Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Students

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​Presenting at professional conferences seemed intimidating at first. However, with hard work and assistance from our professors, I was able to present at two conferences and share my knowledge about the research studies I conducted. In addition, I was able to attend presentations by other professionals in the field and learned about the research they conducted as well as the activities, strategies, and worksheets they used in the classroom. It was truly an invaluable experience!​

Suzy Semerdzhyan​ | California State University, Los Angeles

 

Being able to present my research at a professional conference was a very rewarding experience. I was also able to meet other professionals in the field and attend presentations that offered valuable information. The TESOL program at Cal State LA guided me to and prepared me for the TESOL international conference.

 

Abdul Sindi​ | California State University, Los Angeles

 

  • TESOL & Other International Conferences

    AY 2016-2017
     
    Professional Development Travel Grant Recipient for Practicing ESL/EFL Teachers
    Maamuujav, Undarmaa
    Purpose: to support the professional development of ESL/EFL teachers by making it possible for more teachers to attend the annual TESOL convention. The TESOL Professional Development Travel Grants are funded by a generous contribution from long-time TESOL member Betty Azar.
     
    AY 2015-2016
     
    Introductions: An Online Unit for Marketing Professionals.
    Rahman, Anya. (anyarahman@yahoo.com)

    Paper presented at the annual Doctoral and Master’s Forums  of the TESOL Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD.

    Strategies to Reduce Students’ Foreign Language Anxiety.
    Atefi, Zahra. (zatefi@gmail.com)
    Paper presented at the annual Doctoral and Master’s Forums  of the TESOL Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD.
     
    Designing a Hybrid CBI Instructional Unit.
    Garcia, Pablo, & Hehir, Annmarie. (pblogarcia@hotmail.com), (ahehir@calstatela.edu)

    Paper presented at the annual Doctoral and Master’s Forums  of the TESOL Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD.

    Gender Performativity - Theorizing the TESOL Classroom.

    Paper presented at the annual Doctoral and Master’s Forums  of the TESOL Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD.

    Language Learners’ Perceptions of Teachers’ Accentedness.
    Kouznetsova, Olga. (olga.p.kouznetsova@gmail.com)
    Paper presented at the annual Doctoral and Master’s Forums  of the TESOL Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD.
     
    Their Mouth 'Windfull of Speech'? Problematizing Gender in the TESOL Classroom.

    Women in TESOL conference in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines.

    AY 2014-2015
     
    Identifying Listener Factors for Pronunciation Instruction.
    Hilliard, Julia.
    Paper presented at the annual Doctoral and Master’s Forums of the TESOL Annual Convention. Toronto, Canada.
     
    Effective Content-Based Online Course Development Tools. 
    Jacob, Sharin R., & Hilliard, Julia. 
    Paper presented at the annual Doctoral and Master’s Forums of the TESOL Annual Convention. Toronto, Canada.
     
    Needs-Assessment for a Housekeeping Staff.
    Seaborne, Robert, & Rodriguez, Nathan.
    Paper presented at the annual Doctoral and Master’s Forums  of the TESOL Annual Convention. Toronto, Canada.
     
    The Translingual Education Movement in Multilingual Classrooms. 
    Nelson, Kendall.
    Paper presented at the annual Doctoral and Master’s Forums of the TESOL Annual Convention. Toronto, Canada.
     
    Pedagogical Uses of Blogs in English Classrooms.
    Qiao, Shanshan.  
    Paper presented at the annual Doctoral and Master’s Forums of the TESOL Annual Convention. Toronto, Canada. 
     
    The Implementation of Micro-Teaching. 
    Stanley, Vinisha.  
    Paper presented at the annual Doctoral and Master’s Forums of the TESOL Annual Convention. Toronto, Canada.
     
    A Content-Based Unit for Responsible Drivers.
    Trazzare, Douglas.  
    Poster presented at the annual Doctoral and Master’s Forums of the TESOL Annual Convention. Toronto, Canada.
     
    Food Memories: Real Life Storytelling.
    Garcia, Olga.
    Paper presented at the annual Doctoral and Master’s Forums of the TESOL Annual Convention. Toronto, Canada.
     
    The Development of an Online TOEFL Module.
    Uzunyan, Alvard. 
    Paper presented at the annual Doctoral and Master’s Forums of the TESOL Annual Convention. Toronto, Canada.
     
    AY 2013-2014
     
    Realia as Basis for Course Curriculum.​
    ​Bowe, Megan  (meb431@gmail.com)
    Demonstration describing Nifty Thrifty, a course that teaches U.S. holidays and positive politeness strategies using thrift store realia. This Demonstration will include a course syllabus, a course calendar, and sample activities. Benefits and possible future uses of realia in curriculum design will also be discussed.
     
    From Disneyland to Wonderland: Analyzing movie Stereotypes
    ​​Hein, Katharina  (katharinahein@gmx.de)
    Because animated movies tend to convey unrealistic or discriminating messages, this instructional unit focuses on ICC to make students gain a thorough understanding of other culture to break down stereotypical notions, gain multicultural tolerance and respect, and reduce existing racist barriers and misunderstandings in communication.
     
