John Bunting

Department of Applied Linguistics
And English as a Second Language
Georgia State University
jbunting@gsu.edu 

Education | Teaching and Administrative Experience | Professional Consulting Work | Publications | Research Interests | Honors and Grants | Presentations | Professional Service | Memberships in Professional Organizations | Languages

updated February 29, 2012


EDUCATION

Georgia State University, Candidate in the doctoral program in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).

Georgia State University, Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), 2000

University of Massachusetts, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Communication Studies, June 1982.  Area of concentration: mass communication and mass media

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TEACHING AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

ESL Senior Lecturer – Georgia State University , Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL, Lecturer from 2001 – 2007 (Senior Lecturer since 2007)

Applied Linguistics Courses

Technology in the L2 Classroom (M.A.)

Material Design, Development, and Publication (M.A.)

EFL Practicum (undergraduate)

ESL Practicum (M.A.)

Intensive English Program Courses

Basic through Advanced Oral Communication

Basic through Advanced Structure and Composition

Basic through Advanced Reading and Listening

Basic Oral Fluency

Intermediate through Avanced Academic Writing

ESL Courses

Reading Course for the Regents' Exam

Writing Course for the Regents' Exam

Freshman English Composition

Academic Writing for Graduate Students

Project coordinator for a 3-year $250,000 Higher Education Development (HED) Partnership Grant funded by USAID, Gayle Nelson, PI, 2008-2011

ESL Testing Coordinator - Georgia State University, Department of Applied Linguistics, August 2003 - 2007
Duties include adminstering the Georgia State Test of English Proficiency to various populations (current graduate and undergraduate students, prospective GSU students, prospective students at other Georgia universities and colleges), supervising two graduate testing assistants, maintaining and upgrading the test database, communicating with all parts of the university community about testing issues, and publicizing and promoting the GSTEP at GSU and in the Atlanta area.

ESL Visiting Instructor - Georgia State University, Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL, 2001

English Composition

Reading Course for the Regents’ Exam

Writing Course for the Regents’ Exam

Lower Intermediate Structure and Composition

Intermediate Oral Communication

ESL Graduate Teaching Assistant (Instructor) - Georgia State University, Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL,. 2000

Writing Course for the Regents’ Exam

Advanced Academic Writing

English language editor and supervisor of EFL/legal writing program - International Law Firm of Baker & McKenzie, Caracas Office – 1997 to 1998

Developed EFL program for all lawyers in firm. Determined English proficiency levels of all lawyers and contracted EFL teachers.  Monitored and assessed progress in courses.  Reviewed all documents written in English at firm.  Put into place a structure for maintaining consistent structure in all English-language documents. Counseled lawyers and paralegals on ESL and post-graduate study in the United States and Canada.

Co-director and EFL instructor - Servicios Real World English, Caracas - 1995 to 1997

Developed company mission statement and business plan.  Built client base and created standard curriculum goals and materials. Created individual student files for EFL courses and study plans in US/Canada.  Taught all levels of EFL courses, and created supplementary materials for all courses.  Maintained a business relationship with a US-based study abroad program, sending high school students for one-year study programs throughout the US.

ESL and content courses tutor - Escuela Campo Alegre, Caracas - 1995 to 1998. 

Tutored EFL and content course material to elementary and middle school students at an American school.  Included cross-cultural discussions for recently arrived students from abroad.  Met with school administrators, teachers, and parents to create appropriate study sessions and achievable goals for the children.

EFL instructor - Step by Step Systems, Caracas - 1992 to 1995

Taught all levels of EFL courses to employees of such companies as Procter and Gamble, Visa, and Banco Provincial.  Created supplementary materials to provide an environment in which the students had greater emotional investment and motivation. 

Photography instructor - Brookfield Craft Center, Norwalk, Connecticut - 1989 to 1992

Created and taught courses in advanced black and white photography and creating photographic essays.  Provided in-class and laboratory lessons.  Held photo shows of student work. 

Photographer - John Bunting Photography, Stratford, Connecticut - 1986 to 1992

Photographed in a variety of corporate and journalistic settings.  Had photo projects in the UK, the US, Haiti, Ghana, and Nicaragua.  Held various one- or two-person shows of photography on a variety of social issues (images of and with the disabled, images of African American families, self-expression of Nicaraguan teenagers). 

