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Meet Rita Simpson-Vlach, Educational Materials Developer
January 10, 2019 | By: CJ Pettus
Categories: MET Go!, News, Staff Spotlight

Michigan Language Assessment will soon offer a more robust set of educational materials. Rita Simpson-Vlach joined Michigan Language Assessment as the educational materials developer in the fall of 2018. She’ll support teachers and test centers by developing new educational resources that include test preparation materials and classroom activities for skill-specific development.

Rita Simpson-Vlach
Rita Simpson-Vlach

Developing teaching materials taps into my creative process as a teacher, a writer, and a language expert.

Rita is an experienced EFL and ESL teacher. She earned her PhD in linguistics from the University of Michigan, holds a K–12 teaching credential, and she’s worked with learners of all ability levels and ages in both the United States and abroad. Rita has experience training teachers and she has taught in a graduate-level teacher preparation program (MA TESOL). Additionally, she has designed and conducted teacher training seminars, workshops, and in-service professional development courses for EFL and ESL teachers.

We’re pleased to have Rita on our team, and she’s excited to help us support teachers who are preparing students for Michigan Language Assessment exams. Rita understands the big picture of second language acquisition, the finer points of language learning and the English language structure, and practical classroom dynamics. Her keen eye for detail and her expertise in materials development will help Michigan Language Assessment better support teachers.

Explore the new Ready. Set. Go! resources Rita created for MET Go!, our multilevel test for children ages 11 to 15.