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Alumna update: Grad continues poetry, writing work

A 1993 graduate of the English department, Catherine E Mccabe has continued to hone her craft of writing as a writer with several local newspapers. Closest to her heart, though, is a self-published 2008 book of poetry entitled A Rose out of Ashes. Mccabe is currently editing poetry for a second book she hopes to publish this year.

Go here to listen to Mccabe read from A Rose out of Ashes.

A Rose out of Ashes cover

A Colony Lost

“A Colony Lost” was broadcast on UNC-TV’s Explorer channel Jan. 6. This documentary produced by ECU students about the Roanoke “Lost Colony” features the ECU English Department’s Tom Shields along with three other ECU faculty members (Charlie Ewen, Anthropology; and Chris Oakley, and Larry Tise, History) telling about what we don’t know about the 1587 “Lost Colony” and how we don’t know it.


Faculty Speaker Series dates

This semester’s Faculty Speaker Series talks will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Bate 2019. Save these dates and stay tuned for more details!

January 27: Marianne Montgomery
February 15: Donna Kain
March 28: Matt Cox
April 11: Jing Yang (visiting scholar)

Dr. Luciana C. de Oliveira to keynote at TALGS

Luciana_de OliveiraDr. Luciana C. de Oliveira will deliver the keynote presentation at the TALGS (TESOL/Applied Linguistics Graduate Student) conference Feb. 13 in Bate Building.

In this keynote, entitled “A Language-Based Approach to Content Instruction (LACI): Six Cs of Support for Scaffolding,” Dr. de Oliveira describes the general principles of a language-based approach to content instruction (LACI). Participants learn six Cs of support for scaffolding that guide LACI for ESL students who are simultaneously learning language and content. Examples from two classrooms are used to illustrate the approach.

Dr. De Oliveira is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami, Florida. Her research focuses on issues related to teaching English language learners (ELLs) at the K-12 level, including the role of language in learning the content areas and teacher education, advocacy and social justice. Her latest books include Focus on Grammar and Meaning (Oxford University Press, 2015; co-authored with M. Schleppegrell), Preparing Teachers to Work with English Language Learners in Mainstream Classrooms (TESOL Press and Information Age Publishing, 2015; co-edited with M. Yough), Preparing School Counselors for English Language Learners (TESOL Press, 2016; co-authored with C. Wachter-Morris), Second Language Writing in Elementary Classrooms: Instructional Issues, Content-Area Writing, and Teacher Education (Palgrave Macmillan, in press; co-edited with T. Silva), and L2 Writing in Secondary Classrooms: Academic Issues, Student Experiences, and Teacher Education (Routledge, 2013; co-edited with T. Silva). Dr. de Oliveira has over 20 years of teaching experience in the field of TESOL and is an elected board member for the TESOL International Association (2013-2016).

Learn more at the TALGS website

Shields publishes new translation (as first author thanks to Pirate football)

Dr. Tom Shields recently published a work he presented earlier this fall at a Faculty Speaker Series talk: “‘La felice victoria’: Bartolomé de Flores’s ‘A Newly Composed Work, Which Recounts the Happy Victory That God, in His Infinite Goodness and Mercy, Was Pleased to Give to the Illustrious Señor Pedro Menéndez’ (1571).” This translation, done with his colleague Thomas Hallock at the University of South Florida, appears in Common-place: The Journal of Early American Life, an online publication from the American Antiquarian Society and the University of Connecticut .

The poem is about the battle between the French and the Spanish over the earliest settlement of Florida 450 years ago this year.

Because they were equal authors in the work, Shields and Hallock used the outcome of last year’s East Carolina University/University of South Florida football game to determine who got listed as first author. Luckily for Shields, the bet was made last fall as the translation was being finished rather than this fall when it was published.

TPC & STC Partnership!

12244395_1034770369876766_226222368565740410_oTPC@ECU (Technical and Professional Communication) had a productive meeting with STC (Society for Technical Communication) Carolina folks this week in Raleigh. We hope this is the beginning of a long and exciting partnership!

The event itself went fabulously. Four STC-Carolina representatives hosted us: Christina Mayr (STC Carolinas President, and an ECU alumna), Robert Perry (immediate past president), Betsy Kent (Competitions Manager, and also an ECU alumna), and Ben Davidson (Socials Coordinator). Christina gave a great presentation on professional development, networking, and mentorship strategies and the transition from graduate work into the profession, and then wove that into a conversation about STC-related resources, professional resources and opportunities in North Carolina, and support for students making the transition to professional careers. We ended with an energetic, inspiring question-and answer session and some great dialogue about the relationship between academic preparation and professional resources.