Division of Liberal Arts
A faculty member at Saddleback College since 1977, Dr. Carol Bander has over 30 years of experience in teaching languages. Growing up in a bilingualGerman/English-speaking household Carol had the appropriate family background for the two subjects she teaches: German and ESL. Carol received her BA (Cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Queens College, CUNY and her MA and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Southern California. Her graduate school studies were funded by a National Defense Education Act fellowship. A condensed form of her dissertation was published by the Francke Verlag (Exilliteratur: editor John Spalek, 1976). Other degrees include a secondary life credential (German, English, and Social Studies (minor), a TESL certificate (UCI Extension) and completion of the UCI Summer Writing Project. She has also participated in German seminars at the Goethe Institutes in Berlin and Hamburg. She has published over 50 articles on ESL-related issues for the CATESOL News and had a piece of personal writing published in Dawn Magazine in the summer of 2006. She has co-presented at TESOL and CATESOL on the teaching of various grammar points such as the Passive Voice, the present perfect tense, gerunds and infinitives, and listening skills. She served as president of the two-state organization, CATESOL, for the 1999-2000 term. Subsequently, she co-chaired the pre-conference institutes for five years. This year (2006), she was awarded the organization's service award. When she's not teaching or in her office, she enjoys going to the theater and concerts and traveling, having visited over 85 countries including Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Vietnam, Iran, and Borneo (Malaysian). One of her most challenging courses of studies was cuisine avancee and patisserie elementaire at the Cordon Bleu Cooking school when she lived in Paris. She also has spent time in Spanish language school in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Willkommen and welcome!