Meet the Faculty and Staff
- David Mindock
- B.A., Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
- M.A., History, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
- Peace Corps Training on ESL Methods, Senegal, West Africa
- Ph.D., History, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
I have taught ESL for over twenty years and have had a variety of experiences working with students from all over the world. I began teaching ESL as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. I taught in a secondary school in Rufisque, about 20 miles from Dakar, for two years. While living in Senegal, I enjoyed working with the students and learning about African culture. I traveled throughout Senegal and also visited Mali, Mauritania, and Morocco. I will never forget my trip up the Niger River to visit the Dogon country in northern Mali or my trip across the Sahara in Mauritania. While in Africa, I also studied French and Wolof, an African language.
A few years later, when I was in graduate school, I spent a year studying in Toulouse, France, as a Fulbright scholar. My own experience as an international student has helped me understand the problems and concerns of international students in the United States.
After I finished graduate school, I taught ESL in the Chicago area for six years. After teaching in an intensive English program, I worked with Spanish-speaking people in the western suburbs of the city for three years. I learned some Spanish and developed an appreciation for Latin American music.
I have been teaching at the ELC for fifteen years. I enjoy working with international students and learning about their cultures. I try to plan a variety of activities to interest the students in language learning. I also make an effort to learn about new and better ways of teaching language. During the last few years, I have done some research on methods of teaching writing, especially in business classes, and have given presentations at state and national teachers' conventions.
I welcome you to the English Language Center and look forward to working with you.