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Sharla Branscombe(MA TESOL) will present at the TESOL International Convention in Portland, OR, during the Master's Student Forum on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Her presentation is titled "Learner-centeredness and Negotiating a Digital Story Assignment." Best of luck, Sharla!

Michelle Chan (MA/MIP TESOL) completed her 27-month Peace Corps service in Jordan in December 2013 and is now an adjunct instructor with NOVA and VIU. Congratulations, Michelle!

Margaret Mathieu (MA TESOL) will present at the MDTESOL Graduate Student Mini-conference on March 1, 2014, at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her presentation is titled "Learning Disabilities in the Adult ESL Classroom." Best of luck, Margaret!

Jillian Olsavsky (MA TESOL) will present at the TESOL International Convention in Portland, OR, during the Master's Student Forum on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Her presentation is titled "Inclusive, Content-based ESL Curriculum to Reduce Recidivism." Jillian's thesis research and presentation are supported by a Graduate Student Conference Grant and a Graduate Student Research Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences. This is a great accomplishment! Congratulations Jill!

Rivka Yerushalmi (TESOL Certificate) will be teaching an evening class for intermediate ESL students through the Literacy Council of Montgomery County during the upcoming winter/spring semester. Additionally, she has begun a new position as a director of a senior employment program for Montgomery and Frederick County residents who are 55 years of age and older. She will have the opportunity to utilize her knowledge of local resources to encourage them to enroll in ESL classes and/or obtain English tutoring. Congratulations, Rivka!

 

FACULTY NEWS

Prof. Heather Linville will present at the TESOL International Convention on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 2:00pm, in Convention Center room OB 202. Her presentation is titled "Meeting the Standards: ESOL Teachers as Advocates for ELLs." Prof. Linville will also present at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia in April 2014. Her presentation is titled "Advocacy for English Language Learners: The Role of the English as a Second Language Teacher."

Dr. Jisook Paik recently published a Korean translation of the English book The Scarlet Cord:

  • Paik, J., & Yun, J. (2014) Ju-hong Kod [Scarlet Cord] Seoul, Korea: Top Books.

Dr. Polina Vinogradova will present the following at the TESOL International Convention in Portland, OR:

  • "Empowering Heritage, Community, and Native American Learners through Digital Stories," a session organized by the Center for Applied Linguistics presenting the Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States: Research, Policy, and Educational Practice (2014, Routledge & CAL). Thursday, March 27, 4:00pm, Convention Center room B 115.
  •  "A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies in ESL Instruction: How and Why." Friday, March 28, 5:00pm, Convention Center room E 147.

Dr. Vinogradova's chapter "Digital stories in heritage language education: Empowering heritage language learners through a pedagogy of multiliteracies" appears in Handbook of heritage, community, and Native American languages in the United States: Research, educational practice, and policy, recently published by Routledge and the Center for Applied Linguistics

  • Vinogradova, P. (2014). Digital stories in heritage language education: Empowering heritage language learners through a pedagogy of multiliteracies. In T. Wiley, D. Christian, J. K. Peyton, S. Moore, and N. Liu (Eds.), Handbook of heritage, community, and Native American languages in the United States: Research, educational practice, and policy (pp. 314-323). Routledge & CAL.

Prof. Sarah Young is presenting at the AAAL Annual Conference in Portland, OR, on March 22, from 8:00am to 11:00 am. Her presentation is titled "Classroom Literacy Practices, Peer Interaction, and L2 Question Development: A Case Study of One Low-Literate ESL Learner" and is a part of a colloquium entitled "Understanding Language Learning Among Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)." Congratulations, Prof. Young!

Prof. Naomi Baron was interviewed by American University on the benefits and limitations of digital reading as well as the appeal of e-books. The full interview can be viewed here.

Prof. Heather Linville was interviewed by the Montgomery County Gazette on ESOL teacher advocacy. The news article can be viewed here.

 

ALUMNI NEWS

Heather Benucci (MA TESOL 2011) will present at the TESOL International Convention in Portland, OR on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 8:30am as a part of the Electronic Village session. Her presentation is titled "Teaching Asynchronous Online Classes with CourseSites." Good luck, Heather!

Renee Feather (MA TESOL 2000) will serve as a workshop leader for TESOL's Leadership Certificate Program for two modules at the TESOL International Convention:

  • "Hiring Essentials." Thursday, March 27, 12:30pm-2:00pm.
  • "Building Teams and Facilitating Groups." Friday, March 18, 11:00am-12:30 pm.

Renee alsomoved to Colorado in 2010 and has since presented at CoTESOL in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In the fall of 2013, she delivered an in-service workshop to the University of Colorado/Boulder's ESL faculty and currently works as a CEA site reviewer. Congratulations, Renee! 

Rebecca Wilner (MA TESOL 2009) is currently teaching 11th grade ESL and AP English at a Jewish school in Panama City, Panama. She has given workshops and presentations for the Peace Corps TEFL volunteers, the University of Panama, and for several Panama TESOL events over the past six months. These events include: Using Socratic Questions to Encourage Autonomous Learning, Developing Oral Fluency, and Readers Theater: The Nexus of Literature and Oral Fluency. Congratulations, Rebecca!


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