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Regent Square Resident is Duquesne University’s New ESL Director

For Regent Square resident Dr. Susan Todhunter, it isn’t about how many languages she speaks, but how much she loves language. This appreciation is at the core of her new role as director of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Duquesne University.

“Language is the basis of our humanity,” said Todhunter, who started her new post on May 16. “The structure of language is married to the way we use it.”

Todhunter, who reads grammar books for fun, most recently served as associate professor and assistant director in the ESL program at La Roche College. She will assume ESL teaching responsibilities this fall, and says she is excited to be leading Duquesne’s ESL program.

“Duquesne’s accreditation from the CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation) shows that we have a top-notch curriculum and faculty in place,” said Todhunter. “The instructors all have master’s degrees and are TESOL certified (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.) They are able to help international students with the cultural aspects of their transition as well as their academics.”

Todhunter has a master’s degree in linguistics and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Pittsburgh. Her undergraduate work was at Franklin & Marshall College. As a Fulbright scholar, she took several trips to Russia. Todhunter also has a doctorate in foreign language education, professional certification in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and Pennsylvania instruction certification for Russian. She is also president of Three Rivers TESOL.

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