UCLA Extension

Meet the Instructors

Robin (Bobby) Bundell

Robin (Bobby) Bundell

Bobby started teaching at ALC in 2006. She holds a Diploma in TESL and a Master’s in Applied Linguistics from Victoria University in New Zealand. She taught in Japan, New Zealand and the Czech Republic before settling in California. Bobby has taught a variety of levels and skills, including exam preparation, and she is an official IELTS examiner. In 2014, Bobby received UCLA Extension’s Distinguished Instructor Award for teaching excellence and dedication to the program.


Scott Gist, Instructor, UCLA Extension

MA TESOL, California State University, Los Angeles; Certificate in Screenwriting, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

Mr. Gist has taught in the Academic Intensive English Program at the American Language Center since 2006, including courses in advanced reading, advanced writing, advanced grammar, movies, drama, and business English. Mr. Gist co-leads the ALC Grammar Committee and has led several workshops for teachers in the ALC’s Academic Intensive English Program. He has presented at teacher conferences on topics ranging from teacher feedback on student writing to grammatical accuracy in student speaking to the use of movies in the classroom. Mr. Gist also taught university preparation courses in Korea for two years.

Leigh Hall

Leigh Hall

Leigh has taught advanced academic English as a second language and TOEFL since 2007, for the past five years at the American Language Center, where she has also taught movies and drama, among other classes. She also developed the first class for English language learners at the California Institute of the Arts, where she helps both BFA and MFA students develop their academic language skills and runs the language portion of the International Gateway program each summer. Leigh studied Art History and Theater at Princeton University and is currently working towards a Master’s in Psychology at Pepperdine University.

Karen Muldoon-Hules

Dr. Karen Muldoon-Hules, Distinguished Instructor, UCLA Extension and University Lecturer

PhD, UCLA Asian Languages and Cultures; MA, UCLA Asian Languages and Cultures; MLS, Indiana University, Library and Information Science

Dr. Muldoon-Hules has designed and taught English courses in Japan, the United States, and online in workplace and university programs over the past 20 years. She has taught advanced academic English for the American Language Center since 2001 and received a 2012 Distinguished Instructor Award from UCLA Extension. Dr. Muldoon-Hules has also taught undergraduate content courses for UCLA, presented at major conferences, and published a number of articles in her PhD field.

Joan Stein

Joan Stein

MA TESOL/Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles

Joan received an MA degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Applied Linguistics from UCLA and has taught in France and as a government and corporate employee in Japan. Joan has been teaching and developing curriculum at the American Language Center since 2004 and is a recipient of UCLA Extension’s Distinguished Instructor Award.

Michael Thomas, Distinguished Instructor, UCLA Extension

MPhil, Educational Psychology, USC; MA TESOL, American University of Cairo, Egypt; MA History, UCLA

Mr. Thomas has taught at the American Language Center for more than 20 years. In addition to teaching the highest level in the Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP), Mr. Thomas coordinates the AIEP writing curriculum. In 2011, he was named a UCLA Extension Distinguished Instructor. Mr. Thomas also serves as coordinator of student assessment and testing, as well as overseeing the instructional and administrative technology for ALC’s intensive English programs. With his background in educational psychology, Mr. Thomas investigates the many ways students’ attention and memory processes change as they develop a complex skill like a new language.

The courses listed below provide international students with a foundation to succeed in graduate school or with further professional studies.