In this course, graduate students will develop the skills to participate effectively in graduate work (both orally and in writing) and learn how to function successfully in their respective academic discourse communities. The course seeks to prepare students for advanced courses that support them in research communications within their discipline.
By the end of the course, in relation to their respective academic communities/fields of studies, students will be able to:
- Effectively participate in the social practices and interactions of the graduate school community and function as a junior member of their academic discipline
- Engage in rhetorical reading and listening
- Use advanced oral and written skills in academic contexts
- Analyze the main various academic and professional genres of their respective disciplines
- Engage in academic debates both orally and in writing by effectively delivering academic and professional oral presentations and generating written texts with an argumentative focus
- Identify and avoid plagiarism/academic dishonesty
English can be an amazing asset and tool in the world of academia, but it can also create barriers to getting important research from other perspectives and backgrounds out to the world, so I am committed to teaching English (to native and nonnative speakers) to the best of my ability, breaking down barriers one paper and presentation at a time!
I am an instructor at PLACE, Colorado State University. I have earned degrees in English, Spanish, and TESL/TEFL at CSU and an education degree from Western State University. I have taught GRAD550 Science Writing, GRAD580 Academic Literacies for Graduate Students, and composition and honors writing at CSU. I specialize in applied linguistics for English language learners (ELLs) from all over the world.
I am passionate about using corpus linguistics to address the needs of English language learners in STEM and work closely with professors on campus who share my interests. I have helped numerous students publish their research and have sat on various thesis committees. My work has also focused on the use of metaphor in teaching and the advancement of knowledge. I have presented on the international and state levels at TESOL and CoTESOL.
In addition, I am interested in access to education at every level, having taught in middle schools, high schools, adult education and the university since 2002. One of my favorite projects was the development of an English course for parents of public school ELLs to empower them through language instruction to take on protective parental roles in their families in banks, grocery stores, schools, etc., not relying on their children for translation.