Travel Grant 2012-13: Janna Goebel

Janna Goebel, English

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 2013 International Convention & English Language Expo
March 20-23, 2013
Dallas, TX

Nature/Type of the Event

The TESOL International Convention is the largest gathering of TESOL professionals worldwide with an annual attendance of over 7,000 scholars. The convention focuses exclusively on English for speakers of other languages and offer continuing education based on the latest research in language acquisition and English language teaching.

Relevance of the Event for Applicant's Teaching and LMU Community, the Applicant's Involvement in the Event, and Expected Learning or Outcome

Loyola Marymount University's strategic plan calls for the internationalization of the university through increased international recruitment and the development of appropriate academic support for international students and scholars. With the growth of our community of English language learners on campus, we must work collaboratively to build sustainable English language support programs. As the primary curriculum designer and instructor of English as a Second Language at LMU, it is crucial that I stay well informed on the relevant developments in the field of TESOL. Additionally, I am a key consultant in the development of our ESL programs on campus. As the university works across departments to create academic programs appropriate to the needs of our international students, I hope that my attendance at the TESOL convention will help me to be well prepared for our discussions on curriculum development where I will contribute my knowledge of the current research on intercultural exchange and second language acquisition.

Attending the convention offers me access to the latest research on cognition in multicultural and second language education, advice for fostering mutual understanding in international exchange, and recommendations on the use of technology to encourage the achievement of student learning outcomes. I plan to implement the knowledge I gain at TESOL in my ESL classes by including current research-based methodologies on English language instruction in my curriculum design. The CORE curriculum changes call for a significant adjustment in the learning outcomes for the English 100: English as a Second Language course so that the course may continue to successfully prepare international students for academic success at LMU as they proceed through First Year Seminars. The knowledge gained at TESOL will guide my pedagogical decisions as I make these necessary changes to our ESL programs. In addition to sharing my travel experience with my students, I also hope to collaborate with the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office for International Students and Scholars to provide practical workshops for faculty members who interact with international students in their classes. In this way, we can work to improve retention and tracking efforts for our international population.