Design & Development

"Your playing small does not serve the world."

--Marianne Williamson


My design process has evolved over time. Armed with tape, scissors, and the desire to custom fit off-the-shelf English language materials for my diverse classroom of adult refugees, I Frankensteined together worksheets based on an intimate knowledge of my learners' needs - not on any table of contents. Shortly thereafter, I left behind books altogether and developed my own course materials following the 5 design tenants of English for Specific Purpose: Needs Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. My course design deliverables have taken form in a variety of contexts and products including paperbound textbooks for Security Forces, online learning modules for an international corporation, and Blended Learning workshops for faculty in institutions for higher education. I continue to expand and hone my design skills as a student of Instructional Design and Technology at the University of Memphis. The experiences and work samples below are a testiment to that journey.

Work samples

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Blended Learning

In November 2018, I developed six online modules as part of a workshop for TESOL faculty at The National Economic University of Hanoi, Vietnam. Over 30 faculty participated in a 2-week workshop on Blended Learning during which they accessed these modules at their own pace through a free Moodle Cloud classroom.

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Security Force English

From 2010 to 2013, I worked as a U.S. Department of State English Language Fellow at the Police Language School in Jakarta, Indonesia. There I worked with the local English instructors and Subject Matter Experts to develop a textbook for English for Police. Click on the button below to download an example textbook unit for Tourist Police.


Automotive English

In 2013, I embarked on a journey with The Ohio State University to develop an online English Language Training program for an international automobile manufacturer. Visit the website or click on the Infographic below to learn more about the design and development process behind the online training program.

Intercultural Communication

In June 2017, I conducted a two-week training for faculty at the Sri Lanka Police Training College in Kalutara, Sri Lanka. As a way to combat internal struggles among various ethnic people groups on the island nation, the Sri Lankan National Police are introducing Intercultural Communication training. Click the button below to download a sample unit I developed for the faculty.