Meet the Staff: Connie Lee

Meet the Staff: Connie Lee

Connie Lee is the Director of the ESL Division at the International Center for Language Studies.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and holds a master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, she holds two certificates: Teaching a Second Language for Business Communication and Training & Assessment.  She has 15 years of experience as an ESL/EFL teacher and program administrator in university-based intensive English programs, education companies, and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and China. She has also provided curriculum development consulting to English language programs in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.  She is an active site reviewer for CEA (The Commission on English Language Accreditation) and a regular participant at TESOL conferences.

What do you love most about your job?

I enjoy every aspect of my job, but my favorite part is working with students and teachers who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. It is fascinating to learn about various cultures although I can’t seem to keep up with all the superstitions from different countries!

What is your favorite food and why?

Food is my passion and I love exploring new cuisines, which makes this question a very tough one! But if I must choose only one, I would say sushi because of its simplicity and elegance.

Why is learning English important for achieving global success?

We live in a time where degrees alone won’t get you far. Living in an increasingly global world, practical skills are needed in addition to degrees and cross-cultural experience, and no matter what your goals are, good communication plays a critical role in your success. Being able to communicate clearly and effectively in English will give you an edge you need to get ahead – academically and professionally.