TESOL Newsletter, 2022 Spring
Student Spotlight: Amina Rahman
"I believe good teachers are life long learners who not only learn from books or methods or their peers, but who also learn from their students."
Alumni Spotlight: Xinxin Wang
"You will come across different classmates with diverse cultures and thoughts based on everyone's unique life and teaching experience. Sometimes, you may or may not agree with them, but you will always benefit from and be inspired by their knowledge."
Recent TESOL Graduates
Congratulations to our Recent TESOL Graduates!
Photo by Dr. Chip Gerfen
- Linmengyu Zhao
- Mason Zhou
- Ruijuan Hu
Student, Alumni and Faculty Notes
American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference (19-22 March 2022, Pittsburgh, PA)
- Ingrid Rodrick Beiler, PhD (MA TESOL 2010) • “Epistemological shifts and enduring ideologies of language in a translanguaging project” with Joke Dewilde.
- Yulia Khoruzhaya, (MA TESOL 2018) • “Constructional processing in L2 Spanish learners: Effects of proficiency and verb-construction association strength. American Association for Applied Linguistics” with Dr. Kevin McManus.
TESOL 2022 International Convention & English Language Expo (22-25 March 2022, Pittsburgh, PA)
- Andrew Screen (MA TESOL 2011) • “Teaching with You Glish: Vocabulary, Grammar, Pronunciation, and Building Autonomy."
- Dr. Tabitha Kidwell & Dr. Polina Vinogradova, ALIS/TEIS Panel • "Problematizing the Problem: Approaches to a Multicultural and Multilingual Classroom."
- Dr. Polina Vinogradova (with Dr. Heather Linville) • "Digital Storytelling as a Tool for Translanguaging and Multilingual Pedagogy."
- Tessa Ambridge (MA TESOL 2009) is the ELL Program Manager at Solutions in Hometown Connections, based in Riverdale, MD. In this role, she supports teachers and further develops the program.
- Lama Masri (MA TESOL 2014) is the ESOL Program Manager in Adult Education and ESOL, which is part of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD). She oversees the Targeted ESL, a non-credit, fee-based program, and Academic ESOL, the credit program for students who are planning to get an Associate Degree or Certification.
- Ingrid Rodrick Beiler, PhD (MA TESOL 2010) is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.
Dr. Robin Barr
- From January 27-28, Dr. Barr was invited to give a 2-day plenary workshop on "Psycholinguistics and Teaching Pronunciation" for the Fulbright FLTA Mid-Year Conference. She usually give this talk for them every year, but this year they quickly had to shift to all-virtual and split it over two days. They had almost 400 participants in 40 or so breakout rooms, and luckily she had the assistance of some AUTESOL students and alumni as facilitators: many thanks to Vera Abankwa and Connie Gelb (MA TESOL 2012)! •
- On Friday, March 11, Dr. Barr was the eponymous linguist in ELTS's "Ask the Linguist" discussion hour.
- On Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Barr will again be the official "pronouncer" for the annual MCAEL (Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy) adult Spelling Bee -- this time in person, she hopes! This is the annual fund-raiser, so you have to pay for tickets, or you can sponsor a vowel, for example. There’s a chance it might be streamed live, so stay tuned for more information. www.mcael.org
Dr. Polina Vinogradova
- Dr. Vinogradova attended Language Education for Social Justice Virtual Summer School and Conference in Applied Language Studies at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland (June 2021). There, together with her long-time collaborator Dr. Heather Linville, she conducted the workshop “Language Teachers for Social Justice: Preparing to Advocate for Students, Colleagues, and the TESOL Profession.”
- Dr. Vinogradova is happy to announce her newest publication: Linville, H. L., & Vinogradova, P. (2022). Voices, perspectives, and actions of advocacy in diverse ELT contexts. In Ch. E. Poteau & C. A. Winkle (Eds.). Advocacy for social and linguistic justice in TESOL (pp. 153-165). Routledge.
Learn about our TESOLers' hometowns and what they find unique about them!
Although I was raised in Arlington, VA, my family is originally from a region in Pakistan called Kashmir. Kashmir, for years, has been referred to as Asia's Paradise/Heaven on Earth, because of its greenery and snow-capped mountains. Kashmir is well known for houseboats called shikara | شکره. While I have never visited Kashmir, due to the warzone area and some safety issues, I will say that northern Pakistan is very rich in it’s scenery and culture. Hopefully next time I’m visiting my relatives in Islamabad, I will also be able to make a stop in Paradise on Earth, otherwise known as Kashmir.
Dr. Sarah Knowles
Rockford is a mid-sized midwestern city that was originally a manufacturing hub but has suffered from a poor economy and high crime rate for a while now. When I think about my hometown, I am nostalgic and sad. However, there have been many efforts to revitalize the downtown area in recent years, which is inspiring.
I was born and raised there for 9 years before I moved to America. Since I've been here I've visited once but at the time of that visit I was old enough to appreciate my city. One thing I got to appreciate about my city was its convenience when it came to walking. You can walk almost anywhere and it's completely normal. When I went back to visit I noticed that in every neighborhood they had pharmacies and convenient stores. The street vendors travel with their products or foods (They usually carry them on their heads) in the neighborhoods naming their products (out loud) so that anyone who needs some would bring their money and buy a snack or a shirt; right in front of their home.
Dr. Robin Barr
Robin Barr usually says she is from Chicago, Illinois, and in fact she does have the classic Chicago accent, preserving the distinctions between cot and caught, Don and Dawn, which and witch, whale and wail. Chicago (pronounced [ʃɪˈkɔːɡow], if you please!) is rightly nicknamed The Windy City, home of 'The Hawk' -- that frigid blast off Lake Michigan that can lift you off your feet and freeze your ears. But more specifically, her hometown is the North Shore suburb of Winnetka, famous mainly for the song "Big Noise from Winnetka". https:// www.youtube.com/watch? v=Gzwoc7UWdBw
Dr. Tabitha Kidwell
I'm from Columbus, Ohio. Columbus is probably best known for being the home of The Ohio State University, and especially for the Ohio State Buckeyes college football team. Over 100,000 people attend each game in the "Horseshoe," as the stadium is called. I'm sharing a picture from the last game I attended in person, the 2018 Ohio State-Michigan game. This is our biggest rivalry and I'm happy to say that we won that day, 62- 39!
Brooklyn, New York
My name is Kyra and I am a born and raised New Yorker. Something that feels very integral to my identity as a New Yorker is the NYC Subway—I even wrote my college admissions essay for undergrad about riding the subway! I grew up on the F and R lines, but back in 2020, I used to ride the JMZ line to work everyday. A fun fact about the JMZ line is that this is where Jay Z (a fellow Brooklynite) got his stage name!