Theodora Bofman
Instructor, Professor Emeritus
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 266-6101
Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Literacy, Teacher Training, Languages and Literatures of Southeast Asia (Thai)
Courses Taught
TESL 340 - Practices and Procedures
TESL 410 - Techniques of Teaching English
TESL 414 - Theories of Teaching ESL
TESL 430 - Structure of Language
TESL 440 - Languge and Literacy
TESL 445 - Language Variation
TESL 451 - Lexically Based Instruction
TESL 460 - Second Language Acquisition
TESL 465 - Experiential Preparation for Teaching English as a Second Language
Research Interests
Thai, language acquisition and methodology, corpus linguistics, vocabulary, literacy

B.A. - Linguistics, University of Michigan

M.A. - Southeast Asia Studies, Yale University

Ph.D. - Linguistics, University of Michigan

Selected Publications

The Poetics of the Ramakian. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, l984.

Bofman, Theodora,Jeanine Ntihirageza, and Paul Prez. “Writing a bilingual learner’s dictionary:  A case study of Kirundi.”  In English Learners’ Dictionaries at the DSNA 2009. Ilan J. Kernerman and Paul Bogaards, eds. Tel Aviv: K Dictionaries Ltd. 2010.

Bofman, Theodora and Paul Prez.  “Thai Pop Music:  A Specialized Corpus for the Language Classroom.” Center for Advanced Language Proficiency and Research(CALPER) Corpus Community Report #3.  August 2009.

“Thai Pop Music:  Corpus Analysis and Second Language Learning.” In Journal of Southeast Asian Language Teaching


Teddy Bofman has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Michigan. She began her teaching career in 1973 and considers teaching her passion to this day. She has taught in the United States, Thailand, and Israel. Her areas of specialization include ESL, EFL, teacher training, literacy, language acquisition, atypical language development, and Thai. She is also the winner of the Audrey Reynolds Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2012. Most recently, she was awarded the 2017 Betsy Rubin Adult Educator Award. 

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6-7 p.m. Wednesday
3-4 p.m. Thursday
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