Elizabeth Landon, originally from Pennsylvania, received an undergraduate degree in flute performance from Northwestern University and continued her flute studies at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. During these years abroad, she was equally passionate about immersing herself in the local culture and learning the language as she was studying flute. Her music career was a "passport" into various cultures including France, Austria, and Japan. After completing a master's degree in music from Rice University and performing as principal flute with the Charlotte Symphony for a decade, Liz received a North Carolina teaching license and a master's degree in teaching English as a Second Language from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC).
In addition to teaching the advanced ESL course at Rowan-Cabarrus College, Liz has been a guest speaker at UNCC and a summer instructor/guest lecturer at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China. It is her greatest pleasure to help students build confidence in their new language community. She believes that the communicative approach to language learning builds community by creating trust, curiosity, and empathy among cultures. Liz also enjoys cooking, reading, yoga, dancing Argentine tango, traveling, and walking her dog Puccini.