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Alumni News


News from Eric Chuk, March 2008

(Who won a fellowship for his UCLA doctoral program)
Since finishing his master’s thesis at CSULB in January of 2008, Eric has been awarded a Spectrum fellowship from the American Library Association to pursue a doctorate in the department of information studies at UCLA. He thanks Dr. Kumpf for her support. Eric now hopes to apply his linguistics background to new studies of bibliometrics, text mining, and digital culture

News from Cray Staggs, August 2008

I miss it at the Beach a lot, but I carry my memories and experiences with me always. I wanted to tell you about my job/fellowship; I am an English Language Fellow (ELF). An ELF is an English teaching professional who has usually had previous work experience abroad, holds an MA degree in TESL or other closely related field, and has the desire to create English language teaching or teacher training programs in a foreign country. There are different English related projects that are established throughout the world. The American Embassies help implement the projects. I am currently a fellow in Asuncion, Paraguay. I work closely with the American Embassy and the local bi-national center. The program is part of the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and it is administered by Georgetown University in Washington D.C. ( This program is truly incredible. Everyday is an amazing adventure. I use all the great information and experience that I learned at CSULB everyday. So awesome!! Thanks for everything!

News from Christine Arrozal, October 2008

I hope this email finds you well. This is my final email from my Fulbright grant year in Korea. I attached it as a PDF file because it was easier to attach pictures that way. ^^ It’s long, so just read it when you want a break.

News from Annie Prajakvinaibodee, November 2008

I would like to let you know that I am on the front page of The ABC Adult School decided to do a story on successful adult student so they decided to feature me for this month. Just want to share that with you.


Letter from Christine Arrozal

Final letter from Christine while she was in South Korea.


News from Jennilee Yoon, April 2007

I am teaching at International Graduate School of English. It is a small graduate school with two majors- Master’s in TEFL (MA) and MA in TEFL Materials Development. I am working for the Materials Development dept as a full time instructor teaching advanced Spoken Communication (English) and English Teaching Methodology. I am in the Ed. D external program at Central Queensland University, Australia and my main interest is World Englishes. I am planning to write my thesis on Korean advanced English speakers’ perception on differentEnglish varieties andhow theyevaluate “good English”.

Before working at International Graduate School of English (IGSE)- I worked at Konkuk University, Seoul campus as a TESOL certificate program instructor (full time) and taught Introduction to Linguistics and Academic writing and How to teach English grammar.

News from Valerie Humphrey on May 6, 2007

I have recently returned from teaching EFL in Japan. I had a great year there and I am so glad I could experience teaching and living there.

News from Peter Bohan on June 15, 2007

I was offered a full time job which I accepted (one year not tenure track but full time/part time for one year) as a community college ESL credit teacher at Imperial Valley College. I start there in August; the temperature ought to be about 115 Fahrenheit. Send me cool thoughts!

News from Tom Nicksick on October 30, 2007

Thank you for your continued support regarding work in ESL/EFL. Currently I am teaching EFL in Japan, but I am always interested in what is being offered at other institutions. Thank you very much foryoursincere interest inmy professional career.

News from Mingo Terakado on November 5, 2007

I was invited to an elementary school as a guest teacher. It was an event for promoting international understanding. Childrenmeet people from other part of the world and learn about other cultures. It was lots of fun.

News from Michelle Murphy on November 15, 2007

I just wanted you to know that I finally got a job–well, two in fact! I applied to the Hawthorne School District and landed two jobs! I will be working as an instructional aide for Bud Carson Middle School from 8:30am-11:30am and Prairie Vista Middle School from 12:00pm-3:00pm–and it’s good pay! I will go to the schools tomorrow to get my fingerprints done and domy paper work. Both schools are within walkingdistance from my house. Thank you all so much for your help and advice.


News from Cynthia Dong on October 13, 2006

I just wanted to share the good news of my first presentation at the San Diego Regional CATESOL conference on October 21. The title of my presentation is “Games from Other Cultures for the ESL Classroom.” I will be presenting this with a co-presenter from UCLA. If this is successful, we are hoping to develop this idea into a book! I want to thank you for your role in helping me to pursue my love for the ESL profession!