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Ratcliffe-Garcia, Lillibeth

Adjunct faculty
University of Puerto Rico
English as a Second Language
Puerto Rico
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Education

Academic Focus

ESL teacher professional development and research, neuroscience and pedagogy, humanistic eclectic curriculum design

Courses Taught
  • Conversational English
  • Basic English
  • Theories and Principles for Teaching ESL
  • ESL Methodologies and Approaches
  • Curriculum and Teaching in ESL
  • Early Childhood Literature
  • Linguistics and Language Variations
  • Teaching Reading and Writing to ESL Students
  • Content-Based Instructions
  • Equitable Assessment of ESL Learners
  • CALLA Instruction
  • Educational Philosophy
  • Basic Psychology (Human Relations)

Ed.D. - University of Puerto Rico - Curriculum and teaching

M.Ed. - University of Puerto Rico - TESOL

Professional Experience
  • Professor of ESL, Spanish, Psychology, and Education
  • Junior college director
  • Academic dean
  • Coordinator of English department
  • Teacher of conversational Spanish for North Americans and Europeans who come to work or live in P.R. and conversational English classes for children and adults
Awards & Recognitions
  • Honor student of Golden Key International Honor Society
  • SUAGM grant for approval of NCLB project
  • Teacher of the year
Research & Publications

Ratcliffe-Garcia, L. (2015-)  Saga de un soldado boricua: La verdadera guerra comienza al llegar a casa (a novel)

Ratcliffe-Garcia, L. (2014) Teaching ESL to Students Who Were Once Under the Jurisdiction of a Juvenile Court: a Humanistic Approach (doctoral dissertation)

Ratcliffe-Garcia, L. (2013) Hacia una education especial de vanguardia (NCLB proposal for teachers of special education)

Ratcliffe-Garcia, L. (2013) El director de escuela como agente de cambio (NCLB proposal for school director)

Ratcliffe-Garcia, L. (2012) Sentando las bases para un ciudadano bilingue (NCLB proposal for teachers of English from the public and private systems)

Ratcliffe-Garcia, L. (2000) Mortuary Sciences Program (collaborated in the writing, design and development at PRTJC)

Ratcliffe-Garcia, L. (1981) Cultural Background of the Puerto Rican in the Acquisition of English as a Second Language (master's thesis)

Selected Presentations

Director of academic NCLB projects and workshops for teachers from the public and private systems of Puerto Rico.

Conferences and seminars on human relations at work to the Department of Education of Puerto Rico and the Governmental Vocational Agency (for low income students) at national and international levels in academic and non-academic organizations and conventions.

(2015). Empoderamiento de la mujer en la educacion (The Empowerment of Women in Education) Paper presented to the Women in Search group. Rincon, PR

(2014). Curriculo humanistico: Modelo de parendezaje y rehabilitacion para jovenes en probatoria (Humanistic Curriculum: Learning and Rehabilitation Model for Youngsters in Probation) Faculty of Education Forum, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

(2012). Logros de la mujer puertorriquena a nivel universitario: Una comparacion entre hombres y mujeres (Achievements of the Puerto Rican Woman at College Level: A Comparison Between Women and Men). Conference presented to the Altrusas Club of Puerto Rico and the Model Mother's Association. Rincon, PR

(2009). La influencia de la mujer latina en la literatura del nuevo milenio. (The Influence of the Latin Woman in the Literature of the New Millenium). 20th Congress of Women's Creativity. University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, PR

(2006). Investigacion-accion y retencion (Action Research and Retention). PRTJC Faculty Congress, San Juan, PR

(2002). Human Relations at Work. paper presented to the Professional Association of Administrative Assistants, Lions Club Convention, New York City.

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

Puerto Rico Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (PRTESOL)

Golden Key International Honor Society

Phi Delta Kappa Professional Fraternity