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INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGLISH



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Dr. Loretta Kasper
Associate Professor of English
Kingsborough Community College/CUNY
2001 Oriental Boulevard
Brooklyn, New York 11235
phone: 718-368-5373
fax: 718-368-4786

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Biographical Information:

Loretta F. Kasper, Ph.D.
is Associate Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College/CUNY. She regularly teaches content-based courses with an Internet component.

Reports of her work have appeared in a number of national and international journals among them, TESL- EJ, ITESL-J, English for Specific Purposes, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Teaching English in the Two-Year College.

She is the author of the professional volume Content-Based College ESL Instruction (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000), as well as two content-based student texts, Teaching English through the Disciplines: Psychology (2nd ed.) (Whittier, 1997) and Interdisciplinary English (2nd ed.) (McGraw-Hill, 1998).

Dr. Kasper serves on the editorial review boards of the journals Reading Online and Teaching English in the Two-Year College.


Dr. Kasper is the owner and moderator of the e-mail discussion list, Content-ESL, a forum for the discussion of ideas and issues pertaining to content-based ESL instruction.
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Research Interests:

Content-Based ESL Instruction; Metacognitive Factors in Second Language Acquisition; Technology in ESL Instruction; Reading and Writing as Integrated Skills

Content- or Discipline-Based ESL Instruction may be referred to as Interdisciplinary English.

What does this mean?

Interdisciplinary English
means teaching English through the content of different subject areas.

Students learn psychology, computer science, biology, and other subjects as they perfect their skills in reading, writing, and speaking English. Students love this method of instruction, saying that it helps to prepare them for courses outside the ESL program.

Interdisciplinary English can be used with ESL students at a variety of levels. Lower level students enjoy reading short stories linked to topics in disciplines such as psychology. Students also become more aware, and so better, writers, as they learn the elements of good writing and how to approach different types of writing tasks.

More recently, the Internet has come to play a large role in Interdisciplinary English courses, and it is a wonderful tool that can be used to help students learn and improve reading, writing, and research skills.

To read about how I use the Internet in my high-intermediate ESL course, go to

The ESL 91 Home Page (Under Construction)

FOLLOW THESE LINKS TO READ MY PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET:


Assessing Long-Term Effects of Content-Based ESL Instruction
--reports on a longitudinal study following up the academic progress of ESL students exposed to content-based programs.

Assessing the Metacognitive Growth of ESL Student Writers--published in TESL-EJ

Teaching the Short Story "Flowers for Algernon"--published in ITESL-J

ESL and the Internet: Content, Rhetoric, and Research--paper presented at Rhetoric and Technology in the Next Millennium

Interdisciplinary English and the Internet: Technology Meets Content--paper presented at the TCC '98 Online Conference

Defining Literacy in the Age of Information: Implications for the ESL Classroom --paper presented at the TCC '99 Online Conference

Focus Discipline Research Projects

Focus Discipline Research and the Internet: Keys to Academic Literacy for At-Risk College Students--paper presented at WebNet '98

TESOL '99 Presentation, "Incorporating the Internet into Content-Based Instruction"

Conference Handout

Content-Based Internet Collaboration

You can find additional TESL sources on the Web by following the links or by using the search engine at the end of this page.

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Publications

Books:

Kasper, L.F. (2000). Content-based college ESL instruction. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. (View Table of Contents, Preface, and Reviews and Ordering Information).

Kasper, L.F. (1998). Interdisciplinary English (2nd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
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(View Table of Contents)

Kasper, L.F. (1997). Teaching English through the Disciplines: Psychology (2nd ed). New York: Whittier.

Chapters in Books:

Kasper, L.F. (forthcoming, 2000). Sustained content study and the Internet: Developing functional and academic literacies. In M. Pally (Ed.). Sustained content-based teaching in academic ESL/EFL: A practical approach (Chapter 4). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Kasper, L.F., & Singer, R. (1999). Inherit the Text: An interdisciplinary perspective on argumentation. In E. Bishop (Ed.). Cinema-(to)-graphy: Film and writing in contemporary composition courses (pp. 116-124). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Kasper, L.F. (1998). Meeting ESL students' academic needs through discipline-based instructional programs. In T. Smoke (Ed.), Adult ESL: Politics, pedagogy, and participation in classroom and community programs (pp. 147-157). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Kasper, L.F. (1998).Convince the opposition. In P. Master & D. Brinton (Eds.). New ways in English for specific purposes (pp. 55-56). Washington, D.C.: TESOL.

