Dr. Mark Garton

Dr. Mark Garton

Associate Professor of ESL

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Mark Garton grew up in central Iowa and graduated with a degree in Spanish from Northeast Missouri State University in 1987.  After three years of working on immigration cases with a law firm in San Diego County, California, he attended Indiana University in Bloomington, earning both a Masters and a Ph.D.  He returned to Iowa in 2001 to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) at Marycrest International University in Davenport.  He then accepted a position at Divine Word College in 2002, where he has served on numerous committees, including a six-year stint as the head of the Assessment Committee from 2006 to 2012.  He also served as the Director of the Intensive English Language Institute for three years (2012-2015).


Ph.D. -- Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 2000  (Linguistics)
     Dissertation Title: The Effect of Age, Gender, and Degree of Imposition on the Production of Native Speaker and
     Nonnative Speaker Requests in Hungarian

M.A. -- Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 1991 (Applied Linguistics/TESOL)
B.A. -- Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, Missouri 1987 (Spanish)

Courses Taught at DWC

Numerous ESL courses for all skills and levels
Language and Culture

Professional Interests

Second Language Acquisition

Intercultural Experience

February 1985 - December 1985: Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica
August 1995 - May 1996: Kossuth Lajos University in Debrecen, Hungary

Professional Affiliations

TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)


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