Fernanda Capraro

Fernanda Capraro 

Assistant Teaching Professor

  • Department of English
  • ESOL, TESOL, University Writing Program, and Rhetoric & Writing Program

323 East Hall

Degrees and Institutions

Ph.D. Foreign Language Education, The Ohio State University
M.A. Spanish Literature, Wayne State University
B.A. Spanish and Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Eastern Michigan University

Area: English for Speakers of Other Languages
Research Interests: Vocabulary Development, Academic Writing, International Teaching Assistants, Teaching Excellence, Technology in the Classroom

I am a first-generation college graduate. My family immigrated to the U.S. from Cassino, Italy when I was six years old. My professional training and teaching experiences have been in English as a Second Language (ESL), English for International Graduate Assistants, Spanish, and Italian in higher education. I have also taught academic writing to graduate students and research writing to first-year students. I received a Ph.D. degree in Foreign Language Education from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH in March 2002. My current research interest is a professional development topic about building resilience, healthy achievement, and life balance in teaching and learning.

During my free time, I enjoy cooking, gardening, reading, listening to music, watching PBS programs, walking, stretching, strengthening exercises, and spending time with family and friends. I also hope to resume traveling soon. 

Courses Taught

English 6040: Graduate Writing
English 3800: Linguistics for English Teachers
WRIT 1120: Seminar in Research Writing
ESOL 1010: Academic Composition II
ESOL 1030: Academic Speaking and Listening I
ESOL 5000: Academic Composition I
ESOL 5010: Academic Composition II
ESOL 5030: Intermediate Listening and Speaking
ESOL 5050: English for International Graduate Students II
ESOL 5080: Advanced Listening and Speaking
ED T & L 640: TESOL Methods
ED T & L 963: Language Testing
ED T & L 887: Field Experience
ED T & L 104: Spoken English for Business Students
Intensive English Courses (reading, writing, listening/speaking and grammar)

Select Publications

“Reflections on Using Peer Review in an L2 Writing Course,” The Newsletter of the Second Language Writing Interest Section. Invited. (October 2015). http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolslwis/issues/

“Vocabulary Dialogue Quizzes,” The Newsletter of International Teaching Assistants Interest Section. (2014). http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolitais/issues/2014-01-15/1.html

Select Presentations

“Meeting Diverse Student Needs in a New Writing Course Design,” Consortium Graduate Communication 2019 Summer Institute, George Mason University, Arlington, VA, June 2019.

“Using Socrative for Paraphrasing Practice in Writing Classes,” Electronic Village Technology Fair, TESOL 2019 International Convention and English Language Expo, Atlanta, GA, March 2019.

“Using Socrative for Grammar Activities in Writing and Listening/Speaking Classes,” Electronic Village Technology Fair, TESOL 2018 International Convention & English Language Expo, Chicago, IL, March 2018.

“Using Kahoot! In Writing and Listening/Speaking Classes.” Electronic Village 2017, TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, Seattle, WA, March 2017.

“Peer Review: The Before and After Times.” Roundtable Discussion: Supporting Graduate Student Writing Development, Promoting Graduate Student Success. Center Faculty Excellence Teaching and Learning Fair, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, March 2016.

“Vocabulary Dialogue Quizzes.” 2nd Annual National Geographic Learning Ι Michigan State University Learning Symposium, E. Lansing, MI, April 2014.

“How to Provide Effective Feedback for Students’ Spoken English.” Annual Ohio Conference of Teachers to Speakers of Other Languages (Ohio TESOL), Columbus, OH, November 2010.


Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Ohio Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Ohio TESOL)
Ohio Foreign Language Association (OFLA)
Michigan Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MITESOL)

Updated: 06/27/2023 10:09AM