ESL Instructors Present at TESOL International Conference and Publish in Regional Journal

Members of Lehigh University’s English as a Second Language program presented at the TESOL 2017 International Conference in Seattle, Washington, in March.

Ashley Murphy, curriculum manager, spoke about “Raising Environmental Awareness with University Writing Activities and Group Projects,” with colleagues from Indiana University and International Christian University in Japan. This continues Murphy’s research into using eco-composition techniques in the classroom.

ESL Instructors Elena Reiss and Teranda Donatto spoke about “Empowering Minority Teachers: Combating Microaggressions in the ESL Classroom.” They shared experiences managing microaggressions—intended or not—in the classroom and best practices for addressing diversity.

Kayla Landers and Mary Newbegin, also ESL instructors, published an article titled “Lesson Plan: Collaborative Writing with a Mission” in the spring 2017 issue of PennTESOL East Voices, a regional TESOL journal. The article outlines a plan for helping international students succeed in group writing projects by analyzing university mission statements and then working together to craft their own personal mission statement.