About Me

Hello!  I’m Rita, the Linguist Teacher, and I live in Lakewood, Colorado where I teach English to adults from around the world.  I am a native speaker of English, born and raised in California, and I speak a form of English typical of the western United States.

I have been teaching English to adult speakers of other languages for more than ten years.  I have an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and in graduate school, I discovered my special love of teaching English pronunciation.

In Patagonia

Hiking in Patagonia, Argentina

Before I was an English teacher, I worked in natural resources management.  I enjoyed my work, but hiking every day with heavy equipment on my back and working alone in isolated places stopped being so much fun.  I looked for another career that was less physically difficult but still challenging, adventurous, and fun.  I found what I was looking for in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

I love learning new languages, I love meeting people from different countries, and I love helping people achieve their goals.  In this profession, I can do all of those things, and I know that now I really do have a dream job.

In my free time, I run, hike, play my guitar (mostly bluegrass these days), work in my garden, and study Spanish, Italian, and Armenian languages.

See LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/rita-berberian-079058a9

Teaching Credentials and Experience


  • M.A. Linguistics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • Literacy Instruction Authorization, Colorado Department of Education
  • TESL/TEFL Certificate

  • M.S. Toxicology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

  • B.S. Nutritional Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA


10 years teaching English in a variety of settings in the U.S. and overseas

Courses taught include:

  • English Pronunciation
  • Community English
  • Business English
  • Conversational English
  • Intensive English for Visiting Professionals
  • Workplace Health and Safety English

I have experience teaching groups and doing one-on-one private instruction.

Besides my linguistics and teacher training, my previous work in biology, natural resources, and public health makes me uniquely qualified to understand the needs (and professional language) of a wide variety of professionals.   I’ve worked with medical doctors, nurses, mining engineers, petroleum engineers, electrical engineers, business executives, lawyers, musicians, and many, many others.

Professional activities: 

  • Member TESOL International Association
  • Member Colorado TESOL (CoTESOL)
  • Co-chair of Adult Special Interest Group of CoTESOL, 2010-2012
  • Founder of Denver English Conversation Club