TESOL Talks with Dr. Elizabeth Whalley

Event Date: Wednesday, September 13 - 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Location: HUM 485
TESOL Talks 9.13.17

Dr. Whalley received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.A. from the MATESOL Program at SFSU, and her Ph.D. from Stanford. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Technical University in Monterrey Mexico, the Gesamthochschule in Kassel, Germany, Cal Poly Pomona, and San Francisco State.

She is the co-author of Mosaic I and Mosaic II: Listening Speaking Skills, Let’s Talk Business as well as Reading for a Reason I, Reading for a Reason II and Reading for a Reason III: Enhancing Reading Skills. She has fifteen years of experience teaching ESL in the workplace. She taught classes at SFSU in Performance for the ESL classroom from 2004 to 2015. Currently, she teaches improv to seniors and is a member of the improv troupe Spontaneous Combustion.


Improv activities provide a way to help ESL/EFL students engage with language and at the same time have fun with their classmates. They are useful for teaching concepts and content and even more useful for practicing language. Dr. Whalley will describe improv activities which are suitable for teaching listening, speaking, grammar, reading and writing. During the course of her talk, audience members will have an opportunity to participate in several improv activities. A handout will be provided.

E-mail: engdept@sfsu.edu