Greensboro College Professor Co-Authors Paper on Teaching English as a Second Language (4/6/2017)

April 6, 2017 4:19 pm
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Michelle Plaisance, assistant professor of English and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  and director of Greensboro College’s M.A. program in TESOL, has published a paper on that subject.

“Like Driving from ‘the Back Seat’: Teaching English as a Second Language in Commodified Curricular Terrains”  was co-written with Spencer Salas and Mark D’Amico and published recently by the TESOL Journal.

It examines the case of one first-grade English as a Second Language teacher and the conflict between how she is expected to teach and how she has been trained to teach or even how she wants to teach.

The study has implications for “instructional contexts where literacy and literacy test scores have emerged as the gold standard of adequate yearly progress.”

Plaisance holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and an M.A.T. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She joined the Greensboro College faculty in 2014.

Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features an 18-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities.


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