Meet the ELI Faculty and Staff!

 

All the ELI faculty and administration are dedicated professionals in language education, and over half have graduate-level qualifications in the field, including PhD and Master's degrees.

ELI TEACHERS

ELI LEAD TEACHERS

ELI TESTING SPECIALISTS

ELI ADMINISTRATION & STAFF

 

ELI Teachers

Currently, all ELI teachers and our Testing Specialists hold Graduate Assistantships from our department. Some teachers have Master's degrees are working on their PhDs. Others are working toward their Master's degrees in Second Language Studies.

  

Chris Hunter is a PhD student in the Department of Second Language Studies. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Chris has spent the past nine years living and working in Japan, where he most recently taught English Discussion at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. His research interests center on the intersections of language, identity, and ideology within the context of globalization.

In his free time, Chris enjoys playing and watching sports, spending time with friends, and alienating his neighbors with his extremely poor guitar playing.

 

Chris Hunter
PhD student, Second Language Studies, University of Hawai`i at Manoa
MEd, TESOL, Temple University Japan

 

Sangki Kim is a Ph.D student in the Department of Second Language Studies. His research interests include Second Language Acquisition, specifically Conversation Analysis as an approach to Second Language Acquisition, an alternative approach to classroom assessment, namely Dynamic Assessment, and use of English as a lingua franca. He has taught English speaking and listening classes for academic, business and daily purposes in a variety of contexts. He is especially interested in the development of L2 English intelligibility of adult learners.

Sangki enjoys experiencing and learning foreign cultures and languages. Since 2000, he has traveled (or stayed) in 10 different countries for more than 4 years. In his free time he cooks, jogs, hikes and goes snorkeling with his wife.

 

Sangki Kim
PhD student, Second Language Studies, University of Hawai`i at Manoa
MA, Second Language Acquisition. University of Hawai`i
MEd, English Education. Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea

 

Kitaek Kim is a Ph.D student in the Department of Second Language Studies. He holds his B.A. & M.A. from Seoul National University (in Korea) in English education. His research interests include L2 syntax acquisition, child L2 acquisition, and heritage language acquisition. He has presented his papers in renowned conferences on language acquisition (e.g., BUCLD, GLANA, SLRF) and has published articles in peer-reviewed journals. Also, he is the recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship Award.

In his free time, Kitaek enjoys walking, swimming, watching movies, and reading books.

 

Kitaek Kim
PhD student, Second Language Studies, University of Hawai`i at Manoa
M.A. (English Education), Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
B.A. (English Education), Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

 

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Prem Phyak is a PhD student in Second Language Studies at the UH Manoa. He has experience teaching English and training teachers of English (both school and university level) in Nepal for about a decade. He is also interested in working with teachers associations and helping teachers of English enhance their professionalism by organizing workshops, seminars and conferences. Currently, he is the Secretary of Nepal English Language Teachers Association (NELTA). In teaching, Prem is interested in ESL/EFL reading and writing. In research, his interest areas include language planning and policy in multilingual contexts, heritage language and literacy programmes, revitalisation of indigenous languages, pedagogy of English in diverse world contexts and globalization-language-identity nexus. To his credit, he has published articles in the Current Issues in Language Planning, 12 (2), IATEFL Voices (Issue 222)E-Teacher Projects Gallery, University of Oregon, IATEFL 2010 Harrogate Conference Selections, and other journals and daily newspapers.  Prem is a co-editor of Asian EFL Journal and Journal of NELTA.

In his free time, Prem loves playing soccer, travelling and having fun with friends. He is keen to observe indigenous life styles in rural settings.

