For Kelly Dahlin, teaching English as a Second Language courses combines all of her favorite activities: meeting people from around the world, exchanging cultures, and learning language.
As an assistant professor of ESL, she teaches academic reading, writing, vocabulary, and oral communication classes for ESL students, and advises students in the ESL Program.
"Teaching English to ESL students involves meeting people from around the world, exchanging cultures, and learning language," Dahlin says. "I have spent most of my life involved in these endeavors, and I love the fact that I am in a field that allows me to engage in what I am passionate about.
Dahlin began her career at UNG as an ESL tutor in the Academic, Computing, Tutoring, and Testing (ACTT) Center. Later, as the ACTT Center assistant director, she gained valuable leadership experience by supervising employees and chairing committees. She now draws on her previous instructional and interpersonal experiences to enhance performance in the classroom.
"When students complete my courses, I want them to be confident in their English language skills and to feel secure enough to ask questions," Dahlin says. "My ultimate wish is that they use the skills they learn in my classes to fulfill their dreams and reach their potential."