About

This website was created and is maintained by Dr. Suzanne Medina.

Dr. Medina is an expert of ESL (English as a Second Language) methodology and instructional design.

She attended Mount St. Mary’s College and the University of California, where she received her B.A. and M.A. degrees. Her interdisciplinary Master’s Degree focused upon the Linguistic, Psycholinguistic and Sociolinguistic aspects of second language acquisition. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in Instructional Technology, specializing in Second Language Instructional Design.

Over the course of her career, she has worked as a community college ESL instructor, university professor, researcher and consultant for such organizations as the Kumon Institute, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Labor. She has also served as a consultant to numerous publishers including Cambridge University Press, Prentice-Hall, Pearson, Heinle & Heinle, McGraw-Hill, St. Martin’s Press and Sage publishing house.

While a professor of Graduate Education at California State University, Dr. Medina instructed courses in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) methodology, Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Course Design, Research Methods and Testing and Assessment of Second Language Learners

Dr. Medina was the recipient to two awards. In 1991, she received an award from the University of Southern California for her doctoral dissertation, an empirical investigation of the impact of music upon the language acquisition of English language learners. Later, in 2005, she received the Lyle E. Gibson Award for outstanding university teaching.

She served as an elected officer in the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) organization.  This organization of ESL teachers currently maintains a membership of 13,000 representing 156 countries.

She is strongly committed to delivering ESL instruction that produces dramatic results in the least amount of time. For this reason she has focused upon the use of unconventional research-based strategies such as music, drama, humor etc. Though little-understood, these are capable of accelerating the language acquisition process if used properly.

She is available as a keynote conference speaker, professional development workshop leader and consultant for schools and school districts that are serious about offering ESL instruction that produces concrete results.

Contact Information: Suzanne.Medina@ca.rr.com