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Rivera-Pacheco, Emilda C.

Emilda Rivera-Pacheco
Senior Faculty
University of Puerto Rico
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Education

Academic Focus

English as a second language, teaching excellence, assessment, linguistics, communication

Courses Taught
  • Teaching ESL Learners in Diverse Settings
  • Second Language Acquisition and Culture
  • Equitable Assessment for ESL Learners
  • Linguistics and Language Variations
  • Professional Seminars: English as a Second Language

Ed.D. - University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus
M.Ed. - University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus
B.A. - Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus


A quote I agree with comes from Anthony J. D’Angelo, who wishes to transform higher education by helping young adults: “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”

I, as a language and communication professor, believe that: Human communication is not only the words we say. It is also the nonverbal language we use, with or without the words.

Professional Experience
  • English, ESL, and education professor at both private and public universities in Puerto Rico.
  • English Language Coordinator at the Multilanguage Learning Center at the Universidad del Este, Carolina, Puerto Rico.
  • Business Communication professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.
  • Coordinator of Student Support Services Program at the Colegio Tecnológico Universitario de San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Awards & Recognitions

Publishing Award, Delta Kappa Gamma Society of Women Educators, Delta Chapter

Research & Publications
  • Rivera, E. (2010). Effective business communication in English: Writing Professionally. San Juan, PR: Seminarios Imagen, Center for Advanced Learning.
  • Rivera Pacheco, E. (2007). Samuel Johnson: The man and his Dictionary of the English Language. Revista Pedagogía 40 (1) (pp. 239-254). [ISSN 0031-3769]. College of Education, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.
  • Rivera Pacheco, E. (2005). Affixes as a strategy for vocabulary acquisition in a first year ESL college reading course (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database. (Publication number 3189174) [ISBN 0-542-31745-1].
  • Rivera, E., Rosa, M., Santiago, A., Torres, N. & Bravo, M. (2001, Fall). The transition to college process in PR_CETP scholars. The Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations 4 (2) (pp. 7 – 24). Richmond, VA: Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition.
Selected Presentations
  • Assessment Tools in Business Communication: Working with Graphic Organizers. Business English Department, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.
  • Peer Tutoring.  Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Educators, Delta chapter, Carolina, PR.
  • Using cognitive and Metacognitive Strategies to promote Reading Comprehension. Puerto Rico TESOL 29th Annual Convention, Isla Verde, PR
  • Code Switching. 11th Annual Summer Institute: Building Partnerships Between Teachers from New York and Puerto Rico. Brooklyn College and the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.
Professional Memberships & Affiliations

Puerto Rico TESOL