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TESOL and ETS Announce 2013 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research

by User Not Found | 03/19/2013

Alexandria, VA (18 March 2013)TESOL International Association and ETS’s TOEFL® Program announce that Dr. Andreea Cervatiuc is the recipient of the 2013 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research. The award honors an author who has completed an empirical research project and a subsequent scholarly paper that was published in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Dr. Cervatiuc will be recognized at the opening session of the 2013 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Dr. Cervatiuc is being honored for her paper “Curriculum Meta-Orientations in the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada Program” published in the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education. The article, coauthored by Dr. Thomas Ricento, is based on a large-scale research project conducted at the University of Calgary.

“The most important practical application of this article is that it gives ESOL professionals a framework for articulating and becoming aware of their educational beliefs, underlying ideologies, and curriculum meta-orientations," Dr. Cervatiuc said. "Another important implication of this research study is the recommendation for TESOL programs to offer courses that draw on critical applied linguistics (CAL). CAL emphasizes the need to link language teaching to social context, identity, and social transformation.”

Dr. Cervatiuc works as a researcher and instructor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary in Canada, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses to students from all over the world who are practicing and aspiring ESOL teachers. Her research interests include second language acquisition and assessment, ESOL education, multilingualism, and language policy.

The winner of the TESOL Award for Distinguished Research receives US$1,000; a free one-year membership in TESOL International Association; a one-year subscription to TESOL Quarterly; and registration, travel and accommodations for the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo. The award recipient also delivers a presentation on the winning research at the TESOL convention.

About TESOL International Association

Founded in 1966, TESOL International Association is a professional community of educators, researchers, administrators, and students committed to advancing excellence in English language teaching for speakers of other languages worldwide. With more than 13,000 members representing over 150 countries, TESOL fosters the exchange of ideas, research, and peer-to-peer knowledge, and provides expertise, resources, and a powerful voice on issues affecting the profession. Through professional development programs, its international conference, special interest groups, and publications, TESOL engages tens of thousands of professionals to collaborate globally and create a world of opportunity for millions of people of all ages who want to learn English. For more information, please visit

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