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Non-Native English Speakers in TESOL and Collaborative Teaching 

January 12- February 15, 2015





In this discussion-based session, participants will explore the issues facing institutions where nonnative and native English speaking instructors collaborate.  What are their respective roles, and how can they teach with and learn from each other?  Drawing on the literature and personal experiences, experts in the field will share insights and professional development strategies. By the end of the session, participants will be encouraged to reflect on key issues and consider future directions for TESOL NNEST-IS.



Target Audience & Sponsor


This session is designed for graduate students or teachers in TESOL or Applied Linguistics, EFL/ESL instructors, and English language school administrators interested in learning more about NNEST issues. This session is open to any individual regardless of his/her language nativeness, nationality, ethnicity, or any other characteristic, and is sponsored by the Non-Native English Speakers in TESOL (NNEST) Interest Section


Session Objectives

    By the end of this workshop, participants will have

    • engaged in asynchronous and synchronous discussions with experts in the field on various topics-from becoming successful language educators to navigating the challenges and rewards of collaborative teaching

    • reflected on key issues involved in enhancing their professional development, repository of collaborative teaching strategies, and understanding of issues in native and nonnative speakerism

    • used voice/video conference for weekly synchronous meetings with guest speakers

    • produced two mini-projects:

      • a narrative description of a lesson in which a NEST and NNEST are collaborating successfully           

      • a professional development packet designed to raise awareness of weaknesses and strengths of both NNESTs and NEST


Week-by-Week Outline


Week 1: Jan. 12-18

     Invited Speakers: Ali Fuad Selvi & Ahmar Mahboob

     Moderators: NNEST EVO Team 

      • Introduction  
      • The NNEST TESOL Interest Section and NNEST movement: Contextual opportunities and challenges in NNEST issues

Task 1: Observe NESTs and NNESTs interacting in a professional environment. What are the apparent strengths and weaknesses of each teacher? Do you think those characteristics  are attributable to (non)native status? What power dynamics do you observe? How can these issues be addressed in professional development? You may follow up with an interview, if you would like. Write a short reflection on your setting and findings, and post it in the G+ community.

                           Live Session:  January 14, 2 pm GMT

                How to Join the Live Session: http://nnestevo2015.pbworks.com/w/page/89289992/Elluminate%20Blackboard 


Week 2: Jan. 18-26

     Invited Speaker: Christopher Hastings

     Moderators: Aiden Yeh

      • The respective strengths and weaknesses of NESTs and NNESTs
      • Possible professional development and mentoring strategies

Task 2a: How can what you've learned so far be applied in professional development or teacher education settings? Come up with at least 1-2 handouts, workshop outlines, or even just a list of strategies that address professional development and mentoring of NNESTs and NESTs. Upload your documents to the G+ community. 


                           Live Session: January 19, Monday, 1 pm GMT

                How to Join the Live Session: http://nnestevo2015.pbworks.com/w/page/89289992/Elluminate%20Blackboard 



Week 3: Jan. 27-Feb. 1

     Invited Speaker: Liz England

     Moderator: Iona Sarieva

      • The challenges of collaborative teaching, particularly between NESTs and NNESTs
      • Strategies for conflict management and effective communication between teachers  

Task 2b: How can what you've learned so far be applied in professional development or teacher education settings? Come up with at least 1-2 handouts, workshop outlines, or even just a list of strategies that prepare NESTs and NNESTs for the rewards and challenges of co-teaching. Upload your documents to the G+ community.

                           Live Session:  January 31, time 3:00 pm GMT

                How to Join the Live Session: http://nnestevo2015.pbworks.com/w/page/89289992/Elluminate%20Blackboard 


Week 4: Feb. 2-8

     Synchronous Speaker: Lia Kamhi-Stein (cancelled)

     Asynchronous Speaker: Valerie Jakar

     Moderator: Ariadne Miranda

      • Best practices for institutions when hiring, promoting, and mentoring nonnative and native English speaking teachers
      • Possible challenges and resolutions, individual administrators' experiences, etc. 

Task 3: Talk to a program administrator in your place of work and ask this person about how they approach the hiring and promotion of NESTs and NNESTs. How do students, other teachers, and stakeholders react to these practices? How do they handle criticism? Would you change anything? Why or why not? Write a short reflection, and post it in the G+ community.

                           Live Session:  February 6, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time) (Session cancelled)

                How to Join the Live Session: http://nnestevo2015.pbworks.com/w/page/89289992/Elluminate%20Blackboard 


Week 5: Feb. 9-15

     Invited Speaker: Geeta Aneja

     Moderator: Kyung-Hee Bae

      • Possible practices for approaching research NNEST issues, particularly in the classroom
      • Practical ways to raise awareness about NNESTs/NNESTs issues and implement sustainable best practices
      • Reflection and wrap-up

 Task 4: Reflect briefly on what you will take from this session going forward - how will you apply what you've learned in your professional future?

