2004-2005 TESOL Awards and Grants Recipients

East Carolina University & TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on NNEST Issues

Ryuko Kubota photoRyuko Kubota is an associate professor in the School of Education and the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the United States. She has been a second language teacher and teacher educator in Japan, Canada, and the United States. Her research interests include issues of culture and politics in second language education, contrastive rhetoric, critical multicultural education, and critical pedagogies. Her publications have appeared in such journals as Canadian Modern Language Review, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, English Journal, Foreign Language Annals, Journal of Second Language Writing, TESOL Quarterly, TESOL Journal, World Englishes, and Written Communication. She has served on the editorial advisory board for TESOL Quarterly and Asia Pacific Journal of Education. She is coeditor of the TESOL Quarterly 2006 special topic issue, "Race and TESOL."

Suresh photoSuresh Canagarajah taught in Sri Lanka for more than a decade before joining the faculty of Baruch College, the City University of New York, in the United States.

Khadar Bashir-Ali photoKhadar Bashir-Ali is a visiting assistant professor of foreign and second language education at The Ohio State University in the United States. She is a 20-year veteran teacher of foreign and second languages in a K-12 urban context. Her research interests include equity, access, and diversity in education.

Ena Lee is a PhD candidate in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Her research interests include identity and language learning and antiracist education.

Hyunjung Shin photoHyunjung Shin is a PhD student in second language education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto in Canada.

Lia D. Kamhi-Stein photoLía D. Kamhi-Stein is an associate professor in the TESOL MA program at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), in the United States. She is a past president of CATESOL. She currently serves on the TESOL board of directors as director-at-large (2004-2007). She recently received the CSULA Outstanding Professor Award for 2003-2004.

James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL

Richard Boyum is the regional English language officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. He has an MA in TEFL and bilingual education from Georgetown University and a certificate in distance education from Texas A&M University, both in the United States. During his career he has served as classroom teacher, teacher trainer, and program administrator in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Southeast Asia. He has also served on the TESOL board of directors and as director of the U.S. State Department Office of English Language Programs. In 2004 he received an award from the king of Thailand for contributions to Thai education through projects with the Royal Distance Learning Foundation.

Albert H. Marckwardt Travel Grants

Clarissa Ewald photoClarissa Ewald graduated in 2003 from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, with a BA in teaching and English literature. She is currently in her second year as a candidate for an MA in TESOL at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in the United States. Her thesis project is "An Introduction to Second Language Acquisition for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language in Brazil." She teaches adult ESL at Truman College and Portuguese for Spanish speakers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in the United States.

Rae Lan photoRae L. Lan is a PhD candidate in TESOL at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the United States, where she is working on her dissertation on EFL elementary school students' language learning strategies. She is a current Fulbright scholar and has received scholarships from both the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators and the Roothbert Fund. She has published her work in the International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching. Her major research interests lie in language learning strategies and strategy instruction for children. She developed the Taiwanese Children's Strategy Inventory for Language Learning and coauthored Teacher Beliefs Inventory for Strategy Instruction.

Jennifer UhlerJennifer Uhler is a MATESOL candidate at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California, in the United States, where she is also earning a certificate in language program administration. She taught EFL for the Peace Corps in Slovakia and Mexico. Her academic interests include teacher education, EAP, content-based instruction, and curriculum design.

Chunbo Zhang photoChunbo Zhang is an MA student in applied linguistics/TESOL at Biola University in La Mirada, California, in the United States. She served as an assistant professor in college English at several universities in China for 8 years. She has also worked as a language institute program coordinator. She presented a paper at the 2004 Graduate Student Forum (GSF), at the TESOL convention, on NNEST issues and will present at the 2005 GSF on gender issues in ESL/EFL pedagogy. Her academic interests include second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, bilingual education, program administration, and teacher preparation. She recently published "Nonnative TESOL Teachers: Challenges and Opportunities" and a review of Packevicz's Mainland Chinese Students' Learning Styles and Intelligence.

TESOL/College Board Award for Teacher as Classroom Action Researcher

Yen Hui Lu photoYen Hui Lu is a PhD candidate in TESOL at the University of Maryland in the United States. She has presented many research projects on teacher learning and teacher professional development through collaborative action research and self-studies. Her work has examined the learning of disciplinary knowledge in teaching culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Her dissertation research focuses on the issues of teacher identity and cultural identity of East Asian ESOL teachers. She has received several awards, including the Louise M. Berman Curriculum Award and the Naomi Hentz Memorial Scholarship. In the past 10 years, she has taught EFL in Taiwan and K-12 ESL in the United States.

