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Faculty Achievements

Cheryl Delk published the second edition of Discovering American Culture with University of Michigan Press. Cheryl and Louise Gobron are coordinating a 15-month self-study to seek accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. Cheryl, along with four other GSU faculty, visited the International University of Grand Bassam, Cote d'Ivoire, to provide guidance on curriculum development. 

 

Dr. Diane Belcher at annual conference, Shantou University, China.

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John Bunting co-authored with Pat Byrd "Where grammar is concerned, one size fits all" in the book Writing Myths: Applying second language research to classroom teaching (edited by Joy Reid, 2008, University of Michigan Press). He also gave two workshops on effective legal writing in English in Caracas, Venezuela in February 2008.

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Sharon Cavusgil wrote a chapter in the anthology Writing Myths, edited by Dr. Joy Reid, published by the University of Michigan Press, March 2008. The chapter is entitled, “Academic writing courses should focus on paragraph and essay development.”

Sharon served on a panel for the Higher Education Interest Section (HEIS), International TESOL presentation, where she spoke about her experiences establishing graduate student writer/mentor relationships at Georgia State University. As a result of this presentation, she was also invited to publish an article on the same topic, which appeared in the HEIS electronic newsletter, August 2007.

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John Stowe directed an innovative summer program for students from Peking University Health Science Center focused on academic culture in the U.S. In Summer 2007, this program was expanded to include a 3-week teacher training program for faculty from the same university. In June, 2007, John was invited to Peking University to conduct teacher observations and faculty needs assessment. He also accompanied a delegation from the College of Arts and Sciences to Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, to explore future collaborative programs.

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Gayle Nelson and Yanbin Lu have co-authored two book chapters:

Nelson, G., & Lu, Y. (forthcoming). Negotiating on-line and in-class academic conversations: Writing to speak. In D. Belcher & A. Hirvala (Eds.), The oral/literate connection: Perspectives on L2 speaking, writing, and other media interactions. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Lu, Y., & Nelson, G. (2008). Negotiating on-line postings and publications: Identity construction through writing. In C. Casanave & Y. Li (Eds.), Learning the literacy practices of graduate school: Insiders’ reflections on academic enculturation (pp. 150-165). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Gayle Nelson was a member of an accreditation team, United Arab Emirates, Ministry of Education, Commission for Academic Accreditation, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah (October, 2007) and a program reviewer for English Language Programs, Jordan, Al Hussein Fund for Excellence, Amann, Jordan and Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), Alexandria, Virginia (February, 2008).

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Twelve faculty members and graduate students from the Department of Applied Linguistics represented GSU at the MEXTESOL (Asociacion Mexicana de Maestros de Ingles) Convention in Boca del Río, Veracruz in November 2007. John Bunting, Sharon Cavusgil, Cheryl Delk, Debra Snell, Louise Gobron, Margareta Larsson, Amanda Starrick, John Stowe, Meredith Bricker, Dara Suchke, and Lauren Lukkarila all presented on topics including, "Evaluating and modifying placement tests: Mexican and US perspectives", "Implementing effective assessment methods for oral communication", “Using corpus resources in the classroom” and "Surviving the transition from teaching to administration".