Department of Language and Cultures

Office:   Atrium 243
Phone:   (973) 720-3043
Email:   scottg@wpunj.edu
Office Hours:   T, Th 4:00-5:00 pm or by appointment

Department: Languages and Cultures
Position: Assistant Professor
Area Specialization: Applied linguistics, teacher education, second/foreign language writing, language assessment

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.   English, Second Language Studies/ESL, Purdue University.
  • M.S.     Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Computing, Purdue University.
  • M.A.    English, English Language & Linguistics, Endorsement in ESL, Purdue University.
  • B.A.     English, Instituto de Enseñanza Superior en Lenguas Vivas "Juan Ramón Fernández." Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Course Taught

  • Academic ESL

ESL 210, 211 Intermediate ESL Reading, Writing
ESL 310, 311 Advanced ESL Reading, Writing
ESL 321 Advanced ESL Workshop 

  • Bilingual/ESL Graduate Program

TBED 641 Methods and Materials in TESOL
TBED 640 Content Areas and Assessment in ESL
TBED 645 Content Areas and Assessment in Bilingual Education
TBED 642 Contrastive Analysis
CIEE 629, 630 Research in Education I & II 

  • Spanish

SPAN 110 Basic Spanish
SPAN 221 Spanish Phonology
SPAN 314 Advanced Spanish Grammar
SPAN 360 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

 Publications

  • “English as a Second Language” entry in Encyclopedia of Social Problems, V. Parillo, Eds (July 2008). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • “From Standards to Testing: Developing a Language Proficiency Assessment.” Conference Proceedings from XXXIII International MEXTESOL Convention. Leon, Mexico, October, 2006.
  • "Writing Assessment: A Means to Biliteracy.” TESOL Bilingual Education Interest Section E-Newsletter. 7.1 (July 2005). http://www.tesol.org/NewsletterSite/view.asp?nid=3077

 Recent Conference Presentations

  • “Teacher Input on a K-12 English Language Proficiency Assessment.” TESOL Convention. Boston, MA, March, 2010. 
  • "English Enhancement Program: A Multi-tier Language Support System for Nursing Students." New Jersey Higher Education ESL Conference. Montclair, NJ, October, 2009. 
  • “To Correct or Not to Correct: That’s the Question.” 10th Symposium in Empirical Studies in Language and Literature (ECEL). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September, 2009. 
  • “Improving Grammatical Accuracy through Self-editing.” 7th Southern Cone TESOL Convention. Buenos Aires, Argentina, July, 2007.
  •  “Individually and Institutionally Constructed Language Identities: Lessons from Multilingual Students.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. New York, NY, March, 2007.
  •  “From Standards to Testing: Developing a Language Proficiency Assessment.” XXXIII International MEXTESOL Convention. Leon, Mexico, October, 2006. 
  • “Selecting Standards for High-Stakes Testing.” TESOL Convention. Tampa, FL, March, 2006. 
  • “Language Proficiency Assessment and Teacher Education.” TESOL Convention. Tampa, FL, March, 2006. 
  • "Every Composition Professional a De Facto ESL Composition Professional.’‘ Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, CA, March, 2005. 

Fellowships and Grants

  • 2007-2009—NJ Commission on Higher Education, English Language Minority Students (ELMS) to provide language support to Nursing majors who are from non-English language backgrounds, $110,000.
  • 2003-2004—Oregon Department of Education. Development of the K-12 English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA), $10,000.
  • 1997—Purdue Research Foundation. Summer grant.
  • 1989 U.S. Information Agency/Institute of International Education (USIA/IIE) Travel Grant.