Elizabeth O’Dowd, professor of Applied Linguistics and Director, Graduate TESOL Programs, in October 2015 delivered a full-day academic TESOL workshop (invited) for teachers from the Universidad Nacional: UNA Liberia, Costa Rica. Workshop title: "Introduction to Functional Grammar." In November she was featured speaker for Colorado TESOL, Denver, where her topic was, "Getting to Genres Through Grammar."
(posted January 2016)
Elizabeth O’Dowd, professor of applied linguistics and director, graduate TESOL programs, gave a presentation in March at the International TESOL Convention, Toronto: “Learning Grammar By Ear.”
(posted April 2015)
Elizabeth O'Dowd, professor of applied linguistics, and James Nagle, associate professor of education, presented a keynote speech October 25 at the annual conference of the Massachusetts Association for Colleges of Teacher Education, at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. The talk was entitled "Bridging the Divide: Project CREATE Brings Interdisciplinary Educators into Collaboration for Academic Literacy." It explained the concept and implementation behind the recent five-year federal grant project, CREATE, and demonstrated applications of systemic functional linguistics (SFL) for improving academic literacy. Also, James presented another paper about Project CREATE at the annual conference of the Northern New England Teachers of English for Speakers of Languages (NNETESOL) at the University of Southern Maine on November 9. The paper presentation entitled, Evaluating English Learner Curriculum Reform in a Teacher Education Program, was co-authored by undergraduate mathematics student, Maura O'Riordan, and described the improvement of pre-service teachers at Saint Michael's College instructing English learners in public schools. (November 2013)