M.A., Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder
M.A. New Mexico State University
B.A. University of Lancaster, England
Elizabeth O’Dowd is a professor in the Applied Linguistics Department and Director of TESOL Programs. Her PhD in Linguistics comes from The University of Colorado at Boulder. She has taught English to speakers of other languages for many years in a variety of settings ranging from K-12 to farm workers to higher education. Before coming to SMC, she lived and taught in England, the Spanish Basque Country, and the Southwest U.S. She has also presented or provided teacher-training workshops in many countries around the world. Her research interests are functional grammar, academic reading and writing, and World English. She is author of Prepositions and Particles in English: A Discourse-Functional Account with Oxford University Press, and co-author of a textbook, Grammar Links 2, with Houghton-Mifflin. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, most recently including ‘Tackling text types through grammar’ for the journal Writing and Pedagogy, forthcoming in Winter 2017.
Areas of Expertise:
Teaching English to speakers of other languages; English grammar and discourse structure; World English
Courses Taught include:
- Bilingualism and Multicultural Education
- English Grammar
- Introduction to Language and Linguistics
My Saint Michael's:
Saint Michael's is a small enough community that you know most people you see when you cross campus. But it's large enough that we have a great variety of research interests and expertise, as well as the opportunity to hook up for cross-disciplinary work. The faith-based tradition allows faculty and students to explore moral issues and clarify their values more holistically than you would find at a public academic institution.
My students seem the most inspired when they are learning how different languages work - for example, how the same "word" said with different tones in Chinese or Vietnamese might mean five completely different things; or learning about "mystery" languages like Basque, which has no known relatives and is nothing like its neighboring languages, French and Spanish.
What I like most about Saint Michael’s students is their commitment to service - at least 70 percent of them do some kind of outreach either through their coursework or voluntarily - and their close solidarity with each other.
Since the Applied Linguistics Department deals with teaching English as a second or international language, it is the best place to make friends with international students, whether graduate, undergraduate, or short-stay intensive English students. Because we're also a receiving center for Fulbright scholarships, some of our students come from countries that rarely send visitors to the U.S. - for example, Niger, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Iraq, Rwanda, Palestine, and Turkmenistan, to name a few.