About Us

Professor Barbara Kinney Black began her 25+ year ESL teaching career as a volunteer in her church in Coral Gables, Florida.  She had taught for just 3 weeks when it became obvious to her that she could do something she loved for a career.  She returned to university for a Master’s of Science degree in T.E.S.O.L.  Since that time she has taught ESL in a diversity of settings including:

        Adult Education – Miami-Dade, Florida

        College – Miami-Dade College, Miami, Florida - largest college in the U.S.A.

        Seminary – New Orleans Theological Seminary - Miami Campus

        China – Honghe University - sharing Western ESL teaching technique with Chinese                      English Teachers

   Barbara and Bernie with colleagues sharing Western teaching techniques with Chinese English teachers.

Barbara and Bernie with colleagues sharing Western teaching techniques with Chinese English teachers.

Professor Black has authored ESL curriculum for a variety of applications including:

       ESL for Florida Power and Light                      employees

       ESL for employees of Global Mail                    Solutions

       Co-authored Teaching English                          Techniques & Practice for Honghe                    University, China

Professor Black enjoys most her involvement since 1994 as a teacher/trainer for churches in Florida wishing to begin ESL ministries.

Professor Black has directed two ESL ministries in South Florida churches.  Above all, Professor Black delights in seeing her students succeed. 

Bernard Black has taught ESL as a volunteer for the past 20 years alongside his wife, Barbara.  Bernie has also taught Bible for 39 years to young people through senior adults.  Bernie is retired from a dual career as a communications technician for the telephone company, and as an aircraft electrician in the U.S. Navy.  Bernie formats all of Barbara’s ESL publications.

Aside from writing ESL curriculum, Barbara and Bernie are seasoned travelers having visited all 50 states and more than 70 countries.  As they travel they do family history research in locales where Barbara's ancestors lived.  They enjoy sharing their love of photography and cooking with others.