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PROFESSIONAL CONSULTING WORK

Material writer – March - August 2010 - Created EFL materials for an online videogame for teenage EFL students for the US State Department

Manuscript Reviewer – April 2010 - Reviewed manuscript of a corpus-based ESL listening/speaking textbook for University of Michigan Press

English Language Specialist for US Department of State – February 2010 - Presented workshops and a plenary address at an annual teacher conference in Atlacomulco, Mexico. The focus of this trip was to address using technology in a Mexican EFL setting with students and teachers.

Manuscript Reviewer – November 2009 - Reviewed manuscript of a corpus-based ESL reading/writing textbook for University of Michigan Press

Material Writer – May – September 2008 - Revised 100 units for the 2 nd edition of a upper intermediate vocabulary textbook for Cambridge University Press

Manuscript Reviewer – December 2008 - Reviewed a manuscript of a corpus linguistics book for teachers for Cambridge University Press

Writing Consultant – February 2008 - Designed and held two intensive writing workshops for lawyers in Caracas, Venezuela. Created all materials, including course books, in-class materials, and additional online exercises. Included a component on using corpus linguistics tools for language development within the participants' specific context.

English Language Specialist for US Department of State – June 2006 - Visited two bi-national language centers in the Dominican Republic , and presented at annual teacher conferences there. The focus of this trip was to discuss the realities of using technology in a specifically Dominican EFL setting with students, teachers, and administrators.

English Language Specialist for US Department of State – August 2004 - Created and implemented an intensive two-week workshop for 22 Mexican university EFL teachers. In conjunction with the US Department of State and the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California , ran a teacher-training assessment workshop, which focused on a critical examination of the five main principles of testing, with an emphasis on relating theory to practice for the participants' specific EFL environment.

English Language Specialist for US Department of State – July-August 2003 - Created and implemented an intensive three-week workshop for 25 Mexican university EFL teachers. In conjunction with the US Department of State and the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California , ran a teacher-training and language-review workshop consisting of separate components on reading, writing, vocabulary, pronunciation and computer use. Materials available at http://www.gsu.edu/~esljdb/uabc/ .

  WEBCT beta test participant – 2002-2004 - Tested and reviewed WEBCT beta version ( VISTA ) via teleconferencing and interactive tasks.

  Materials Writer for Computer Course in a Teacher Training Program – February 2002 - Planned and wrote student manual and instructor manual for an intensive teacher training program funded by USAID through the Department of Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University . This also included preparing diskettes with materials to incorporate into the training program, and coordinating the computer skills course with the other courses provided in the training.

Supervisory Teacher Trainer in Computer Skills – March 2002 – October 2002 - Taught senior teachers during an intensive teacher training program funded by USAID through the Department of Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University. Material included learning about various topics related to MS Office applications, and being able to use them to create support materials in the participants' work in Egypt , supervising, observing, and training junior teachers.

Teacher Trainer in Assessment – July – August 2001 - Taught two groups of middle and high school teachers during an intensive teacher training program funded by USAID through the Department of Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University. Material included reviewing forms of assessment, applicability of various assessment tools within the context of Egyptian public schools, and the use of portfolios in assessment. The areas covered included reliability and validity of assessment in writing, reading, listening and speaking of English as a foreign language.

Online Writing Tutor – October 2001 – July 2003 - Worked directly with students around the work in an online task-based writing program, operated through Columbia University. Provided guidance via email to students on all aspects of their business writing, including grammar, sentence structure, lexical issues, and semantics.

Online Publishing Consultant – January – March 2001 - Assisted Dr. Patricia Byrd in adapting exercises from her ESL textbook Applied English Grammar online for its new edition. This required adapting textbook materials and adding new materials to the online component of the new edition of this book, putting them into appropriate programs for online cloze, multiple choice, and other forms.

Writing Consultant – 1998 to 2002 - Developed and conducted 4-week intensive workshops on clear writing for lawyers for the law firm of Baker & McKenzie in Caracas , Venezuela . Created all written materials, including course books, in-class materials, and additional online exercises.

Lexicographer – 1999 to 2001 - Worked as part of a team for a UK-based publisher to create the MacMillan American English Dictionary for Advanced Learners (2002), a corpus-based dictionary for non-native speakers of English. This dictionary won the prestigious English Speaking Union/Duke of Edinburgh Award for 2002's best English-language-teaching publication.

Duties included writing definitions based on actual use in the 80-million-word corpus, finding and modifying example sentences from the corpus to suit advanced learners of English, and reviewing and changing existing UK-based material for inclusion, using US cultural and linguistic criteria.

