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English Graduate Students and Faculty Showcase Research; Savova Discusses Wikis in Classrooms

On October 27, 2012, 35 students and two faculty members from the Department of English presented their research at the local Three Rivers TESOL Conference at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where they showed a wide range of linguistic and pedagogical accomplishments.

Traditionally, IUP is very well represented at the conference. This year, it became clear that students value the opportunity to share their work as early as their first semester of study. In 11 presentations and 26 posters, IUP participants showed a wide range of linguistic and pedagogical accomplishments. Many of these students from the IUP M.A. TESOL, M.A.T.E., M.A. Literature, M.A. Generalist, Ph.D. in Comp and TESOL, and Ph.D. in Literature programs had attended Lilia Savova’s workshops on conference proposal writing in the Fall 2012 semester, where they learned about the features of effective proposals.

In addition, Savova held a one-hour workshop for ESOL teachers from Western Pennsylvania as part of the conference. She focused on “Using Wikis to Create Learning Communities” and introduced teachers to ways in which they could design and use wikis in K-12 and college classrooms, illustrating the potential of wikis as individual teacher/student pages, networked classrooms, and school districts and virtual campuses. Workshop participants engaged in creating dynamic interactive pages for their classrooms.

See a complete list of all conference presentations.

View photos of our students and their posters.

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