Kasper, L.F. (1998). Start with an ad. In P. Master & D. Brinton (Eds.). New ways in English for specific purposes (pp. 178-180). Washington, D.C.: TESOL.

Book Reviews:

Kasper, L.F. (1999). Review of Electronic Literacies: Language, Culture, and Power in Online Education by Mark Warschauer. Language Learning and Technology, 3(1), 27-30. [Online] Available: http://polyglot.cal.msu.edu/llt/vol3num1/review/review3.html

Kasper, L.F. (1999). Review of Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Learning by Stephen D. Krashen. Teaching English in the Two-Year College (Silver Anniversary Issue), 27(1), 122-123.

Journal Articles:

Kasper, L.F. (1999). Print, film, and hypertexts: A multimedia model for discipline-based ESL instruction. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 26, 406-414.

Kasper, L.F. (1998). ESL writing and the principle of nonjudgmental awareness: Rationale and implementation. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 25, 58-66.

Kasper, L.F. (1998). Interdisciplinary English and the Internet: Technology meets content in the ESL course. TCC-J, 3. [Online].
Journal available at: http://leahi.kcc.hawaii.edu/pub/tcc-j/tccj98.pre4.htm
Paper available at: http://leahi.kcc.hawaii.edu/org/tcon98/paper/kasper.html

Kasper, L.F. (1997). Writing, metacognition, and computer technology. Selected papers from ESL for the 21st century, A New Jersey Statewide Higher Education Conference. October 18, 1997. (pp. 58-70). Elizabeth, NJ: Union County College.

Kasper, L.F. (1997). Assessing the metacognitive awareness of ESL student writers. TESL-EJ, 3. [Online]. Available: http://www-writing.berkeley.edu/TESL-EJ/ej09/a1.html

Kasper, L.F. (1997). Teaching the short story, "Flowers for Algernon," to College-Level ESL Students. The Internet TESL Journal, 3. [Online]. Available: http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/Lessons/Kasper-Algernon/index.html

Kasper, L.F., & Singer, R. (1997). Reading, language acquisition, and film strategies. PostScript, 15, 5-17.

Kasper, L.F. (1997). The impact of content-based instructional programs on the academic progress of ESL students. English for Specific Purposes, 16(4), 309-320.

Kasper, L.F. (1996). Writing to read: enhancing ESL students' reading proficiency through written response to text. Teaching English in the TwoYear College, 23, 25-33.

Kasper, L.F. & Petrello, B.A. (1996). Responding to ESL student writing: The value of a nonjudgmental approach. Community Review, 14, 5-12.

Kasper, L.F. (1995/96). Using discipline-based texts to boost college ESL reading instruction. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 39, 298- 306.

Kasper, L.F. (1995). Applying the principle of nonjudgmental awareness to the evaluation of ESL students' writing. Journal of Teaching Writing, 14, 73-85.

Kasper, L.F. (1995). Theory and practice in content-based ESL reading instruction. English for Specific Purposes, 14, 223-230.

Kasper, L.F. (1995). Discipline-oriented ESL reading instruction. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 22, 45-53.

Kasper, L.F. (1995). Using multi-media integration in a thematic-based ESL reading course. Journal of College Reading, 2, 19-29.

Kasper, L.F. (1994). Developing and teaching a content-based reading course for ESL students. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 21, 23-26.

Kasper, L.F. (1994). Improved reading performance for ESL students through academic course pairing. Journal of Reading, 37, 376-384.

Kasper, L.F. (1994). Using songs to teach poetry to ESL students. Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning, 2, 92-94.

Kasper, L.F. (1994). Audiotapes improve responses to writing. Resource, Spring, 14.

Kasper, L.F. (1993). The keyword method and foreign language vocabulary learning: A rationale for its use. Foreign Language Annals, 26, 244-251.

