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Karolina Achirri

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About Me

About Me

I have been living and teaching in Poland, England, China and the U.S. for the past 15 years. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in English Philology, specializing in British Literature and am currently working on my doctorate in Second Language Studies at Michigan State University.

I have a broad experience teaching on a variety of levels, i.e., from elementary school to university. My teaching can be characterized by a very professional approach combined with a willingness to assist younger teachers with teaching strengths as IELTS and TOEFL preparation, Literature classes, Advanced Grammar, Academic Writing, Pronunciation, etc.

Being familiar with Chinese culture and speak Mandarin, I obtained the HSK4 Certificate in Chinese Language. Also, I have consulted well-renowned schools in China including New Oriental, TEFL Academy, Strong International Group, Hangzhou Normal University and Hangzhou No 4 High School.

Additionally, I speak Polish, English, Russian, Ukrainian and Latin. This has sharpened my awareness of cultural influences on ESL and EFL learning as well as my students’ preferred learning styles. These experiences are also being extended onto my research interests which include intercultural communication, teacher identity, qualitative research methods and sociocultural approaches to second language acquisition.

I have written three books related to IELTS. All of them were internationally recognized and met with a huge interest. Finally, my memoir from China, entitled “Call me LiNana”, has been recently published.

Timeline

Timeline

 

Curriculum Vitae

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WORK HISTORY

Aug 2016 – Current

Research Assistant

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Research Assistant to Drs. Susan Gass and Paula Winke (Academic Year 2016-2017)

Research Assistant to Dr. Peter De Costa (August-October 2017)

Research Assistant to Dr. Shawn Loewen (November 2017-May 2018)

Sept 2014 – June 2016

Teaching English as a First/Second Language, IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, Academic English Instructor

Hangzhou No.4 High School

Sept 2013 – July 2014

College English Instructor

Hangzhou Normal University

Oct 2012 – August 2013

English Instructor

Strong International Group

Courses taught: IELTS (Writing, Speaking, Listening); TOEFL (Writing, Speaking, Grammar); English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Advanced English Language Skills (AELS); AP Literature and Composition; Developed curricula for IELTS Speaking, IELTS, Writing, IELTS Listening and EAP.

EDUCATION

Current

Ph.D – Second Language Studies Program

Michigan State University

PhD Student in Second Language Studies

2009

Masters – English Philology

Nicolaus Copernicus University of Torun, Poland

Master’s Degree in English philology with the specialization in British Literature

Thesis: Madness and Death in Virginia Woolf’s Life and Selected Works.

2007

Bachelors – English Philology

Pila Academy of Business

Bachelor’s Degree in English philology with the specialization in British Literature

Thesis: Critical Reception of John Milton’s <Paradise Lost>.

Language Skills

Polish

English

Russian

Ukranian

Latin

Chinese

BOOKS

IELTS Band 9

An Academic Guide for Chinese Students

IELTS Examiner’s Tips

An Academic Guide to IELTS Speaking and Writing

Call Me Li Nana

Memoirs of a Foreigner in China

Photos

 

 

Photographer

a collection of personal photos gathered over the years

Books

BOOKS

IELTS Band 9

An Academic Guide for Chinese Students

Link to Volume 1

Link to Volume 2

IELTS Examiner’s Tips

An Academic Guide to IELTS Speaking and Writing (International Version)

Link to Amazon

Call Me Li Nana

Memoirs of a Foreigner in China

Link to Amazon

Current Research Projects

Academic Presentations

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

IELTS Band 9

13thAsia TEFL International Conference

Nanjing, China

6-8 Nov, 2015

Link to Page

Shinyway book tour

Link to Page

Purdue Languages and Cultures Conference 2017

Link to Page

International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, 2017

Link to Page

MSU Second Language Studies PhD Program

MSU Second Language Studies PhD Program

Links to the MSU page as well as my page there:

http://sls.msu.edu/

http://sls.msu.edu/people/students/

Contact

 

Based in East Lansing, Michigan, USA

karolinaachirri [at] gmail.com

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