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Sueli Bertuol-Okun, M.A.


College of Marin - Intensive English Program
Bldg. 3, Room 261
1800 Ignacio Blvd.,
Novato, California 94949
Tel: (415) 457.8811 ext. 8579
Fax: (415) 883-2632



M.A. TESOL, 1993
Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS)

Summer Program, 1989 
University of Florida in Gainesvillle, FL

B.A. Letras, 1986
Teaching Languages (Portuguese/English) and Literatures with emphasis on Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (EFL)
Faculdade de Filosofia Ciencias e Letras de Guarapuava, Brazil (FAFIG)

EFL Teaching Approaches, 1987
(Specialization Course 390hrs)
Faculdade de Filosofia Ciencias e Letras de Guarapuava, Brazil (FAFIG)


About me

I was born and educated in Brazil.  After graduating from college, I was offered a teaching position at that institution where I worked for 5 years teaching EFL English and American Literature.

Before pursuing graduate studies abroad, I applied and competed for a scholarship from Rotary Foundation for a year of studies anywhere in the world.  I chose to come to California, to the prestigious MIIS (Monterey Institute of International Studies) in Monterey, CA, where  I received an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in 1993.

My fist teaching position in the US was at the Santa Rosa Junior College (1995-1999) teaching non-credit and credit ESL.  In the fall 1999 I started teaching at the Intensive English Program at the College of Marin, and I have been there ever since. I have taught all courses and levels, and I have been involved in many aspects of the program, like student placement and extra-curricular activities that support students’ success in the IEP. 


interest areas

  • Writing for academic purposes (paragraph and essay writing)
  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar for communication and test taking
  • Note-taking and listening strategies for academic lectures, group discussions and presentations.


Courses Typically Taught

  • Writing for Academic Purposes - Level 1, 2, 3 (current)
  • Grammar - Level 1, 2 (current), 3
  • Speaking, Listening, and Pronunciation - Level 1, 2 (current)
  • In the past I have taught TOEFL preparation and Reading
    – Level 1, 2, 3


Sueli Bertuol-Okun

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