Intensive English Language Institute

  • Meet the Staff

    As members of the Intensive English Language Institute staff, we are dedicated to offering students the opportunity to attain English language fluency and U.S cultural competencies to succeed in college or university studies, advance professionally, and reach personal goals.

    Edgar Moros
    Director
    emoros@worcester.edu
    Dr. Moros holds a B.S. and M.A. in Translation from Kent State University, and a Ph.D. in Translation Studies from SUNY Binghamton. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as the Translation Specialist for the Office of Court Management at the Massachusetts Trial Court. From 1999 to 2013, he was a Professor of English and Translation Studies in the School of Modern Languages at the Universidad de Los Andes in Venezuela. There, he taught English, culture and civilization, and translation courses. He was also the Director of the M.S. in Teaching/Learning Foreign Languages. He has also worked as a freelance translator and interpreter for 25 years.

    Leah Guzman
    Program Coordinator, Community ESL
    Leah.Guzman@worcester.edu
    Leah holds two bachelor's degrees, one in English and another in psychology. She earned a M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Worcester State University. Having worked as a paralegal with refugees and immigrants, she also spent years as an ESL instructor and is now the coordinator for IELI. She enjoys meeting students from all over the world and hopes to one day travel to many of the countries whose citizens she has met.

    Catherine Goodwin
    Staff Assistant/ESL Instructor
    cgoodwin2@worcester.edu
    Catherine Goodwin has taught ESL for over 30 years in the United States and internationally. Catherine holds a B.A. degree in Romance Languages from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from The School for International Training. At IELI, Catherine has taught Reading/Writing, Listening/Speaking and Grammar in both the Intensive Program and the Community Program.

    Sandra Medina-Vázquez
    Clerk
    smedinavazquez@worcester.edu
    Sandra completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a concentration in women's studies, and in Spanish from Worcester State University. She is welcoming and generous. Sandra has lived in the Worcester community for many years and is a wealth of information.

    Instructors
     

  • Gabriela Banville

    Gabriela Banville holds a Master of Education Degree in Applied Linguistics (TEFL) and has been teaching EFL/ESL for more than 15 years. She likes teaching, spending time with her family, singing, and travelling.

    gbanville@worcester.edu

    Jay Busse

    Jay has taught ESL class for over 15 years in the United States and abroad. Jay has extensive experience teaching all levels of written communications and he especially loves to teach grammar. He is adept at providing academic strategies to ensure that students succeed in their transition to university studies. Jay earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from Northeastern University and his Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Rhode Island College.

    jbusse@worcester.edu

    Chris Derr

    Chris Derr has taught ESL for over 12 years. Chris has a B.A. from Seattle University and has completed graduate coursework in education, business, psychology, and international studies at Notre Dame University and Clark University. At IELI, she has taught Reading/Writing, Speaking/Listening, Pronunciation, Grammar, and iBT TOEFL Preparation.

    christine.derr@worcester.edu

    Cory Holland

    Dr. Holland has been teaching at the university level for 10 years. She has taught the full range of ESL skills and levels, Research Writing, introductory Linguistics, graduate level Phonetics and graduate and undergraduate ESL teaching methods courses. She holds Bachelors degrees in Linguistics and Spanish from the University of Arizona, and a Masters and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in Linguistics with a focus on TESOL and Second Language Acquisition. Her research focuses on American English dialects and the changing vowel system in the American West. When not working, Cory enjoys hiking, camping, and cross-country motorcycle trips with her husband.

    cholland3@worcester.edu

    Lois Ingles

    Lois has taught ESL since 1999. She has taught in China as well as in the United States at the university level. Lois has taught all levels and skills of ESL. In addition she has taught English for freshmen at the University level. Lois enjoys and has organized and led many extracurricular activities. She had conducted a drama club as well as hosting a “weekly library night”. Lois graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts in English and Elementary Education from Bridgewater State University and with her Master of Education from Lee University.

    lingles@worcester.edu

    Sandy Kane

    Sandy has been involved in the field of education for over 25 years. The majority of her teaching was in Kenya and South Africa, but she has also taught in Peru and in the United States. She has taught students from pre-kindergarten through university level as well as professionals. Sandy coordinated and taught academic literacies courses at the University of Johannesburg. She also directed the university Writing Center at the same institution. Sandy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education – English and her Masters of Arts in Teaching. She also has a degree as a Second Language Specialist and her CELTA Certification.

    skane4@worcester.edu

    Kathleen Legg

    Kathleen Legg has over 20 years of teaching experience with a broad range of ages and skill levels. She is a cum laude graduate of Stonehill College with a degree in psychology. She has done graduate work in speech, language, education, and reading. Kathy is a Massachusetts DESE certified teacher with an additional certification in Orton Gillingham Reading. At IELI, she has taught Listening, Speaking, Grammar, Reading and Writing. Kathy is a folk musician, story teller, and private tutor in reading.

    klegg1@worcester.edu

    Vannga Tran

    Vannga Tran has over 25 years of experience teaching and tutoring ESL and other subjects in Vietnam and the United States. She has a B.A. in Philology from the University of Hochiminh City, Vietnam, a B.A. in French and English from Worcester State University, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Linguistics and Language Education as well as a Graduate Certificate in Teaching ESL from Clark University. Vannga has taught and tutored at Worcester State University, Ascentria Care Alliance (formerly known as Lutheran Social Services of New England), College of the Holy Cross, YWCA Central Massachusetts, and Quinsigamond Community College.

    At IELI, Vannga has taught a variety of Integrated Skills classes. She speaks English, Vietnamese, and French. She also possesses some basic knowledge of Spanish, Russian, Italian, and Portuguese. Besides being a teacher/instructor at Ascentria Care Alliance and WSU, Vannga is a part time professional pianist who plays various music genres. She is also an amateur painter/drawer, dancer, fashion designer, singer, and jewelry maker.

    vtran@worcester.edu

    Agnieszka Wlazlak-Portev

    Agnieszka has a M.A. in Foreign Language Teaching/Applied Linguistics from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. She has been teaching ESL for 20 years in Poland and the US. She has a K-12 ESL license and has been teaching in Hopedale Public Schools. Additionally, she has been working as a freelance interpreter and translator. She is fluent in Polish, English, and Bulgarian. Agnieszka enjoys spending time with her family, reading, listening to music, and traveling.

    awlazlakportev@worcester.edu