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The 2019 Professional Development Grant recipient, Xue Zhang of Washington State University.

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Thanks to the travel grant offered by the Spokane Regional ESL Conference, I successfully made my trip to attend the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting at Toronto, Canada. This conference is one of the largest education events in the country, serving as an international platform for education researchers to showcase their cutting-edge, innovative studies, for education practitioners to seek professional advancement, and for education students to inspire their minds. At the conference, I presented two of my own studies, investigating English learners’ self-efficacy and its impact on learners’ English public speaking (EPS) performances. After the presentation, I had an opportunity to communicate with ESL and EFL instructors from the US and worldwide to further share my findings on EPS instruction, in terms of curriculum design, pedagogical strategies, the provision of feedback, and assessment. This presentation contributes to the improvement of EPS teaching and learning both for teachers and students.

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