Teaching English

Through my years as a writing and ESL tutor, and now as an English/ESL teacher, I have found myself recommending the same things for students over and over again. This section of my website is a collection of class assignments for my students, as well as tips and recommendations for native and non-native speakers of English struggling with learning to write creatively or academically.

My Curriculum Vitae:


California State University, Fullerton

Masters of Science, Teaching English To Speakers of Other Languages

May 2016

Bachelors of Fine Arts, General Studio Arts

May 2013                                                  

Academy of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy

Study Abroad, CSU International Programs

August 2011 – August 2012


ESL Instructor

August 2017 – present

Fullerton College

  • Taught college writing preparation for non-native speakers.


Non Credit ESL Instructor

January 2017 – June 2017

Mt. San Antonio College

  • Taught advanced writing for ESL
  • Taught advanced speaking for ESL
  • Taught a split level low advanced and high advanced grammar course.
  • Taught an advanced grammar course.
  • Taught intermediate writing course.
  • EL Civics and CASAS experience

ESL Instructor (Credit)

January 2017 – present

Citrus Community College

  • Taught an 8 week intermediate grammar course.
  • Taught 8 week intermediate reading course
  • Taught 8 week high intermediate course

ESL Instructor

July 2016 – August 2016

GEOS Language Lab

  • Taught Intermediate and Advanced summer courses.
  • Taught integrated skills (reading/writing, speaking/listening), grammar, and vocabulary.
  • Taught international students learning and study strategies for college or university level classes in America.
  • Facilitated active learning through communicative language activities.

Teaching Associate

August 2015 – May 2016

English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics Department, California State University, Fullerton

  • Designed course syllabus and outline for Freshman English Composition under the direction of the TA supervisor.
  • Lectured on the writing process, rhetorical modes and necessary grammatical features.
  • Facilitated active learning through student-centered activities.
  • Led workshops focused on topics such as MLA format, active voice, and commas.
  • Collected, graded, and returned student work in a timely manner.


Graduate Learning Specialist, Graduate Student Success Center

October 2017 – present

Office of Graduate Studies, California State University, Fullerton

ESL Tutor/ Embedded Tutor, Student Success Center

April 2013 – December 2016

Coastline Community College, Le-Jao Center

  • Assisted instructors in intermediate noncredit ESL (IEL/CE/EL Civics/Grant 231)
  • Assisted instructors with group discussion and conferencing with students in English 100 and 102.
  • Provided tech support for computer lab time in MyEnglishLab and Burlington English.
  • Led Writing/ESL Tutor Training workshops for incoming tutors at the Le-Jao Center.
  • Led informal review sessions in the Student Success Center for various ESL and English classes.
  • Held one-on-one and group tutorial sessions with students
  • Piloted Skype/online tutoring for the Le-Jao Student Success Center

Instructional Student Assistant

 August 2009 – August 2011; August 2014 – August 2015

English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics Department, California State University, Fullerton

  • Worked with various English 099 instructors to create and lead workshops during class time
  • Collaborated with work associates to create and teach workshops for remedial English students
  • Assisted 099 instructors with conferencing with students
  • Held one-on-one and group tutorial sessions with students


Practicum                                                                                                                         January 2016 – May 2016

  • Wrote reflective teaching journals, unit plans for class as teacher of record.
  • Was observed and counseled by TESOL practicum supervisor and faculty advisor.

Language Test Assessment                                                                                   August 2015 – December 2015

  • Collaborated with team member to design and administer a multi-skills pilot test for intermediate adult ESL levels at Coastline Community College.
  • Analyzed results of pilot test through descriptive statistics and correlations, item and distractor analysis, and reliability scores.

