I am a core instructor at the American English Institute at the University of Oregon specializing in teaching Academic Reading (AEIS 107) and Academic Writing (AEIS 111 an AEIS 112). I received my bachelor's degree in 1973 from Murray State University and my master's degree in 1988 from San Francisco State University. I have been active in researching vocabulary acquisition and have written a new vocabulary packet for the AEIS 107 course. The focus is on having students become independent learners who are able to acquire a more "encyclopedic" knowledge of key academic vocabulary. I have given several presentations at ORTESOL dealing with the role of direct vocabulary teaching for reading and on teaching collocations for writing. In March, 2003, I will give a presentation at TESOL on data-driven language learning.
I served as the Technology SIG chair for ORTESOL (Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) from 1997 to 2002 and am currently the First Vice President of ORTESOL. In this capacity, I am in charge of putting on the fall conference in 2003 in Portland.
I have lived and taught in Australia, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine. I have traveled to more than 30 countries and have studied French, Russian, Spanish, Italian, German and Chinese. Recently, I co-taught a three week workshop on Academic Writing in Lviv, Ukraine.
My hobbies include reading, listening to classical music, gardening, and hiking.
For more detailed information, please have a look at my resume.
American English Institute
5212 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-5212 USA
FAX: (541) 346-3917
Office: (541) 346-3945
This page last updated December 2002