Let me tell you a little bit about myself. Professionally, I have been working in the area of teaching and testing of English language for almost thirty years. Over this same period, I've been struggling daily to improve my Chinese language ability, and so it's easy for me to remember how hard it is to develop communicative skills. I've also been able to develop a working knowledge of Chinese learner’s strengths and weaknesses in English-language learning. Dropping final consonants at the end of verbs, leaving out articles like "the" and "a." I have taught English, Chinese, and literature in university and professional settings, and have also taught children’s English. After serving as a research assistant at Princeton University, I went to ETS (Educational Testing Service), where I worked for over 20 years in various capacities. At ETS my roles included overseeing test development activities for the TOEFL® test and other English as a Second Language tests, serving as the business director of the TOEIC® test, and directing ETS business development for the Asia Pacific Rim. I have varying proficiency in six languages and holds degrees in German Literature (B.A.) and Comparative Literature (M.A.) from Indiana University. You may have seen some of my feature columns for magazines and newspapers. The story of "Scarlett in Beijing" appears in the English Soap Opera bi-weekly column in 21st Century Weekly, in print or online at http://www.21stcentury.com.cn That's a little bit about my professional life. In my personal time, my hobbies include gardening, the arts-- theater, movies and literature-- and, of course, languages.
Princeton, New Jersey