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

    October 28, 2014

    Save the date! Nov. 18: TESOL/AL Web Journal Brown Bag Lunch Presentation
    Hello everyone,
    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

    October 20, 2014

    Save the date! TESOL/AL Roundtable Research Discussion #3
    Round 3! We've talked about research interests, and research questions. Now let's dig into the nitty gritty. Come and chat about conducting your research, and seminal articles that might help you out! Bring your computers, and we'll see you there!

    Date: Tuesday October 28, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Russel Hall, Room 206


    -The Roundtable

    October 19, 2014

    Share your voice! AL&TESOL Program needs your help!
    Who would you like as our guest speaker for the upcoming TESOL/AL APPLE lecture?
    We want to hear from you! You can let us know by completing a short survey below.
    Please remember to submit the survey by Saturday, October 25th!
    Thank you for your participation!

    October 13, 2014

    Call for Presentations: TESOL/AL Roundtable Research Forum
    TESOL/AL Roundtable is calling for presentations for our first research forum of the year, which will take place on Friday, November 14 from 4 to 6pm. The presentations should be approximately 20 minutes including a Q&A session. This is a great opportunity for those of you who wish to share your recent research in the field and get feedback from fellow students.

    If you're interested in presenting, please submit the topic and abstract of your presentation as well as an estimate of your presentation length to by Tuesday, October 21.

    For additional information about our student organization as well as this event, please see the attachment and visit our Facebook group and website at the links below:

    We look forward to hearing from you,
    Mariana & Stacy
    TESOL/AL Roundtable operations co-chairs

    October 6, 2014

    Save the Date: TESOL/AL Roundtable Social Happy Hour Oct. 17th!
    Take a break from all the school work!
    Join us for happy hour on Friday, October 17th at Amsterdam Cafe (right around the corner from the campus!)
    Hors d'oeuvres will be provided.
    Come out and mingle with other students in the TESOL/AL program!

    Location: Amsterdam Cafe, Tapas Lounge
    Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
    Date: Friday, October 17

    See you all there!
    - The Roundtable

    October 3, 2014

    Roundtable on Learning-Oriented Assessment
    Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Students,

    I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to remind you that the three-day roundtable on learning-oriented assessment (LOA) at TC is one week away. It goes from Friday evening, October 10 through Sunday, October 12, 2014. The full program book will be online today.  If you wish to register, here is the website:

    The main goal of the RT is to convene scholars and practitioners from around the world, interested in classroom-based assessment, to discuss the interfaces between teaching, learning and assessment in classroom and large-scale assessment contexts. More specifically, the discussion will revolve around (1) how planned and spontaneous assessments embedded in instruction might contribute to or inhibit learning processes and ultimate outcomes in learning spaces, (2) how learning assistance embedded in assessments (e.g., language aids, spell checks, etc.) might promote learning during assessment and ultimately better performance, and (3) how assessments with assistance might provide information teachers and students on both performance and learning for formative purposes.

    In this RT we have invited scholars from mainstream education to discuss theoretical perspectives to learning-oriented assessment and to consider how they might account for English language learner examinee populations. We've also invited language assessment scholars to discuss theoretical perspectives to LOA in language education, considering how content learning (e.g., science) might change the construct of communicative language ability for ELLs. A third strand of talks will be LOA application talks, where test developers will “show” how learning and assessment have been operationalized—mostly through technology. And finally, there will be empirical talks on learning and assessment interfaces. Tim McNamara and John Norris will be the RT discussants, and ample opportunity will be built into the sessions for audience participation.

    I hope you will be able to join us next week.

    Best wishes,