After serving in the Peace Corps in the Seychelles, I began my EFL/ESL teaching career in Egypt, where I obtained my MATEFL at the American University in Cairo, and also taught in their English language pre-university preparatory program. I then taught at the American Language Institute at San Diego State University, in the EAP program, as well as at the University of California, San Diego. I also taught at Palomar Community College, in an evening ESL program designed for recent immigrants.
Patricia first became interested in the field of language education based on her own language learning experience. She found that learning French as a school requirement was not nearly as motivating as learning Italian in an effort to engage with the Italian people and culture. After working as a software trainer in Silicon Valley, Patricia taught English as foreign language in Milan and Rome, Italy. Her love of teaching eventually led her to pursue her master's degree in TESOL here at the Monterey Institute.
Before joining MIIS, I taught academic writing in the ESL program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison while working on my doctoral degree in second language acquisition (SLA). Prior to that, I was a high school English teacher and a teacher educator in Singapore. My teaching interests include making SLA theory accessible to teachers for classroom application, developing teacher reflexivity to improve pedagogy, and encouraging the development of immigrant learners in ESL classrooms.
I have had the wonderful opportunity to work as a language specialist in diverse linguistic, sociocultural, and political environments such as South Korea, Canada, Germany, Italy, and the USA throughout my career. I began my career in Seoul, Korea as a high school English teacher as well as a test writer in a private TOEFL institute. Motivated to be a better teacher I decided to enroll in the MA TESL program at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and later my Ph.D. at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
I taught English as a Second Language (ESL/EFL) for a variety of schools beginning in 1976 with my Peace Corps service in Morocco. Before coming to the Monterey Institute I was Assistant Director of ESL Services at UCLA and taught classes on assessment at California State University, Los Angeles. I joined the Monterey Institute faculty in 1990 and in 1997 was the recipient of the Institutes' Dean's Award of Teaching Excellence. In 2008, I was honored by receiving the Dr. Leslie Ellison Teacher of Excellence Award.
Professor Hedgcock teaches courses such as Language Analysis, Structure of English, Second Language Acquisition, Teaching Writing, Teaching Reading, Portfolio Preparation, and the Language Teaching Practicum. A two-time recipient of the Institute's Excellence in Teaching Award, he has held instructional positions in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Composition at the university and community college levels; he has also taught French, Spanish, and English as a Foreign Language.
Professor Goldstein has taught at San Francisco State University, the University of Pittsburgh, LaGuardia Community College, Hunter College, Columbia University, Dominican University, and the Regional Language Centre in Singapore.
Professor Bailey is currently serving as President and Chair of The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF). With her work for TIRF, Professor Bailey and the TIRF Board of Trustees are seeking to promote effective practices in the use of English in the emerging global knowledge economy of the 21st century. She has conducted teacher training activities, including leading workshops and teaching courses, in thirty different countries.
Since giving up my post as Director of Intensive ESL Programs at the Monterey Institute in 1989, I've never stopped teaching English. Besides teaching my language education graduate students, I've most recently taught Public Speaking and Academic Writing for international Fulbright scholars and "Quantum-based English Instruction" for a group of physics professors from Russia in partnership with the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.