Mr. Bradley A. Hodges
English Language Institute Instructor
A former award-winning newspaper reporter from North Carolina, Brad Hodges has also lived, worked and studied in three French-speaking countries. His second, lifelong language is French, and he enjoys learning about the syntax, phonology, cultural inferences and other particularities of his students' own first languages.
Before coming to the ELI at Georgia Gwinnett College, he taught at the University of Alabama for 12 years as well as at Georgia State University, in the Peace Corps in Gabon and in Canada during a graduate exchange program. He especially enjoys etymology, comparative linguistics, tracking down students' semantic and phonetic L1 interference, and delivering tailored lessons accordingly.
When he's not on campus, he manages a freelance English/French translation and subtitling business on multiple online platforms.
"If you ever come visit me, don't mind the guinea pigs," Hodges said.
- Master's – applied linguistics and ESL – Georgia State University
- Bachelor's – mass communications and French – University of North Carolina at Asheville
- L1 interference
- Second language acquisition
- Computer assisted language learning (CALL)
- Corpus linguistics
- Member, TESOL International, 2005-present
- Member, Alabama-Mississippi TESOL, 2007-present
- Faculty Senator for the University of Alabama, 2010-2012
- Information Technology Committee Co-Chair and Steering Committee member, 2011-2012
- Member, University of Alabama Standing Committee on International Education, 2010-2012
- Participated as a TESOL proposals reviewer, June 2009 (about eight hours invested)
- Vice-president, Greater Birmingham Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, 2008-2015
- Past chair of volunteer activities, nominations committee member for Atlanta Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, 2005-2006
- French-English Translator and Interpreter (on-call), Tuscaloosa City Schools, 07/2008-present
- French-English Translator and Interpreter (on-call), Tuscaloosa County Schools, 10/2007-present
- Qualified rater of the International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) exam at the University of Alabama, 07/2007-present
- Certified TOEFL iBT test center administrator, 2006-2007
- Volunteer ESL teaching assistant two mornings a week in LINC program of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, 10/2006-11/2006
Grants and Scholarships
- North American Mobility (09/2006-12/2006) $3,000
- Georgia State University’s International Education Fee Study Abroad Scholarship (07/2006) $500
- Folkmoot Festival (07/2006) – Folkmoot and the Gabonese government provided funding to allow Tandima, a group of twenty Gabonese traditional musicians and dancers, to participate in an international festival in Western North Carolina for two weeks. (Unspecified amount)