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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.

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.

Sharla Branscombe (MA TESOL 2014) has been elected President of WATESOL, along with several other TESOL alumni and a current student appointed to the Executive Board. In addition, Sharla has just accepted a full-time position at Georgetown University.

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.

Heather Benucci (MA TESOL 2011) presented at the TESOL 2015 International Convention in Toronto, Canada. Her presentations were titled "Online Self-Editing Logs: Helping Students Make Systematic Writing Choices." (Saturday, March 28, 11:30am) and "Collaborate and Create: Wiki Tasks for EAP Learners," (Friday, March 27th, 8:30am).  

Connie Gelb (MA TESOL 2012) is an adjunct instructor at George Washington University and has been teaching English for Academic Purposes to graduate students and undergraduates since 2013.

Margaret Gibbons Mathieu (MA TESOL 2014) has been teaching in an intensive English program at Stratford University in Falls Church, VA since September 2014. Stratford University has a rapidly expanding ESL program, which is considered an integral part of the University's mission to reach underserved groups in developing nations by providing opportunities to prepare for careers in fields like health sciences, nursing, culinary arts and information technology. This semester Margaret is leading a group of thirteen Level One ESL students, teaching grammar, conversation, pronunciation and computer literacy.

Afsaneh Kamangar (MA TESOL 2010) presented at the TESOL 2015 International Convention in Toronto, Canada. Her presentation was titled "Language Learning in the Home: ELL Parent and Adolescent Interactions." (Saturday, March 28, 12:30pm, Roundtable Session area, Convention Center). Afsaneh is currently a doctoral candidate at the George Washington University. She is earning her degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on adult ELLs.

John Mark King (MA TESOL 2003) began working as a Regional English Language Officer for the U.S. Department of State. He is currently assigned to the Washington DC office.

Katie Leitch (MA TESOL 2013) is currently working as a Curriculum Development Project Manager at Diplomatic Language Services in Arlington, VA. On a previous contract, she worked with a team of Tagalog language developers to create a 12-week initial acquisition course for Naval Special Warfare Command. She also developed and delivered teacher training courses to orient language instructors to the curriculum. Currently she is managing the integration of culture specific and culture general information into Arabic, Indonesian, French, and Tagalog language courses for the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

Andrew Screen (MIP TESOL 2011) and Jennifer Lubkin (MA TESOL 2008) presented at the TESOL 2015 International Convention in Toronto, Canada. Their presentation were titled  "Teacher and Student Perspectives on Learning in Flipped Grammar Course." (Thursday, March 26, 11:30am, 703, Convention Center).

 

FACULTY NEWS

Dr. Robin Barr gave a talk "Using Psycholinguistics to Teach Pronunciation" at the Fulbright FLTA Conference on December 13, 2014 and a keynote address "The American Language - Connecting English Teachers with U.S. History and Culture" for the State Department International Visitor Leadership Program on January 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. With Karen Taylor and Shirley Thompson, she presented a three-day workshop at The Sound Awareness 2015 Retreat on June 25-27, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dr. Robin Barr with Karen Taylor and Shirley Thompson presented at the TESOL 2015 International Convention in Toronto, Canada.

  • Pre-Convention Institute: "Phonological Awareness for ESL/EFL Educators: Sound Practices." Wednesday, March 25, 8:00am - 12:00pm.
  • "Phonological Awareness: What Your Brain Doesn't Want You to Know." Thursday, March 26, 2:00pm - 3:45pm, 803B, Convention Center

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's paper "The Impact of Literacy on Question-Oriented Usage Events in the ESL Classroom: A Case Study" was published in the 2013 proceedings of the Low-Educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition (LESLLA) symposium. She recently presented her research on metalinguistic awareness in adult low-literate ESL learners, titled "A sociocognitive perspective on metalinguistic awareness: Case studies of four literacy learners" at the 2015 LESLLA symposium.

Dr. Polina Vinogradova's article on the use of digital stories in a language classroom came out in the FLTMAG in July 2014:
Vinogradova, P. (2014). Digital stories in a language classroom: Engaging students through meaningful multimodal projects. The FLTMAG, July. Online at http://fltmag.com/digital-stories

 

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