Meet Your Instructor

Thomas Maldonado, English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

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I am Thomas Maldonado and I teach English for Academic Purposes at South Central College. I have taught a number of ESL courses in the EAP at SCC since Spring 2019 in addition to advising the African Students’ Association.

I hold a Bachelors of Arts in English and American Literature, with a minor in Creative Writing, from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Masters in TESL from Minnesota State University Mankato.

During my graduate studies, I taught English for Academic Purposes courses to International students in the English Department at MNSU Mankato for four semesters. After graduation, I taught university-seeking International students for three semesters in the Intensive English Language Program at the same university.

Aside from my native English, I am fluent in both Spanish and Arabic and I am currently studying Somali in the hopes of one day gaining basic fluency and comprehension. I am a published translator of eight Islamic texts from Arabic into English as well as the designer of an intermediate Arabic grammar workbook styled after the famous text al-Aajjuroomiyyah by the 14th century Moroccan scholar, Ibn Aajjuroom.

My research interests include the use of Cognitive English Grammar via symbolism and imagery in teaching grammar and composition to multilingual writers; logology awareness in spoken and written discourses; Latin and Greek affix awareness in teaching English vocabulary; sociocultural theory & Vygotsky; incorporating creative writing in L2 writing prompts; and the use of metacognition in teaching the four language processing skills.


South Central Online Courses:

  • EAP 85 and 95, College Grammar and Writing
  • EAP 70 and 75, English for Introductory/Intermediate Algebra
  • EAP 99, ESL Support Lab