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Maria Beatriz Mendoza, PhD
English for Academic Purposes 
Instructor/Coordinator

Maria Beatriz completed her Doctorate in Multicultural/Multilingual Education at FSU in 2004 and has been the International Teaching Assistant Coordinator for Florida State University and CIES since 2005. A recipient of the FSU Fordyce Award for Outstanding Teaching, Maria Beatriz taught English as a Foreign Language in Venezuela for 3 years and then at CIES for 6 more years. Maria Beatriz is an expert in ESL writing and developed the CIES Composition book series. She is a native of Venezuela and speaks Spanish.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world” –Nelson Mandela

"One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world."  --Malala Yousafzai

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Jenny Grill, PhD 
English for Academic Purposes
Instructor

Jenny earned her doctorate in Adult Education at Florida State University in 2003; she holds master’s degrees in Adult Education and in Multilingual/Multicultural Education from FSU as well.
She started her career in EFL in 1991 in Switzerland where she taught English and learned German. She has been able to combine her interests in adult education and language learning through teaching university courses on adult learning, teacher education in English language learning (ELL), applied linguistics, and writing.

“...every journey, honestly undertaken, stands a chance of taking us toward the place where our deep gladness meets the world's deep need.” --Parker J. Palmer

EAP Faculty Publications and Presentations

 

Articles and Book Chapters

Tapper, G., Drzazga, G., Mendoza, M., & Grill, J. (in press). Discourse-structuring devices revisited: Building on Tyler's early insights regarding international teaching assistant comprehensibility. In Lucy Pickering, & Vyvyan Frederick Evans (Eds.), Language Learning, Discourse and Cognition: Studies in the Tradition of Andrea Tyler (32 pages). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins.

Mendoza, M. B., Platt, E. J., & Lucas, T. (2018). Analyzing Theories of Second Language Learning. (3rd. Ed). In Jane Govoni (Ed.), Preparing the Way: Teaching ELLs in the K-12 Classroom. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. 

Grill, J., & Mendoza, M. (2016, July). Teaching tip: Self-evaluation activities for video-recorded ITA presentations. International Teaching Assistant Interest Section Newsletter, 1. Retrieved from http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolitais/issues/2016-06-22/5.html

Platt, E. J., Mendoza, M. B., & Lucas, T. (2014). Analyzing Theories of Second Language Learning. (2nd. Ed). In Jane Govoni (Ed.), Preparing the Way: Teaching ELLs in the K-12 Classroom. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Mendoza, M. B., & Grill, J. (2013, May). Turning ITAs into Discourse Experts. TESOL ITA-IS, N/A.

Grill, J. (2010). Whose English counts? Native speakers as English language learners. TESOL Journal 1(3), 358-367.

Platt, E., Mendoza, M., Tai, S., & Lucas, T. (2008). Perspectives on Learning/Teaching ESL: A Sociocultural View. In Govoni, J. (Ed.), Perspectives on Teaching K-12 English Language Learners. Boston, MA. Pearson Custom Publishing.

Platt, E., Harper, C., & Mendoza, M. (2003). Dueling Philosophies: Inclusion or Separation for Florida's English Language Learners? TESOL Quarterly, 37, 105-134.

 

Conference Presentations

Mendoza, M. & Liseno, L. (presented 2018, May). Bringing American and International Teaching Assistants together to Enhance the TA Training Experience. Presentation at International Perspectives on University Teaching and Learning Symposium, Auburn University, Orlando, FL. (International) 

Grill, J., & Mendoza, M. (presented 2018, March). The Fast and the Furious: Short Activities for ITAs. Presentation at TESOL International Conference, TESOL, Chicago, IL. (International)

Mendoza, M., Tapper, G. & Grill, J. (2016). Beyond Borders: An Analysis of Teaching Assistant Rapport Building. Presentation at TESOL International Conference, TESOL, Baltimore, MD. (International)

Mendoza, M. B. & Grill, J., (2016). Using Self-Evaluation Exercises in ITA training courses. Poster presentation at TESOL International Convention, TESOL, Baltimore, MD. (International)

Mendoza, M., Grill, J., & Tapper, G. (2015). Exploring the perceptions and needs of ITAs from China. Presentation to be given at TESOL International Conference, TESOL, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (International)

Tapper, G., Mendoza, M., & Grill, J. (2015). Building Bridges Between International Teaching Assistants and Their Undergraduate Students. Presentation at TESOL International Conference, TESOL International, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (International)

Grill, J., & Mendoza, M. B. (2014). Fluency Activities for ITAs: Using Academic and Everyday Language. Poster presentation at TESOL International Convention, TESOL, Portland, OR. (International)

Mendoza, M. B., & Grill, J. (2013). Turning ITAs into Discourse Experts. Presentation at TESOL International Convention, TESOL, Dallas, TX. (International)

Mendoza, M. B., & Moulton, K. (2011). Getting Students to Focus on Grammar in Speaking. Presentation at TESOL International Convention, TESOL, Boston, MA. (International)

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Ozlem, Turkey

PhD student in Urban Planning & Dev.

“EAP5835 and Dr. Mendoza taught me two very important things: everything is learnable and practice does really make perfect! Teaching in English requires not only putting the right words together to explain the content of the course, but also intonation, rhythm, confidence, time management skills, interaction with students, and active teaching methods...Taking Dr. Mendoza’s class was one of the smartest decisions I made at the very beginning of my journey.”

Yuhan, China

Master's student in Information Studies

“This semester I had a chance to take the English Pronunciation course (EAP5838). This course really helped me to improve my speaking and presentation skills. What’s more, it indeed teaches the right way to improve my English. I so appreciate all the staff and Dr. Grill. Thanks a lot!”

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