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Associate Professor, English as a Second Language | Coordinator, ESL Level II (Low Intermediate)
Ed. M., Language Education, Rutgers University
B.A., Sociology, New York University
Certificate of Completion - Japanese, Center for Japanese Studies, Keio University
Classes: All levels of ESL Writing; Grammar for Writing; Reading and Academic Discussion.
Professor Miller joined the HCCC English as a Second Language (ESL) Program in 1993, and has played an integral role in shaping the ESL curriculum and assessment practices. Her teaching and scholarship are informed by her experience learning Japanese in Japan, and through her study of the Columbia School of Linguistics.
Professor Miller believes that adult learners acquire the tool of language through authentic social interaction. In her classroom, students find a safe and welcoming space where they are encouraged to grapple with the complexities of English vocabulary and structure by articulating their own beliefs, experiences, and understanding of authentic content for the purpose of communicating thoseideas to others.
In 2019, Professor Miller began a research project designed to study HCCC graduates who begin in the ESL Program. This project spotlights the personal journeys of the College’s immigrant students, and has revealed that a significant number of students who being in ESL go on to earn degrees.