Alicia draws from wide international experience of language and culture in her work at the Institute. After earning a B.A. in International Studies, she went to Switzerland to study French Language and Literature at the University of Geneva. She remained there for several years to teach professional English for the Swiss government and Credit Lyonnais Bank.
Upon returning to the U.S. in 2000, Alicia received an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL) at the Institute, a degree that took her to Beijing to work on international education for the University of California-Riverside Extension. Since 2006 she has been back in Monterey, teaching English language skills to M.A. students in the School of Translation and Interpretation, and to diplomats and executives for the Custom Language Program, which she now heads.
For Alicia, there is deep gratification in seeing the faces of students eager to hone their language skills and reach out to the world in such a passionate way. Learning a language, she believes, is one of the most dedicated ways of showing one’s true commitment to cross-cultural understanding and social tolerance.