Hi! My name is Margaret Layton, and I've been teaching at the Intensive English Language Center (IELC) since 1992. I have a Master of Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in English Language and Linguistics, and this and my study of the German language led me to teaching ESL a long time ago.
In 2000 I was promoted to the level of Assistant Professor in IELC, and I'm busier than I have ever been! It seems like I've been teaching here for a long time, but I really enjoy what I do. I love to work with the students from the many different countries who come to UNR to go to college. For the last ten years or so, I've specialized mostly in teaching our highest levels, especially the High Advanced level, where IELC students do their last ESL semester before entering academic programs. This can be a really exciting level, in which students use English to study all kinds of other subjects that they might study in an American college or university. This keeps what I do interesting to me as well, and I've learned all kinds of things along with my students.
The excitement of shared learning and my memories of my own foreign language studies in German and French help to bring my students and me together.