English Language Tutoring Program

For information about English Language tutoring, contact:

Rachel Newman, Program Administrator, at 781-736-3992

or visit the English Language Program website.

Gateway Faculty

Sabine von Mering
Critical Reading in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Sabine von MeringSabine von Mering is Professor of German, Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Director for the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University. As a German national who has lived in the United States for 17 years (and is now a naturalized U.S. citizen) with U.S.-born children, von Mering understands very well what it means to be an international student and to navigate the challenges of a multicultural existence.

Von Mering began her exploration with five years of training as a teacher of English as a second language at the Universities of Köln and Göttingen in Germany. She also studied Latin, French and Dutch. After her state exam in Göttingen, she worked as a translator and interpreter at Business Language Consultancy in London. In 1992 she became the German language scholar at Reed College in Portland, Ore., where she studied Spanish and organized German cultural events. At the University of California-Davis, she earned a doctorate in German literature and women's studies.

Von Mering's pedagogical training includes courses in second-language acquisition and pedagogical psychology. In 1998, she joined the faculty at Brandeis, where she currently teaches courses in German language, European cultural studies and film studies, as well as Jewish-German cultural history. She has also taught cross-cultural introductory humanities courses to first-year students and directed a six-week Berlin summer program for three years. As Director of the Center for German and European Studies, she produces a rich co-curricular program on the Brandeis campus, with lectures, conferences, author readings and film screenings throughout the academic year.

Kyle Wiggins
Critical Reading in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Picture of Kyle WigginsKyle Wiggins is in his first year teaching Critical Reading for the Gateway Scholars Summer Program. He is a Lecturer in the Rhetoric Department at Boston University where, in the non-summer months, he teaches undergraduate writing and research courses. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University. In addition to tutoring ELL students at Brandeis, Kyle has taught critical thinking and academic English seminars for international students at Harvard University’s summer IEL program.

Kyle’s research interests include contemporary North American fiction and film, visual rhetoric, and the philosophy of interdisciplinary teaching. He is currently at work on a book about the theme of revenge in modern American fiction, film, and television.

Scott Moore
Analytical Writing

scott mooreScott Moore earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from California State University, Chico, where he taught courses in literature, composition, and rhetoric in writing. During his stay in Northern California, he also spent time as a writing tutor, and worked as a technical writer for the CSU Research Foundation. Scott received his Ph.D. in English from Brandeis in August 2013; his dissertation was about the failure of meritocracy in nineteenth-century U.S. literature.

Scott currently teaches Composition for the University Writing Program at Brandeis University. He is also TESOL certified, and has taught sections of the University Writing Seminar (UWS) built around topics such as the frontier in the American imaginary, and the manifestation of aristocracy in American literature and culture.

Megan Finch
Analytical Writing

Picture of Megan FinchMegan Finch is excited to be working with the Gateway Scholars Summer Program as an Analytical Writing Instructor. Megan received her B.A. in English Literature from University of California, Davis. After several years working in Silicon Valley at a large tech company, she switched coasts to pursue a Ph.D. in English at Brandeis. Now in her fourth year of the program, Megan focuses on representation of nationalism in North America (particularly Caribbean, Southern and African American nationalist formation and intimations).

Megan has taught sections of the University Writing Seminar (UWS) at Brandeis focused on the topics of dystopian literature and politics. She is looking forward to teaching a UWS course focusing on post-human representations of monstrosity in the spring. More than almost anything, Megan attempts to foster students’ passion for writing and she hopes that her students leave her courses having written something that they are proud of. 

Amy Rinaldo
Academic Oral Communication

amy rinaldoAmy Rinaldo is excited to be working with Brandeis University’s Gateway Scholars Summer Program as an Academic Oral Communication instructor. She earned a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Political Science from University of California, San Diego and is finishing her M.A. in TESOL from the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute, Vermont.

She has taught English as an additional language for a total of five years in China, Thailand, Poland, and the US, and has worked with students from over 25 countries. She is passionate about empowering students through interactive explorations of language, culture, and effective communication. Amy led a demonstration on creating a do-it-yourself corpus during SIT’s 2015 Sandanona Conference, reflecting her interest in corpus linguistics and how language corpora can be used to facilitate effective teaching and learning.

Courtney Pina Miller
Academic Oral Communication

Picture of Courtney Pina MillerCourtney Pina Miller is excited to begin her first year teaching in the Gateway Scholars Summer Program as an Academic Oral Communication Instructor. Courtney received her B.A. in American Literature and Culture from UCLA and her M.A. in English Literature from Loyola Marymount University. Courtney is now in her third year in the English Ph.D. Program at Brandeis, where she studies transatlantic modernism, representations of working class characters and spaces, and critical race theory.

Courtney has taught literature, composition, and oral rhetoric courses at Brandeis and Loyola Marymount, and is looking forward to teaching a UWS course this fall on representations of white trash characters in literature, television, and film. Courtney also enjoys working in the Brandeis University Writing Center and working with first generation college students in the Brandeis Student Support Services Program.