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TESOL Congratulates Penny McKay for MLA Book Prize (December 2007)

Alexandria, VA (December 6, 2007) – Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) congratulates former Board of Directors member Penny McKay for winning the 27th annual Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize from the Modern Language Association (MLA). The prize, one of 18 awarded by the MLA at its annual convention, is awarded for an outstanding work in the fields of language, culture, literacy, or literature with strong application to the teaching of languages other than English. Dr. McKay was awarded the prize for her book Assessing Young Language Learners, published by Cambridge University Press.

Dr. McKay is an adjunct associate professor in the School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. She has had experience as a classroom teacher, teacher trainer, and lecturer, and has undertaken a range of research in TESOL and applied linguistics. She has presented and published widely in the area of second language teaching and learning, and her most recent books include Five-Minute Activities for Young Learners, coauthored with Jenni Guse, and two edited books,Assessing, Monitoring and Understanding English as a Second Language in Schools: The NLLIA ESL Bandscales Version 2 and Planning and Teaching Creatively in a Required Curriculum. She has been an active member of a number of professional associations and served as president of the Australian Council of TESOL Associations and of the Queensland and South Australian TESOL Associations. Dr. McKay served on the TESOL Board of Directors from 2004-2006.

The MLA, the largest and one of the oldest American learned societies in the humanities (est. 1883), promotes the advancement of literary and linguistic studies. The 30,000 members of the association come from all fifty states and the District of Columbia, as well as from Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. PMLA, the flagship journal of the association, has published distinguished scholarly articles for over one hundred years. Approximately 9,500 members of the MLA and its allied and affiliate organizations attend the association’s annual convention each December. The MLA is a constituent of the American Council of Learned Societies and the International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures. More information on the MLA is available at

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