Kasper, L.F. (1993). Enhancing ESL students' reading skills through academic pairing. Resource, Summer, 7-8.

Kasper, L.F. (1993). Developing an academically based curriculum for college bound ESL students. Resource, Winter, 10.

Kasper, L.F. (1992). Integrating the four basic language skills into a reading lesson for ESL students. Resource, Spring, 9-10.

Kasper, L.F., & Glass, A.L. (1988). An extension of the keyword method facilitates the acquisition of simple Spanish sentences. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 2, 137-146.

Kasper, L.F. (1983). The effect of linking sentence and interactive picture mnemonics on the acquisition of Spanish nouns by middle school children. Human Learning, 2, 141-156.

Kasper, L.F., & Glass, A.L. (1982). The role of the keyword method in the acquisition of Spanish nouns. Human Learning, 1, 235-250.

CD-ROM Proceedings:

Kasper, L.F. (1998). ESL and the Internet: Content, rhetoric, and research. W.E. Tanner & S.S. Webb (Eds.), Proceedings of Rhetoric and Technology in the Next Millennium (CD-ROM). Mexquite, TX: Caxton's Modern Art Press.
Available online at: http://members.aol.com/Drlfk/rhetoric.html

Kasper, L.F. (1998). Focus discipline research and the Internet: Keys to academic literacy for at-risk college students. Proceedings of WebNet 98 (CD-ROM). Charlottesville, VA: AACE.
Available online at: http://members.aol.com/Drlfk/WebNet98paper.html

Manuscripts in preparation:

Kasper, L.F. The imagery of rhetoric: Reading, writing, and film in the discipline-based ESL course. Teaching English in the Two-Year College.

Kasper, L. F. ESL through the disciplines: A multimedia approach. Sustained content series: M. Pally (Series Ed.).

Conference Presentations

Presenter: Teaching Online in Higher Education Conference.
Topic: "Collaborating at a Distance: ESL Students as Members of Academic Learning Communities," November 8-9, 1999.

Participant: Humanizing ESL Instruction in an Age of Technology: A New Jersey Statewide Higher Education Conference. Union County College, Elizabeth, New Jersey. October 16, 1999.

Presenter: NJTESOL-BE Spring Conference. East Brunswick, NJ
Topic: "The Internet and Content-Based Instruction," May 26-27, 1999.

Presenter: TCC Online Conference.
Topic: "Defining Literacy in the Age of Information: Implications for the ESL Classroom," April 7-9, 1999. [Online]. Available: http://members.aol.com/Drlfk/TCC99.html

Presenter: TESOL International. New York City, NY
Topic: "Incorporating the Internet into content-based instruction." March 9-13, 1999. [Online]. Available: http://members.aol.com/Drlfk/TESOL99pp.html

Presenter: WebNet 98. Orlando, FL.
Topic: "Focus Discipline Research and the Internet: Keys to Academic Literacy for At-Risk College Students." November 7-12, 1998. [Online]. Available: http://members.aol.com/Drlfk/WebNet98paper.html

Presenter: League for Innovation in the Community College: Conference on Information Technology. Miami Beach, FL.
Topic: "Technology and Sustained Content Study in the College ESL Course," November 1-4, 1998.

Presenter: Fourth Annual Mid-Atlantic College Conference: Teaching, Learning, and Managing with Technology.
Topic: "Focus Discipline Research and the Internet: Paths to Critical Literacy," October 16, 1998. Conference handout available at: http://members.aol.com/Drlfk/handout.html

Presenter: Online Conference on Rhetoric and Technology in the New Millennium.
Topic: "ESL and the Internet: Content, Rhetoric, and Research," June 15-30, 1998.

Session Chair: International Reading Association Conference. Orlando, FL. May 3-8, 1998.

Invited Presenter: Conference on the Role of the Imagination in Language Learning.
Topic: "Film in the Teaching of Writing," April 24, 1998.

Presenter: TCC Online Conference.
Topic: "Interdisciplinary English and the Internet: Technology Meets Content in the ESL Course," April 7-9, 1998. [Online]. Available: http://leahi.kcc.hawaii.edu/org/tcon98/paper/kasper.html

Invited Presenter: ESL for the 21st Century.
Topic: "Writing, Metacognition, and Computer Technology in the Discipline-Based ESL Course," October 18, 1997.

