Sharon Tjaden-Glass

IEP Instructor
Full-Time Faculty
Academic Affairs and Learning Initiatives: Center for International Programs

  • Location: Rike Center 105-W1
  • Phone: 937-229-1503
  • Email: Contact

Profile

In addition to being an English as a Second Language teacher, Sharon has also worked as an TOEFL iBT rater, a Smarthinking.com writing E-Instructor, a private English tutor, and a writing center tutor. She became interested in TESOL after volunteering with the Adult Basic Literacy Center in Oxford, Ohio, where she volunteered to teach English to immigrants. She regularly gives presentations at the Ohio TESOL Conference and enjoys interdisciplinary and intercollegiate dialogues. Her favorite classes include high-intermediate/advanced writing and grammar, high-intermediate/advanced speaking and listening, English for Engineers, and English for Business.

“I always tell my students, ‘You can do whatever you want. You can sit in your room and only read books. You can also play video games all night. No one will stop you. However, you must accept the consequences.’ If you want to come to an American university to get ONLY a university degree, you are not taking full advantage of the benefit of attending an American university. At an American university, you can greatly improve your English. It’s great if you understand the concepts of your major, but if you can’t communicate those concepts in English, you limit the audience to which you can share your ideas. University study is designed to help you join the growing body of knowledge in your field so that you may one day be able to contributes your own innovative ideas and maybe, one day, change the world.”

Degrees

M.A., TESOL, Wright State University (2006)
B.A., Linguistics and French, Miami University (2004)

Ohio Multi-Age TESOL Teaching License, Ohio Dominican University (2011)

Professional Activities

TESOL Member
Ohio TESOL Member
National Council of Teachers of English Member
National Education Association Member
Ohio Education Association Member
American Association of University Professors

Research Interests

English for specific purposes: Engineering and business
CALL: Computer Assisted Language Learning
Designing courses that prepare international students for university writing and speaking tasks
Designing writing/grammar courses that cultivate editing strategies
Pronunciation pedagogy and instruction
Strategies for developing student autonomy

Publications

Co-Author, 2011, Technology Report on the I-Pod Touch, Ohio TESOL Journal, 3(3), 16-18. Materials Contributor, 2010, Assessment in the Second Language Writing Classroom, Deborah Crusan, University of Michigan Press.