Layla is a multilingual, multicultural language instructor with an M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from West Virginia University. She was born in Germany, where she grew up speaking German, English, and Russian, and has lived in the US since 2006. She has experience teaching and tutoring ESL, German, English composition (for native and non-native speakers), creative writing, TOEFL preparation, and English conversation, as well as proofreading personal, business, and academic writing, and translating German>English.
Layla has a genuine, natural enthusiasm about languages and language instruction. She loves immersive, interactive classrooms, and believes that learning to communicate successfully should be an empowering, joyful experience. She believes that language and culture go hand in hand, and that you can't teach one without the other, so her English instruction is always influenced by her students' cultural background as well as the cultural and social situations they encounter in their lives here in the US. A permanent resident herself, Layla knows what it takes to adapt to new environments and is happy to help students navigate new territories of both language and culture to make their day-to-day experience a richer, more positive one. She loves working with students from a variety of backgrounds, and finds that the best teaching environments are those where students and teachers learn from and about each other.
Layla is also a writer of fiction, poetry, and personal essays. Her work is published or forthcoming in Bayou Magazine, Liminal Stories, Strange Horizons, ARTHouston, and elsewhere.