ESL faculty focus on technology

March 11, 2013
Lecturers Sarah Elia’08g (left) and Jessica Marchi ’10g (right)

Lecturers Sarah Elia’08g (left) and Jessica Marchi ’10g (right)

Haggerty English Language Program faculty Sarah Elia ’08g (Secondary Education) and Jessica Marchi ’10g (Secondary Education) are receiving attention—nationally and internationally—for their research in instructional technology. Their focus is on free, easy-to-use- technology, such as websites and apps, and smartphone features like the camera and voice recorder.

“Our students are already using this technology,” notes Elia, who was recently voted second vice president-elect of New York State Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESOL) organization. By introducing them to specific features and assigning interactive tasks, students are able to evaluate their pronunciation, recognize vocabulary words in different contexts, and share ideas with their peers.

Elia and Marchi have presented their research, titled “Trendy Technology: Free & Engaging Apps, Websites, & Software that Enhance Learning,” at the 2012 New York State TESOL Conference in Albany and at the 2013 Applied Linguistics Winter Conference at Columbia University, and will present at the 2013 International TESOL Convention later this month in Dallas, Texas.

The topic is popular and their research has been well-received by colleagues in the field. Elia and Marchi published an article on their research in the Winter 2012/2013 issue of Idiom, a New York State TESOL publication. Upon recommendation of the Haggerty English Language Program director, Connie Perdreau, Elia was interviewed for an article in the March/April 2013 issue of International Educator magazine.


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