Elizabeth Caplan-Carbin, Ph.D.

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Ph.D. 2002 University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. 33620 - Second Language Acquisition & Instructional Technology. Dissertation: Animated Grammar: Dual Coding German Syntax.

Ph.D. 1992 (ABD) Washington University, St. Louis, MO. 63105 - German Language & Literature. Qualifying paper: Theatrical Directives of Bertolt Brecht.

M.A. 1989 Washington University, St. Louis, MO. 63105 - German Language & Literature.

B.A. 1979 University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO. 80639 - Theater Arts - Technical.

Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache 1989 Universität Köln (Cologne), Germany.

1999 Goethe Institute, Fortbildungsseminar "Computer im Unterricht"  Cologne, Germany.

1986 Goethe Institute, Mittelstufe III, Freiburg, Germany.

EMT 1983 University of Texas, Dallas, TX (licensed Emergency Medical Technician).

1975 Horton Watkins High School diploma, St. Louis, MO.

Continuing Education

Teaching Experience

German English as a Second Language (ESL) 

Beginning German
Intermediate German
Advanced German
Contemporary Issues of German Foreign Affairs, Economics, Arts and Sciences
Conversational German for Travelers
German for Reading

German Lecture Series - Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency Skills (CALPS)

German Literature - Arthur Schnitzle
German Play Production - Max Frisch, Martin Walser
History of German Civilization, Culture, and Literature

Structure of the German Language

American Culture and Communication: Research, Presentation and Writing Skills
Distance Learning (online classes and private lessons) - synchronous and asynchronous
Intermediate and Advanced Composition and Conversation
TOEFL and TOEIC preparation
ESL for Aging Learners with Limited L1 Literacy
English Grammar for Writing and Conversation

Teaching Portfolio for German
   Teaching Portfolio For ESL

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Language Experience

ESL Instructor, 8/08, Stanford University (

English Instructor, 1/08 - Present - Global LT (Corporate relocation agency) Silicon Valley.

German Instructor. 8/05 - Present - German School of Fremont, Fremont, CA.

Private Language Tutor (English and German), 8/05 – present

Translator (German to English). 2008. Dynavax Corporation San Jose, CA.

German Instructor (Online), 6/07 – 6/08, AMDG, Atlanta, GA

Curriculum Writer (English). 2/07 – 6/07, Batiq (Yaloo, Corp.) San Francisco, CA.

Editor of The Forum, biannual journal of Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society. 1/01 - 12/05

Adjunct Professor of German. 8/04 – 5/05, Webster University, Dept. of International Languages and Cultures. St. Louis, MO.

Assistant Professor of German. 8/02 - 8/04, University of Tennessee-Martin Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages. Martin, TN. - Director of the German program.

University of South Florida 8/95 - 8/02, Tampa, FL. - German Instructor - Ph.D. candidate - Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology.

Instructor - German I through IV and German for Reading at the Univ. of So. Florida.
Instructor - ESL - Culture, Writing Skills and TOEFL Prep. at the English Language Institute, Tampa, FL.
Webmaster for Online Interactive Language Learning Pages.
Designer and Webmaster for University Departmental Internet pages and the (former) Phi Sigma Iota International Website.
Member of dept. of World Language Education (WLE) Sub-Committee for Lower Division Curriculum.
Member Of WLE Sub-Committee for Technology Integration.

M.A. - Washington University Dept. of Germanic Language and Literature. 8/86 - 6/92 St. Louis, MO -Ph.D. Candidate/Teaching Asst. - German Instructor. Masters plus two years doctoral work. Dossier on file.

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The Effects of Animated Instruction
Audio-Video Teleconferencing

Diachronic Linguistics: Sound Shifts and Cognate Recognition
Blackboard: Teacher Empowerment for Student Success


  • Tennessee Foreign Language Teachers' Association Conference 2004, Nashville, TN "Second Language Acquisition: Theory to Practice" - faculty workshop
  • West Tennessee Language Consortium 2003, Martin TN "Media Management Tools for Foreign Language Education" - faculty workshop
  • West Tennessee Language Consortium 2003, Martin TN "Building Webexercises with Quiz Engines and Game Makers" - faculty workshop
  • ISLS International Society for Language Studies 2003, St. Thomas, VI "Animated Grammar: Dual Coding German Syntax" - conference paper
  • West Tennessee Language Consortium 2002, Jackson, TN "Second Language Acquisition: Topics, Issues, and Avenues - faculty workshop
  • USF World Language Education 2002, Tampa, Florida Blackboard - WLE faculty workshop
  • USF English Language Institute 2001, Tampa, Florida "Easy Webexercises with Online Quiz Engines'  - ELI faculty workshop
  • SCFLL March 2000 Orlando, Florida "Interactive Internet Exercises"  Where to find them, how to make them - multi-media presentation
  • FFLA October 1999 Orlando, Florida "Interactive Internet Exercises"  Where to find them, how to make them - multi-media presentation
  • FFLA October 1998 Tampa, Florida "Animated Grammar" Technology in motion - conference paper
  • FFLA October 1998 Tampa, Florida "Culture through Grammar and Technology: The Fall of the Berlin Wall" - a multi-media presentation
  • FFLA October 1996 Tampa, Florida "Diachronic Linguistics in the Beginning German Classroom" - conference paper
  • SLRF November 1996 Tuscon, Arizona "Diacronic Linguistics in the Beginning German Classroom" - conference paper
  • ACTFL November 1996 Philadelphia, PA. "Diacronic Linguistics in the Beginning German Classroom" - conference paper

