Esther Chan has been teaching English at SF State since 1985. Besides teaching in the English department, she mentors MATESOL students, assists the coordinator in the CMS Program, and collaborates with teachers in some of SF State’s main feeder schools. She also teaches an online course to Unite Here employees, working to help them build skills and confidence so that they can be more effective in their work as emerging leaders of the union.
A native of San Francisco, Esther grew up in Chinatown and is fluent in Taishanese and Cantonese. She is also conversant in Mandarin. Esther loves teaching, and she loves learning – especially from her students and her colleagues. One of her favorite parts of teaching is helping her students embrace their college experience, develop their self-confidence, and discover their interests. Esther received her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and certificate to teach writing in 1985.