Curriculum Vitae of

L. BLAKE FINLEY, M.A., C.T.E.S.L.

Websites: New Language Beacon; Uranian Institute; Institut Uranien; Uranische Leuchtfeuer 

Best to contact via email at blake@uranian-institute.org 

UNIVERSITY DEGREES & CERTIFICATES

  • Doctoral studies in Language Education & Linguistics (all but 6 units, comps, dissertation), University of Kansas, 1990-1993.

  • Education Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), University of California Extension, Berkeley CA, 1990.

  • M.A. in Linguistics with TESOL emphasis, California State University, San Jose CA, 1989.

  • Linguistics Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park CA, 1989.

  • B.A. in French, minor in Spanish, Missouri State University, Springfield MO, completed in absentia, 1984.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Berkeley Adult School, Berkeley CA. Summer session Instructor of ESL. Teaching integrated skills to low intermediate students, Summer 2002.

  • City College of San Francisco, San Francisco CA. Substitute instructor of ESL. Teaching high beginning and low intermediate English conversation and grammar, Fall semester 1997.

  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR. Graduate Teaching Assistant in Beginning French, Fall semester 1995.

  • University of Kansas Applied English Center, Lawrence KS. Graduate Teaching Assistant in Intermediate ESL grammar in Fall semester 1990.

  • Metropolitan Adult Education Program, San Jose CA. Teaching advanced adult ESL conversation and competency skills in Fall semester 1989 & Spring semester 1990.

  • Foothill-DeAnza College District, Cupertino & Los Altos Hills CA. Intensive small group instruction of ESL writing, grammar, reading, idioms, and listening comprehension laboratory classes at De Anza College in Fall semester 1989. Teaching Intermediate ESL Reading and Intermediate ESL Conversation at Foothill College in Winter quarter 1990.

  • Berlitz School of Languages, Campbell CA. Individual instruction of English to IBM computer technicians. Summer 1989.

  • Century School of Languages, San Jose CA. Small group instruction in beginning English conversation for international secondary school students. Summer 1989.

  • ESL teaching internship: monitoring and supervised teaching of English to advanced adult international students in grammar, idioms, writing, and preparation for college ESL coursework. Hayward Adult School, Hayward CA, May-June 1990.

  • ESL teaching internship: monitoring and supervised teaching in ESL to Advanced Reading class at Evergreen Valley College, San Jose CA, Spring semester 1989.

  • ESL teaching internship. Advanced communication class for international university students and beginning grammar class for international secondary school students. American Language Institute, Sonoma/California State University, Rohnert Park CA, Spring semester 1988.

  • Tutoring international students individually to prepare for standardized English writing examinations, Sonoma/California State University, Rohnert Park CA, Fall semester 1987.

  • ESL Teaching internship: monitoring and supervised teaching of ESL at Berkeley Adult School, Berkeley CA; and at Albany Adult School, Albany CA; Spring 1985.

  • Student assistant teaching Astrology physics mini-course, Missouri State University, Springfield MO, Spring 1977.

  • Student teaching supplementary French classes, New Bloomfield High School, New Bloomfield MO, Spring 1972.

TEACHING CREDENTIALS 

California Community College life credentials in both Language Arts & Basic (Adult) Education; 

California Adult Education credential for teaching ESL (part-time preliminary to Dec 2004).

DOCTORAL LEVEL COURSEWORK, UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS AT LAWRENCE, 1990-1993

  • Foundations of Curriculum Development; Introduction to Computing in Education; General Phonetics; Field Methods in Linguistics; 

  • Comparative & Historical Linguistics; Modern English Grammar; Level II German Reading Course for graduate studies; 

  • Problems in Second Language Instruction; Advanced Educational Psychology; Teaching Writing and the English Language; 

  • Instruction & Curriculum in Reading; The Writing Process--National Writing Project Model; Introduction to Educational Research; 

  • Second Language Acquisition Theory & Research; Curriculum Inquiry--Qualitative Research; 

  • Diagnosis & Remediation in Second Language Education; Production of Instructional Materials; 

MASTERS LEVEL COURSEWORK, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY AT SAN JOSE, 1988-1989

  • Introduction to Phonological Theory; Syntactic Theory (Generative syntax); Linguistic Field Methods; 

  • Historical French Linguistics; Sociolinguistics & Cross-Cultural Communication; Semantic Structures; 

  • English Writing Workshop; Materials Development for TESOL; Practicum in TESOL. 

POST-BACCALAUREATE COURSEWORK, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY IN SONOMA, 1987-1988

  • Foundations of Education Curriculum & Psychology; Linguistics & Second Language Teaching; English Grammar & ESL;

  • Junior Seminar in French (19th & 20th century literature); French Literature (social & historical contexts); 

  • Advanced French Grammar & Composition; First Year German--Level II; Phonological Analysis; Dialects & Sociolects; 

  • Topical Seminar--Child Language Acquisition; Morphological Analysis; Internship in Applied Linguistics--Student Teaching;

BACHELOR AND POST-BACCALAUREATE COURSEWORK, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA EXTENSION AT BERKELEY, 1982-1990

  • French Translation; French Phonetics; Second Language Acquisition; Cross-Cultural Communication; 

  • (Linguistics of) How the English Language Works; Uses of Language--Intro to TESL Linguistics; Teaching English Overseas; 

  • TESL Methods & Materials--Basic Techniques; Fundamentals of Classroom Management; Teaching English for Special Purposes; 

  • TESL Methods & Materials--Advanced Techniques; TESL Practicum.

KEY BACHELOR-LEVEL ELECTIVES AT MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY AT SPRINGFIELD, 1973-1979

  • French Civilization; French Composition; French Literature survey courses; History of French Revolution and Napoleonic Era; 

  • Spanish Civilization; Spanish Composition; Elementary Russian; History of Modern China; Western Civilization.

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