TESL M.A. students Ana Roa and Kurt Stoecker present their work at the 2013 Graduate School Symposium.
Please consider attending the event this year and also submitting an abstract of your work next year. This is a wonderful way of getting some extra feedback on a research project that you have done in a class or if you are working on an M.A. thesis. Submissions can be work in progress. A schedule of the 2013 student presentations is available here.
Jason Braun and Homophone Check
Creative Writing M.Aa alum Jason Braun is one of the creators of and online Homophone Check application. Read more about Jason's project in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
TESL M.A. alumna Amanda Wiehl shares her professional experience after graduating from SIUE:
"Following my graduation from SIUE in 2008, I taught in Poland for one year under a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. During my time there, I taught public speaking and academic writing to second year university students and worked on research in the area of Polish-English academic discourse. I was fortunate to have the opportunities to present on this topic at a variety of conferences abroad and in the United States. When I returned from Poland, I began teaching English as a Second Language at the middle school level in a northern suburb of Chicago. During my three years in this position, I helped to construct and implement ESL standards, developed ESL and bilingual programs, and presented on various ESL strategies to colleagues. I also taught a graduate level course on ESL teaching methodologies to fellow teachers. I recently took a fifth grade position in the same district but remain invested with the ESL population."
Thanks for staying in touch, Amanda!
TESL M.A. graduate Joshua Yardley is now an English Language Fellow with the US State Department and Georgetown University. He is working in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, for the provincial government of Aceh on a scholarship program designed to prepare Indonesians to take TOEFL, iBT and GRE so they may enter American universities. In addition to planning and administering these courses, he is providing teacher workshops at local universities and at private schools. Josh will also be giving guest lectures and presenting at the national TEFL conference in Indonesia.
Funding for Graduate Students
The Graduate School offers Research Grants for graduate students. The deadline this fall is Monday, September 29. You can read more about these grants here. Note that the Graduate School will holds workshops each semester to help you prepare submissions for those grants. Feel free to talk to the TESL/Ling faculty for help on your proposals.
Get to know the SIUE faculty
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) publishes weekly articles focused on faculty projects and achievements. Make sure you check out This Week in CAS regularly. The Graduate School also publishes a Research and Creative Activities Magazine that highlights various exciting faculty projects.
Ling/TESL Faculty Research
Did you know that Ling/TESL faculty member Kristine Hildebrandt was awarded a Career Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to document endangered languages in Nepal? Check out This Week in CAS for information on her work in Nepal over the summer and for more details about the project.
TESL M.A. alumnus Joshua Yardley now works as a CELTA teacher trainer. He has also helped design an intensive teacher training program called the International Diploma of English Language Teaching (IDELT). Over the last year Josh has trained some 150 new teachers! Read more.
Do YOU have a paper that you may want to submit to a conference? Contact one of the TESL/Linguistics professors to get tips about the application process and funding opportunities.
Calling all Alumni!
If you are a graduate of our TESL or linguistics programs and have not kept in contact with us, we'd love to hear how you are doing. Take the time to send us a little information about your current adventures.
Looking for more information?
Be sure to check out the conference, graduate school, and job notices posted on the TESL/Linguistics bulletin board outside of Peck Hall 2221. For details on being added to our program LISTSERV, contact Dr. Joel Hardman
Published by: Department of English Language and Literature
Last Update: September 20, 2014 by English Department Web Master