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Clara Lam - English as a Second Language

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Clara Lam

F 11-C
By appointment.


Course Syllabi


Writing, reading, and grammar instruction in English As a Second Language
M. Ed., English Education, University of Georgia, 1986; Ed.D. in Language Education, University of Georgia, 1991; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, San Jose State University, 2015.
I was born and raised in Hong Kong. In 1985, I came to the U.S. with my husband and my 3 1/2 year-old son to further my education. Though I majored in geography as an undergrad, I was fascinated by linguistics (the study and analyses of languages) and the theories and methods for teaching English as a Second Language when I started my graduate studies at the University of Georgia. In 1986, I earned a master's degree in English Education. Then, I entered the University's doctoral program in Language Education, specializing in the teaching of writing to ESL students. In 1991, I received my doctoral degree.

At De Anza College, I teach a variety of writing, reading, and grammar classes. Mostly, I teach ESL 6 (Critical Reading and Research for Writing), ESL 5 (Advanced Composition and Reading), ESL 272 (Advanced Reading and Vocabulary), and ESL 253 (High Intermediate Grammar and Writing). Prior to joining De Anza in 1995, I taught at San Jose State University and two other universities on the East Coast.

As a writing instructor, I do what I preach.  In other words, I write daily like what I ask my students to do.  For my interest and passion in writing, I attended the Creative Writing Program housed in the English Department at San Jose State University and received my M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing from SJSU in December, 2015.

My family has expanded from four to eight people.  My daughter, born in Athens, Georgia, grew up in the Bay Area.  My son, a postdoctoral researcher in biological sciences, is now a proud father of two young children.

You will find out more about me when you take my class.

Winter 2018
CRN Course Title
00656 ESL -005.-02 Advanced Composition and Reading
35320 ESL -252.-05 High Intermediate Reading
00699 ESL -252.-62 High Intermediate Reading
00727 ESL -272.-02 Advanced Reading and Vocabulary
Spring 2018
CRN Course Title
00652 ESL -006.-01 Critical Reading and Research for Writing
00719 ESL -272.-01 Advanced Reading and Vocabulary
00723 ESL -272.-04Y Advanced Reading and Vocabulary

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English as a Second Language

Last Updated: 10/9/16