Faculty of Education

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Faculty of Education

Congrats to Grad Students Esther Bettney, Yi Mei and Sana Tibi

Ester Bettney

Esther Bettney is the winner of the Thesis in Education Prize 2014/2015 for her thesis entitled, "Examining the Teaching and Learning of English in an Immersion Program in Honduras".  

The Annual Thesis in Education Prize was established by the Faculty of Education’s Graduate Studies and Research Committee in 1993 to be awarded for the most outstanding M.Ed. thesis completed each year at the Faculty of Education.



Yi Mei

Yi Mei, a PhD candidate supervised by Dr. Liying Cheng, is a recipient of the 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG) and the winner of Russell N. Campbell Award, sponsored by The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF). TIRF is a US-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to generate new knowledge about English language teaching and learning world wide. TIRF supports students completing doctoral research on topics related to a range of TIRF’s research priorities, such as language assessment, language planning and policy, and language teacher education. Each year the highest-rated DDG proposal is given an award named after the late Dr. Russell N. Campbell, a past-President of TESOL and one of the founding fathers of TIRF.

This grant will be used to support Yi’s doctoral research about understanding essay-rating activity as a socially mediated practice in the context of a large-scale high-stakes English test in China. She is the second recipient of TIRF’s DDG from the Faculty of Education; Jia Ma was awarded the DDG in 2014. The award will be presented to Yi at the 2016 Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) to be held in Italy.   

Sana TibiPhD student, Sana Tibi, gave a speech at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on the importance of teacher training in literacy, the importance of the MOOC (massive open online course) on dyslexia in teaching training, and the science behind reading. She was selected to chair the upcoming Dyslexia Forum to take place in Switzerland in 2016. 

Congratulations everyone!