Alumni News

Maryam Bagabas (MA TESOL 2016) accepted job as an English language instructor at the English Language Institute in King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She is so glad to be a part of the university where she obtained her Bachelor's degree.

Erin Haskell Ross (MA TESOL 2016) joined the board of directors at Washington English Center in order to advocate more intentionally for the immigrants who rely on WEC for the language skills they need to pursue their goals. She also co-chairs WATESOL's Adult Education Special Interest Group. Currently, Erin is teaching the English Language Training section of AU's seventh Panama Bilingue cohort. Erin also continues to collaborate with Dr. Polina Vinogradova on a professional development curriculum for volunteer teachers that focuses on self-reflection and the apprenticeship of observation.

Calsidine Laure Banan (MA TESOL 2016) serves as a full-time support specialist and curriculum designer in a non-profit program called "Healthy Babies Project". The program offers free counseling, educational support, and coaching to teen moms in the Washington DC area. Its mission is to help at risk families move out of the cycle of poverty. Cassie is looking forward to bringing her experience in curriculum design to help develop impactful educational materials for young moms.

Valeriya Minakova (MA TESOL 2016) works with talented and motivated high-school students in the Higher School of Economics Lyceum in Moscow. Valeriya was also admitted to the PhD Program in Applied Linguistics at the Pennsylvania State University. She will start the program in August 2017 and plans to further study multilingualism and translingual practices.

Amina Rahman (Graduate Certificate in TESOL 2016) serves as Director of the Writing, Reading, and Language (WRL) Center at Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus. She is also conducting a series of workshops for the student assistants who work in their tutoring Center. The series, which is entitled Soft Skills for Job Seekers, was an end-of-semester product that she created for her ELT II class with Dr. Young-Knowles.

Duanrui Zhu (MA TESOL 2016) is working full-time now for the Brooklyn Chinese American Association's ESL program. Her responsibilities there include not only teaching, but also assisting the program director in providing counseling, case management, and referral services to individual students in order to prepare program reports for the government since it is a non-profit organization.

Eda Aladagli Yoon (MA TESOL 2015) began teaching at ELTA (English Teaching Training Academy) at American University as an adjunct faculty. Recently, she has also accepted part-time faculty position in the Adult ESOL Literacy Grant Program at Montgomery College, and is teaching two ESOL/Civics classes.

Tanya Camp (MA TESOL 2015) joined Montgomery College as a full-time Instructional Associate in the Writing, Reading, and Language (WRL) Center at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus. There, she provides individualized academic support across the disciplines to both English language learners and to native-English speaking students. She was also recently appointed to serve MD TESOL as the Advocacy Interest Section Chair-Elect.

Louise Godley (MA TESOL 2015) was appointed full-time faculty at the Maryland English Institute at the University of Maryland, where she teaches two Listening & Speaking sections of the Intensive English Program. In addition, Louise continues to work part-time at Washington English Center as Coordinator for the weekend programs.

Philip Piatt (Graduate Certificate in TESOL 2015) started Peace Corps service in the Republic of Georgia in April 2016 as an English Education Volunteer. He is working at Public School #1 in the town of Chkhorotsku in the Samegrelo region.

Mary Spanarkel (MA TESOL 2015) serves as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Washington English Center, a community-based, non-profit program that offers low-cost English classes to adult immigrants in the greater DC area. This term, she'll be focusing on developing new volunteer teacher trainings and redesigning a strong civics and citizenship curriculum for use in the future.

Rivka Yerushalmi (MA TESOL 2015) started teaching part-time at LADO International Institute, where she has been using a combination of LADO and other materials geared to the needs of Spanish-speaking Seventh Day Adventist ministers. In addition, she is continuing to teach in the evening ESL Programs at the Wheaton Gilchrist Center and the Literacy Council of Montgomery County.

Michelle Chan (MA TESOL 2014) accepted a full-time teaching position at City College in San Diego. She will be teaching basic composition and listening and speaking courses with the college's ESOL Program.

Jill Chiasson (MA TESOL 2014) presented her research paper "Negotiating a Plurilingual Self: A Qualitative Case Study" at the Georgetown University Graduate Student Conference on February 28, 2015. In addition, she is working part-time with EduVista Consulting, focusing on research, curriculum and materials design.

Ingrid Rodrick Beiler (MA TESOL 2010) started a PhD program in Teaching English at the University of Oslo.

Jamie Bisher (Graduate Certificate in TESOL 1985) published his two books: "White Terror: Cossack Warlords of the Trans-Siberian" (Routledge, 492 pages) and "The Intelligence War in Latin America, 1914-1922" (McFarland, 448 pages).

Faculty News

Dr. Robin Barr worked with Karen Taylor and Shirley Thompson to publish the book: The Color Vowel Approach: Resources for Connecting Pronunciation with Vocabulary, Reading, and Spelling, Karen Taylor & Shirley Thompson, with Dr. Robin Barr. ELTS: Santa Fe, 2016. In August 2016 Dr. Barr was offered the grant from the Washington Literacy Center and Washington English Center for the "Pilot Course in ESL for dyslexic adults".

In 2016 Dr. Barr gave over 10 presentations. We've included some of them here:

  • R. Barr, R. Wilner, and M. Spanarkel, "Activities for Bypassing Brain Barriers in Adult Learners", WATESOL Fall Convention, October 2016.
  • R. Barr, "Using Phonological Awareness to Teach Tricky Vowels", TESOL International Conference. Baltimore, MD, July 4, 2016.

  • R. Barr, K. Taylor & S. Thompson, "Phonological Awareness: What your brain doesn't want you to know". TESOL International Conference. Baltimore, MD, July 4, 2016.

