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A. C. Kemp is a lecturer in English Language Studies

A. C. Kemp is a lecturer in English Language Studies who teaches undergraduate and graduate subjects in writing and oral communication skills. Her primary interests are vocabulary acquisition and teacher training—in particular the training of International Teaching Assistants (ITAs).

She has worked extensively with ITAs. She teaches two subjects that help these students to prepare to teach MIT classes: Workshop in Strategies for Effective Teaching/ELS (21G.217) and Advanced Speaking and Critical Listening Skills/ELS (21G.232). For these classes, she has also developed The User-friendly Classroom, a video training series for ITAs developed with funding from The Gilberte Furstenberg & Douglas Morgenstern Fund for Innovation in Language Instruction and the Alumni Class Funds. This video series, as well as accompanying exercises and teacher insights, is publicly available on MIT’s OpenCourseWare at

Her interest in vocabulary has been demonstrated in both talks and publications. A. C. has presented many workshops on the theory and practice of teaching vocabulary at conferences such as TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages); its Massachusetts chapter, MATSOL; and JALT-CALL (Japan Association for Language Teaching/Computer Assisted Language Learning). Between 2002 and 2009, she wrote over 300 columns on slang and colloquial language for the popular Slang City website ( A.C.'s humor book on obscure vocabulary, The Perfect Insult for Every Occasion: Lady Snark's Guide to Common Discourtesy, was published by Adams Media in March 2008.

The User-Friendly Classroom: A video training series for International Teaching Assistants