Photojournalist – 1989 to 1998 - Photographed through Impact Visuals Photo Agency (New York) for stock and on assignment for magazines, newspapers, publishers, and organizations. Publications include: The Guardian, Time International, Business Week, Latin Trade, Business Venezuela, NACLA Report, Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Industry Standard, and the Foundation News.

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PUBLICATIONS

Bunting, J., & Diniz, L. (2012). Grammar and Beyond 4. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

McCarthy, M. & O'Dell, F., with John D. Bunting (2010). Vocabulary in Use 2nd Edition: High Intermediate . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Byrd, P., & Bunting, J. (2008). Where grammar is concerned, one size fits all. In Reid, J. Writing myths: Applying second language research to classroom teaching . Ann Arbor , MI : University of Michigan Press. 42-69.

Bunting, J. (2008). [Review of Technologies in the second language composition classroom ]. English for Specific Purposes , 27 (3), 361-363.

Bunting, J . (2006). College Vocabulary 4 . Boston : Houghton Mifflin.

Bunting, J. (2005). Instructor's materials for publisher's website to accompany the textbook, College Vocabulary 4. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin.

Bunting, J . (2005). [Review of Resource Books for Teachers: Vocabulary (Second Edition)] TESL-EJ, 9 (1), R-9. Retrieved August 26, 2005 at http://writing.berkeley.edu/TESL-EJ/ej33/r9.html .

Bunting, J . (2005). [Review of The language teacher's portfolio: A guide for professional development] Critical Inquiry in Language Studies: An International Journal, 2 (3), 179-181.

Bunting, J . (2004). [Review of educational software Tell Me More by Aurolog, Inc.] TESL-EJ, 8 (1), M-3. Retrieved August 20, 2004 .

Bunting, J. (2004). [Review of Treatment of Error in Second Language Student Writing & Peer Response in Second Language Writing Classrooms] Modern Language Journal, 88 (1), 142-144.

Byrd, P., Bunting, J., Gobron, L., Nystrom, S., Maslekoff, D., DiPuma, L., Nicholson, M., Little, C., & Hegyesi, B. (2000). Reconceptualizing and restructuring a graduate class for the WebCT environmentOnline article for Technology Conference 2000 at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Nicholson, M. and Bunting, J.  (2000).  Mainstream TESOL research and under-represented populations.  TESOL Research Interest Section Newsletter, 8, 1, pp. 4-5. 

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Current research interests include language teacher education, L2 vocabulary acquisition, L2 vocabulary pedagogy, and corpus linguistics.

 

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HONORS AND GRANTS

Project coordinator for a 3-year $250,000 Higher Education Development (HED) Partnership Grant funded by USAID, Gayle Nelson, PI, 2008-2011

Recipient , Georgia TESOL Peru TESOL Award, 2007

Recipient, Beverly Benson Travel Grant, Georgia TESOL, 2004

Recipient, Departmental Award for Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year, Department of Applied Linguistics, Georgia State University, 1999-2000

Recipient, Scholarship for Most Promising Incoming Graduate Student, Department of Applied Linguistics, Georgia State University, Spring 1999

Recipient of a Puffin Foundation Individual Grant for $2,000, plus an Ilford in-kind grant of photographic materials - 1992.  Project Title: Photography as a form of self-expression: A cross-cultural workshop for Nicaraguan teenagers.

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PRESENTATIONS

Invited Plenaries & Papers

Bunting, J. (September 2011). Using technology in the language classroom . Workshop at Language Teacher Conference at Universidad Pedagogica Nacional, Mexico City.

Bunting, J. (September 2011). Does technology mean innovation? Plenary at Language Teacher Conference at Universidad Pedagogica Nacional, Mexico City.

Bunting, J. (June 2011). Technology = Innovation? Love and fear in a time of technology. Plenary at the National Conference for Teachers of English. Atlacomulco, Mexico.

Bunting, J. (February 2010). Technology in language teaching and teacher training: Just keeping up, or becoming an innovator? Plenary at the National Conference for Teachers of English. Atlacomulco, Mexico.

Bunting, J. (February 2010). Using technology to develop vocabulary knowledge and skills. National Conference for Teachers of English. Atlacomulco, Mexico.