  • Webpages Online

    Animated Presentations
    Deutsch im Netz
    English Interactive
    Foreign Language Resources
    German Online Interactive
    My webpages

    Foreign Language Banners for use on Blackboard course sites
    Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society (2000-2007)

    Professional Memberships

    AAAL American Association of Applied Linguists
    American Association of Teachers of German

    ACTFL  American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages
    CALICO  Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium
    California Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages

    FATG Florida Chapter of the AATG
    FFLA Florida Chapter of the ACTFL
    IALL  International Association of Language Learning Labs
    ISLS  International Society for Language Studies
    MLA  Modern Language Association
    SCFLL Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages and Literatures
    SEALL Southeast Association for Language Learning Technology
    TESOL Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages
    TFLTA Tennessee Foreign Language Teachers Association

    USPS United States Power Squadron

    Honor Society Memberships

    Phi Sigma Iota  International Foreign Language Honor Society (President Zeta Beta Chapter 1996-2001) Lifetime Member, Editor of the bi-annual journal, The Forum, Webmaster of the society's homepage.
    Phi Kappa Phi  Honor Society of Academic Excellence

    Grants and Awards

    Goethe Institut Stipendium für Fortbildungsseminar "Europe in Berlin" 2005

    Goethe Institut Stipendium für Fortbildungsseminar "Computer im Unterricht" 1999

    University of South Florida Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student 1998

    University of South Florida Graduate Assistantship 1995-2000

    Washington University Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship 1988-1992

    Washington University Study Abroad Scholarship, University of Cologne 1989-90

    Continuing Education


    Advanced Seminar "Europe" Goethe-Institut Berlin, Germany, June 20 - July 2.


    Beginning and Intermediate Macromedia Dreamweaver - UTM Instructional Technology Center
    Beginning and Intermediate Macromedia Flash - UTM ITC
    Beginning and Intermediate Adobe Acrobat - UTM ITC
    Seminar in Grant Writing (day-long) - UTM
    Seminar in New Research for New Media (3-day) - University of Minnesota


    Additional Language Experience and Translation Accomplishments

    2008 Translator (German to English corporate legal documents). Dynavax Corporation San Jose, CA.

    2006 Traveled to Germany (Munich) to research the subject of Notgeld.

    2005 Traveled through Eastern Germany (Dresden, Berlin, Leipzig, Weimar, etc.) developing German language teaching materials

    2004-5 Taught English as a second language (ESL) for the Crown Senior Center, St. Louis, MO.

    2003 Traveled to Technische Universität-Braunschweig to establish a series of exchange programs between TU-B and UTM

    2001 Taught ESL for the English Language Institute, Tampa, FL.  Level three composition and TOEFL skills.

    2001 Translation of legal, medical and technical documents for co.don biomedical corporation.

    2001 Planned and implemented custom curriculum for families of mixed ages.

    2000 Taught Spoken German, a Lifelong Learning course at USF continuing education.

    2000 Translated legal contracts for Citicorp, Global Division.

    1999 Translated private collection of  historical letters.

    1998 Studied French at the Boston Language Institute

    1998 Planned and implemented custom curriculum for families of mixed ages.

    1997-Translation for Danka Industries product conference marketing script: English > German

    1986-present Freelance Translation for private clients and TCs. Projects include paleontology notes, medical data, genealogy and personal data certificates (birth, death,marriage etc.).

    1991-present German Instructor - private students and tutorials, implementing custom designed coursework.

    1992 German Instructor at the Foreign Language Institute of the Forsythe School, St. Louis, MO.

    1991-92 German Instructor - 2 sections. German 106 - Advanced reading (and translation) for graduate students (in disciplines other than German). Washington University.

    1991Translation legal documents for private client concerning custody dispute.

    1989-91 German Drill instructor German 101, 102 Washington University, St. Louis,MO.

    1979-90 Total of 20 months living in Germany. (Ruhr Gebiet, Bayern, & Baden-Wurtemburg).

    1989-90 Attended University of Cologne, Germany (including Oberseminare in Germanistik).

    1989 Interpreter for Harbour Production Co. and ATF Production Co. Dorsten, Germany. (Two American entertainment troupes stationed in Traumland Park,Kirchellen, Germany).

    1988 Translation: "Die Wahre Geschichte des Ah Q", a play by Heinrich Heine.

    1986 Completed Mittelstufe III at the Goethe Institute, Freiburg im Br., Germany.

    1979 Studied Germanistik at Bayreuth Universität, Bayreuth, Germany.

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    Skills:   Capabilities and Interests

    Languages English-native, German-fluent (superior), French, Dutch and Serbo-Croatian-novice (low intermediate).
    Software Windows XP, MS Office XPWord, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Visual Basic; Adobe: InDesign CS, Photoshop CS, Acrobat 7; Macromedia MX: Flash, Dreamweaver, Authorware; PaintShopPro, Hyperstudio, HTTP, FTP, Total Recorder, Scanning Software and more.
    General: Computers (Software Localization, Telecommunications),Journalism, Literary, Business (Marketing/Advertising), Medicine (general), Biomedical, Genetics, Database Engineering, Steel Manufacturing, Paleontology, Theater Arts. Aviation (Ballooning), Political Science, Natural Science, Agriculture, German Dialects
    Additional Skills Desktop Publishing, Copy-writing, Editing, Proofreading, Ghostwriting, Website Publishing, Computer Based Training, Instructional Design, Stage Directing, Production Management, Lighting Design, Interactive Computer Animation, Office Management, and Event Planning
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    Last Update 12/12/08