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Kathy Llanos

Kathy Llanos, M.A.

English As A Second Language, Language Arts

Email: kllanos@cypresscollege.edu

Phone: 714-484-7224

Office Hours : Tuesday and Thursday Student Hours 10:30 am - 11:30 am 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm or by appointment or by appointment

Location: Humanities 208H



Learning a second language can be one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. I started learning Spanish in college where I took a beginning class for 3 hours a week. It was a slow start, and I was really nervous about the class. Gradually, however, I started to understand more and more. As a college junior, I went to Saltillo, Coahuila to spend two of my summer months in Mexico with a Mexican family. This immersion in the language made such a difference for me because I began to speak Spanish without thinking about it.

After graduating from San Jose State University with a B.A. in English, I got married to a wonderful Peruvian engineer. We moved to Peru to live, and I continued practicing Spanish and also teaching elementary school to both English and Spanish speakers at a copper mining camp. After four years, we returned to the United States (with our son) to attend graduate school. I got an equivalent of another B.A. in Spanish, a Master’s Degree in Spanish Linguistics, and a TESOL certificate. I started teaching part-time at CSU Fullerton.

We added a daughter, and our family was now complete. My husband got another foreign assignment in Venezuela, so we all enjoyed two years of Caribbean living. I taught ESL to Venezuelan engineers at night while my husband continued his engineering work at the oil refinery.

Our next foreign assignment was Bogota, Colombia where we lived for a year. This time, I decided not to teach and just enjoy my family, playing bridge and tennis. Tennis at an altitude of 8,700 feet is a bit different from sea level. For one thing, the pressurized balls that I had taken with me would fly off the clay courts. Some things you just have to learn by experience. :)

Settling back again in California, we put some roots down in Yorba Linda. I started teaching again part-time at CSUF, as well as Fullerton, Santa Ana, and Cerritos Community Colleges. But then I got my dream job here at Cypress College. It’s a dream job because the students and faculty are like a small community. The faculty members in the ESL Department are caring, intelligent, and fun teachers to work with. The students are progressive, energetic, and enthusiastic!

While at Cypress, I also worked in Thailand for 6 weeks helping to set up the first Global Community College of Thailand. I believe in the purpose of the community college, which is to help students attain their goals of either transferring to other colleges and universities, getting vocational certificates, and/or improving their language skills. I love teaching, and I welcome you to Cypress College!


Recommended Course

ESL 052C Intermediate ESL Grammar 1

This is an intermediate level grammar for all ESL students. The course offers detailed discussion of commonly used verb tenses/forms and basic modals.

ESL 053C Intermediate ESL Grammar 1

This is an intermediate level grammar for all ESL students. The course offers detailed discussion of sentence components, simple, compound, and complex sentences.

ESL 062C Intermediate ESL Grammar 2

This is an advanced ESL course that offers work on all major verb tenses and forms. In addition, the passive voice, modal auxiliaries, conditional sentences are also taught.

ESL 063C Advanced ESL Grammar 2

This is an advanced ESL course that offers work on simple, compound, and complex sentences, as well as noun, adjective, and adverb clauses.

ESL 066 Advanced ESL Reading