Christy Shea

Language Specialist

What Ms. Shea does: She is an instructor at the ELP. She teaches a variety of courses and levels in the Intensive Program. She also teaches and tutors international graduate students at Penn, helping them prepare to become teaching assistants at the university. 

Experience: She has been a Language Specialist at the ELP since 2008. She moved to Philadelphia in 2004 and began teaching English as a second language (ESL) at Montgomery County Community College. Prior to this, she was a high school ESL teacher in New York State, and she also taught English to immigrants with World Relief, a non-profit organization, in the Chicago area.

Travels: As a child, she lived in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She spent a year teaching English in Tanzania, East Africa after finishing her undergraduate degree, and she has returned several times to visit friends and keep up her Kiswahili language skills.  After joining the ELP, she taught in a month-long English program for professors at Universidad Del Norte in Baranquilla, Colombia.

M.A. in TESOL & Intercultural Studies, Wheaton College Graduate School
B.A. in Biblical Studies (minor in Linguistics), Houghton College

Talk to Ms. Shea about: Speaking skills, pronunciation, features of spoken English, intelligibility, listening comprehension