John Kopec

After getting his BA in psychology/biology at the University of Detroit, John began teaching EFL in 1968 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenitra, Morocco. After four years in Morocco, he got an MA in Applied Linguistics at Ohio University in 1974. Immediately following graduation, he went to Meshed, Iran for two years and taught in the English Department at Ferdowsi University; after Iran, he then taught at a pedagogical institute in Bydgoszcz, Poland on a Fulbright Scholarship. In 1977 John moved to Boston and started teaching at CELOP at Boston University as a senior lecturer.

While at BU, in affiliation with BU’s Questrom School of Business, John taught in its International MBA Program from 1998 to 2013 in Kobe, Japan and Beijing and Shanghai, China. During his 39 years at BU/CELOP, John has taught freshman writing at both CAS and MET; he has worked with international TAs at the Chemistry Department; he has given seminars to visiting scholars in the BU Global Program about the art of giving presentations. John has also had extensive experience in teacher training at Boston University (supervising student teachers from SED and lecturing graduate students on vocabulary acquisition) and at Clark University as a graduate school adjunct faculty member teaching ESL methodology; he has given workshops on teaching methodology and vocabulary acquisition to English-language teachers from Taiwan, 2005 and from Russia, January 2007.

John has also published a reading textbook (Milestones: An Intermediate Reader/Workbook in English) and edited teacher’s handbooks for a popular ESL series, Side by Side, Volumes 1 to 4, 2nd ed. He has also given numerous presentations at professional conferences, both local and international, on the topic of vocabulary and vocabulary acquisition, journal writing and the use of novels in the ESL classroom.

Outside the professional realm, John has a Master’s in gastronomy from MET; he loves cooking and enjoys reading books on food and food history. He has also acted on stage in numerous community theater musicals, comedies and dramas. When he watches TV, John spends many hours creating and doing counted cross-stitch samplers for friends and family.