About Bigler ESL

Liz Bigler, founder of Bigler ESL offering English lessons to Japanese speakers of English

Bigler ESL was founded by Liz Bigler in 2012 after a long career of helping Japanese speakers with English. Bigler ESL offers customized learning plans according to the needs of each client, through private learning sessions(online or in-person). Sessions combine working with pronunciation and the rhythm and flow of English, as well as improving phrases and grammar as needed, in order to maximize effectiveness as a communicator. This specialized coaching helps clients minimize the frustration of misunderstanding and being misunderstood in English.

Bigler ESL also offers Intensive Accent Reduction Courses, which uncover the secrets of spoken English for Japanese speakers who are tired of having to repeat themselves for coworkers and other Americans. These courses are customized specifically for the problems that Japanese speakers of English typically have, including incorrect stress placement as well as incorrect production of individual sounds (R vs. L, work vs. walk, bag vs. bug, etc.)

Liz in 1990, teaching in Takahama, Japan

Liz in 1990, teaching in Takahama, Japan

Using a combination of methods and resources, including the revolutionary new “Color Vowel Chart” technique, Liz and her staff help Japanese speakers become more easily understood and use the English that they already know more effectively.

Bigler ESL also offers presentations and training for corporate events, with a variety of topics related to English language learning and life in the US.

Bigler ESL’s highly trained and experienced staff also offers weekly customized language lessons for children, spouses, and business professionals of all levels at offices in Peachtree Corners (a Northern Suburb of Atlanta), on business premises, or in private houses.

Our Teaching Team

 

Our staff is highly qualified and experienced. Contact us for a free consultation and needs analysis.

 
 
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Liz and her husband at a family wedding in Kyoto.

Liz and her husband at a family wedding in Kyoto.

LIZ BIGLER

Liz Bigler is one of Georgia’s most experienced English as a Second Language specialists. She has been married to a Japanese national for over 25 years and visits Japan frequently.  

Some of her professional highlights include:

  • Has created a method of one-on-one teaching that emphasizes a conversational base with detailed and personalized correction of pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary.

  • Holds a certificate in “Teaching Accent Reduction to English Language Learners” from the University of Georgia

  • Is the only Master Teacher Trainer in Georgia of the Color Vowel System of pronunciation.

  • Lived and taught English in Japan for 3 years

  • Has taught English to Japanese speakers (and others) for over 25 years

  • Has taught TESOL certificate program (to teachers of ESL) at Kennesaw State University

  • Taught at Seigakuin Atlanta International School for 10 years

  • Holds a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and ESL from Georgia State University

  • Certified instructor of the Compton P-ESL Accent Modification method

  • Speaks conversational Japanese

  • Visits Japan frequently.

  • Specializes in the typical problems Japanese speakers have with English vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation

  • Member of TESOL International and Georgia TESOL


BILL PARSON

Bill Parson has a certificate in teaching ESL (TESOL) from Kennesaw State University, a bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and an associate's degree in electronics technology. He has over 20 years of classroom experience, teaching ESL and other subjects. Based in the Peachtree City area, Bill teaches on-site Business English in a corporate environment, and one-on-one private lessons. He says, “My love of teaching and the feeling I get when I do something to help someone take a step forward in their life are enormously fulfilling and gratifying. I’m really happy to be a part of Bigler ESL.”

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LEE ANN EARLY

Lee Ann Early has been teaching Conversational English in the Peachtree Corners area for 19 years.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Social Science from the University of Georgia and her Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California. Lee Ann grew up in a very a very culturally diverse area of South Florida, and has always felt a special bond with international people.  She received her ESL teaching certificate through the North American Mission Board and has also been certified to teach teachers. She serves as a Regional Coordinator for Literacy Missions with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board and is the Director of the International Learning Center at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church.



MIKE MACOMBER

Mike Macomber has been involved with ESL programs for over 10 years as an administrator and one-on-one tutor for students of several languages. He retired in 2008 from the Information Systems field where he was a software analyst/designer, quality assurance/ implementation professional. He enjoys working with adults and children alike.  Mike is based in the Peachtree Corners area and says, “My greatest reward is when I see a student realize that they can learn and use another language effectively to expand and enrich their life."

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Carol McIntyre of BiglerESL

CAROL MACINTYRE

Carol MacIntyre served as the English Department Chairperson of Dunwoody High School for 28 years, during which she was named Teacher of the Year twice.  She taught in the Governor's Honors program for three years, and served as a consultant for its English program.  Carol has won two Fulbright scholarships to India and Peru, and summer fellowships to Virginia Commonwealth, Yale, Princeton, and  New York University Syracuse. She's also served as English Department Chair at Wesleyan School, and taught ESL at Kennesaw State University.  She is fluent in French and loves traveling, dogs, and sushi.