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Table Discussions

1:30 - 2:15pm

 

Conducting Research and Getting Published Charlene Polio.jpg

Charlene Polio | Michigan State University

Discussion Information: 
This session is for those who need some guidance in getting started with their research. We will focus on different stages depending on where the participants are.  This may include understanding how their ideas are related to current areas of inquiry, how to best present their research, or how to choose an appropriate journal. 

Bio:
Charlene Polio is a professor at Michigan State University.  She is the author of Understanding, Evaluating, and Conducting Second Language Writing Research (with Debra Friedman, 2017, Routledge) and Authentic Materials Myths (with Eve Zyzik, 2017, Michigan).  In addition, she is the incoming editor, with Peter De Costa, of TESOL Quarterly.
 
 
 

Carol Arnold.jpgGuiding Students Toward Meaningful Development

Carol Arnold | Michigan State University

Discussion Information: 
This informal discussion will explore the idea that content development is the driving force of effective writing. Surmounting the hurdle of test writing strategies and helping students understand what questions to ask, knowing what answers yield the most meaningful development, are great places to begin.

Bio:
Carol Arnold is currently the Writing Curriculum Coordinator at Michigan State. Previously she taught writing at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey. Carol was trained by Drs. Irene Ward & Gay Lynn Crossley in composition and rhetoric at Kansas State University. 
 

 

Melissa Vervinck.jpgTeaching Writing in the Digital Age

Melissa Vervinck | Oakland University/Central Michigan University

Discussion Information: 
This conversation will explore the effects of digital technology on students’ writing.  From allowing students to collaborate, create, and express themselves for a real audience to problems with plagiarism and difficulties with grammar and spelling, what can educators do to help students communicate effectively in this digital age?

Bio:
Melissa Vervinck is the director of the ESL Institute at Oakland University while pursuing a Doctor in Educational Technology from Central Michigan University.  She has developed and taught ESL writing courses including a writing program for Saudi Arabian educators, which is part of the Galileo-Saudi Arabian Educational Leadership program.