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Brian Bennitt Brian Bennitt has been teaching ESL since 2008 throughout his native Los Angeles.  He is pleased to come “home” to Cal State L.A. where he earned both a BA in Spanish and an MA in TESOL.  Previously, he attended UCLA where he received a BA in Theater, a passion that influences him to this day as he is constantly striving to infuse his classes with drama, energy and humor.
Daniel Sohn Daniel Sohn earned his M.A. in TESOL from the wonderful program at Cal State L.A. He also has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Irvine, California. He has lived his entire life on the west coast of the U.S., in California and Oregon. During his free time, he enjoys hiking at Runyon Canyon in Hollywood, playing basketball and working on and riding his bicycle.
Nairi Issoghlian Nairi Issoghlian received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from UCLA and earned her Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Cal State L.A. She has worked with many ESL students in a variety of settings; however, her main focus has been on international students. In addition, she writes on her free time and is currently working on forthcoming articles.
Alex Frankel Alex M.  Frankel has been working at Cal State L.A. since 1995.  Originally from San Francisco, he received his BA from Columbia University in New York and went on to earn an MA in teaching from the School for International Training in Vermont and an MFA in creative writing from New England College in New Hampshire.  He lived in Barcelona for ten years and is fluent in both Spanish and German.  Alex is a poet and hosts poetry events around LA.
Angel Pablico A versatile teacher in our program since 2005, Angel holds an M.A. in TESOL from Cal State L.A., and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Oklahoma.  She teaches a variety of skill areas in ELP, and has developed courses in TOEFL preparation, and Listening and Speaking for the TOEFL iBT.  She is also currently studying in a Master’s program in Library Science.
David Warner David holds M.A. degrees both in English Literature and in Theater Arts and Film.  He also holds a California teaching credential in English, ESL, and Basic Education.  David has specialized in teaching Speaking, Listening, and oral skills courses at Cal State L.A. since 1989; and has taught concurrently during that time at community college.  He has developed an innovative classroom curriculum for developing Listening and Pronunciation skills using contemporary movies.
Joseph Wei Joseph was originally educated in his native Taiwan, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in German Language and Literature.  Thereafter, he completed an M.A. in Historical and Comparative Linguistics at Freie Universität Berlin and worked for a time as a German language translator. Upon coming to the U.S. and pursuing a graduate degree in TESOL, Joseph joined the ELP and its predecessor program. While he awaits the Chicago Cubs’ return to a World Series, he enjoys classical music, reading, and sabre fencing.
Nicholas Renton Dr. Renton holds a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages from UCLA.  He also serves as a German professor in the Department of Modern Languages at Cal State L.A..  A holder of a British Passport, Nick was born in San Francisco, and grew up in Berkeley, California.
Paul Knobloch Paul is a language teacher and literary translator.  After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from U.C. Irvine, Paul pursued a second Bachelor’s and M.A. degree in French from CSU Long Beach.  He received a teaching certificate in TESOL and has taught at university level, community college, and in Intensive English Programs, the ELP and its predecessor, for some 15 years.  Paul is currently working on the first English translation of the French text Gainsbourg by Gilles Verlant.
Steven Stanley Steven is the ESL teacher of longest standing in our program.  He received his MA in TESOL from Georgetown University, and has taught at Cal State L.A. since 1979.  He has also taught English as a Foreign Language overseas in Morocco, Mexico, and Ecuador.  An avid theater-goer, Steven edits the website
Undarmaa Maamuujav Undraa was born and raised in Mongolia, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in English and Education in 2000.  Thereafter, she moved to the United States to pursue an M.A. in TESOL at Cal State L.A..  Upon receiving her degree in 2005, Undraa began to tutor in the University Writing Center and to teach the Writing Proficiency Exam alternative course, University 400.  She joined ELP the same year, and often teaches Advanced level Reading and Writing and Structure courses.


The English Language Program
College of Extended Studies and International Programs
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive, GE 220
Los Angeles, California  90032-8619   USA

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