TESOL Students

TESOL Students

​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


TESOL 2014 International Convention & English Language Expo

       TESOL International Association logo      TESOL 2014 International Convention & English Language Expo                                                                                      

  • Realia as Basis for Course Curriculum.​

​Megan Bowe (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

​​Katharina Hein (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!

​​Analise Nicole Taylor (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

​​Yaxian Wang (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

​​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?

​​Susanna Semerdzhyan (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

​Heekyoung Lim (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. 

Annual Los Angeles Regional Conference of the California (TESOL Association) Teachers Of English to Speakers of Other Languages Association

  • From Online to on the Job: Adult ESL Job Etiquette

​Olivia Aguilar, Orlando Centeno & Abdulrahman Sindi