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  1. Polina Vinogradova, Director of TESOL Program

    CAS - World Languages and Cultures

    Dr. Vinogradova is interested in the use of digital technology, specifically digital stories, in language education and in postmethod pedagogy and advocacy in language teacher development. Her recent research focuses on the role of a pedagogy of mult… More

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    (202) 885-1446


  1. Naomi S. Baron, Exec Dir, Ctr for Teaching, Research and Learning and Professor of Linguistics

    Centr Teach Research Learning

    Professor Baron is interested in language and technology, reading, the relationship between speech and writing, the history of English, and higher education. A former Guggenheim Fellow, Fulbright Fellow, and Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center fo… More

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    (202) 885-2455

  2. Robin Barr, Linguist in Residence

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    Prof. Barr holds a PhD in Linguistics from Harvard with concentrations in both Indo-European and psycholinguistics. Her research on morphology involves the relationship between language learning and language change, and she is always happy to hear of… More

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    (202) 885-2582

  3. Sarah Knowles, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - World Languages and Cultures

    Sarah Young Knowles specializes in second language acquisition, language teaching methods and teacher education, and instructional design. She earned her doctorate in applied linguistics at Georgetown University, focusing on metalinguistic awareness … More

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  4. Jisook Paik, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    Dr. Jisook Paik’s research interests include SLA, language education planning, cross-cultural communication and culture in bilingual education, and qualitative methods in classroom-based research. Before she joined AU as a TESOL faculty member, she w… More

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    (202) 885-6843

  5. Rebecca Wilner, Panama Bilingue Project Manager

    CAS - School of Education

    Rebecca joins the AU Faculty and Staff after serving as a Senior English Language Fellow in Panama City, Panama, where she was the Academic Director of the Center for English Language Immersion (CELI). Rebecca has also taught ESL and EFL in numerous … More

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    (202) 885-3705


  1. Bourama Badji

    Bourama Badji is a high school teacher from Senegal (West Africa) where he has taught English for over ten years (November 2004-June 2015). He studied English at Universite Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, Senegal and graduated with a Master in English and… More

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  2. Allison Crolla

    Allison recently graduated from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville with a BA in both International Studies and Spanish, and she is currently a first-year MA TESOL student at AU. Her love for English teaching derives from her volunteer ex… More

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  3. Silvia Hildesheim, Adjunct Instructor

    Silvia is a first-year student the MA TESOL program. Her interest in English language teaching started from a love of languages. She has a background in Spanish and is very slowly attempting to learn Mandarin Chinese. Silvia grew up in the Washington… More

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  4. Luz Mateus Gonzalez, Adjunct Instructor

    Mary decided to go into education while she was a high school student in Bogota, Colombia, and one of her teachers inspired her to become an educator. She graduated from La Gran Colombia University with a degree in Humanities and English, and has wor… More

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  5. Aung Ko Zaw

    I am from Sittwe, which is a small city situated on the west coast of Myanmar. I received my Bachelor degree in English from the university of Sittwe in 2008. I was inspired by the fables told by my grandfather and took a serious interest in educatio… More

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