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  1. Polina Vinogradova, Director of TESOL Program

    CAS - World Languages and Cultures

    Dr. Vinogradova is an applied linguist interested in the use of digital technology in language education and in identity negotiation in multimodal personal narratives. Her recent research focuses on the development of multiliteracies and pedagogical … More

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    (202) 885-1446


  1. Naomi S. Baron, Executive Director, Center for Teaching, Research and Learning

    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. Jisook Paik, 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

  3. 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

  4. Sarah Knowles, Instructor

    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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  5. Kelly Wiechart, Adjunct Instructor

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    Kelly Wiechart is an Adjunct Instructor in TESOL (CAS). She is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University with a major in Literacy Culture Language Education and a minor in Instructional Systems Technology.  She has extensive experience teaching Rhet… More

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    (202) 885-2574


  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. Leyla Doroudi

    Leyla has experience of different countries and cultures. Born in Iran, her native language is Farsi, but she started learning English when she was a child. Her background is in the sciences, and she has earned a master's degree in chemical and biolo… More

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  3. Silvia Hildesheim

    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. Maya Killingsworth

    Maya is a first-year, MIP student in the MA TESOL program at AU. She recently graduated with a B.A. in Spanish and Minor in Music (Viola Performance) from Georgia State University in her hometown of Atlanta, GA. She also received her TEFL: certificat… More

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  5. Luz Mateus Gonzalez

    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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  6. Valeriya Minakova

    Valeriya is a second-year student in American University's MA TESOL Program. She first became interested in teaching at the age of 5 when she tried to teach her younger sibling how to read and write. Seventeen years later, she graduated from Moscow S… More

  7. Erin Ross

    Erin Ross is the TESOL Program Assistant. She expects to finish her MA TESOL in May 2016. Her interest lies in teaching ESL to adults in community-based programs and in training volunteer ESL teachers. Erin returned to DC in 2008 after years living a… More

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  8. 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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