ELI People

Heather Deering

Heather Deering

  • Director of English Language Institute

Specialties

  • Coordinates ELI program and assessments
  • Advises international students who are enrolled in the program
  • Collaborates with university partners to provide a holistic learning experience for our international students
  • Designs workshops and short courses for our larger international community at Tech
Armand Affricano

Armand Affricano

  • ELI Instructor

Specialties

  • Second language writing and grammar methods and assessment
  • Experiential Learning and Intercultural Dynamics
  • MA Applied Linguisitics, BA International Affairs.
Emily Kastamo

Emily Kastamo

  • ELI Instructor

Specialties

  • Second language reading methods and assessment
  • Culture and language maintenance among immigrants and their descendants
  • MA Applied Linguistics, BA English as a Second Language Education
Ayse Miskioglu

Ayse Nur Miskioglu

  • ELI Instructor

Specialties

  • Reading skills strategies
  • Productive methods to learn L2 vocabulary
  • Master of Science in the Teaching of English for Specific Purposes, University of Aston in Birmingham, UK
Jessica Lauer

Jessica Lauer

  • ELI Instructor

Specialities

  • International technical and professional communication
  • Coordinates international graduate student workshops and orientations
  • M.A. English Education (University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez); Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture (Michigan Tech) 
Frann Grossman

Frann Grossman

  • ELI and Community English Educator

Specialties

  • Community English
  • Intercultural competence
  • Language as social practice/personal exploration
Sandesh Balkrishna More

Sandesh Balkrishna More

  • Peer Mentor

Specialties

  • Monitors the Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) Program.
  • Provides free tutoring services and mentorship to ELI students.
  • Serves as an IESL teacher’s assistant.
Shamshun Nisa

Shamshun Nisa

  • Assistant to the Director

Specialties

  • Coordinates with ELI students.
  • Designs documents for program recruitment.
  • Website maintenance and data collection for marketing ELI services.
Shasha Zhang

Shasha Zhang

  • Assistant to the Director

Specialties

  • Provides financial management assistance.
  • Creates and manages documents, newsletter, databases, reports, and presentation materials.
  • Organizes and maintains paper and electronic records for faculty.