The English for Professional Purposes (ESL) certificate program is under review and no classes will be offered for the program at this time. Please contact the College of Extended Learning for further information.

Photo: Sandra Arriaga

Sandra Arriaga

Sandra Arriaga teaches and manages curriculum, faculty outreach, and logistics for the San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning Center for Global Engagement. She has spent more than nine years teaching English to university students and professionals, in addition to training English teachers and designing innovative curricula for language and professional programs. Sandra received a master’s degree in English with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from SF State, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Linguistics from the University of Texas, Austin.


Simone Hoelck

Simone Hoelck has taught Business and Academic English since 2004, including writing, self-editing, and presentation skills at San Francisco State University (SF State), Golden Gate University, and the University of San Francisco. Working with students from various backgrounds and age groups, Simone is very passionate about helping students acquire new skills or increase their comfort level with writing or presenting in English. She has a Master's of Science in Business Administration (emphasis in International Business), and a Master's of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from SF State. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, including hiking, camping, and horseback riding, but also likes good food and just spending time with her family and two cats.


Jim O'Hara

Jim O’Hara began his teaching career in 1984 at Brown University in Providence, RI. Two years later, he was accepted into the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program for the Peace Corps and worked as a teacher trainer and cultural orientation supervisor in the refugee camps of both Indonesia and Thailand. Upon returning to the U.S., he received his M.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley. Jim has taught ESL at SF State’s College of Extended Learning since 1999, and at many adult schools, social service agencies and community colleges throughout the Bay Area. Jim is currently a full-time educational director at the Academy of Art University. He is married and has two children, a daughter and a son, as well as a dog, parrot, guinea pig and numerous other “exotic” pets.


Photo: Andrea Taylor

Andrea Taylor

Andrea Taylor received her Masters in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from San Francisco State University and holds a B.A. in Theater and Art. She has been teaching professional and academic English and has trained teachers in the U.S. and abroad since 2005. She has a passion for teaching communication skills and her specific expertise in pronunciation, online communication and online teaching. In addition to teaching this course, Andrea is a Learning Experience Designer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.