I am thrilled to be a teaching assistant professor in DU's English Language Center, following more than 20 years of teaching in other venues. These have included 4 years as a private language trainer, 2 years as curriculum coordinator at a South Korean language institute, and 10 years managing a business English program for professionals from all over the world. I love to travel, and as a language teacher, I have had the opportunity to teach business communication, train teachers, and lead cultural learning projects in places like Algeria, Burkina Faso, Curacao, Indonesia, Jordan, Senegal, Togo and Turkey.
Since I have a background in writing and sociology, I approach teaching and the rest of life from an ethnographic point of view. I enjoy learning about the geographic and ethnic cultures represented in my classes, as well as the academic, political and corporate cultures where my students work. By learning about these cultures, I can help my students focus on and apply effective communication strategies to succeed in their degree programs and the workplace.
Biography on the ELC Website, written in simplified English for language learners.
English Language Learning in Libya
Interviewing for this project has been completed, and the results were presented at the 2010 COTESOL convention in Denver, Colorado. The overall project involved interviews with Libyan students studying at DU and other Denver area universities, with the purpose of learning more about the Libyan English-language learning experience and the expectations of Libyan students in American English classrooms. The survey included questions about teaching methodologies in Libyan schools, teacher backgrounds, students’ access to English instruction in Libya, and preferred learning styles. If you would like to know more about this project, please email me at Ethel.Swartley@du.edu.