The Mary Finocchiaro Award for Excellence in Unpublished Pedagogical Materials 

201​7 Recipient: Amanda Swearingen

Amanda Swearingen

Amanda Swearingen is an ESOL educator who spent 10 years teaching post-secondary EFL in South Korea and Argentina. She is completing her Master’s in TESL at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her interests include therapy dogs in SLA, teacher education, L2 literacy, and newcomers and emergent language and literacy.




Who's Eligible

Any TESOL member in good standing.

Purpose

This award was created in 1987 in honor of Mary Finocchiaro, a noted educator, author, and TESOL president (1970-1971), to recognize a TESOL member(s) who has achieved excellence through the development of practical pedagogical materials not currently under consideration for publication.

Amount

US$500 and a complimentary TESOL convention registration.

Evaluation Criteria

Pedagogical materials must be original, innovative, directly applicable to ESL/EFL teaching, and appropriate for the teaching context within which they have been implemented. Materials specific to English language learning can consist of written texts, oral passages, or multimedia applications. All submissions must contain implementation guides, such as directions or lesson plans. Additionally, the submission must contain a description of and rationale for the design and use of the materials. The work is evaluated for Pedagogical innovation
  • Similar materials are not already popularly used
  • Materials represent something new and unique in the field of ESL/EFL teaching
  • Materials represent a practical application of current research about language features or teaching methodology
Relevance to the classroom context
  • Rationale incorporates a clear indication of language level and target population
  • Materials are based on needs analysis of the described population
  • Materials are appropriate for the described population
Clarity and successful use
  • Writing in the materials is clear and stylistically appropriate
  • Directions in the materials (for teachers and/or learners) are clear
  • Materials have been “road-tested” -used at least one cycle (unit, semester, term, etc.)
  • Materials have been edited or improved based on teacher reflection and student feedback

To Apply

To complete the application process, you will need the following information:
  • an anonymous copy of the material (no more than 50 sample pages)
    • include links to any online materials or materials posted online (access to Dropbox files or other file-sharing services)
    • include examples of anonymous student work as appropriate
    • include clear implementation guide and any teacher notes (sample lesson plans, course overview, etc.)
    • include plan for assessment
  • an anonymous statement (400-500 words) including
    • the rationale or theoretical basis
    • the target population and language level
    • reflection on previous use of materials in classroom and how student feedback/reflective practice informed any changes
  • eligibility checklist affirming that your materials have not yet been submitted for publication or that your materials are not currently under consideration for publication
Click here to begin the application process.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted online by 1 November.

Questions?

Contact awards@tesol.org.

Past Recipients

View a list of past recipients. For information on recipients for years not listed, please contact awards@tesol.org.



Kimberly Specht first began teaching in Leipzig, Germany, and will graduate with her master's degree in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University in 2015. Currently, she works as an ESL teacher and tutor at various institutions in the Ann Arbor area in Michigan.
Kimberly Specht first began teaching in Leipzig, Germany, and will graduate with her master's degree in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University in 2015. Currently, she works as an ESL teacher and tutor at various institutions in the Ann Arbor area in Michigan.
Kimberly Specht first began teaching in Leipzig, Germany, and will graduate with her master's degree in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University in 2015. Currently, she works as an ESL teacher and tutor at various institutions in the Ann Arbor area in Michigan.