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SFSU MA TESOL presents

May 5, 2017 

Shifting Perspectives in language, identity, and cognition 

Spring 2018 MA TESOL Graduate Student Conference
Friday, May 4, 2018
San Francisco State University

Hosted by the SF State MATESOL Student Association
and the Department of English

Perspectives on Bridging

Gaps in L2 Learning

The conference is free of charge.  Please register so we can monitor headcount for catering purposes.
Friday, May 4, 2018
San Francisco State University, Humanities Building

Schedule Overview

9:00am - 9:50am            Opening Coffee & Reception (HUM 484)

10:00am - 12:15pm        MA TESOL Concurrent Sessions (HUM 587)


12:15pm - 1:15pm          Lunch Discussions

1:30pm - 2:30pm            MA TESOL Roundtable Discussions (HUM 587)

2:45pm - 3:45pm            MA TESOL Ceremony & Prize Drawing (HUM 587)

4:00pm - 4:45pm            Closing Wine & Cheese Reception (HUM 485) 

6:00pm                            MA TESOL Graduation Dinner (location TBD)

The MA TESOL Graduate Conference is now in its 24th year! This semester, we are combining forces with the First Annual English Department Conference! Please click HERE for the department conference website.
To view abstracts, click HERE


What’s so Difficult? A Look at What Students Need to Know for L2 Reading

As an undergrad at U.C. Berkeley, Agnes got her first taste teaching in a citizenship class at a recreational center every Sunday over the span of three years.  After a decade-plus stint as an attorney, she was finally afforded the opportunity to enroll in SFSU’s MA TESOL program, where she happily returns to working with ESL students to help them reach their academic and professional goals. 

Reconcilable Differences: Pragmatics to Help Russian EFL Learners Bridge the Gap

Kira Kondratkova is a Fulbright MA TESOL scholar from Volgograd, Russia. She loves teaching, singing, studying foreign languages, and cuddling cats. She aspires to open her own language school.


Integrating Pragmatics Materials in Advanced Reading and Writing ESL Courses


A bilingual speaker of Chinese and English, Jiadai has taught English in Japan, China, and tutored reading and writing at several colleges in Bay Area.

Reflections on jump-starting L2 learning: Does progress ever come to a halt?

Yasko had the good fortune to live in many countries outside her native Japan since childhood.  Fascinated by the way peopled interacted, she majored in Linguistics at UCLA.   Her life experiences made her eventually want to teach English to others, so that they, too, may have a chance to communicate with people from cultures outside their own. 

Join current MA TESOL students as they facilitate discussion on issues related to L2 pedagogy or original curriculum projects.


David Cooper
Extensive Reading in L2: Investigating Student Attitudes and Practices

Cheryl Eccles
Process Drama: An Innovative and Interactive Approach to Student Engagement in the Classroom

Minsun Lee
Designing lesson content for mobile apps for Korean English language learners

Vera Rapscak

ESP Curriculum for Women's Weaving Collective
in Oaxaca, Mexico


Pitchapha Saekow, Michaela Blagg, & Minaje Jeong

Curriculum Development for Thai Students Studying Academic English Abroad

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