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Applied Linguistics & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Welcome to Applied Linguistics and TESOL

  • Welcome to the TESOL

    Welcome to the Applied Linguistics (AL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. The AL and TESOL program is interested in questions related to the nature of language as a biological, physical, or psychological phenomenon, as well as to questions concerning how language is used by native speakers and language learners as an interactional, social, or cultural phenomenon. The AL and TESOL program is also deeply concerned with how first and second languages are learned, taught, and assessed in a wide range of real-world or laboratory contexts.


  • Program Announcements

    November 17, 2014

    Save the Date! Dec. 5: The AL&TESOL's Annual Holiday Party!
    Save the Date! You are cordially invited to the The Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program Annual Holiday Potluck Party! Join us in celebrating the end of the semester and all of your hard work. Please RSVP and remember to bring your favorite dish to share.

    Friday, December 5th
    Location TBA
    5:00 - 7:00 pm

    More information/sign ups to come! Stay tuned!

    The Roundtable

    The 36th Annual NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics Winter Conference: Call for Proposals NOW OPEN!
    Multiple Perspectives:
    Integrating Theory & Practice

    March 7, 2015
    Teachers College, Columbia University | 525 W. 120th Street, New York, NY
    Co-Sponsored by NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics SIG
    and Teachers College AL/TESOL Program

    Call for Proposals
    Submission Deadline: Tuesday, December 30, 2014

    Contemporary foreign and second language teaching is informed by theoretical developments in many fields such as language acquisition, psychology, and education. The practical and realistic application of theory is something that all educators aspire to in their classrooms.

    For this conference, submissions that help expand our understanding of the integration of theory and practice will be given preference. Excellent proposals on other themes in the area of language teaching and learning including, but not limited to, curricula, theory, research, technology, assessment, and best practices will also be considered.  

    •    70-minute workshop/demonstrations:  Provide participants with “hands-on” experience in developing methods and materials, analyzing research data, or solving a specific research/teaching problem.  
    •    35-minute paper presentations:  Present original research or pedagogical practices related to applied linguistics (25-minute talk and 10-minute Q&A/discussion).
    •    Poster presentations:  Present a work-in progress. Posters are displayed during a designated one-hour poster session.
    •    Contact and affiliation information
    •    300-word presentation summary
    •    50-word abstract for program materials
    •    List of technology requirements
    •   Pre-registration and conference updates
    •   General questions or information
    •    Questions for the proposal chair

    November 10, 2014

    Friday! Nov 14: TESOL/AL Roundtable's Fall Research Forum
    Join us for our first research forum of the year on Friday, November 14th from 4-6! The event will be held in GDH 281. This is a great opportunity to see what fellow students have been studying and to join in on the research conversation with your peers.

    Here are our presenters!
    Rongchan Lin - Unravelling the Nature of Flirting: A Single Case Analysis
    Jeremy Lee - Joking Cultures: Affiliative Acts Across Different Levels of Intimacy
    Jordan Van Horn - Language Use and Cognitive Flexibility
    Allie Hope King - PGC: A Multimodal Floor-capturing Mechanism in Multi-party Social Interactions
    Yuhan Lin - “Teacher”-Calling on the Teacher in the Second Language Classroom.

    Save the date! Nov 18: Panel Discussion at International Education Week 2014

    Teaching English in Other Cultures: Successes and Challenges
    Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014
    11:00am to 12:30pm
    Horace Mann 152

    ***Refreshments will be provided.***

    The Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program and TESOL/AL Roundtable co-present this panel discussion exploring the successes and challenges of teaching English in other cultures. The panel is made up of current AL & TESOL students with experiences teaching in diverse international settings. The panelists will discuss issues faced by teachers of English in other cultures, such as national policies, assessment implementation, and intercultural differences, as well as different strategies and pedagogical methods used to promote learning in these contexts.

    Jorge Beltran (Ed.M. student)
    Andrea Durkis (Ed.M. student)
    SooHyoung Joo (M.A. student)
    Yuhan Lin (Ed.M. student)
    Michelle Stabler-Havener (Ed.D. student)

    This event is organized in conjunction with the 2014 International Education Week and is co-sponsored by the Office of International Services. 

    Save the date! Nov. 18: TESOL/AL Web Journal Brown Bag Lunch Presentation
    Teachers College, Columbia University Working Papers in TESOL and Applied Linguistics cordially invites you to our Brown Bag Lunch Presentation this semester.

    Date:              Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    Time:              1:00-2:00 pm
    Venue:            138 Horace Mann, Teachers College, Columbia University

    We are delighted to have Dr. Beth  Clark-Gareca as the speaker, and title of the talk is:
    “Sometimes a F+ is good”: Elementary English Language Learners and Classroom Content Tests”

    In her presentation, Dr. Clark-Gareca will talk about her study on elementary ELLs’ perception of classroom content tests and grading practices. For the abstract and more
    details, please refer to the attached flyer.

    Dr. Clark-Gareca is a lecturer in the TESOL and Applied Linguistics program. She received her doctorate in TESOL in 2013 from New York University.
    Her research interests include classroom assessment for ELLs, second language acquisition, and teacher education in K-12 contexts.

    Presentation will be followed by time for questions and discussion.
    Bring your own lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided.
    This event is free and open to the public.

    For more information, contact Yuna Seong at