Elizabeth Bredeck is an instructor at the UC San Diego English Language Institute. Before teaching English, she worked in the UC San Diego Literature Department for 13 years, designing and teaching undergraduate courses including intermediate German (integrated skills) and seminars on topics including German national identity, folk and fairy tale, and Kafka. She introduced "German for Reading Knowledge" to the curriculum, supervised German teaching assistants and was a reader for the AP German language exam. Her 1992 book on the language philosopher, Fritz Mauthner, grew out of an interest in the philosophical debate over the relationship between language and thought.
Looking for a change, yet wishing to draw on her training in language teaching, she earned a TEFL certificate and taught at the university language learning center in Göttingen, Germany. She joined UC San Diego’s English Language Institute in 2012, and has taught a wide range of classes on grammar, reading and vocabulary, listening, and specialized types of writing. Partial to courses with a strong academic focus, she especially enjoys teaching grammar and reading, since both encourage students to gain a deeper awareness and appreciation of a language’s structure. A member of CATESOL, she also works as a freelance translator and copyeditor of German academic texts.