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Dr. Stephen B. Ross

Dr. Stephen B. Ross Title: Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus)
Phone Number: (714) 546-4410 (Home)
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Bachelor’s Degree: Psychology & Education, George Fox University, 1957
Master’s Degree: English, University of Southern California, 1968. M.Th., Nazarene Theological Seminary (1960), New Testament
Ph.D.: Linguistics, University of Southern California, 1972.

Teaching/Research Interests:

English linguistics and teaching English as a second language, particularly combining the two in pedagogical grammar, with an emphasis on teaching syntax with a semantic focus.

Courses Taught:

  • LING 329: Introduction to Language Acquisition
  • LING 486: Language Minority Instruction: Practice
  • LING 421: English Syntax
  • LING 620: Seminar in Syntax
  • Have previously taught LING 561, LING 562, ENGL 420, ENGL 498, ENGL 625, etc.

Publications and Professional Presentations:

  • Ross, S. B. (2004). Language without grammar: Theories of acquisition and communication. Long Beach, CA: CSULB.
  • Ross, S. B. (2003). Acquiring English Phonology: What children can teach us. San Diego and Pomona, CA: Presentation to CATESOL Regional Conferences.
  • Ross, S. B. (In Press). The acquisition of English phonology. Journal of the Perm (Russia) Academy of Medicine.
  • Ross, S. B. (2002). Teaching something new to seasoned grammar students. Salt Lake City, UT: Presentation to 2002 TESOL Conference.
  • Ross, S. B. (1995). The power of teaching vocabulary: A lexical/semantic approach to TEFL. Kaohsiung, Taiwan and Bangkok, Thailand: English Teacher’s Association and Chulalongkorn University Conference on Expanding Horizons in English Language Teaching.

Professional Activities, Awards, & Affiliations:

  • President, CATESOL (1983).
  • Conference Treasurer, CATESOL (1998).
  • Co-winner, CATESOL Sadae Iwataki Award for life-time service and merit (1998).
  • Conference Hospitality Chair, TESOL (1995).
  • Official scorer, 1984 Olympic Games (Basketball).


  • Live between Costa Mesa Golf Club and Mesa Verde Golf Course.