TESOL Virginia French Allen Award

Mary Goebel Noguchi photoMary Goebel Noguchi is a professor of English in the College of Law at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. Her research has focused on bilingualism in Japanese contexts, and she was a contributing coeditor of Studies in Japanese Bilingualism (Multilingual Matters, 2001). She has been a member of JALT since 1986 and has served in various capacities at the chapter and national level, but most of her efforts have been devoted to the Bilingualism Special Interest Group, which she has served as program coordinator from 1994 to 2000 and as editor of its journal, the Japan Journal of Multilingualism and Multiculturalism, from its founding in 1995 to the present. She is also a member of the JALT Journal editorial board.

TOEFL Board Awards for International Participation at TESOL

Rula Lufty Diab photoRula Lutfy Diab received her PhD in foreign language education from the University of Texas at Austin in the United States. She is an assistant professor in the English department at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. She has taught EFL and worked as an EFL teacher trainer in Lebanon and Vietnam. She currently teaches courses in discourse analysis, language acquisition, and applied linguistics. Her research interests include individual differences in second language acquisition, particularly motivation, attitudes, and beliefs about language learning; sociocultural and political factors in foreign language education; and second language writing. Her research has appeared in Texas Papers in Foreign Language Educationand will soon appear in TESL Reporter.

Lucia Santos photoLucia Santos has been a teacher and a teacher developer at the Casa Thomas Jefferson (CTJ) in Brasilia, Brazil, for over 20 years and was CTJ deputy coordinator for 12 years. She now serves as the CTJ main branch coordinator. She holds an MA in applied linguistics from the Universidade de Brasília in Brazil and participates in the organization and publication of the magazineDesempenho. Her main field of interest is English phonetics and phonology, with a major focus on segmental features.

Isabela Villas Boas has a BA in journalism and an MA in TESL from Arizona State University in the United States. She has worked at the Casa Thomas Jefferson (CTJ), a binational center in Brasília, Brazil, for 18 years, where she has taught learners of all ages and levels. She is currently a pedagogical consultant responsible for overseeing the supervisory work of all courses. She is also responsible for CTJ's Teachers' Development Courses. She recently designed and undertook supervision of the Public School Teachers' Development Program, a program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and Macmillan Publishers, and Special Book Services. This program aims to improve the teaching of English in public schools in Brasília. She has presented various workshops and papers at local and national conferences. Her major interests are writing, assessment, and grammar.

Khaldah Al Mansoori photoKhaldah Y. Al Mansoori is a teacher and a teacher educator who has been involved with TEFL for more than 22 years. Her interests include TEFL, TEYL, teacher education, and research. She has a BEd in English, a postgraduate diploma in ELTA, an MA in English language teaching, and a PhD in TEFL education.

Atef Ramzy photoAtef Ramzy is the decentralized governance and management advisor for the Egyptian Education Reform Program. He has worked as a teacher of English at elementary and secondary schools. He worked as a supervisor of English for the Egyptian Ministry of Education for 4 years and as a consultant training trainers with the Integrated English Language Program 2 (a USAID-funded program). He has presented at IELP II, EgypTesol, the EFL Conference (American University in Cairo), and the ESP Conference 2000. He took part in editing two books in a series of English language standards-based textbooks for primary students. He participated in an online course on teaching English to young learners at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in the United States. He has worked toward an MA on educating for global citizenship, peace studies and conflict resolution at American University in Washington, the District of Columbia, in the United States.

Ruth Crymes TESOL Fellowship for Graduate Study

Zuzana Sarikova photoZuzana Sarikova received her undergraduate degree from the University of Matej Bel in Slovakia. While there, she was selected for a semester-long study at Brighton University in England, where she had her first experience teaching ESL. After graduating with a degree in American and British literature, she spent three semesters at Western State College in Colorado, in the United States, further improving her English language skills. She was then accepted into the MA program and later the PhD program at the University of Utah, in the United States, where she received a graduate fellowship in the humanities. She has presented at two graduate forums, at TESOL, and at ACTFL. Her main research interests lie in L2 writing, especially its pedagogy and assessment.

Ruth Crymes TESOL Academy Fellowships

Farahnaz Faez photoFarahnaz Faez is a doctoral candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) in Canada. She is also a teacher educator in a TESL program. She provides language and cultural support workshops for BEd teacher candidates at OISE/UT. She has taught ESL at all levels and her research interests include second language teaching and learning, preservice teacher education, and program development.

Mary Finocchiaro Award for Excellence in the Development of Pedagogical Materials

Marta Dmytrenko-Ahrabian photoMarta O. Dmytrenko-Ahrabian holds a PhD in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University in the United States. She has taught EFL and ESL for 25 years in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United States and has directed ESL programs for 18 years. Currently, she is the curriculum coordinator/associate director of the English Language Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, in the United States, where faculty are encouraged to use technology in teaching. Through university grants, she has been able to learn and apply computer graphics to materials writing. As a result, she has begun to create interactive multimedia CDs with video that simulate university content-based lectures across the curriculum and help students' listening comprehension. She has authored literacy materials and has been an active language learner all her life.

