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2003-2004 TESOL Awards and Grants Recipients

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

TESOL awarded the The East Carolina University/TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on NNEST Issues to the presenters of the 2004 colloquium titled "Learning From Models of NEST/NNEST Collaboration." Brock Brady, Luciana Carvalho de Oliveira, Noriko Ishihara, Kimberly A. Johnson, Magara Maeda, M. Alejandra Reyes-Cejudo, and Sally Richardson were recognized for their colloquium on NNEST issues presented at the 38th Annual TESOL Convention. (No photo available: Luciana Carvalho de Oliveira, Noriko Ishihara, and Kimberly A. Johnson.)

Sally Richardson teaches composition for both the English Department and the School of Science at California State University Hayward (CSUH). She also teaches in the MA English, TESOL Option program at CSUH and in the TSL Certificate program at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. Besides collaboration between native-and nonnative-English-speaking educators, Sally's other main interest in education is technology-assisted teaching and learning. Her research collaborator is Luciana C. de Oliveira, History and Cultures Project researcher and PhD candidate in the School of Education at the University of California, Davis.

Brock Brady is coordinator of TESOL Programs at American University in Washington, DC, where he teaches courses on methodology, intercultural communication, and assessment. He has more than 15 years of EFL experience in Europe, West Africa, and Asia. His wife is a nonnative English speaking elementary school teacher.

Yanguo Cheng is a PhD candidate in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Her academic interests include bilingual education for language minority students, EFL, and issues related to nonnative-English-speaking professionals in TESOL.

Magara Maeda is a PhD student in the second languages and cultures program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She has been teaching Japanese as a foreign language for 10 years at postsecondary institutions in the United States and Japan. Her current research interest is language teachers' knowledge about language and its transfer to practice. Her research collaborator is Noriko Ishihara, also in the second languages and cultures program at the University of Minnesota.

M. Alejandra Reyes-Cejudo serves as the Latino Learning Institute manager at Chicanos Latinos Unidos en Servicio (CLUES). Her job includes planning and implementing educational services; coordination, recruitment, and training of volunteers; curriculum development; and other administrative tasks. She is originally from Mexico, earned her MA in TESL from the University of Minnesota in 2001, and has been a TESOL member since 1998. Her research collaborator is Kimberly A. Johnson, in the second languages and cultures program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL

Cheryl Benz is chair of the Department of ESL and Foreign Languages at Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston. She has taught ESL in elementary, secondary, and college programs in addition to ESL teacher education. She has also taught EFL in Guatemala, Moldova, and Saudi Arabia. Cheryl has been a leader in Sunshine State TESOL and Southeast Regional TESOL and served as a member and chair of the Awards Standing Committee of TESOL. Her publications include a study of Generation 1.5 students, two textbooks with Heinle and Heinle, and two textbooks forthcoming from Houghton-Mifflin.

Albert H. Marckwardt Travel Grants

Ena Lee is a PhD candidate in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her thesis project is titled "The Cultural Politics of Educational Change in a Canadian EAP Program," and her current research interests include critical pedagogy, English for academic purposes, identity and language learning, and antiracist education. She has presented her research at the American Association for Applied Linguistics' conventions in 2002 and 2003 as well as at TESOL's 2003 convention.

Silvia Pessoa is a PhD student in second language acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she specializes in academic writing, sociolinguistics, and discourse analysis. A native of Uruguay, Silvia taught EFL at different institutions in Uruguay for many years before she came to the United States to pursue her studies. Silvia holds a bachelor's degree in linguistics and a master's in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. She has taught ESL at various institutions in Michigan, including the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan, where she regularly teaches academic English in the summer program. She is an active member of TESOL and is the coeditor of the Michigan TESOL newsletter. At TESOL conventions she has presented on issues related to nonnative-English-speaking teachers.

Stephanie Galati recently graduated from the MA TESOL program at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in Ypsilanti. She presented a paper at the 2003 Graduate Student Forum (GSF) at the TESOL convention and will present again at the 2004 GSF. She is a member of EMU's team as the lead cohost institution for the 2004 GSF and was a member of last year's team as well. She recently presented a paper at EMU's first TESOL symposium.

