Curtis Klinghoffer

Curtis Klinghoffer

  • B.S., Temple University
  • M.S., Nova Southeastern University
  • Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University

Creativity is as much a part of teaching as it is of art or music. I have always had a love of language and enjoy transferring the knowledge I have in creative and amusing ways. Learning is forgettable if it is not fun, so teaching is an art that must be nurtured and cultivated by incorporating new paradigms and technologies. The delight that comes from seeing "the light go on" - that is, helping a student from another cultural background grasp a new aspect of English and then use that newly acquired language creatively - is irreplaceable, and that's what makes me want to continue teaching.

Curtis Klinghoffer | Professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Nominee for President's Award for Service Excellence, Miami Dade College


  • International Teachers of English as a Second Language
  • Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow

Previous Positions

  • Assistant professor of English education and director of the Kanto (Japan) cultural program, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee
  • ESL instructor, Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida
  • Fundraising promo writer, WUOT (National Public Radio affiliate), Knoxville, Tennessee

Publications and presentations



  • "Situational Dialogues in a Community College ESL Curriculum," Education Resource Information Center (ERIC) Database, 2008



  • "Pathways to Globalization of the College Campus," Salzburg Global Seminar, Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria, 2010.
  • "Second Language Acquisition," Lincoln Memorial University. Carnegie-Vincent Library, Harrogate, Tennessee, 2006
  • "Implementing Workplace Readiness Manuals in the VESOL Curriculum," Florida Region V Best Practices Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2004
  • "Teaching Students Practical Strategies for Applying to American Colleges," Sunshine Regional TESOL Conference, Miami, Florida, 2000