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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.

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.

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.

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.

Valeriya Minakova (MA TESOL 2016) found a full-time job in the Higher School of Economics Lyceum in Moscow. She works with talented and motivated high-school students whose goal is to enter top universities in Russia and abroad. She is very grateful to the TESOL program for making her a more confident and professional teacher.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

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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AU TESOL Fall 2014 Newsletter
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AU TESOL Spring 2014 Newsletter
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AU TESOL Fall 2013 Newsletter
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