Dr. Mary Barratt
Courses I am Teaching
IEOP: ESL Grammar, Reading, Writing, Oral Communications
B.A., University of California, Berkeley • Linguistics
M.A., Ohio University • Linguistics
Ph.D., Iowa State University • Higher Education: International Education
About My Teaching
As a language teacher, I cannot actually “teach” another person a language. Instead, I serve as a guide to those learning the language, and as such provide information about the language, strategies for learning, feedback and encouragement. I help my students become independent learners and, ultimately, proficient in studying in and using English.
How I came to Teach what I Teach
As an undergraduate, I studied French, Italian, German and Spanish, but I did want to major in any of these because I was interested in speaking the language, not studying literature. When I discovered Linguistics and took a fabulous introductory course, I knew that was what I wanted to study. Later I traded teaching assistantships with a friend and began to teach ESL. I loved it and went on to teach English language in Ghana (Peace Corps Volunteer) and France. Since I have been at ISU, I have also worked in Italy, Russia and Sudan.