Dennis Mahler is the academic advisor of the International English and Professional Programs at UC Davis Extension, helping students solve personal problems or issues with their teachers or other classmates. In this role, he also assists students interested in attending a U.S. university in selecting a school and applying for it. He has a M.A. in linguistics with an emphasis in TESOL and a B.A. in anthropology. He has worked in American junior and senior high schools, taught in Japan with the JET Program and has taught at UC Davis Extension. Dennis’ master’s research focused on student conceptions of culture and how these manifest in the English classroom. He believes that creating a strong bond and a comfortable atmosphere are pivotal to any educational endeavor. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, taijiquen and Japanese tea ceremony (Omote senke).
“My favorite thing has definitely been getting to know more about different food, drinks and cultures from students. For example, I have learned to make Turkish coffee and Arabic-style qahua with cardamom and other spices.”