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Title: Improving Students' English through A Cultural Research Project

Time: 3:15 pm

Room: Library 114

Name: Kristina Kellermann

Institution: Cascadia College

Co-presenters (if any): Mark Hershey, Cascadia College

Type: Informational Session (45 min)

Summary: In this session, participants will learn about a Cultural Research Project, a project in which students conduct interviews, gather data, and present their findings in a final presentation in a Speaking & Listening class. Participants will be able to learn how to set up the project and see student topics and poster examples.

Biography: Kristina Kellermann started teaching at Cascadia College in Fall 2012, and has taught in the English Language Program, ESL Basic Education for Adults Program, and College Strategies. She received her M.A. TESOL from California State University, Sacramento in 2010, and studied abroad at Boğaziçi Üniversitesi in Istanbul, Turkey while working on her Master’s. Previously, she taught in Intensive English Programs at University of California, Davis, University of Washington, Seattle Central College, and ELS Seattle. She also taught at the International University of Japan in Niigata, Japan in their summer IEP. Kristina has presented at several conferences, including TESOL International, Spokane Regional, and Reading Apprenticeship. A self-professed “word nerd” and a true linguaphile, Kristina has studied French, German, Turkish, and Japanese, and enjoys learning about cross-cultural communication and the history of the English language. She is passionate about professional development, networking, and helping students along their paths to success.

Mark Hershey has been teaching in the English Language Program and ESL for Cascadia College since 2014. Prior to that, he taught at North Seattle College and also for many years in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. He studied for his BA in Linguistics at the University of Washington and for his MA in TESOL at Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand. He has a special interest in task-based language learning and the use of creative storytelling in the classroom.

Topics addressed: Instructional Strategies

Intended audience: Higher Ed. Intensive English,International Settings

Thematic track: Instructional Strategies


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