Certificate in English language teaching, New School University, January 2008. Courses included grammar, pronunciation, writing, principles of language learning and teaching, methods and learner assessment.
American Language Program, Columbia University: Adjunct instructor, summer 2008, teaching low intermediate level, six hours a week; summer 2011 and 2012, teaching an advanced three-week intensive, “English for Professional Purposes: Business,” 18 hours a week. As part of New School methods course, taught a 10-week writing lab for intermediate and advanced students, spring 2007. Occasional guest lecturer on “The Changing Media."
University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Poland: As supervised practicum, team-taught an intensive three-week class for true beginners, summer 2007. Invited back as a regular instructor, in full charge of the advanced class, August 2008 and August 2009. Introduced two new courses, “Cultural Backgrounds of English-Speaking Nations,” October 2010, and “English for Professional Purposes,” October 2011. Developing "English for the Media."
Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan, China: oral English instructor, full time, spring semester 2010.
Private lessons in intermediate/advanced English and beginning French, in person and via Skype, to speakers of Japanese, Chinese, Polish and Russian.
I help ESL students improve both their English and their public speaking skills by having them plan and make a series of presentations, both individually and in teams, which are recorded on digital video. I then sit down with them to watch the videos and give feedback on their effectiveness, covering such elements as word selection, grammar, pronunciation, body language, use of audiovisual aids, etc. I have used this method successfully in the American Language Program at Columbia University in New York, where students always rank it as a highlight of my course in "English for Professional Purposees," as well as the University of Lower Silesia in Poland.