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Julie George

Julie George

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Applied Linguistics
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Julie George has been teaching since 1999 and joined the Intensive English Communication Program in the fall of 2014.  Originally from Denver, CO, following the awarding of her M.A. in TESOL from Bowling Green State University, Julie worked and resided in Bowling Green, OH, just south of Toledo for sixteen years.  She was the Acting Director and Assistant Director of BGSU’s ESOL Program and also taught ITA and graduate/undergraduate writing and oral communication classes in its program. In addition, Julie co-founded a local non-profit community organization committed to providing various services to the International community in BG, which includes international students, faculty, migrant farm workers, business people, and immigrants.  She was the Executive Director of this non-profit for ten years while overseeing and teaching in its Community English Class and occasionally teaching adjunct for BGSU’s IEP and ESOL Program.  Her research interests have included helping students communicate openness to classroom diversity, spelling, pronunciation, the socio-cultural adjustment of new international students to a community, the cultural concepts of friendship, the motivation behind community volunteering, the assessment of ITAs, curriculum development for ITA training, and collaborating with faculty to create beneficial training for their ITAs.  In her free time, Julie enjoys reading, writing, running and working out, exploring new places, and watching college basketball, particularly women’s.

Recent research activity

  • George, J. (November 2015). Beyond traditional fluency: helping students communicate openness to diversity. Published proceedings of MexTESOL, Cancun, Mexico.
  • George, J. (November 2015). Beyond traditional fluency: helping students communicate openness to diversity. Conference presentation at MexTESOL, Cancun, Mexico.
  • George, J. & M. Naber-Fisher (March 2014).  Communidad: building relationships with migrant workers.  Conference presentation at Ohio State of the State at Bowling Green State University.
  • George, J. (March 2011). Effect of a local non-profit on the socio-cultural adjustment of new international students. Talking about learning: the language center bulletin, 29-30. South East European University.
Jackie Gianico

Jackie Gianico

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Applied Linguistics
  • Associate Director of Academics
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Jackie Gianico has been teaching since 2006 and joined the IECP faculty in 2012 after having previously worked for the program as a teaching assistant. She has been IECP Academic Coordinator since 2013. Originally from New York, Jackie earned an M.A. in Italian from Middlebury College and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to having taught at the intensive English programs of New York University and Columbia University prior to moving to State College, Jackie has also worked as a product developer and editor for Kaplan’s English Programs in New York City. She is interested in exploring and improving teacher practices with her involvement in the Center for Research on English Language Learning and Teaching (CRELLT) here in the Department of Applied Linguistics. Jackie’s main interests in language learning and teaching include hypothetical discourse in the classroom, teacher practices, and program team-building and professional development.  Outside of the IECP, Jackie enjoys acting, singing, and painting, and she often brings her experience with theatre and art into the classroom.

 

Recent research activity:

  • Gianico, J.M. (2016, April). Pushing the boundaries of oral placement exams: assessing interactional competence. Presentation at the annual meeting of TESOL, Baltimore, MD.
  • Gianico, J.M. (2015, November). In vivo and online activities: aural explorations not oral presentations. Paper presented at the annual meeting of NYS TESOL, White Plains, NY.
  • Gianico, J.M. & Jadlocki, M. (2014, March). Real and hypothetical voicing as displays of interactional competence in a lesson on informal register in a post-secondary ESL class. American Association of Applied Linguistics American Association of Applied Linguistics, Annual Conference; Portland, OR.
  • Gianico, J.M. & Jadlocki, M. (2012, March). Instructors’ hypothetical discourse and gesture as models of potential thought and talk. American Associaiton of Applied Linguistics, Annual Conference; Boston, MA.
  • Gianico, J.M. (2011, October). Complaining and coming clean: Voicing and interactional positioning in a staff meeting of a university mental health clinic. Language and Social Interaction, First Annual Conference; Teachers College, Columbia Univeristy, New York, NY.
  • Gianico, J.M. (2011, March). Hypothetical quotation and gesture in the demonstration of teacher talk and thought by an ITA. American Associaiton of Applied Linguistics, Annual Conference; Chicago, IL.
Jason Litzenberg

Jason Litzenberg

  • Director of the Intensive English Communication Program
  • Associate Teaching Professor of Applied Linguistics
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Jason Litzenberg has a PhD in Applied Linguistics & ESL from Georgia State University.  He has over 20 years experience teaching English and applied linguistics in Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Ecuador, and the United States.  In addition to teaching, Jason has also served as a teacher trainer, mentoring practicum students and guiding new teachers through the processes of developing lesson plans that address the curricula and course outcomes of the program.  Jason served as Director of the English Language Program at Yachay Tech, a sciences and technology university in the Andes Mountains of northern Ecuador, from 2014-16.  Since 2016, Jason has been at the Intensive English Communication Program (IECP) at The Pennsylvania State University. 

 

Selected publications:

  • 2018. Litzenberg, J. “‘Official language for intercultural ties’: Cultural concessions and strategic roles of Ecuadorian Kichwa in developing institutional identities”. Linguistic Landscapes, 4(2), 153-77.
  • 2016. Lindemann, S., Campbell, M., Litzenberg, J., and Subtirelu, N. “Explicit and implicit training for improving native English speakers’ comprehension of nonnative speech”. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation, 2(1), 93-107.
  • 2014. Litzenberg, J. “Pre-service teacher perspectives towards pedagogical uses of non-native and native speech samples”. International Journal of Applied Linguistics. 24, n/a. doi: 10.1111/ijal.12084
  • 2014. Lindemann, S., Litzenberg, J., and Subtirelu, N. “Problematizing the dependence on L1 norms in L2 pronunciation teaching: Attitudes toward second-language pronunciation” In: Moyer, A. & Levis, J. (eds) Social Influences in L2 Pronunciation (pp. 171-94), De Gruyter Mouton.

 

Selected presentations:

  • 2018. Litzenberg, J. (Presenter). A story, tool, and proposal: Developing a guise-based attitudes study of the linguistic landscape. Applied Linguistics Roundtable, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.
  • 2018. Litzenberg, J. (Presenter). I’m a native speaker.  So what?. Centro Ecuatoriano-Norteamericano (CEN), Guayaquil, Ecuador.
  • 2017. Litzenberg, J. (Plenary). The 21st century dilemma of being a native speaker of English. COPEI 8th International Congress, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
  • 2017. Litzenberg, J. (Plenary). Linguistic landscapes as a pedagogical tool: Imagining the opportunities. COPEI 8th International Congress, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
  • 2017. Litzenberg, J., Decker, K., Shatkin, L., and Williams, C. (Panel discussion). The parallel development of two Ecuadorian language programs. TESOL. Seattle, WA.
  • 2017. Litzenberg, J. (Presenter). Developing sociolinguistic awareness through linguistic landscapes. Applied Linguistics Roundtable, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.
  • 2016.  Litzenberg, J. and Avila Herrera, S. (Co-presenter).  Student perspectives towards international English: Insights from an Ecuadorian EFL needs analysis.  AAAL.  Orlando, FL.
  • 2016.  Litzenberg, J. (Presenter).  Visual Semiotics in the Branding of a Glocal Institutional Identity.  AAAL.  Orlando, FL.
  • 2016.  Litzenberg, J. (Presenter).  Preparing teachers (to prepare students) for successful communication.  IA-TEFL.  Birmingham, England.
  • 2014.  Litzenberg, J. (Presenter).  Reconceptualizing proficiency for lingua franca communication.  AAAL.  Portland, OR.

 

Nikki Mattson

Nikki Mattson

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Applied Linguistics