Silvana Dushku worked as an English language faculty and teacher trainer in Europe for eight years. She obtained an M.A. degree in TESL and a Ph.D. in Education/SLATE at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For about two decades, she has been involved in English language teaching at all levels, IEP administration, curriculum development, and teacher training. She has studied seven foreign languages, as language learning is her passion. She has a strong interest in teaching and researching vocabulary and spoken English, teacher professionalization, applied corpus linguistics, and blended learning.
Joanne is the Program Manager of the CLP and the TESOL Certificate Program. She has a B.A. in Communication and Philosophy from Rutgers University and is currently enrolled in Adult Learning and Leadership graduate program from Teachers College.
Helen Kwak is the Program Coordinator of the CLP and the TESOL Certificate Program. She has a B.A. in Linguistics from Rutgers University and is a recent graduate of Teachers College with a M.A. in Applied Linguistics. She has lived abroad most of her life -- South Korea, England, and Romania -- and learned as many as 8 languages. She has experience teaching English in South Korea and China, as well as teaching ESL at the CEP. Her professional interests include sociolinguistics and second language assessment.
Elizabeth Reddington is a doctoral student in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she also earned her M.A.
She has taught English language learners at the community college level in the U.S. and the university level in Poland, as well as teachers-in-training through the Teachers College TESOL Certificate Program. A former Fulbright fellow, her research interests include classroom discourse and L2 writing.
Natalia Sáez has an M.A. in cognitive science from Universidad de Chile and an M.A. in applied linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is currently a doctoral student specializing in second language acquisition. She has taught Spanish and English to children and adults, both in NY and abroad. She has also taught second language acquisition courses to graduate students, and conducts research with adult learners and emerging bilingual children. Her research interests include second language metaphorical competence and conceptual restructuring.
Michelle Stabler-Havener is one of our CLP Fellows. She taught ESL in the Los Angeles area, EFL in China, and has conducted teacher trainings in the U.S., India, China, Thailand, Nepal, and Bangladesh. She taught Second Language Assessment for Azusa Pacific University's MA TESOL program and was a Senior English Language Fellow for the U.S. Department of State. Michelle has published on classroom management and on assessment. Her professional interests include second language assessment, teacher education, and curriculum development. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at Teachers College.
Fred Tsutagawa is a doctoral student in the Applied Linguistics Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He earned a B.S. in Biology and Japanese from UCLA in 1996, an M.A. in TESOL from Biola University in 2003, a second M.A. in Applied Linguistics in 2009 from York University in Toronto, Canada, and an Ed.M. from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2011. Outside of his studies, he has served on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, taught mathematics and science for five years in inner city high schools for the Long Beach Unified School District in California, and was an English lecturer at Seikei University in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently teaching language assessment for Hunter College's TESOL K-12 program. His research interests include second language testing and assessment, focusing more specifically on the assessment of pragmatic knowledge and ability.
Di Yu is a doctoral student in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also received her M.A. in TESOL and Ed.M. in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College. She has taught English in middle schools in China and ESL for adult learners in the US. Her research interests include media discourse, political discourse, humor, and the use of multimodal resources in interaction.
Nancy Boblett has taught ESL/EFL and Spanish for over 35 years in the U.S. and Spain, including General and Business English at ESADE, Spain's foremost Graduate School of Business.
In terms of teacher training, she has taught Classroom Practices and the Integrated Skills Practicum in both the TESOL M.A. program at TC and the TESOL Certificate Program. Nancy's research interests include teacher education and classroom discourse. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College.
Lauren Carpenter is a doctoral candidate in the Applied Linguistics program at Teachers College and is studying language use in education. She has 10 years of English language teaching experience which range from instructing adult professionals in Ecuador to elementary language learners in NYC public schools. Currently, Lauren teaches ESL in the CLP and supervises in the TESOL K-12 program.
Allie Hope King
Mentor and Workshop Instructor
Allie Hope King holds a Master of Education in Foreign Language Education from University of Pittsburg and is currently enrolled in the Ed.M. program in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is planning to pursue her Doctorate. Allie has taught ESL for 12 years in total. Her career started at Carnegie Mellon University’s Intercultural Communication Center, where she tutored, taught classes, rated International Teaching Assistant (ITA) tests, and trained new tutors for six years. She then taught adults at a private language institute in Hawai’i, and subsequently middle schoolers at a public school in Virginia. After an extended stint outside teaching spent in administration at a university in Virginia, Allie came to TC to reestablish her teaching career and pursue research. She has also been a master teacher in the CLP teaching various courses.
TESOL Graduate Faculty Liaison
Dr. Vivian Lindhardsen is the former director of the CLP and the TESOL Certificate Program and now serves as a TESOL Graduate Faculty Liaison. She holds a Ph.D. in TESOL/Applied Linguistics and has more than twenty years of experience in the field of language education. She has taught in and directed programs here in the US as well as in Denmark, Italy, the UK, and Japan. She has worked in university programs, private businesses, international organizations and K-12, and she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Assessment, Grammar, and TESOL Methods. She has published articles and textbooks in the areas of a Second Language Writing, Testing, and Language Pedagogy, and she is a reviewer for The Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) and a member of the PRAXIS ESOL National Advisory Committee (NAC) at ETS.