Dana Saito-Stehberger



About me

Updated June 25, 2007


UCI Programs for Internationals
Irvine, California, USA
June 2005 -Present

  • Classes include: TEFL and intensive English courses.

Adjunct Professor
Alliant International University
Irvine, California, USA
April 2002-Present

  • Classes include: "Technology and Teaching English Language Learners" (online), “Techniques of Teaching Reading and Writing to SLLs”, “English Grammar for Teaching ESL and EFL”, “Techniques of Teaching Listening and speaking to Second Language Learners”, “Theory and Method of Second Language Teaching,” and “Principles, Practices and Socio-Cultural Issues of Teaching English Language Learners”

Intensive English Program Instructor
Kaplan International - Irvine
Irvine, California, USA
Jan 2002-Oct 2004

  • Taught academic English to international students at the beginning, intermediate, and early advanced levels 22 hours a week.
  • Taught TOEFL writing elective.
  • Mentored new teachers.

Elementary/Middle School Teacher
Park City Academy
Park City, Utah USA
August 2000-June 2001

  • Eighth grade homeroom teacher.
  • Instructed 5th and 6th grade Sciences, 8th grade Language Arts, Pre-Algebra, Study Skills and German.
  • Coordinated School Science Fair.

ESL/English Secondary School Teacher
Berlin-Potsdam International School
Berlin, Germany
November 1998-June 2000

  • Instructed grade 7,8,10, and 11 ESL and grade 9 English literature to students from 27 different nationalities.
  • Reorganized ESL program and established the English curriculum for grades 7 and 8.
  • Initiated and oversaw the first school's first student produced yearbook.

Freelance English Teacher
Berlin-Potsdam International School, American Language Academy, Berlin School of English and Akademie für Fremdsprachen
Berlin, Germany
September 1997-October 1998

  • Instructed intensive and regular weekly EFL courses, including specialized business courses, using a balance of communicative and traditional methodology with students from the age of 11 to adult.
  • Substitute taught grades pre-k to 12 in math, history, art, physical education and language arts.

Sixth Grade Teacher
Lincoln International School
San Jose, Costa Rica
January 1994-December 1996

  • Instructed bilingual, international students in the areas of language arts, science and ancient civilizations.
  • Chaired the Elementary School Portfolio Committee which established a portfolio assessment system that documents each student's progress throughout the six years of elementary school.
  • Presented a seminar on Authentic Assessment and Whole Language to Costa Rican teachers-in-training at the University of Costa Rica.
  • Assisted coaching the elementary school's boys basketball team.



  • Ed.D, TESOL, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA, in progress. (ABD; Projected date of completion: December 2005)
  • Online seminar, Ikarus: Teaching and Learning in Virtual Learning Environments, University of Saarbruecken, supported by the European Commission Socrates. March 3 – May 30, 2003. Designed online courses, researched online teaching methodology, interacted with international teachers living around the world.
  • CELTA (Certificate in English Language to Adults), University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, June 1998.
  • MA, International Education, Framingham State College, Massachusetts, August 1997. Courses included: ESL, Special Education, Learning Styles, Reading, Curriculum Theory/Practice, GPA: 3.78
  • Portantorches (Torch Bearers) 3 Month Intensive Bible School in Spanish, Costa Rica, March-June 1997
  • California Multi-Subject Teaching Credential with English Supplementary Authorization, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA, June 1994.
  • BA, Diversified, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA, December 1993. Cum Laud Honors, GPA: 3.54.



  • TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • EUROCALL (European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning)
  • CATESOL (California of English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • AACE (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education)
  • Pi Lambda Theta (International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education)
  • NACFLA (North American Christian Foreign Language Association)


RESEARCH PAPERS/Conference Presentations

  • Co-presented “Using Free Audacity Voice-Recording Software for iBT Practice” at the State CATESOL Conference, San Diego, 2007.
  • Attended the “Pragmatics and Language Learning” Conference, March 12-14, 2007, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Presented "An Overview of Technology that Supports the Development of Speaking Skills in an Online Environment" at the E-Learn 2005- World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education conference in Vancouver in October 2005.
  • "A Place for Action Research" published in The English Teaching Professional, January 2004
  • "Popular Music as a Teaching Aid" published in Berlin-Brandenburg English Teachers' Association, Autumn 1999
  • Presented "Online Learning Communities and Language Development" at the Los Angeles Regional CATESOL Conference, October 2004
  • Presented "Seven Essential Components of an Interactive Online ESL Class" at the San Diego Regional CATESOL Conference, October 2004
  • Presented "A Site for Sore Eyes: The Effectiveness of Online Learning Communities on Language Development" at the EUROCALL Conference in Vienna, September 2004
  • Presented "Integrating Interaction into Online ESL Classes" at the EUROCALL Conference in Vienna, September 2004
  • Gave demonstration "Creating Online Communities for FREE" at the Electronic Village at the International TESOL Convention in Long Beach, CA, April 2004
  • Presented "Strategies for Creating Interaction in Online Communities" at the International TESOL Convention in Long Beach, CA, April 2004
  • Presented "Technologies and Sheltering Strategies in Mainstream Classrooms" at the International TESOL Convention in Baltimore, MD, 2003
  • "Integrating Learner-Centered Design into Virtual Learning Environments”, December 2003
  • “Between Teenagers: A Discourse Analysis”, December 2002
  • “Effects of Aging on Word Retrieval”, May 2002



  • Spanish Language: Intermediate
  • German Language: Fluent
  • Computer Literate: MS Word, MS Powerpoint, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Fireworks, Photoshop, Blackboard, Nicenet.org



  • Initiated and coordinated the development of the Literacy Ministry at Saddleback Community Church. Trained 35 teachers and oversaw 60 Hispanic and Vietnamese adult students, 2002-2004.
  • Coordinated monthly young adult social activities, co-led the confirmation retreat and temporarily taught the high school Sunday school at the American Church of Berlin.
  • Participated in a mission trip to the Salvation Army Church in Liberia, Costa Rica. Interpreted Spanish/English. Planned activities for children. Prepared meals. Prepared activities for the Elderly Home, May 1997.
  • Led village teams to Ensenada, Mexico. Planned crafts and activities for women groups and children. April 1993.
  • Performed with Mime Team at Westmont College in the Santa Barbara Community, including the Elderly home and Juvenile Hall. Performed in small churches and the prison in Ensenada, Mexico, Easter Week, 1990-1993.



  • Interested in CALL, the role of interaction on SLA, and Virtual Learning Environments
  • Literacy Missions Development
  • Active in the outdoors. Biked 800 miles from Berlin to Paris in 1999. Enjoys rock climbing, hiking, biking, swimming, surfing, basketball, tennis, running and camping.
  • Fascinated by people and cultures. Visited Japan and South America. Traveled extensively through Central America, SE Asia, and Europe. Photography is a hobby.

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