Around Webster: Applied Educational Psychology Study; STLCC International Student Presentation; ESL Faculty at MIDTESOL

| October 29, 2014
ESL coordinator Carolyn Trachtova and adjunct faculty members Tamara Rodney and Amy Roither presented at the annual MIDTESOL Fall Conference Oct. 25.

ESL coordinator Carolyn Trachtova and adjunct faculty members Tamara Rodney and Amy Roither presented at the annual MIDTESOL Fall Conference Oct. 25.

Recent professional news and accomplishments by Webster University community members include:

ESL Faculty at MIDTESOL

English as a Second Language (ESL) faculty members Carolyn Trachtova, Amy Roither and Tamara Rodney presented at the annual Mid-America Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MIDTESOL) Fall Conference in Warrensburg, Missouri, on Saturday, Oct. 25.

In their presentation, “Successfully Update Your Placement and Exit Procedures,” they discussed methods to reshape a program’s placement and exit evaluations in order to assess all four language skills.

Applied Educational Psychology Research Study
School of Education

Stiles, McElrath and Lucas co-authored a study and publication in The Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology.

Deborah Stiles, professor of Applied Educational Psychology in the School of Education, and her two graduate students, Alisha McElrath  and Jane Lucas, collaborated with Janaki Rajan, a Jamia Millia Islamia education professor, and her graduate student, Garima Goel Gupta, on an international research study and publication. Rajan was a Des Lee Scholar at Webster University in 2011.

The article, “Adolescents’ Drawings about School and School Subjects: Perspectives of Youth from India Compared with Youth from Seven Other Countries,” has been accepted for publication in the next issue of The Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology.

The study compared 50 young adolescents from India with matched samples from the U.S.A, Mexico, South Africa, Ghana, Switzerland, Iceland, and Singapore. When compared with youth from other countries, the sample of young adolescents students from India expressed more negative views of school and school subjects and depicted their classroom experiences as more unfriendly and irrelevant.

Suggestions for school improvement in India are included in the article.

From left: Webster International Admissions coordinator Janka Ribando; Brian Barlay, STLCC Meramec International Club president; Webster graduate assistant Ngoc (Ruby) Truong; Kelly Ngongo STLCC Meramec International Club vice president.

From left: Webster International Admissions coordinator Janka Ribando; Brian Barlay, STLCC Meramec International Club president; Webster graduate assistant Ngoc (Ruby) Truong; Kelly Ngongo STLCC Meramec International Club vice president.

Ribando, Truong Present to Student International Club

On Friday, Oct. 17, International Admissions coordinator Janka Ribando and Office of Admission graduate assistant Ngoc (Ruby) Truong were guest speakers at an International Club meeting at the St. Louis Community College (STLCC) Meramec campus.

Both Ribando and Truong are former Meramec international students and International Club members. They spoke about Webster University’s academic programs, study abroad opportunities, campus life, various services offered for Webster students and specifics related to international students.

After the meeting, Ribando and Truong held an open forum for students who expressed interest in transferring to Webster University. This presentation was followed by the International Student Transfer event on Oct. 22 at Meramec’s Student Center.

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