Bunting, J. (June 2006). Using technology to inform language teaching . Plenary at the Annual Conference of Teachers of English. Santiago & Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Bunting, J. (June 2006). Using corpus linguistic to select and create effective vocabulary activities . Annual Conference of Teachers of English. Santiago & Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Bunting, J. (June 2006). Ways to assess oral communication skills . Annual Conference of Teachers of English. Santiago & Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Bunting, J. (September 2005). Beneficios del corpus linguistico para los educadores de segunda lengua o idioma extranjero . Plenary presentation at the Congreso Estatal de Idiomas, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

Bunting, J. (September 2005). Using corpus linguistics to create effective activities for academic vocabulary . Congreso Estatal de Idiomas, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

Bunting, J. (September 2005). Assessment in oral communication . Congreso Estatal de Idiomas, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

Bunting, J. (February 2005). Online Corpus Linquistics Tools for Teachers and Students . 4th Annual ESOL Conference for All Educators (K-12). Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bunting, J. (February 2003). Using Computers in an ESL Classroom . “Implementing Best Practices for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners” K-12 ESOL Conference. Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia.

Refereed Papers & Posters at International, Regional, and State/Local Conferences

Bunting, J., & Bunting, M. (September 2011). Incorporating local health issues into an ESL adult education program . GATESOL Conference, Augusta, GA

Bunting, J, & Payant, C. (November 2010). Strengthening ELT Training in Mexico: A Mexican-American Project. Mextesol Conference, Cancun, Mexico

Bunting, J, Payant, C. Maldonado, C., & Munoz, T. (October 2010). Developing a bi-national online teacher training curriculum . GATESOL Conference, Atlanta, GA

Bunting, J, Barron, F., Loreto, D., Maldonado, C., & Munoz, T. (September 2010). Online teacher training for Mexican middle school EFL teachers. SETESOL Conference, Miami, FL

Bunting, J, Barron, F., Loreto, D., Maldonado, C., & Munoz, T. (September 2009). Discovering Mexico's public educational system: Discussions with teachers and teacher educators . Poster session at SETESOL Conference, Atlanta, GA

Snell, D., Larsson, M., & Bunting, J. (November 2008). Using Corpus Resources in the Classroom . GATESOL Conference, Jekyll Island , GA

Bunting, J., Bosselman, T., & Alfonzo, Y. (November 2008).  Sharing experiences with Peruvian EFL teachers through GATESOL's Peru TESOL Travel Grant . Poster session at GATESOL Conference, Jekyll Island , GA

Snell, D., Larsson, M., & Bunting, J. (April 2008). Using Corpus Resources in the Classroom . TESOL Conference, New York , New York

Bunting, J., & Lopez, I. (November 2007). Evaluating and modifying placement tests: Mexican and US perspectives . MEXTESOL Conference , Veracruz , Mexico

Bunting, J. (August 2007 ). Corpus linguistics: What does it mean for teachers? Peru TESOL Conference, Tacna , Peru

Bunting, J. (August 2007 ). Testing tests: How can we tell if they are working? Peru TESOL Conference, Tacna , Peru

Bunting, J., Berman, H., Delk, C., & Snell, D. (March, 2007). Revising an IEP placement exam. TESOL Conference, Seattle , Washington

Bunting, J., & Moran, K. (March 2006). Academic Word List (AWL) Collocations and Phraseology. TESOL Conference, Tampa , Florida

Bunting, J., & Starrick Meeks, A. (September 2005). Using authentic texts in the L2 classroom . SETESOL Conference, Myrtle Beach , South Carolina

Bunting, J., Cavusgil, S. & Snell, D. (April 2005). Introducing Corpus Linguistics Tools to ESL/EFL Students . Poster session at TESOL Conference, San Antonio , Texas

Bunting, J. (March 2005). Student-generated mini-corpora in academic writing classrooms , as part of “ Academic Vocabulary Activities That Promote Retention/Retrieval” Colloquium. TESOL Conference, San Antonio , Texas

Bennett, G., Bunting, J. & Lee, K. (March 2005). Use of Lexical Bundles in ESL Essays . Poster session at TESOL Conference, San Antonio , Texas

Bunting, J. (April 2004). Raising Student Awareness of Collocation , as part of “ Academic Vocabulary Development in Reading/Writing Classrooms” Colloquium. TESOL Conference, Long Beach, California.