Dr. Naomi Baron's new book, Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World, officially comes out on February 6. Meanwhile, an article she wrote for the Washington Post and an interview she did for The New Republic have been getting considerable attention. The Post piece has been reprinted in about a dozen newspapers, and The New Republic interview is circulating internationally in newspapers and blogs. An interview with Dr. Baron will be appearing in the February issue of Washingtonian Magazine.

Dr. Ruth Roberts-Kohno attended CUNY Conference on Multilingual Phonology, New York, January 2015 and published a paper "Melodic Tones in Kikamba" (2014), Africana Linguistica, 20, pp. 367 - 384: Peeters Publishers.

Prof. Sarah Young Knowles completed her doctorate in linguistics at Georgetown University in May 2016. Her dissertation, titled "Reframing metalinguistic awareness for low-literate L2 learners: Four case studies," expanded the notion of metalinguistic awareness by exploring how it relates to L2 literacy and L2 learning, and also what it means to be 'low-literate' in adult L2 English acquisition. Prof. Knowles received the 2016 ACTFL Emma Marie Birkmaier Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language Education Award for her work.

Dr. Polina Vinogradova gave a talk "Digital Stories for Student Empowerment and Engagement" in Seoul National University in November 2016. She also led a workshop "Creative and Engaging English Language Learning with Digital Stories" at TESOL Program at Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, South Korea. With AU TESOL alumna Erin Ross Dr. Vinogradova presented at WATESOL Fall 2016 conference ("Professional Development for Volunteer ESL Teachers: Connecting Apprenticeship of Observation and Classroom Practice") and delivered a workshop "Apprenticeship of Observation and Self-Reflection: Thinking about How We Teach" to volunteer teachers at Washington English Center in January 2017.

Dr. Vinogradova also has two publications coming out this year:

Vinogradova, P. (2017). Teaching with digital stories for student empowerment and engagement. In M. Carrier, R. M. Damerow, & K. M. Bailey (Eds.), Digital language learning and teaching: Research, theory, and practice (pp. 127-140). Routledge & TIRF.

Vinogradova, P. (2017, Forthcoming). The role of speaking in L2 program and curriculum design. The TESOL encyclopedia of English language teaching. Wiley.

Events

Oct. 26
TESOL Program Social
Oct. 28
Fall Workshop
Nov. 30
Guest Lecture
Dec. 7
TESOL Holiday Party
Dec. 7
ELT III Student Conference

Faculty News

Dr. Robin Barr worked with Karen Taylor and Shirley Thompson to publish the book: The Color Vowel Approach: Resources for Connecting Pronunciation with Vocabulary, Reading, and Spelling, Karen Taylor & Shirley Thompson, with Dr. Robin Barr. ELTS: Santa Fe, 2016. In August 2016 Dr. Barr was offered the grant from the Washington Literacy Center and Washington English Center for the "Pilot Course in ESL for dyslexic adults".

In 2016 Dr. Barr gave over 10 presentations. We've included some of them here:

  • R. Barr, R. Wilner, and M. Spanarkel, "Activities for Bypassing Brain Barriers in Adult Learners", WATESOL Fall Convention, October 2016.
  • R. Barr, "Using Phonological Awareness to Teach Tricky Vowels", TESOL International Conference. Baltimore, MD, July 4, 2016.
  • R. Barr, K. Taylor & S. Thompson, "Phonological Awareness: What your brain doesn't want you to know". TESOL International Conference. Baltimore, MD, July 4, 2016.

Dr. Naomi Baron's new book, Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World, officially comes out on February 6. Meanwhile, an article she wrote for the Washington Post and an interview she did for The New Republic have been getting considerable attention. The Post piece has been reprinted in about a dozen newspapers, and The New Republic interview is circulating internationally in newspapers and blogs. An interview with Dr. Baron will be appearing in the February issue of Washingtonian Magazine.

Dr. Ruth Roberts-Kohno attended CUNY Conference on Multilingual Phonology, New York, January 2015 and published a paper "Melodic Tones in Kikamba" (2014), Africana Linguistica, 20, pp. 367 - 384: Peeters Publishers.

Prof. Sarah Young Knowles completed her doctorate in linguistics at Georgetown University in May 2016. Her dissertation, titled "Reframing metalinguistic awareness for low-literate L2 learners: Four case studies," expanded the notion of metalinguistic awareness by exploring how it relates to L2 literacy and L2 learning, and also what it means to be 'low-literate' in adult L2 English acquisition. Prof. Knowles received the 2016 ACTFL Emma Marie Birkmaier Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language Education Award for her work.

Dr. Polina Vinogradova gave a talk "Digital Stories for Student Empowerment and Engagement" in Seoul National University in November 2016. She also led a workshop "Creative and Engaging English Language Learning with Digital Stories" at TESOL Program at Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, South Korea. With AU TESOL alumna Erin Ross Dr. Vinogradova presented at WATESOL Fall 2016 conference ("Professional Development for Volunteer ESL Teachers: Connecting Apprenticeship of Observation and Classroom Practice") and delivered a workshop "Apprenticeship of Observation and Self-Reflection: Thinking about How We Teach" to volunteer teachers at Washington English Center in January 2017.

Dr. Vinogradova also has two publications coming out this year:

Vinogradova, P. (2017). Teaching with digital stories for student empowerment and engagement. In M. Carrier, R. M. Damerow, & K. M. Bailey (Eds.), Digital language learning and teaching: Research, theory, and practice (pp. 127-140). Routledge & TIRF.

Vinogradova, P. (2017, Forthcoming). The role of speaking in L2 program and curriculum design. The TESOL encyclopedia of English language teaching. Wiley.