I was born and raised in West Virginia. I went to college at the University of Virginia, where I studied linguistics, and then to graduate school at the University of Chicago (linguistics) and the University of Miami (ancient history and philosophy). I settled down in South Florida in the late 1990s. Afterwards, I studied translation at New York University and applied linguistics at Penn State. I am a linguist and essayist. I love language, linguistics, and writing about them (to review my complete academic and professional background, view or download my curriculum vitae).
I currently serve as Chief Academic Officer at Language On, a private language institute in Miami and Miami Beach, Florida. In 2008, I started working with Educational Testing Service as an essay rater for the TOEFL iBT program. From 2007 to 2016, I was Director of Programs and Professional Development at inlingua Florida and still work with with inlingua International in Bern, Switzerland as a curriculum consultant. I am also a freelance translator and language consultant, certified by the American Translators Association (ATA) for translation from Spanish into English.
My academic and research interests include theoretical, applied and historical linguistics; phonetics and phonology; English dialectology (especially African-American English); Indo-European studies; neuroscience; anthropology; and the humanities. You can review my complete bibliography here, or see which of my works are currently available for purchase. To learn about my philosophy of teaching English as a second language, explore my views on selected aspects of applied linguistics or review samples of my work in the field, please visit my TESOL portfolio and blog.
Additional Information about Richard McDorman:
- Richard McDorman’s Professional Translator Profile at ProZ.com
- Richard McDorman’s TESOL Blog and e-portfolio
- Goodreads Author Profile for Richard McDorman
- Richard McDorman’s Amazon Author Page
- Academia.edu Independent Scholar Profile for Richard McDorman
- A brief history of Richard McDorman’s work at inlingua Florida (2003-2016)