TESOL Faculty Highlights

Faculty highlights from Dr. Alan Seaman, Dr. Cheri Pierson, and Dr. Pam Barger of their work serving around the world.

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Dr. Alan Seaman

Director of TESOL
Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

ChinaDr. Seaman traveled to Taipei in May 2014 to present three papers at the International Christians in TESOL conference. While in Taipei, he roomed with Wheaton TESOL alum Tim Hooker and spent time eating and wandering the city with a number of friends and former students. After 8 days in Taipei, Dr. Seaman traveled to the city of Xiamen, where he presented language-learning and art workshops, “The Art of Learning English”, and lectures on sociolinguistics, “Authentic Communication”. He spent time at Xiamen University and visited the beautiful island of Gulangyu, where no automobiles are allowed.

IndonesiaIn July 2014, Dr. Seaman led a team of four English language teachers for three weeks of teacher-training workshops and English leadership camps in Indonesia. The team consisted of Kim Seaman, Sally Thompson, and Cassandra Kline – all experienced ESL teachers at the elementary and middle school levels. Sponsored by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Dr. Seaman’s team trained enthusiastic groups of K-12 EFL teachers in Surabaya and Jakarta. These workshops focused on methodology for teaching English to children through the textbook series, Passport to Adventure. The team also led two four-day Student English Leadership Conferences (SELC) in camps outside Surabaya in East Java and Bogor in West Java. In these beautiful settings, teenagers from many Indonesian islands gathered together to learn leadership skills, engage in team-building games, and improve their mastery of English. During their final four days in Indonesia, the team stayed in Karawachi, a suburb of Jakarta, to work with the Teachers’ College faculty at Universitas Pelita Haripan.

ColoradoIn August 2014, Alan Seaman and Pam Barger visited the campus of Northern Colorado University for the Wheaton-ELIC TEFL Certificate program. This key program provided training for all new teachers heading to Asia with English Language Institute China (ELIC). With classes focusing on TEFL Methodology and Classroom Dynamics, taught by a talented group of adjunct faculty, this annual program prepares teachers for their positions at universities and schools in Mongolia, China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Turkey. After completing the classes in Colorado, the teachers traveled to various Asian contexts to complete a final course in the certificate, Asian Culture and Communication, during the final weeks of August. This year, Alan and Pam oversaw a successful curriculum revision of the TEFL Certificate program, which continues to be a centerpiece of the Wheaton College partnership with ELIC.

Dr. Cheri Pierson

Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

Dr. Cheri PiersonCheri Pierson taught 2 courses this summer in the Intercultural Studies MA program: INTR 611 Theoretical Foundations for TESOL Methodology (July 14-August 1) and INTR 613 TESOL Classroom Dynamics Practicum (June 9-13) and observed practicum students throughout the Chicago area during June and July. She also chaired the Comprehensive Exams in early August. In addition, she completed the book, Exploring Parables in Luke: Integrated Skills for ESL/EFL Students of Theology, with co-authors, Will Bankston and Marilyn Lewis, The book is published by Langham Literature and will come out later this year. Steve and Cheri celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary (June 30th) at a Swedish lodge located on Lake Superior and helped move her mother-in-law from Germantown, TN to Wheaton. She has begun a new book project and spent a lot of time with her 4 year old grandson, Jordan!

 

Dr. Pam Barger

ELIC Program Administrator

During the summer, Dr. Barger directed the ELIC/Wheaton partnership program and orchestrated administrative logistics pertaining to the summer modular students in the Summers-Only TESOL program. In August, she went to Colorado to observe the Wheaton/ELIC August TEFL Certificate Program alongside Dr. Alan Seaman. 

Religious Influences in Thai Female EducationDr. Barger recently published her book entitled Religious Influences in Thai Female Education.

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