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Position: 
Language Specialist

Christy Shea has been teaching in the ELP since 2004 and became a Language Specialist in 2008.  After graduating from Houghton College in 1998, Ms. Shea taught English and library research at Nassa Theological College in Tanzania, East Africa. When she returned to the US in 1999, she taught high school ESL and American history in New York State. 

She earned her M.A. in TESOL from Wheaton College in Illinois.  While in the Chicago area, she taught English to immigrants with a non-profit organization, World Relief.  After moving to Philadelphia, Ms. Shea began teaching at Montgomery County Community College and in the English Language Programs at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to creating a continuing education course in English pronunciation at Montgomery County Community College, Ms. Shea also taught ESL and academic writing for speakers of other languages. 

At the ELP, she has taught a variety of courses in the Intensive Program and International Teaching Assistant program.  Ms. Shea’s professional interests include pronunciation, listening and speaking, and creative writing.  She most enjoys interacting with students and learning about their lives and languages.