Annie Caza

Instructor | School of Arts and Communication

Contact Information

acaza@fit.edu
(321) 674-8246
Frederick C. Crawford Bldg, 512

Personal Overview

Professor Caza is an ESL and writing instructor who works primarily with international students at Florida Tech and with adult learners' online classes. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English with a concentration in TESOL and has over 30 years of experience teaching second language acquisition.

Professor Caza believes that the field of TESOL is fascinating because the world we live in is increasingly international and she believes that it is important to balance the student's overall experience—global perspectives, diversity, and intercultural communication—with the curriculum. For her, the biggest and most rewarding challenge is to translate academic theory into real-world practice. Her goal is to create an environment where students feel comfortable and are well prepared for their professional and personal life.

In her free time, Professor Caza is a ranked competitive runner. On most mornings, she can be seen running on the Melbourne Causeway or on the beach with her beloved Dalmatian, Olive. Professor Caza enjoys training, time at the beach, and traveling.

Educational Background

D.E.C. College Edouard Montpetit 1981
B.A. Dalhousie University 1985
B.Ed. Dalhousie University 1987
M.A. Dalhousie University 1987

Professional Experience

Professor Caza is currently teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) classes as well as English Writing Review at Florida Institute of Technology.

Upon finishing her M. A. from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Professor Caza moved to Victoria, British Columbia where she taught French Immersion classes at Sir James Douglas School as well as French classes at the University of Victoria for 12 years.

Professor Caza then moved to Seattle, WA where she taught ESL at Kaplan on the University of Washington campus.

In 2004, Professor Caza moved to Melbourne, FL where she first taught at the ESL Center here on campus, then to Eastern Florida State College before joining Florida Institute of Technology in August 2007.

Additional Duties

Tutor in Writers' Den

Current Courses

  • ESL 0402 — Advance Oral Communication
  • ESL 0403 — Advance Listening Comprehension
  • ESL 0404 — Advance Reading
  • ESL 0405 — Advance Writing
  • WRI 0100 — English Writing Review
  • WRI 0105 -   Online Writing

Research

Research & Project Interests

  • Computers and Internet Use in Language Classes
  • Social Media Use in Language Classes
  • Cultural "Mapping" and  Communication Styles
  • Cultural Differences in Language Classes
  • Diversity in Language Classes
  • Second Language acquisition