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John Hedgcock


Professor Hedgcock teaches courses such as Language Analysis, Structure of English, Second Language Acquisition, Teaching Writing, Teaching Reading, Portfolio Preparation, and the Language Teaching Practicum. A two-time recipient of the Institute's Excellence in Teaching Award, he has held instructional positions in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Composition at the university and community college levels; he has also taught French, Spanish, and English as a Foreign Language. In addition to presenting papers and workshops at national and international conferences, he has worked with language professionals in Africa and the Middle East as a consultant and teacher educator.

Professor Hedgcock's current research agenda involves L1 and L2 literacy studies, teacher education, and aspects of adult SLA, including the socialization processes of heritage language students. He is co-author of Teaching L2 Composition (forthcoming from Routledge), Teaching Readers of English: Students, Texts, and Contexts (Routledge), and has contributed chapters to edited volumes on heritage language literacy development, writing and rhetoric, and professional writing. His articles and essays have also appeared in the Modern Language Journal, Language Teaching Research, Applied Language Learning, the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, Language Teaching Research, Language Learning, the Journal of Second Language Writing, Second Language Research, Foreign Language Annals, TESOL Quarterly, and TESOL Journal. He recently served as a member of the TOEFL Committee of Examiners and the TESOL Quarterly Editorial Advisory Board. Professor Hedgcock also serves a number of professional organizations, such as the American Association for Applied Linguistics. 


Applied linguistics, pedagogical grammar, composition, literacy education, second language acquisition (SLA), teacher education


PhD, Linguistics, University of Southern California; MA, Applied Linguistics, University of Southern California; MA, French, University of Washington


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EDUC 8560 - Teaching of Writing      

Surverys theories and research in first and second language composition. Explores various types of written texts and discusses means of responding effectively to student writing.

Fall 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS

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EDUC 8562 - Teaching of Reading      

Explores reading, including traditional ESL and English approaches. Examines reader response theory and discourse analysis for understanding aspects of written text and learners' reactions to it. Practical applications included.

Spring 2010 - MIIS, Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS

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EDUC 8650 - Portfolio Seminar      

Consists of a series of workshops leading to the integration of issues and ideas in the MA program, and to the development of a portfolio of work.

Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS

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LING 8500 - Language Analysis      

Serves as an introduction to linguistic analysis. Includes projects based on fieldwork in phonology, morphology, syntax, discourse, and pragmatics. Discusses importance of language awareness. Includes pedagogical strategies for consciousness-raising.

Fall 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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LING 8510 - Intro to Sociolinguistics      

Introduces the interplay between language and society. Discusses regional and social dialects as well as the role of linguistic attitudes and language variation in language learning and teaching.

Fall 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS

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LING 8530 - Structure of English      

Examines the syntax and discourse of modern English for ESL and EFL teaching. Spotlights practical applications for the classroom. Prerequisite: Language Analysis

Spring 2010 - MIIS, Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS

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