 

Prem Phyak
PhD student, Second Language Studies, University of Hawai`i at Manoa.
MA (TESOL), Institute of Education, University of London, UK.
M.Ed. (English Education), Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
B.Ed. (English Education), Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

 

Before coming to Hawaii, Aurora Tsai received her B.A. in Biology (2009) at Boston University and taught English in Japan for 2 years through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.  Now she is pursuing her M.A. in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Her research interests lay in second language acquisition, particularly in second language reading and pedagogy.  Her interest in pedagogy led her to volunteer as writing tutor in the UH Writing Center for one year, followed by working as a ESL listening and writing instructor at the Hawaii English Language Program (HELP).  Now she is working at the English Language Institute as a reading and writing instructor and organizes a campus-wide conversation partner program for language learners at UH.

When she is not studying, Aurora enjoys dancing (swing, salsa, modern, hip-hop and iceskating), hiking, and reading.

Aurora Tsai
MA student, Second Language Studies, University of Hawai`i at Manoa.

 

 

 

 

Lead Teachers

Our Lead Teachers are experienced, exemplary teachers, usually qualified at or above the MA level, and have responsibilities for curriculum development and teacher mentoring (for which they receive course release time).

Gordon West is an M.A. candidate in the Second Language Studies department.  Hailing from a small town in eastern South Dakota, he got his undergrad degree in Global Studies from the U of Minnesota.  He worked for over three years in Seoul, South Korea as an EFL teacher at a k-8 private language institute.  During his undergrad years, he worked as a literacy tutor at underperforming charter schools in Minneapolis.  His main professional interest is in critical pedagogy and teaching that focuses on social justice issues.  In his free time, he attempts to learn Korean, reads lots of fiction, enjoys just talking story with friends.

 

Gordon West, Reading Area Lead Teacher
MA Student, Second Language Studies, University of Hawai`i, Manoa

 

Justin Cubilo is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Second Language Studies. Justin holds his M.A. from Michigan State University in TESOL and has taught English in Michigan State University s English Language Center as well as at the Georgia Institute of Technology s Language Institute. His research interests include learners of Chinese as a second language, task-based language testing, and individual differences in language acquisition.

In his free time, Justin enjoys hiking, running, studying Chinese, traveling, listening to music and watching movies.

 

Justin Cubilo, Testing Specialist and Online Lead Teacher
Ph.D. Student, Second Language Studies, University of Hawai`i at Manoa
M.A. (TESOL), Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

 

Marissa Hanada is an M.A. candidate in the Second Language Studies department. She was born and raised in Maui and completed her undergraduate degree at Pepperdine University in Southern California. During her undergraduate sophomore year she studied abroad in Florence, Italy and was able to travel to many other countries in Europe during that time. Upon completing her B.A. in International Studies, she traveled to Fukuoka, Japan to serve as an Assistant Language Teacher with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program for two years. Her return to Hawaii led to an instructor position at the Maui Language Institute. She then became a teacher at a local non-profit preschool. For July 2012, she is serving as an instructor at the International Mid Pacific Institute in the Bucheon Leadership and Cultural Training Program. In her free time, Marissa loves to spend time outdoors, whether it be swimming, paddleboarding, (trying to) surf, or just walking outside enjoying the beauty of Hawaii. When she is indoors, she enjoys baking and sharing her creations with friends and family.

 

Marissa Hanada, Listening/Speaking Area Lead Teacher
MA student, Second Language Studies, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

 

Jeongyeon Park is currently a PhD student in Second Language Studies at UH. As an English instructor who is experienced teaching in a variety of settings, she is passionate about designing and developing Second Language instruction and pedagogy. Her research interests include Second Language reading and writing, and curriculum and materials design and development.

In her free time she enjoys movies, music, and the culinary art of baking, as well as practicing yoga for relaxation and to relieve her stress from studying.

 

Jeongyeon Park, Writing Area Lead Teacher
PhD student, Second Language Studies,
   University of Hawai`i, Manoa
MA, Foreign Language Education,
   University of Texas, Austin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testing Specialists

Our Testing Specialists have expertise in areas related to language testing and assessment, and are usually qualified at or above the MA level. They have responsibilities for ensuring that our placement process maintains the highest standards for validity and reliability, as well as for research and development related to testing and assessment in the ELI.