Presenter: NJTESOL-BE, Inc.
Topic: "Metacognitive Growth and ESL Writing Performance," May 22, 1997.

Invited Presenter: Conference on the Role of the Imagination in Language Learning.
Topic: "Expanding ESL Students' English Language Literacy through the Use of Written and Film Texts," April 18, 1997.

Presenter: TESOL International Conference.
Topic: "Assessing the Long-Term Effects of Content-Based Instruction," March 11-15, 1997.

Presenter: CUNY Association of Writing Supervisors.
Topic: "Metacognitive Growth and Writing Identity: Keys to Improved ESL Writing," October 25, 1996.

Presenter: KCC College Now.
Topic: "Metacognition: The Autobiographical Experience in the Writing Class," October 21, 1996.

Presenter: NJTESOL-BE, Inc.
Topic: "Assessing the Impact of Content-Based Instruction: A Follow-Up Study," May 22-23, 1996.

Presenter: KCC English Department Faculty Development Workshop.
Topic: "Writing to Read: Enhancing Students' Reading Proficiency through Written Response to Text," April 29, 1996.

Invited Speaker: Conference on the Role of the Imagination in Language Learning.
Topic: "Imagining One's Way to Better Writing: Enhancing ESL Students' Metacognitive Models", April 19, 1996.

Presenter: CUNY Association of Reading Educators Conference.
Topic: "Enhancing ESL Students' Reading Proficiency through Written Response to Content-Based Texts", November 10, 1995.

Presenter: NJTESOL-BE, Inc.
Topic: "Writing to Read: Using Writing in the Content-Based Reading Class", May 17, 1995.

Invited Speaker: Conference on the Role of the Imagination in Language Learning.
Topic: "Using Audiovisuals as an Aid to Comprehension in the Content-Based ESL Reading Course", April 28, 1995.

Invited Speaker: KCC ESL College Now.
Topic: "Student Writing: Reader and Response", April 6, 1995.

Participant: Second Annual Conference of the Resource Center for Language Minority Students/Kean College.
Topic: "Working with the ESL Student in the Higher Education Classroom: A Primer of Hands-on How To's," October 1, 1994.

Presenter: NJTESOL-BE Inc.
Topic: "Incorporating Academic Content into the ESL Reading Class", May 19, 1994.

Invited speaker: Conference on the Role of the Imagination in Second Language Acquisition.
Topic: "Using Songs to Introduce Poetry to ESL Students", April 22, 1994.

Kingsborough representative: CUNY Association of Reading Educators Round Table Discussion
Topic: "Reading Instruction, Innovations, and Program Developments on the CUNY Campuses", December 3, 1993.

Presenter (with Barbara Petrello): KCC English Department Faculty Development Workshop.
Topic: "Responding to Student Writing," November 18, 1993.

Presenter (with Barbara Petrello): CUNY CAWS Conference.
Topic: "A Nonjudgmental Approach to ESL Students' Writing", October 22, 1993.

Invited Speaker: KCC College Now.
Topic: "Reading/Writing Theory and the Contemporary Classroom", October 4, 1993.

Presenter: F.Y.I. Workshop on Pairing and Block Programs, KCC.
Topic: "The Benefits of Pairing", September 7, 1993.

Presenter: NYS Council on Languages Conference.
Topic: "Improving Reading Performance for ESL Students Through Academic Pairing", May 22, 1993.

Presenter: NYS Council on Languages Conference.
Topic: "Strategies for Integrating Content Area Material into the ESL Class", May 22, 1993.

Presenter: NJTESOL-BE, Inc.
Topic: "The Poetry of Song: Using Songs in the ESL Class", May 20, 1993.

Invited participant: CUNY Conference: "Language Across the Curriculum: Strategies for Mainstreaming ESL Students", May 7, 1993.

Presenter: CUNY Association of Reading Educators.
Topic: "Content-Based Reading Courses for ESL Students", April 30, 1993.

Invited participant: CUNY Conference: "ESL Students in the CUNY Classroom: Faculty Strategies for Success", February 5, 1993.

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