Gloria Park graduated from the MA TESOL program at American University in Washington, DC, and immediately started a PhD program in second language teacher education/TESOL at the University of Maryland in College Park. She is also an adjunct professor in the Montgomery College Adult ESL Program in Maryland. Her areas of specialty are culture, ethnicity, and gender equity in second language pedagogy; research; and teacher preparation. She recently wrote, "A Call for Preparing AllTeachers: TESOL Standards for NNES Teacher Candidates" (TESOL Teacher Education Interest Section Newsletter) and a review of Sonia Nieto's What Keeps Teachers Going? (in press, TESOL Quarterly). Currently, she is working on her dissertation research, which focuses on legitimizing the lived experiences of East Asian women in MA TESOL teacher preparation programs.

The TESOL/College Board Award for Teacher as Classroom Researcher

Maria Dantas-Whitney is an instructor at the English Language Institute at Oregon State University in Corvallis, where she teaches both ESL and teacher education courses. She is a former president of Oregon TESOL and a former chair of TESOL's Intensive English Programs Interest Section. She has published articles in System,TESOL Matters, and TESOL Journal, and she is coeditor (with Nick Dimmitt) of Intensive English Programs in Postsecondary Settings (2002). Her PhD dissertation title isESL Students as Ethnographers: Co-researching Communicative Practices in an Academic Discourse Community.

TESOL Virginia French Allen Award for Scholarship and Service

Cynthia White is an associate professor in the School of Language Studies at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand, and has been a language teacher and teacher educator for 25 years. She has served on the National Executive of the TESOL Association of New Zealand and was project leader for the commissioned research into a profile of the ESOL profession and an investigation of professional standards in ESOL in New Zealand. Learner autonomy, distance learning, and immigrant experience of language learning environments are her main research interests, and her publications have appeared in journals such as System, TESOLANZ Journal, Distance Education, ELT Journal, and Forum. Her book, Language Learning in Distance Education, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2003, and a coedited volume entitled Languages and Distance Education: Evolution and Change will appear with Multilingual Matters in 2004.

TOEFL Board Awards for International Participation at TESOL

Sabiha Mansoor is presently an associate professor and head of the Centre of English Language at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. She has a PhD in education and a master's in TEFL from Reading University in the United Kingdom as well as a master's in English literature from Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan. She has been a British Council scholar and a guest speaker at several international universities. She has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences. She is the author and editor of several books, including Language Planning and Practice: A South Asian Perspective (2003), Language Planning in Higher Education: A Case Study of Pakistan(in press), and Punjabi, Urdu, English in Pakistan(1993). She is a member of the National Committee on English and the Asia TEFL Journal editor.

Barbara Schmenk, after receiving her PhD in 2000, became an assistant professor of applied linguistics at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany. She has also taught at Clemson University in South Carolina, Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and secondary schools in Germany. Her publications include a book on gender and language learning and articles on the feminization of language learning, new perspectives of intercultural and communicative competence, and learner autonomy.

Ruth Crymes TESOL Fellowship for Graduate Study

Jason Litzenberg graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1995 with a BA in English literature and a minor in German. The same year he was awarded a one-semester stipend at the Universitaet Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany, where he then studied German language education and taught English for 6 years. In the fall of 2001, Jason returned to Gainesville with his wife and two children to pursue an MA in linguistics/TESOL. During his studies he instructed international teaching assistants in academic spoken English. In December 2003 he graduated with an MA in Linguistics and TESOL certification. He is currently working at the English Language Institute in Gainesville and plans to return to an overseas teaching position in the fall of 2004.

Ruth Crymes TESOL Academy Fellowships

Brenda Friedman Ingraham is a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She has taught in Programs in English as a Second Language (PIESL) at UNL for over 15 years. Brenda's main interests include the use of the creative arts, particularly drama, poetry, and music, to enhance second language learning. She has presented and published in these areas.

Mary Finocchiaro Award for Excellence in the Development of Pedagogical Materials

Jane Hill has worked as an ESL department head at the secondary school level in Toronto, Canada, and as a teacher-trainer in Thailand and at York University in Toronto. She has a particular interest in content-based language learning, especially in using science as a vehicle for language teaching. Her recent experience includes being a team leader for cross-curricular units of study entitled One Earth, writing course profiles for the provincial Ministry of Education and Training, and adapting a Grade 9 science course for ESL for the Toronto District School Board.

