phonetics, phonology, syntax, advanced syntax (GB focus),
second language acquisition (SLA), SLA curriculum design and assessment, SLA research
design, conversation analysis, French morphophonology.
American University, Washington, DC – Certificate in TEFL/TESL. 30 graduate hours in linguistics.
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI – BA in English (honors) 1977. Minors: languages and
component of the TOEIC. April, 2012.
become an official examiner for the speaking and composition portions of the International English
Language Testing System (IELTS). June, 2008. Completed standardisation trainings and successfully
recertified in 2010 and 2012.
course, which included a grammar class, a sociology course (Mexico Hoy) and daily talks on
cultural themes (all instruction in Spanish). May 2006 and May 2007
Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania -- Completed a four-week Summer Institute
in Applied Linguistics. Courses included "Chaos/Complexity Theory and Applied Linguistics,"
"Communicative Technologies and Second-Language Acquisition," "Implicit and Explicit
Language Learning and Their Interface," "A Dynamic Systems Approach to Language Attrition
and Language Development," "Gesture and L2 Learning," "Components of Advanced Language
Proficiency" and "Oral Language Assessment." June-July 2005.
University of British Columbia, Vancouver -- Completed a 3-week semi-intensive course in Mandarin
Chinese, July 2003.
TOEIC Item Writers Training -- Attended official TOEIC training which qualifies me as a freelance item
writer for the TOEIC, February 2001.
Supplemental Instruction Training -- Certified to supervise a program in Supplemental Instruction, May
University of North Carolina at Charlotte -- 1 semester of elementary Japanese, Fall 1999.
IFALPES, Annecy, France -- Completed a four-week intensive advanced-level French as a foreign
language course at a university regulated language institute. June, 1998.
ETS/TOEFL training workshop – Trained to read and score the Test of Written English, a composition
component of the TOEFL exam. March 1991.
Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC – course work includes Access (database software),
beginning & intermediate workshops in FrontPage (web design software), Microcomputer
Operations (DOS), Advanced Microcomputer Operations (DOS), workshop in
using the MacIntosh, Electronic Publishing (Mac), Conversational Japanese, Conversational
Mandarin. 1984 - present.
Language Outreach Education, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH – Completed a training program in the
Dartmouth/Rassias Intensive Language Method conducted by John Rassias in Pontiac, MI.
Escuela Estela Maya, Antigua, Guatemala – One month intensive Spanish, September, 1979.
Panepistimiaki Leschi, Athens, Greece – Language school of the University of Athens. Received
certificate of competency in Greek. 1978.
Gymnase de Belvedère, Lausanne, Switzerland – One semester attendance, completely in French, in a
Swiss high school. 1963-64.
TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) (TESOL Standing Committee on Employment
Issues - 2009-present; adjudicated the award for excellence in Community College teaching, 2007-2009;
Higher Education Interest Section: Email list manager, 2009-present; Assistant Chair, 1998-1999;
Secretary, 1992-94; HEIS nominating committee, 1991-92, 1994-95, 1996-97; Steering Committee, Caucus
on Part-Time Employment Concerns, 1996-2008, 2008-present in its new structure as the Forum for Fair
Employment; Committee on Professional Standards, 1988-91; Convention Daily staff, March 1991;
HEIS Abstract Reader, 1991-2013)
Georgia TESOL, 2013 - present
Carolina TESOL (Higher Education Interest Section liaison to the Sociopolitical Concerns Committee,
April 1997-1999; Executive Board, 1986-94; Publisher Liaison, 1990-93; Secretary, 1988-89;
Regional Representative, 1986-88; Co-Chair, Fall 1991 Conference; Publicity Chair, Southeast
Regional TESOL Conference, 1990; Conference Chair, April 1987)
AAAL (American Association of Applied Linguistics)
NCAIE (North Carolina Association of International Educators; formerly, NC NAFSA)
Other Professional Activities:
Contribute/contributed regularly to:
TESL-L email list (focus on pedagogical issues), along with subbranches TESLIE-L (focus on
administrative issues), TESLCA-L (focus on technology related issues), TESLJB-L
(focus on employment & professional advancement concerns) 1995 until these lists closed in 2012
TEFLChina list (focus on pedagogy, particularly in China) - list owner
TESOL Higher Education Interest Section and other TESOL Int'l Assn. forums
TESLjob@yahoogroups.com (employment-focused email list) - list owner
Word Reference, English Only Forum (provides English language assistance to members)
Mint Museum of Art - docent, September 2000 to 2009.
Charlotte Sister Cities (Limoges, France Sister City Committee, 1993-95, 2000-2002)
last update, December 2015