    Russians Say Please, Thank You, Welcome, Olympics!
    ​​Taylor, Analise Nicole  (analisetaylor@yahoo.com)
    The Presentation briefly addresses theoretical underpinnings of Communicative Language  Teaching (CLT) and further describes an instructional unit on customer service skills, which focuses on Russian Volunteer's language proficiency and Prepares students for the Sochi Winter Olympics Games. Learning Strategies will be discussed, and tips for lesson design will be shared.
     
    Discourse Analysis: Topic Shift in Chinese Conversations
    ​​Wang, Yaxian  (ywang416@gmail.com)
    The presentation describes a case study on topic shift in Chinese conversations, with the aim of exploring the differences from topic shift in English conversations. Of the presenter describes the theories, methodology, and framework used to carry out the study and discusses the result and ESL pedagogical implications.
     
    The Effect Of Cross Linguistic Transfer
    ​​Steward, Joshua Austin Steward (joshuaaustin003@gmail.com)
    This presentation discuss the effect that cross-linguistic transfer has on Second Language (L2) learners with respect to reading comprehension, verbal proficiency and reverse-linguistic knowledge. Devices designed to measure cognate and morphological awareness will be shared in addition to how prior linguistic knowledge can affect proficiency in an L2.
     
    Should I Wait For My Turn?
    ​​Semerdzhyan, Susanna  (Suzysemerjyan@gmail.com)
    The presenter will demonstrate how our culture shapes our views about interruption by discussing the role of interruptive acts amongst four Armenina-American friends and in English discourse. Implications for classroom instruction will be discussed and sample activities will be shared.
     
    Through the Eyes Of Civil Rights Activists
    ​​Abdul Sindi (abdulrahmansindi@hotmail.com)
    "Academic Reading, Writing and Oral Presentation through the Eyes of American Civil Rights Activists" is an advanced level English for Academic Purposes Course. This Course integrates culture and focuses on a step-by step process for advanced academic writing, reading and oral competence through the study of American Civil Rights Movements.
     
    Non Native- English- Speaking Teacher Preparation in Korea
    ​Lim, Heekyoung  (hk7024@gmail.com)
    Drawing on a paradigm shift of language teaching with the notion of global language, this presentation describes the blind beliefs toward Native-English Speaking Teachers (NESTs) and discusses the issue for Non-Native-English-Speaking Teachers (NNESTs) self perception and confidence as teachers. Effective strategies and skills will be provided with useful materials. 
     

    CATESOL & Other Regional Conferences

    AY 2015-2016
     
    Students’ and Native English Teachers’ Perceptions about Non-Native English Teachers.
    Briseño, Luis.
    Regional California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
     
    Promoting Reading and Writing Connections through Horizontally Planned Course Curricula.
    Atefi, Zahra. (zatefi@gmail.com)
    Regional California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference, Los Angeles, CA
     
    Native English Speaking High School Students’ Attitudes Toward Non-native Peers’ Accent.
    Regional California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
     
    Creating a Thematic Website.
    Garcia, Pablo, & Hehir, Annmarie. (pblogarcia@hotmail.com), (ahehir@calstatela.edu)
    Annual Conference of the California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference, Anaheim, CA.
     
    Utilizing Multimedia Resources to Integrate Reading and Writing Skills in Hybrid Online Courses.
    Atefi, Zhara.
    Annual Conference of the California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference, Anaheim, CA.
     
    AY 2014-2015
     
    Utilizing Multimedia Resources to Integrate Reading and Writing Skills in Hybrid Online
               Hilliard, Julia, & Atefi, Zahra (zatefi@gmail.com)

    Annual Conference of the California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

    Creating a Thematic Website
               Hehir, Annmarie, & Garcia, Pablo (ahehir@calstatela.edu), (pblogarcia@hotmail.com)

    Annual Conference of the California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

    Classroom Anxiety in Young Adult Learners.
    Atefi, Zahra, Hilliard, Julia, & Hilario, Michelle. (zatefi@gmail.com)
    Paper presented at the annual Los Angeles Regional conference of the California TESOL association. Los Angeles, California. April, 2015.
     
    Food Memories: Real-Life Storytelling Practice for ESL Students.
    Alford, Christopher, & Garcia, Olga.
    Paper presented at the annual Los Angeles Regional conference of the California TESOL association. Los Angeles, California. April, 2015.
     
    Tips on Surviving the 1st Year of Teaching.
    Noe, Phone.
    Paper presented at the annual Los Angeles Regional conference of the California TESOL association. Los Angeles, California. April, 2015.
     
    Language Use and Attitudes of Spanish-Speaking Adult Learners.
    Trazzare, Douglas.
    Paper presented at the Graduate Student Forum of the annual conference of the California TESOL association. Santa Clara, California. October, 2014.
     
     A Content-Based Approach to Online Course Development.
    Jacob, Sharin, Abdelmalek, Nathan, Hilliard, Julia.
    Paper presented at the Graduate Student Forum of the annual conference of the California TESOL association. Santa Clara, California. October, 2014.
     
    From Online to on the Job: Adult ESL Job Etiquette
    ​Olivia Aguilar, Orlando Centeno & Abdulrahman Sindi