Laila Hualpa graduated from UCLA with a PhD in Applied Linguistics in 2012. Since then, she has been a full time lecturer for UCLA Writing Programs, teaching a variety of ESL composition and communication courses to international undergraduate and graduate students. In her writing classes, students develop a firm understanding of different writing genres to meet different communicative goals. These classes also focus heavily on the acquisition of academic grammar and vocabulary. Her oral skills courses are designed to help students improve their accents and their public speaking skills. In the past two years, she has been working more extensively with international graduate students from across the disciplines helping them analyze and compose texts in their fields of study as well as develop their public speaking skills. Dr. Hualpa also coordinates the ESL Summer Program and is actively working on plans to grow it.