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Peter S. Gardner is a professor in the Liberal Arts Department at Berklee College of Music, where he directs the English as a Second Language Program and teaches courses in ESL, intercultural communication, English composition, and literature. He has also served as Interim Chair of the Department for two years. He was a Senior Lecturer at Boston University’s Center for English Language and Orientation Programs for many years, and he has taught English as a foreign language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, India, Japan, and China.
Professor Gardner has lectured and trained faculty at universities and other educational institutions throughout Europe and Asia and is currently a consultant in language arts, intercultural communication, and English as a second and foreign language. He has extensive experience in curriculum and program design at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
He has published numerous articles on second-language acquisition, innovative pedagogy, and intercultural communication in such journals as College ESL, Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Cross Currents, Literature/Film Quarterly, and Journal of Teaching Writing. In addition, he is the author of New Directions: Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking, 2nd edition (Cambridge University Press, 2005), a popular college text used in the U.S. and abroad.
Professor Gardner holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature from Harvard College, a Master’s in Education from Boston University, and a Master’s in Music from the Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in intercultural education at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.