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
Erin Blaze is an Adjunct Instructor and Speech-Language Pathologist in English Language Programs. She holds a BA in Spanish and International Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in Speech, Language, and Learning from Northwestern University. She has an extensive background providing North American English instruction for groups and individuals as well as articulation and accent modification services for speakers of multiple languages. She is also able to support English language learners who may have an existing or undiagnosed speech disorder. Courses: Linguistics 482.Peter is a doctoral candidate in the department of Linguistics. His research interests include syntax and semantics, sentence processing, and natural language processing. In English Language Programs, he has worked as an individual tutor and teaching assistant, and as a SPEAK rater. Peter is from Germany and came to Northwestern as an international student. As a tutor he uses his own experience of learning English as a second language to help other international students with their English. Besides English and German, he has knowledge of several other commonly spoken languages, including Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian and Russian.
Erin Blaze, MS, CCC-SLP
Instructor, Linguistics 482
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
Instructor, Ling 380 (Fall 2018), Ling 482 (Winter 2019)
Jordan Hosier is a fourth-year graduate student in the department of Linguistics. She holds a MA in Linguistics from Northwestern University and an BA in International Studies, Mathematics, and Hispanic Studies from Illinois Wesleyan University. She is interested in the use of natural language processing models and statistical tools in the investigation of how the human brain solves problems of language comprehension. One of her ongoing projects investigates the question of what type of phonetic information facilitates perceptual adaptation to foreign-accented speech. She has experience providing instruction in North American English for groups and individuals as well as accent modification for multi-lingual speakers.
Instructor, Ling 482 (Fall 2018, Winter & Spring 2019)
Ethan is a fourth year student in the Linguistics Program. His research interests include ellipsis, sentence processing, Chinese, and minority languages. He has tutored with Northwestern's ELP for three years. His strengths as a tutor include having taken and taught several graduate level linguistics courses, including phonetics and syntax. He also has knowledge of several commonly spoken languages: including Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, and some regional Chinese languages which allows him to construct examples for pronunciation and sentence structure that allows students to apply their native language strengths to English. He is also highly familiar with the most common errors associated with Chinese English. He enjoys tutoring because he is able to apply his skills as a linguist to enable students to succeed in their own fields.