Online English Writing Tutor

Online English Writing Tutor

Instructor:

Who I am

Lizz Caplan-Carbin, Ph.D.

Second Language Acquisition, Curriculum,
and Instructional Technology

English native speaker (American)

Fluent in German and French

Member of TESOL, ACTFL, AATG, CALICO, MLA, SLAIT

Online English Writing Tutor

My research specialties include:

  • Foreign Language Pedagogy and Curriculum
  • Computer Animated Grammar and Interactive Audio/Visual Display
  • Online Foreign Language Instruction and Acquisition

My teaching specialties include:

  • English Writing (professional, academic)
  • English Conversation (business, social)
  • Children's English (introductory, academic)
  • Senior's English
  • Beginning through Advanced German
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My understanding of the English language comes from two directions of study: synchronic and diachronic; synchronic means across the current landscape while diachronic means historically, with a view to the changes that occur over time.

 

I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri -- one of the oldest, American cities, situated at the biggest bend of the mighty Mississippi river. My native language is Mid-Western, American English. St. Louis was once considered an "accent-free" city, or the place where "broadcasters' English" was spoken. I have also lived in two small towns in Missouri where rural "dialects" were spoken, full of colorful idioms and expressions.

 

Altogether, I have lived in ten different American states: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington state. I have also traveled to six different English-speaking countries: Canada, England, Ireland, Jamaica, South Africa, and Wales.

 

As a student of theater (BA '79), I have studied English accents, dialects and idioms, with the aim of imitation and character portrayal. As a teacher of Germanic languages (MA '89), I have learned the historic structures and evolution of English - how it came to be and what is happening to it now. As a doctor of Second Language Acquisition (Ph.D. '02), I have studied language learning theories and researched teaching methodologies and learning techniques.

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