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AERA 2019

Predicting Writing for Struggling Second-Grade Students
Keith M. Graham, Stephanie M. Moody, Mahjabin Chowdhury, Xueyan Hu, Michele L. Norton, Sophia Galvin, Layne Poole, Mallory Everett, Madison Paul, Li-Jen Kuo, & L. Quentin Dixon
Presented at the
2019 AERA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada on April 5, 2019

Little is known about the predictors of writing performance, particularly for young struggling learners. Based on previous literature, this study examines the role of gender, handwriting, language status, spelling, and vocabulary in predicting the writing performance of struggling second grade students in a school district in the southern U.S. Sixty-seven second grade students who were classified as struggling writers participated in the study. In contrast with previous studies, a multiple regression analysis revealed that only spelling was a significant predictor of writing whereas gender, handwriting, language status, and vocabulary were found to be not significant. The results of these findings suggest that for struggling writers, spelling interventions may be of priority and result in subsequent gains in writing.

Arabic-English Bilingualism as a Social Justice Issue in Qatar Higher Education
Zohreh R. Eslami & Keith M. Graham
Presented at the TESOL 2019 International Convention & English Language Expo in Atlanta, Georgia on March 14, 2019

In this presentation, we make a case against monolingual education in Qatar linking it to issues of social justice. We, instead, promote an education policy in favor of blingualism.

Language and Content Outcomes of International Content Based Instruction (CBI): A Systematic Review
Keith M. Graham & Yunkyeong Choi
Presented at the TESOL 2019 International Convention & English Language Expo in Atlanta, Georgia on March 13, 2019

This presentation presents the results of a systematic literature review examining the effect of CBI on language and content outcomes. Based on the mixed findings on the effectiveness of CBI on student outcomes, the presenters discuss limitations in our current knowledge of CBI and suggestions for future research.

Envisioning a Diversified ELT Curriculum in the Postmodern Era: Opportunities and Challenges
Keith M. Graham & Yunkyeong Choi
Presented at the 2018 Celebrating & Exploring Diversity in K-12 Literature & Literacies Conference in College Station, Texas on September 4, 2018

In this presentation, we explain the five dimensions of our postmodern diversity framework and how these challenge traditional norms in ELT.

Attitudes Toward EMI in East Asia and the Gulf: A Systematic Review
Keith M. Graham & Zohreh Eslami
Presented at the 2018 AsiaTEFL Conference in Macau, China on June 27, 2018

In this presentation, we review literature of student and instructor attitudes toward English Medium Instruction (EMI) in East Asia and the Gulf and suggest future directions for EMI policy.


Using Online Apps in the Foreign Language Classroom
Keith M. Graham
Presented at the 25th English Teachers’ Association of the Republic of China’s International Symposium and Book Fair in Taipei, Taiwan on November 12, 2016

In this presentation, I discuss three online apps–Edmodo, Quizlet, and Plickers–that can be used to enhance learning in the English classroom.