Peggy Garza

Chair, English Language Programs Department - PLTCE
College of International and Security Studies

Peggy GarzaPeggy Garza has been the Chair of the English Language Programs Department at the Partner Language Training Center Europe (PLTCE) since 2000 and is an employee of the Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC). Prior to her arrival at the Marshall Center, she was the Chief of the Curriculum Division at DLIELC in San Antonio, TX, supervising more than 50 English as a Second Language (ESL) professionals and support staff involved in all aspects of ESL curriculum development and testing.

She has been directly associated with the Bureau for International Language Co-ordination (BILC), a NATO advisory body for language training matters, since 1995; served as the BILC Secretary from 1997-2008, and is currently the Associate BILC Secretary for Testing Programs. She is a member of the BILC Working Group on Testing which is responsible for NATO/PfP testing initiatives including any updates of the NATO STANAG 6001 language proficiency standards.

Ms. Garza has been a member of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) since 1976 and has given numerous presentations at TESOL Conventions on topics such as English for Specific Purposes, testing, curriculum development, and teacher training. She also collaborates with a multinational team to develop online English language courses as a member of the PfP Consortium's Advanced Distributed Learning Working Group.

She has a M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the State University of New York at Albany and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas in San Antonio.