 

Justin Cubilo is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Second Language Studies. Justin holds his M.A. from Michigan State University in TESOL and has taught English in Michigan State University s English Language Center as well as at the Georgia Institute of Technology s Language Institute. His research interests include learners of Chinese as a second language, task-based language testing, and individual differences in language acquisition.

In his free time, Justin enjoys hiking, running, studying Chinese, traveling, listening to music and watching movies.

 

Justin Cubilo, Testing Specialist and Online Lead Teacher
Ph.D. Student, Second Language Studies, University of Hawai`i at Manoa
M.A. (TESOL), Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELI ADMINISTRATION & STAFF

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Teri Kim (affectionately known as Aunty Teri) serves as the ELI Secretary. She is the first person that everyone meets when they come to the ELI.

Aunty Teri says, "I am almost 60. My journey has taken me from childhood to grandmahood. I have a wealth of life experience and I have always been loved. I hope that my greatest achievement in this life is that I am someone's friend. That includes Kenton Harsch and Priscilla Faucette. They rock my work world. Aloha."

 

Teri Kim, ELI Secretary

 

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Priscilla Chen Faucette (Priscilla) has been involved in international education as a student or educator for more than 20 years.  After spending a life-changing year in college as an exchange student in France, she subsequently graduated with a BA in French, and then moved to Japan (where she forgot all of her French, but became quite proficient in Japanese). In Japan, she taught English to college students and worked as an in-house business English teacher and program coordinator. Priscilla later earned an MA in ESL and Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution, both from UH Mänoa. She is currently the Associate Director of the English Language Institute (ELI), serves as Job Officer in the SLS department, and also as an Advisor in the Undergraduate Program. As a graduate student at U.H., and as an instructor, she has taught almost every ELI course offered. In addition to her regularly job duties, Priscilla has been involved in a number of other projects, including working on an annotated bibliography for English language teachers, http://exchanges.state.gov/englishteaching/resources-et/bibliography.html. She has also taught ELI courses in Vietnam, online teacher-training courses for EFL teachers in Korea, and SLS 303 (Second Language Teaching) for local DOE teachers. Priscilla is also an active Board member of the local chapters of NAFSA and HITESOL. Her professional interests include:

  • Language program administration/management
  • Curriculum and teacher development
  • Applications from the field of conflict resolution to English language teaching and program administration.

Originally from Georgia, Priscilla loves Hawai'i and also enjoys travelling and learning about new languages and cultures. In her personal life, Priscilla tries to use her second language expertise to figure out what her husband is saying in Mandarin to their bilingual son.

 

Priscilla Chen Faucette, Associate Director
Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution, University of Hawai`i
MA, ESL, University of Hawai`i
Cambridge Certificate for English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), Toronto, Canada
BA, French Language and Literature, Davidson College
Exchange Student, University of Montpellier, France

 

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Kenton Harsch (Kenny) has worked in English education since 1987, and has been a program administrator since 1991. He began his career in English education in Kobe, Japan, then moved to Hawai`i with his family in 1996, and he has been serving first as Assistant Director and now as Director of the ELI. In addition to his role in the ELI, he now also serves as Coordinator and one of the advisors in the BA program in Second Language Studies. His professional interests include the roles of inquiry and reflection in learning, program administration, and materials development. Recently he has become interested in exploring the issue of plagiarism and how it connects to students' learning how to write academically. Kenny also has been involved in a few outside ESL projects, such as textbook writing, consulting, or teacher-training workshops.

In addition to his role in the ELI, Kenny also serves as Coordinator and Advisor in the BA program in Second Language Studies.

Outside the world of work, Kenny spends time on things like yoga, reading, music, and various kinds of family time. He is originally from Washington state, and spent a number of years in Seattle (and he's still a diehard fan of the Seattle Mariners).

Homepage url
http://www2.hawaii.edu/~kenton

Kenton Harsch, Director
MEd., Teaching ESL, Temple University
BA, Marketing, University of Puget Sound