 Closing Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Y4cj-ZVJaNkRKe7ZMMuCn2wYp0eaDY0H-fMDwydfiOs/viewform?edit_requested=true

                           Live Session:  February 13, 2pm GMT

                How to Join the Live Session: http://nnestevo2015.pbworks.com/w/page/89289992/Elluminate%20Blackboard 


Communications Media: Online Spaces


 Google+: This will be the main environment for the group interaction and asynchronous discussion. It includes a message board for announcements and discussions https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109439906154139597692 


Our Wiki: The wiki contains the syllabus, weekly tasks, readings, weekly discussion threads, and tutorials. It will serve as a general organizing platform for participants, speakers, and moderators.


Our Moderator Team


Geeta Aneja




I am a 4th year doctoral candidate and graduate teaching assistant in the Educational Linguistics program at the University of Pennsylvania. I am currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Working Papers in Educational Linguistics. I am also working on her dissertation concerning the construction of nativeness in graduate classrooms. I have published pieces in Language and Education, Anthropology in Education Quarterly, Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, and the TESOL NNEST Interest Section Newsletter, and have taught English in Peru, India, Hong Kong, and around the US in both the nonprofit and higher education sectors. I can be reached at ganeja@gse.upenn.edu.



Kyung-Hee Bae 




I am the Associate Director of the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication (CWOVC), as well as a lecturer in the Program for Writing and Communication at Rice University. I am currently the Chair for the Non-native English-Speaking Teachers Interest Section (NNEST-IS). I have also served as the newsletter editor for NNEST-IS of TESOL and as the chair for the Awards Standing Committee of TESOL. My academic and research interests include writing in the disciplines (WID), second language writing, writing pedagogy and theory, genre theory and analysis, and writing center theory and practice. My recent publications include a chapter in Generation 1.5 in College Composition: Teaching Academic Writing to U.S.-Educated Learners of ESL. I have designed, managed, and taught over 30 discipline-specific communication programs, which included instruction in different types of academic and professional writing and oral/visual presentations. I can be reached at kbae@rice.edu.



Ali Fuad Selvi, Ph.D.








I’m a Visiting Assistant Professor in Teaching English as a Foreign Language program at Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus campus, where I teach a range of undergraduate and graduate-level courses in ELT. I obtained my PhD in Second Language Education and Culture from the University of Maryland. I’m also the outgoing Chair of the Non-native English speakers in TESOL (NNEST) Interest Section in TESOL International. My research agenda encompasses the sociolinguistics of English language teaching with special emphasis on the global spread of English as an international language (EIL) and its implications for language learning, teaching, teacher education, and policy/planning, issues related to non-native English-speaking professionals in TESOL, second language teacher education (particularly teacher cognition, the notion of praxis and the interplay between SLA and pedagogy). My articles and reviews have appeared in scholarly journals such as TESOL Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, World Englishes, Language Teaching Research Journal, and ELT Journal, as well as in practitioner-oriented venues such as Essential Teacher, NNEST Interest Section Newsletter, and WATESOL Newsletter. My article entitled The Non-native Speaking Teacher was one of the ten most accessed articles by ELT Journal – Key Concepts in ELT readers in 2012 (vol. 65/2). Most recently, I have finished a co-authored book entitled Teaching English as an International Language (2013) that was published as part of the new English Language Teacher Education Series by TESOL Press. I can be reached via e-mailTwitterAcademia or Skype at alifuadselvi. 


Aiden Yeh, Ph.D.



I'm a full-time Asst. Professor at Wenzao Ursuline University in Southern Taiwan. I teach creative writing and other ESP courses (Research Writing, Advertising & PR, Mass Media, and Cross-Cultural Communications, and English Language Teaching). I received my PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham, UK; my research focus was on the effective facilitation of teacher professional development for Taiwanese teachers in supplementary schools. For my Master’s degree (University of Surrey, UK), my research was in ELT Management investigating on the recruitment, training, and reward policies for EFL teachers at a kindergarten school in Southern Taiwan. I have published journal articles and book chapters on  the following topics: NNESTs' Teacher Professional Development using online technology, blended learning,  teaching and learning EFL, and poetic discourse. I'm a member of the Electronic Village Online Coordinating Team and have served  the TESOL CALL-IS Steering Committee and the TESOL Technology Advisory Committee. I have also served as the NNEST-IS chair in 2010. I can be reached online via Skype: aidenyeh, Twitter: motherchina


Ariadne Miranda



I am Faculty Coordinator for the English Language Program at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  I have over 15 years of experience in international education and program administration.  Currently, my job focuses on the professional development and support of faculty.  I am also a Ph.D. student in Communication at USF, and I am very much interested in how talk and interaction constructs our reality.   I work in a program where we greatly value teachers from all language and cultural backgrounds.  Our faculty is comprised of a great number of international educators, and I am eager to share my knowledge and expertise regarding issues facing NNESTs. Contact info: ariadnem@usf.edu



Iona Sarieva  




I earned my PhD from the University of South Florida in the field of Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology and currently work as the Bridge Program director at Saint Leo University. Florida. I have also done graduate work in Russian Studies (MA in Russian Philology) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (graduate certificate) at Sofia University, Bulgaria. I have taught English for Academic Purposes, teacher training ESOL courses, Applied Linguistics, and Russian as a Foreign Language in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. My professional experience includes instruction of face-to-face, blended, and distance learning courses as well as development of distance learning courses in the field of TESOL. In my current research I focus on student-centered approaches to language teaching, teacher-training, and computer-assisted learning.




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