D. Scott Enright TESOL Interest Section Service Award

Armeda Reitzel photoArmeda Reitzel has been a member of TESOL since 1977 and has been a presenter at almost 30 TESOL conventions. She served twice as chair of the Intercultural Communication Interest Section (ICIS; 2000-2001 and 2003-2004). She is currently one of the e-list moderators and the webmaster for the ICIS and a member of TESOL's Sociopolitical Concerns Committee. In 2003 and 2004, she wrote and coordinated two Interest Section Special Project Grants involving the collaboration of several interest sections. These collaborations resulted in two well-attended networking receptions open to all convention goers. She also encourages networking through her organization of the ICIS booth at TESOL conventions. She is currently a professor of communication and a program leader of linguistics at Humboldt State University in northern California, in the United States.

TESOL/Houghton Mifflin Award for Dedication to Community College ESL Teaching

Robert Kelso has been teaching ESL at Miami Dade College in Florida, in the United States, for 9 years. He has also taught in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a number of years. In addition to teaching, he is coordinating a family literacy grant project in Homestead, Florida, where he helps migrant workers and their families. He has presented research papers at conferences organized by Southeast Regional TESOL, Sunshine State TESOL of Florida, Region V Professional Development Advisory Council, and Miami Dade College.

TESOL Research Interest Section/Thomson Heinle Distinguished Research Award

Naoko Morita photoNaoko Morita completed her doctorate in TESL from the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, in Canada, in 2002. Her article based on her master's thesis, "Discourse Socialization Through Oral Classroom Activities in a TESL Graduate Program," appeared in TESOL Quarterly in 2000. She has presented research papers at many conferences, including TESOL's annual conventions and American Association for Applied Linguistics annual conferences. She received the 2002 TESOL Albert H. Marckwardt Travel Grant. She has taught English in Japan at the secondary level and has also given a number of workshops to teachers and graduate students.

TESOL/TEFL Travel Grant

Erli Zhang is a professor of ESL at Jilin University in Changchun City, in China, where he has taught for more than 15 years. His research focuses on CALL, and he has completed six research projects on this topic during the past 5 years. He has had articles published by the Jilin University Press, Shanghai Foreign Languages University, and the China Education Ministry.

TESOL Leadership Mentoring Program

Ruth Ann Weinstein photoRuth Ann Weinstein is an ESL teacher at Burke High School in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States. She was awarded a BPS golden apple award and received a Michael Jordan grant for her "Beginner's Boston" unit. She is a long-time member of MATESOL and has served on its board. She also serves on the TESOL secondary steering committee.

Luciana C. de Oliveira is a doctoral candidate in education (language, literacy, and culture; second language acquisition) at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), in the United States. She is currently a linguistics researcher for the History Project at UC Davis. She works closely with middle and secondary school history teachers and helps them engage in analysis of textbook passages and design content-specific lessons that focus on literacy development. Before coming to the United States, Luciana was an EFL teacher in Brazil. At CATESOL, Luciana was the coordinator of the Nonnative Language Educators' Issues interest group for 2 years and served as the college/university assistant chair; she became chair in March 2005. She is an active member of the Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL Caucus. Her research interests include issues related to academic literacy, writing development, and nonnative-English-speaking professionals.

Susanna MartirosyanSusanna Aram Martirosyan is a visiting research scholar in the field of linguistics at Southeast Missouri State University, in the United States. She is a JFDP grantee, the Senior Program of American Councils for International Education, U.S. Department of State, for the 2004-2005 academic year. She is currently on leave from State Pedagogical University of Armenia, where she is a university language educator and supervisor of practicum, responsible for evaluating and assessing students' individual performance of teaching practices. She has been engaged in various aspects of TEFL, including teacher training, ESP, adult education, and CALL in higher education, IEP, private, and state educational institutions. She has participated in many local and regional conferences as a member and public relations officer of the Association of English Language Teachers of Armenia and as a TESOL member.

TESOL Professional Development Scholarship Recipients

Melinda Sims
Gloria Park
Carmen Rostar
Kimberly Frisinger
Gyl Mattioli
Lara Scadden
Kyaesung Park
Mehment Sahin
Lynne Bost
Sabastian Asuo Darko
Susan Shay
Mary Middlemas
Joan Evans
Amanda Ruiz
Lynn Emmons
Tim Brotherton
Alexander Galen
Colleen Ijuin
Venera Shayakhova
Tatyana Yakhontova
Terri Leal
Julie Perron
Vicky Wason
Karen Newman
Amanda Baker
Deborah Gordon
MaryJo Fletcher LaRocco
Cynthia Wiseman
Kyoung-Sook Kim
Katherine Howe
Ali Shehadeh
Eunjyu Yu