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Dr. Nicole Brun-Mercer Presents at CATESOL23

Dr. Nicole Brun-Mercer recently presented at CATESOL23, a regional meeting for those teaching English to speakers of other languages, in Oakland.

In her workshop, “23 Ways to Use Corpora in the Classroom,” co-presented with Dr. Keith Folse and Margi Wald, participants were introduced to 23 corpus-informed activities designed to help students improve in all skill areas, from reading and writing to listening and speaking.

Brun-Mercer also collaborated with Kara Mac Donald on a presentation titled “From Essay Assignments to Corpus: Academic Writing through Tailored Instruction.” This session demonstrated how to create a corpus from student-generated written work and analyze lexical and grammatical forms in that corpus to inform future instruction.

In her third presentation, “Critical Partnerships for Linguistically Inclusive College Writing Placement,” co-authored with Dr. Gail Shuck, Brun-Mercer discussed the extensive cross-campus network required to build an equitable first-year writing placement process. The goal is to identify students who need or desire more English language support without stigmatizing them.

CATESOL23 conference logo. Text reads Breaking New Ground.