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Academic English Studies

 Mary Brooks

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Instructor, AES

International education has been the focus of my professional life. I spent two semesters abroad in Florence, Italy when I was a university student. These early experiences really shaped my life. When I got the chance to go to southern Africa and teach in Lusaka, Zambia, I took it. Later, I taught in South Korea, and after that I taught in China. My students were all teachers getting ready for advanced degrees abroad. I became the Director of Studies there. When I returned to America, I began teaching at Eastern Washington University at the English Language Institute, which would be my professional home for the next period in my life. I was both ELI Director and Instructor there. I always felt fortunate to find a job that I loved, a place where I could direct my energies.

My husband and I arrived in Portland recently after nearly four years of teaching at Mukogawa Women’s University, Nishinomiya, Japan. I feel lucky to be here at Lewis & Clark, AES.  The liberal arts culture is evident; the students are interesting and motivated; my colleagues are wonderful; the campus is gorgeous. I am delighted to be here.

Academic Background
  • M.A., Teaching-Language Instruction, 1981, Gonzaga University
  • B.A., English and American Literature, teaching Certificate K-12, 1970, Gonzaga University