Karen Barto has over 17 years of experience in language teaching and teacher training. She has taught both French and English language, as well as courses in French children’s literature and English applied linguistics. As a Content Developer at CESL, Karen designed and coordinated the development of the CATT (Content Area Teacher Training) course. She teaches in the IEP, the Academic Bridge Program, and the CATT program. Karen has a B.A in French (minor in German) from Alma College in Michigan, as well as master’s degrees in French and Francophone Literatures and ESL Pedagogy, and a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (all from the University of Arizona). Throughout the Ph.D, Karen's research focus was on linguistics and psycholinguistics, including the phonetics of tone and intonation, sentence processing, and writing systems. Generally speaking, Karen is interested in all aspects of second language acquisition theory. Karen also enjoys language learning herself, and has studied French, German, Italian, Lao and Latin.
- Ph.D. Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT), The University of Arizona
- M.A. ESL Pedadogy, The University of Arizona
- M.A. French and Francophone Literatures, The University of Arizona
- B.A. French, Alma College in Michigan