Chaudron, G., & Bunting, J. (March 2004). What Dictionary is Best for your Students? GATESOL Conference, Augusta, Georgia

Carrell, P., & Bunting, J. (April 2002). Working memory capacity in first and second language . American Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Bunting, J. (April 2002). Adding on-line components to ESP writing workshops . TESOL International Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Bunting, J., Byrd, P., DiPuma, L., Gobron, L., Hegyesi, B., Little, C., Maslekoff, D., Nicholson, M., & Nystrom, S. (March 2001). Creating communities in an on-line graduate course . TESOL International Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

Bunting, J., Sheehan, J., Weigle, S., Nicholson, M., Nystrom, S., Smith, F., & Maslekoff, D. (February 2001). Broadening the subject pool for applied linguistics research . American Association for Applied Linguistics 2001 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

Sheehan, J., Bunting, J., Weigle, S., Nicholson, M., Lutenbacher, C., Nystrom, S., Smith, F., Maslekoff, D. (October 2000). Mainstream TESOL research subjects: A review of six journals . Southeast TESOL Conference, Miami, Florida.

Byrd, P., Bunting, J., Nystrom, S., Maslekoff, D., Nicholson, M., & Hegyesi, B. (October 2000). Re-designing a graduate class for the WebCT environment .  Southeast TESOL Conference, Miami, Florida.

Byrd, P., Bunting, J., Gobron, L., Nystrom, S., Maslekoff, D., DiPuma, L., Nicholson, M., Little, C., & Hegyesi, B. (May 2000). Re-designing a graduate class for the WebCT environment .  Second Annual Teaching & Learning with Technology Expo, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION OF APPLIED LINGUISTICS AND TEACHING ENLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL):

Co-editor, TESOL Research Interest Section Newsletter. April 2001 – March 2003

Abstract Reviewer, Research Interest Section, for TESOL 2003 and TESOL 2004

Weigle, S &. Bunting, J. (March 2006). Discussion group leaders for: Research in MATESOL Programs. TESOL Conference, Tampa , Florida

Weigle, S &. Bunting, J. (March 2005). Discussion group leaders for: Research in MATESOL Programs. TESOL Conference, San Antonio , Texas

Weigle, S &. Bunting, J. (March 2004). Discussion group leaders for: Research in MATESOL Programs. 2004 TESOL Conference, Long Beach, California.

Bunting, J., Byrd, P, Gille, C., & Howard, J. (April 2004). Discussion group leaders for: Using corpus data to write vocabulary materials. Group discussion on the use of corpus data to provide realistic settings for vocabulary words, with a focus on academic vocabulary. Examples of work done for publication and resources for corpus data shared. 2004 TESOL Conference, Long Beach, California.

Bunting, J. & Nicholson, M.  (April 2002). Discussion group leaders for: Broadening the subject pool for TESOL research. In this discussion, we will examine the demographics of subjects used in ESL/EFL research, comparing them to actual ESL/EFL learners. Participants will then discuss possible reasons for this, as well as the feasibility and/or desirability of increased inclusion. Finally, we will consider ways to broaden the ESL/EFL research subject pool. 2002 TESOL Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Journal of English for Specific Purposes:

Manuscript reviewer, 2005 – 2006

American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL):

Abstract reader for AAAL 2002 Listening and Language Learning Strand

Assistant to AAAL Vice-President Patricia L. Carrell, coordinator of 2000 AAAL Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Designed, updated, and maintained convention website.  Assisted in writing of call for papers, and in the process of selecting papers and colloquia for inclusion.  Developed database for scheduling of invited papers and colloquia.  Created and maintained graduate student internet network.  Supervised the development and implementation of a series of breakfasts for graduate students to meet with the “stars” of applied linguistics.

Student volunteer at AAAL Convention 1999, Stamford, Connecticut.

Gerogia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (GATESOL):

Grant recipient evaluation team for the 2007 Beverly Benson Travel Grant

Webmaster, June 2002 – 2006

Listserv Manager, 2002 - present

Asociación Venezolana-Americana de Amistad (Venezuelan-American Friendship Association), Caracas, Venezuela. ­

Member and Educational Counselor for Venezuelan students going to study in the US and Canada.  1995-1998.  Counseled students on all aspects of study abroad, including academic and visa requirements, options while in Venezuela, and specific attributes in programs abroad.  Presented information to groups of students in English and in Spanish about the criteria used in choosing a study-abroad program.

