Who We Are
Our teaching staff includes full-time faculty and administrators, adjunct faculty, and graduate student instructors. All of our staff have graduate level training in linguistics, TESOL, and/or speech-language pathology. We look forward to working with you.
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English Language Programs Full-Time StaffJulia Moore is the Director of English Language Programs. Her areas of linguistic expertise include second language acquisition and pragmatics. Dr. Moore has served in English Language Programs since 1995, and has extensive experience in curriculum development, program administration, graduate student training, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL). Courses: Linguistics 489, ELP Foundations (TGS 509).Erin Leddon is the Associate Director of English Language Programs and supervises English language proficiency testing in support of The Graduate School's English Proficiency Requirement. She developed and manages the Integrated Academic Skills curriculum, and oversees the English Development through Guided Exploration (EDGE) program. She also regularly teaches introductory undergraduate courses in linguistics at Northwestern. Courses: Linguistics 221, Linguistics 260, Linguistics 380, Linguistics 480, Linguistics 489.Jen Alexander is a Program Associate and Lecturer in English Language Programs. Her area of linguistic expertise is articulatory and acoustic phonetics, with a focus on perception and production of North American English and lexical tone (e.g., Chinese). She leads our initiative to provide high-quality, instructor-supported, online and blended speech-and-language courses. She also has extensive experience teaching group classes and providing individual instruction services. Courses: Linguistics 380, Linguistics 482, Linguistics 483, ELP Foundations (TGS 509).Autumn D. Bryant is a Speech-Language Pathologist in English Language Programs. She has a BA in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MA in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MS in Health Communication from Northwestern University. She leads our individual instruction program and teaches in our Integrated Academic Skills program. She is able to support English language learners who may have an existing or undiagnosed speech disorder in addition to learning English as another language. Courses: Linguistics 380, Linguistics 482, ELP Foundations (TGS 509).Brian Hampson is the Program Coordinator for English Language Programs. Brian is the main point of administrative contact for all student enquiries related to registration, testing, orientation programs, etc. His areas of linguistic expertise include Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Japanese. He is the main point of contact for all inquiries about registration, courses, program administration, and scheduling. He oversees program coordination and registration for: Linguistics 380, 381, 383, 480 482, 483, ELP Foundations (TGS 509), and English Development through Guided Exploration (EDGE).
English Language Programs Adjunct Instructors
Ken's dissertation research explored the effect of language experience on vowel pronunciation in a Mexican-American community in Chicago. His professional interests are in language contact and language change, and he has a wide range of interests outside the field. He has State of Illinois Certification as an ESL instructor and has taught a variety of ESL classes to graduate students at Northwestern including pronunciation, conversation, and academic writing. Ken grew up in Chicago and continues to learn about the city and how it got the way it is. He is currently teaching Linguistics at Northeastern Illinois University.Corinne Vargas is an Adjunct Instructor and Speech-Language Pathologist in English Language Programs. She has a BS in Actuarial Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a BS in Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education from the Utah State University, and an MS in Speech, Language, and Learning from Northwestern University. She is an accomplished entrepreneur in business consulting and has extensive experience working with international business professionals on the development of effective English communication skills. Her other qualifications include supporting English language learners who may have an existing or undiagnosed speech disorder in addition to learning English as another language.
Tami Wysocki-Niimi is an Adjunct Instructor in English Language Programs and she is the English Language Coach at the Kellogg School of Management, where she also teaches in the American Culture and English (ACE) program for international MBA students. She has a BA in English from Illinois Wesleyan University and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago. Tami has been teaching group classes and providing individual instruction in English for speakers of other languages for over 12 years.
English Language Programs Graduate Student Instructors
Jennifer Dibbern is a third year PhD student in the Linguistics department. Her research interests include multilingualism, second language acquisition, phonology, and sociolinguistic cognition. Jennifer has familiarity both teaching and learning a second language, having studied both Spanish and Korean and having taught the former. She also has experience working as a teaching assistant for undergraduate Linguistics courses at Northwestern. Shawn Foster is a third year PhD student in the linguistics program. His interests are in sociolinguistics, phonology, prosody, and language change. Much of his work focuses on how speakers of a language learn and make use of their language's sound system. He has previously served as teaching assistant for classes in phonetics, sociolinguistics, and semantics. He has experience learning Spanish, Arabic, and Russian from his undergraduate studies. This will be his first official year working with the English Language Program.Anna is a second-year PhD student in the Linguistics department. Her research interests include rhythm and intonation in speech perception and production as well as interactions between language and music. While working towards her bachelor’s degree at the University of Oregon she completed the Second Language Acquisition Teaching (SLAT) certification and was a tutor and conversation partner for two years at the University’s American English Institute. Outside of linguistics, she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and rock climbing, playing piano, and acquiring as many plants as possibleAmelia Stecker is a fourth-year PhD student in the linguistics department, with research interests encompassing sociolinguistic perception and gendered sociolinguistic practice. Amelia has experience learning Spanish when she completed her bachelor's degree, and has also previously been a TA for undergraduate courses including Language and Gender as well as Sound Patterns in Human Language. This is her third year tutoring for English Language Programs.
Mo is a fifth year PhD candidate in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her main focus of study is the neural development of the central hearing system in the brainstem. This is her 4th year working with ELP at Northwestern; prior to coming to Northwestern, she tutored English and the sciences to students aged 10 to 26. She is a native Japanese speaker and has native-level proficiency in English, with medium proficiency in Latin and working knowledge of French.