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At the TESOL International Convention, Seattle, March 2017, several of our instructors presented. Fernanda Capraro gave a presentation at the Electronic Village Technology Fair on "Using Kahoot! for Writing and Listening/Speaking Classes." Anastasiia Kryzanivska shared a Teaching Tip entitled, "Note-Taking Strategies in Modern Classrooms." Amy Cook and Kimberly Spallinger co-presented "Innovating with Infographics in University Classes" at the Electronic Village Technology Fair.  

In March 2017, the ESOL Program served as a partner with BGSU's College of Education and Human Development for the 2017 English ACCESS Microsholarship Program, a professional development program funded by the U.S. Department of State. For three weeks, BGSU hosted a group of 20 ACCESS teachers from Pakistan for workshops related to service learning, EFL pedagogy, technology, critical thinking, and U.S. culture and values. As part of this program, ESOL Faculty Kimberly Spallinger and Amy Cook as well as Graduate Assistant Soha Youssef traveled to the TESOL International Convention in Seattle with the group of ACCESS teachers. Kimberly also served as a co-investigator for the program and led various workshops. The program was administered through FHI 360 and hosted at BGSU by the International Democratic Education Institute (IDEI) in the School of Teaching and Learning.

Anastasiia Kryzhanivska presented at the annual Ohio TESOL Conference in Columbus, OH in October 2016. The tech-fair presentation was entitled, “Teaching Reading and Technology: Do They Go Together?” The presentation covered the resources for the online annotation of texts, note-taking, as well as the real-world-based reading tasks of the modern world.

Kimberly Spallinger presented at the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Conference in February 2016. The presentation was entitled, "Fostering Reflecting Teaching Practices in ITA Courses." Kimberly was also a workshop leader at the Nam Can Tho University, Vietnam in the summer of 2015. The title of her workshop was, "Professional Development Leading Effective Curriculum Design and Academic Leadership in the 21st Century: An Integrative Approach."

Fernanda Capraro presented at the Ohio Foreign Language Association Annual Conference at Kalahari Conventions, Sandusky Ohio, in April 2015. The title of her presentation was "A Case of Individualized Italian Instruction." Fernanda also published an article entitled, "Reflections on Using Peer Review in A Second Language Writing Course."

Adam Sprague, former ESOL Graduate Assistant, presented at the 2015 College English Association of Ohio spring conference in April 2015. The presentation was entitled, "Reflecting on Assessing: Analyzing the Evolving Feedback Practices of a Graduate Instructor and Examining Institutional Influences." Adam also presented at the Convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association in November 2015. The title of his presentation was, "Robots Teaching Basic English to Second Language Learners: A Valid, Rising Pedagogy or Science Fiction?"

Danielle Donelson, former ESOL Graduate Assistant, published a piece in the February 2016 issue of the Ohio Journal for English Language Arts. The piece is entitled, "Blank Stares, Spontaneous Revisions and Food Metaphors: Establishing Connections in the ESOL Classroom Through Culturally Relevant Examples." Danielle also presented at the College English Association of Ohio at the University of Toledo, in April 2015. The title of the presentation was "Timing and Flexibility: Kairos for ELL Pedagogues."

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. Sheri Wells-Jensen also developed a specific language, which is used within a Scholastic book series.

Jeffrey Moore, former ESOL 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.

BGSU International Student Services has created a series of videos featuring former ESOL Program students talking about their experiences at Bowling Green State University.  

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 here.

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 developed 3 languages for a series of fantasy novels by Arianne 'Tex' Thompson. The first book, One Night in Sixes, was published in July 2014.