AMBER BAXTER CHRISTENSEN portrait
  • Associate Instructor, Linguistics
801-581-8047

Education

  • Master of Art in Language Pedagogy, Spanish emphasis, Languages and Literature, University of Utah
  • B.A., English Literature, English, University of Utah

Resume

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Experience

August 2012 to Present [University of Utah, Associate Instructor]

  • ESL 1050/6150: Basic composition writing to undergraduate and graduate students
  • ITA, 6040 and 6050: Spoken English skills for graduate students
  • ESL 1040: English grammar fundamentals
  • ESL 1600: Cross-cultural communication course to native and non-native speakers

October 2011 to August 2012, and Present [English Language Institute, University of Utah, Instructor]

  • Taught low-intermediate students communicative English practices
  • Facilitated high-intermediate students with the process of presentations
  • Coordinated field trips and other cultural excursions for students
  • Taught College Success and helped facilitate the transition to university life
  • Taught Level 6 Reading which incorporates academic and literary skills

May 2010 to April 2011 [Dara Academy, Thailand, Teacher]
Native Speaker Program

  • Facilitated student-centered learning as a co-teacher in a high school classroom of 50 students
  • Designed and implemented the curriculum to a Senior class of students
  • Re-designed the curriculum of the Native Speaker program

February 2010 to May 2010 [English Language Institute, University of Utah, Instructor]

August 2007 to December 2009 [University of Utah, Instructor]
Graduate student, Teaching Assistant

  • Helped develop and implement the first year of an on-line hybrid Spanish program
  • Facilitated students with on-line and in-class projects
  • Participated in test design and curriculum design of the program

December 2006 to August 2007 [Eagle Gate College, Utah, Instructor]                                  Intensive English Program

  • Taught TOEFL test-preparation courses
  • Promoted intercultural activities with immigrants

 

December 2006 to August 2007 [Inlingua, Utah]                                              International language and intercultural services business

  • Taught private ESL classes to adults
  • Proofread Spanish and English translations
  • Translated official documents, such as birth certificates

March 2003 to October 2005 [Intercultural Institute, Amicana Institute, Argentina, Teacher]                                                                                                                       Private, adult language institutes

  • Taught basic to advanced level English classes to small groups of adults
  • Prepared students for international exams

Education

Aug 2007 to Dec 2009 [University of Utah]

  • Master of Arts in Language Pedagogy, Spanish emphasis
  • TESOL certificate 

August 1998 [University of Utah]

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
  • Minor in Anthropology

Other Experience

August 2011 [Author of a memoir “The Path of 8”, self-publication]

August 2009 to Present [Founder of The “El Fede” Campanini Foundation, USA]
A non-profit organization dedicated to improving mountain rescue on commercial mountains

  • Organize fundraising events to raise money and awareness for the improvement of rescue systems on high altitude commercial mountains
  • Inform and educate the climbing community of high altitude risks
  • Collaborate with the local park systems in order to improve rescue efforts 

 

October 2003-April 2004, October 2004-April 2005 [Tour Leader, Patagonia, Argentina and Chile]

  • Led groups of international tourists on 10-20 day trips throughout the region of Patagonia
  • Managed the logistics of accommodation and daily activities of trekking, sightseeing and travel

 

Related Skills

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • I have traveled to 38 countries and I have ample living abroad experience.

 

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, iTESOL Conference, “Reading the Changing Winds: Better Teaching, Better Reading,” September 2015, West Yellowstone, MT
  • Co-Presenter, iTESOL Conference, “Is the Novel No Longer Novel?,” September 2015, West Yellowstone, Montana