D. Scott Enright TESOL Interest Section Service Award

Rita LaNell Stahl, an active TESOL member since 1974, was the first chair of the ESL for U.S. Residents in General Special Interest Group (1974-1975) and was chair of the ESL in Secondary Schools Interest Section (SSIS) in 1994-1995 and 2002-2003. She has been SSIS historian, interest section proposal reader for TESOL conventions, member of the SSIS Steering Committee, mentor of future SSIS leaders, facilitator of discussion groups, presenter at many TESOL conventions, and contributor to the SSIS newsletter. As an interest section leader and former chair of the TESOL Nominating Committee, she was a member of the TESOL Task Force for revising the nomination process for interest section and affiliate candidates for the Board of Directors. She is coauthor of Handbook for Teaching Bible-based ESL. HerTESOL Matters article, "Advocating for High School Students," reveals her commitment to helping English language learners and their teachers. She taught K-12 on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona for 14 years, taught English in Maryland and reading in Delaware, and returned to Arizona to finish her career as the middle school and high school district coordinator for ESL.

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

Mary Grace Foret was involved in the development of three intensive ESL programs in Kansas and Missouri. Since 2001, as associate professor of English at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, she has facilitated the college's EAP curriculum projected for implementation in the fall of 2004. She has coordinated the ESL study groups for its Writing Center since 1997. She has conducted the following presentations: "Myths and Realities About Language Minority Students,"; "Maximizing the Potential for the Global Community," "Tips for Helping ESL Students Succeed," "Service-Learning: Springboard Writing," and "Discovering Service-Learning." Her classes are highly interactive, and she has served as editor for the Johnson County Community College newsletter since 1995.

TESOL Research Interest Section/Heinle and Thomson Distinguished Research Award

Peter Yongqi Gu is an assistant professor at the English Language and Literature Academic Group and Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He holds a PhD in applied linguistics from the University of Hong Kong. He has extensive teaching and teacher training experience at Beijing Normal University in China, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Lingnan University in Hong Kong, and the National Institute of Education in Singapore. His main academic interests fall into the following areas: second language acquisition, computer-assisted language learning, teacher training, and language planning. His publications have appeared in TESOL Quarterly, Language Learning, TESL-EJ, RELC Journal, Asian Journal of English Language Teaching, and other journals or collections.

TESOL/TEFL Travel Grant

Mei Xian Huang received her BA in English from Fujian Normal University in Fuzhou, China, in 1986 and finished the graduate program there in 1990. She is now an assistant professor of English in the Foreign Language Institute in Fujian Normal University, where she has taught EFL for 17 years. She won the "Excellent Teacher of the Year" award in 1997 and 1998. She serves as team leader of teaching and researching in her department, where she plans and coordinates various activities concerning teaching non-English majors. She approaches her teaching with a strong background in EFL teaching theory and methodology. This focus on theory has led to several publications in recent years, including "Language Learning Strategy Training," "Cultivating College Students' Autonomy in English Learning" (in theJournal of Fujian Normal University), "A Tentative Discussion on Models and Principles in Grading English Compositions" (in Shangdong Foreign Languages Journal), and "Speculations on Some Problems in Teaching English Reading" (in Heilongjiang Researches on Higher Education).

TESOL Professional Development Scholarship Recipients

Andrea Behalova
Mary Bradshaw
John Cournane
Inas Deeb
Kirsten Duckett
Joan Evans
Yu Feng
Annavaleria Guazzieri
Beatriz Gutierrez
Amita Hanagud
Randy Hardwick
Susan Ianuzzi
Magdi Kandil
Babjide Keating
Me-Young Kim
Rachel Lange
Heather Linville
Kelli Loggins
Anne Marie Foerster Luu
Amanda Moneyhan
Adrianne Ochoa
Alfred Ogot
Kadisha Ospanova
Kimberly Pace Becker
Irina Savvina
Karrie Schlundt
Judy R. Shreves
Galina Shutkina
Phitsamay Singnysane
Li-Ching Su
Thomas Talarico
Ronna Timpa
Rebekah Ranew Trinh
Erica Van den Broeck-Earl
Kevin Zimmerman
Larissa Zolotareva

TESOL Leadership Mentoring Program Recipients

Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou, State Schools, Ministry of Education, Cyprus

Michelle Maitland, The University of Bridgeport


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