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Dr. Stephen B. Ross

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.