UNIVERSITY AND DEPARTMENT SERVICE AT GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Guest presenter on the topic "T echnology in one L2 writing classroom " in an MATESOL course on Approaches to Teaching Second/Foreign Languages, Fall 2011

Guest presenter on the topic “Building rapport with students in your IEP classes” for graduate teaching assistants in the Intensive English Program, Fall 2011

Guest presenter on the topic “Corpus linguistics for language teachers” in a doctoral course on Corpus Linguistics , Spring 2010

Guest presenter on the topic "Internet tools for language teaching & learning" in an MATESOL course on Approaches to Teaching Second/Foreign Languages, Fall 2009

Guest presenter on the topic "Useful Vocabulary Tools in Material Design" in an MATESOL course on Material Design, Fall 2009

Guest presenter on the topic "Creating websites for ESL/EFL teaching" in an MATESOL course on Approaches to Teaching Second/Foreign Languages, Fall 2008 Member, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, 2006 – present

Served as the Spanish-speaking representative of the IEP for prospective students, 2003 – present

Observer of visiting instructors and graduate students teaching in the IEP, 2001 – present

Guest presenter on the topic “Assessment in Oral Communication” in an MATESOL course on Second Language Assessment , Spring 2006 & Spring 2007

Served as an informant for faculty and graduate students working on a project on Teacher Knowledge Base, Fall, 2006

Guest presenter on the topic “Applied Corpus linguistics for vocabulary materials” in an MATESOL course on Corpus Linguistics , Fall 2005 & Fall 2006.

Guest presenter on the topic “Applying assessment principles in an oral communication class” in an MATESOL course on Assessment , Spring 2005.

Served as a microteaching rater of final projects for ESL 7500: Teaching at the University for International Teaching Assistants , December 2004.

Served as a microteaching rater of final projects for ESL 7500: Teaching at the University for International Teaching Assistants , December 2003.

Guest presenter on the topic “L2 writing and computer use” in MATESOL courses on Issues in L2 Writing and Materials Design, November 2001, October 2002, November 2003.

Panel member on the topic “L2 writing issues for new teachers” in MATESOL course on Issues in L2 Writing, December 2002.

Presented information to and held discussion with MA students in the English Department about ESL issues for tutors and English Composition teachers, September 2002.

Co-presenter of open sessions for international students at Georgia State University to introduce them to the GSTEP Regents’ Exam. February 2002.

Presented information to ESL tutors about the Georgia Board of Regents’ Compulsory Exams, for the purpose of providing the tutors with sufficient background knowledge to assist ESL students who need additional help preparing for these exams. July 2001 – present.

Rater for the Regents' Writing Test for Non-native Speakers of English, Interviewer for Matriculated International Students, ESL Department, 2000 – present

President, Graduate Student Association, 1999-2000.  Organized professional development options and social functions.  Encouraged student participation in association.  Increased budget for invited speakers.

Technology Chairman and Web Designer, Graduate Student Association, Fall 2000.  Revised website, updated information, and increased information sent to departmental website on job opportunities.

SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

With an expert in health literacy, I applied for grant funding for a language education program for immigrants and refugees in Atlanta: Incorporation of local health issues into an ESL adult education program. 2011

With two colleagues, I created and managed the CLALS English Language Scholarship, a scholarship for a deserving Latino student to study in the Intensive English Program at GSU. The first year, 2007-2008, had over 30 applicants and four finalists, and the first scholarship recipient was admitted in Fall 2008. The second and third scholarships were announced in Fall 2009 and the students began their studies in Spring 2010.

Provided a GSU campus tour and informational meeting with a group of twelve high-school students from a refugee/immigrant background with the International Rescue Committee organization. Fall 2008

International Community School Board of Directors, Vice-chair, Fall 2006 – 2010. Serving on a board of directors for a Dekalb County charter school, for a term 2006-2010.

International Community School Board of Directors, Chair, Principal Search Committee, Summer 2007 – Spring 2008.

International Community School Chartering Committee member, Fall 2006 – present. Serving on a committee to address short- and long-term educational, policy, and chartering issues for a charter school with 50% immigrant/refugee students.

International Community School Education Committee member, Fall 2005 – Fall 2006. Serving on a committee to address short- and long-term educational issues for a charter school with 50% immigrant/refugee students.

Participant in a Forum on Diversity as an Asset for the Atlanta Region sponsored by the Civic League and Atlanta Regional Commission in November 2008.

ICS Parent ESL Class, Fall 2003 – Fall 2004. Formed survival ESL program for recent immigrants and refugees in Atlanta , in support of parents of children at the International Community School , a charter school operating in Decatur , Georgia . Along with two other professionals, designed and implemented a free community-based and student-centered ESL program, focussing on language skills necessary for recent immigrants/refugees.

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MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

TESOL Research Interest Section

Georgia Association of International Educators

MexTESOL

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LANGUAGES

English (native language), Spanish

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