Curriculum Development                                                                                              January 2015 – May 2015

  • Collaborated with team members and developed two vocabulary courses for intermediate adult ESL levels at Coastline Community College in Westminster, CA
  • Conducted a needs assessment, set course goals, designed syllabus and program evaluation


  • Fundamentals in TESOL
  • Advanced Principles of TESOL Listening/Speaking Focus
  • Advanced Principles of TESOL Reading/Writing Focus
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Curriculum and Program Design for TESOL
  • Pedagogical Grammar and TESOL
  • Teaching Vocabulary in ESL/EFL
  • Theories, Response to Written Composition
  • Second Language Assessment
  • Writing Theory and Practice
  • Practicum


Danielsen. M., & Seo. L., & Zhou. W. (2014, November). Cohesive features: Transitional words. Poster presented at the CATESOL Orange County Chapter Fall Workshop Beyond ‘Repeat After Me’: Teaching Pronunciation with Imagination. Fullerton, CA.

Danielsen. M. (2014, November).  Argumentation: Toulmin model. Workshop presented in the California State University, Fullerton during English 100 class time. Fullerton, CA.

Danielsen. M., & Kilzer. C., & Montgomery. F., & Pak. J. (2014, November).  Argumentation: Ethos, pathos & logos. Workshop presented at the California State University, Fullerton in the Writing Center. Fullerton, CA.

Danielsen, M. (2014, April). The power of questions. Poster presented at the inaugural conference of Coastline Community College Tutoring EXPO: The Power of One, Westminster, CA.

Danielsen, M. & Kerstetter, L. (2010, October). Paragraph organization. Workshop presented at the California State University, Fullerton in the Writing Center. Fullerton, CA.

Danielsen, M. (2010, June). Descriptive writing. Workshop presented in the California State University, Fullerton during English 99 class time. Fullerton, CA.


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Club                                         Spring 2014 – Spring 2016

President, Vice-President, Co-Vice President, Inter Club Council Representative, Peer Mentorship Program Coordinator, TESOL Club Peer Mentor, Historian, TESOL Symposium Planning Committee Chair

  • Organized, planned, coordinated planning meetings for first ever TESOL Club symposium.
  • Gathered paperwork and presented funding proposal request for funding for TESOL Club Symposium.
  • Created advertising, call for papers, web page for TESOL Club Symposium
  • Organized and delegated tasks for TESOL Club Symposium
  • Attended meetings, planned events, coordinated and mentored Inter Club Council Representatives, wrote funding proposals to present to the Humanities and Social Sciences Inter Club Council.
  • Attended HSS ICC meetings as a representative for the TESOL Club, presented funding proposals for the Club, participated in discussions regarding funding for other clubs
  • Created a survey and analyzed results of the pilot Peer Mentorship program. Revised the Program Mission Statement and selection criteria. Hosted the inaugural in-person Peer Mentorship kick-off meeting
  • Mentored incoming graduate students in techniques and strategies to be successful in the TESOL Master’s program
  • Created wordpress and linked social media sites for Club in order to reach a wider audience.
  • Created and edited video of professional workshops and club events to post to club’s Youtube channel.
  • Called meetings, set agendas, took minutes, delegated tasks to club officers, supervised club events.

Project S.H.I.N.E.                                                                                                         Spring 2014 – Spring 2016

Training Presenter, Volunteer.

  • Presented the overview of requirements, forms, survey, & registration for Project SHINE to volunteers, gave a speech to incoming volunteers about the importance of helping elderly immigrants in community ESL classes
  • Coached and volunteered in an American Language Program classroom, assisting professors with feedback on papers and explaining concepts to students



Italian Language and Culture Club                                                                            Spring 2011 – Spring 2016

Vice-President, Founding Member

  • Attended coffee break meetings, hosted Italian card games, shared experiences and insights into the Italian language and culture with members, organized carpools to events

Multiple Originals Society (CSUF Printmaking Club),                                     September 2010 – August 2011

Secretary, Arts Inter Club Council Representative

  • Organized printmaking events to promote the art of printmaking, organized printmaking night and editions, took notes and planned events for printmaking
  • Attended AICC ICC meetings as a representative for the Club, organized events for Arts Week, participated in discussions regarding funding for other clubs


  • California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL)
  • Orange County CATESOL (OC-CATESOL)
  • Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Club
  • Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars
  • CSUF Alumni Association


CATESOL Education Foundation Grant Awardee                                                        February 2014 – May 2015


  • High Intermediate proficiency in Italian (spoken and written)
  • Elementary proficiency in Arabic (spoken and written)