Spotlight ESOL

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Spotlight ESOL

Amy Cook and Kimberly Spallinger co-presented as part of the Electronic Village Technology Fair at the 2015 Annual TESOL Convention in Toronto, Canada, March 2015. Their presentation was titled "Multimodal Assignments for University ESL Writing Classes."

Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen presented at two conferences during the 2014-2015 academic year. "Extraterrestial Linguistics" was presented at the Communicating Across the Cosmos Conference at the SETI Institute in San Francisco, CA, in November, 2014. "Involving Students in Meaningful Language Preservation Work As Early As Possible" was presented along with former ESOL Program Graduate Assistant Lucas Fullenkemp at the International Conference on Language Documentation and Preservation in Honolulu, HI, in February, 2015.

Jeffrey Moore, former ESOL Program Graduate Assistant, gave presentations at several conferences during the 2014-2015 academic year. "International Students and the Problem of Academic Assimilation" was presented at the 21st Century Englishes Graduate Student Conference in Bowling Green, OH, in October, 2014. "The Inclusivity Paradox: International Students and the Problem of Academic Assimilation" was presented at the Watson International Conference in Louisville, KY, also in October, 2014. "Who Marginalizes the Marginalized?: Risk, Exposure, and Self-Censorship in Second Language Writing" was presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa, FL, in March, 2015. "Alive and Well and Facebook Official: Life and Death in the Social Media Age" was presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference in New Orleans, LA, in April, 2015.


Giuseppe Giammanco, a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Photochemical Sciences and a former ESOL Program student, collaborated on a paper that was recently published in the American Chemical Society journal Applied Materials. The paper, titled "Light-Responsive Iron(111) - Polysaccharide Coordination Hydrogels for Controlled Delivery," was co-written with senior Christopher Sosnofsky, under the supervision of Dr. Alexis Ostrowski. To read more the research behind the paper, click here.

BGSU International Student Services has created a series of videos featuring former ESOL Program students talking about their experiences at Bowling Green State University. You can see these vidoes by clicking the links below:

    -- Omar Almethen, Pre-Business

    --Shrinkhala Upadhyaya, Media and Communications

    -- Aisha Alnaqbi, Communication Disorders

Amy Cook gave two presentations at TESOL 2014 titled “Teaching with TED: An Advanced Listening and Speaking Course,” and “Ten Ways to Play Tic-Tac-Toe for Language Practice.” More recently, Amy had an article published in TESOL's Adult Education Interest Section newsletter about using TED talks in advanced ESL listening/speaking classes. Her article can be read at:


Congratulations to Kamal Subedi, a Teaching Assistant in the Physics and Astronomy Department and former ESOL student. Kamal was selected as one of three recipients of the 2013-14 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award. Since BGSU has over 700 teaching assistants, this is a wonderful honor.

Jason Wells-Jensen is developing three languages for a series of fantasy novels by Arianne 'Tex' Thompson. The first book, One Night in Sixes, was published in July 2014.

Kimberly Spallinger serves as President of the Executive Board for the Iraqi Student Project and was the 2013 Faculty Senate’s Community Involvement Award Recipient.