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Our Students Have Come From All Over the World!


Congratulations to several of our students and alumni on their recent accomplishments:

Laura Bowman and Xiaoye Zhu received a 2017 Summer Support Fellowship from the College of Arts and Letters.

Ghulam Rasool, one of our Fulbright scholars, received a summer 2017 research award from the College of Arts and Letters to support his thesis research in Pakistan.

Aleyda Jasmin Alfonso Vargas (M. A., 2017) received the Outstanding Graduate Student in TESOL award for 2017. 

Laura Bowman received the 2017-2018 Shigeo and Isako Imamura English Language Teaching Fellowship from the English Language Center at MSU.

Ian Solheim received a Language Fellowship in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning from the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. He is serving as an Academic Advising and Programming Graduate Assistant in the Department of Linguistics & Languages.


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From the 2017 graduating class:

  • Erin Degerman is a Global Recruitment Officer for Duke Kunshan University.
  • Paola Romero Molina is teaching at UNICA, a bilingual Spanish-English university in Bogota, Colombia.
  • Kunti Adhikari is involved in teacher education through the Ministry of Education in Nepal.

From the 2016 graduating class:

  • Laura Eickhoff is teaching at Bilkent University in Turkey. See her recent article in ELT Journal on collaborative teaching.
  • Jennifer Brooke is an ESL Senior Specialist at Saginaw Valley State University. She recently published a review of the book Creativity in Language Teaching (eds. Jones & Richards, Routledge) in The Journal of Language Teaching and Learning. Along with Larry Zwier of the English Language Center at MSU, Jennifer has a forthcoming encyclopedia entry entitled Teaching Signs, Warnings, and Notices, to appear in the TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching (Wiley).
  • Jean Baptiste Nzanana is teaching at the University of Rwanda.
  • Teopolina Kanime is a teacher trainer in Namibia.

From the 2015 graduating class:

  • Laurel Waller and Kinsey Wethers (M.A. 2014) collaborated on a paper with Peter De Costa for TESOL Journal. The title is A Critical Praxis: Narrowing the Gap Between Identity, Theory, and Practice. It was developed during one of their courses in the TESOL program.
  • Nycki Cuddie is teaching English at the Community College of Qatar in Doha.
  • Hima Rawal is continuing her work in the Ph.D. program in Second Language Studies at MSU.
  • John Eitel is Community Center Manager at the University of Michigan.

From the 2014 graduating class:

  • David Martinez Prieto is a doctoral student at the University of Texas - San Antonio.
  • Lianye Zhu received a fellowship to pursue a Ph.D. degree in linguistics at the City University of New York.
  • Yangting Wang is teaching ESL at Marshall University.
  • Lauren Kelley, who is now Director of ESL Programs at South Dakota State University, writes the following about her time in the TESOL program:

"The M.A. TESOL program is a tight-knit community with many opportunities for engagement and professional development. I have grown substantially in my knowledge of theory and practice. During my time in the program, I taught in the English Language Center which allowed me to immediately apply what I was learning in class. The practicum (LLT 896) was particularly beneficial for me because I was interested in teaching community English classes after graduation. I have now accepted a position teaching ESL to immigrants and refugees. I feel confident in my abilities as a teacher, and the TESOL program has left me well prepared for future opportunities."  -Lauren Kelley, M.A.

From the 2013 graduating class:

  • Ben Martin-Bean is teaching English at Seoul National University of Science & Technology.
  • Yue Wu accepted a position with the Asia Headquarters of Education First in Shanghai as a content development editor for online classes.
  • Jake Reed is an English lecturer at Kanda University of Foreign Studies in Japan.
  • Chris Garth is the English Language Program Coordinator for the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU).

Other notable alumni accomplishments:

  • Anne Desiderio (M.A. 2011) is continuing her doctoral studies at Oxford University having received a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship.
  • Mariah Shafer (M.A. 2010) works with the Refugee Development Center in Lansing and teaches at Lansing Community College.
  • Ayano Sueyoshi Valvona (M.A. 2004) and her husband Chris Valvona co-authored an ESL textbook entitled Lessons from Leaders: Buffett and Gates Go Back to School, published by Cengage Learning, 2014.