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Eric Roth

Master Lecturer

Contact Information
E-mail: ericroth@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-8437
Office: JEF 215A

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Biographical Sketch

Eric H. Roth teaches international graduate students the pleasures of academic writing and public speaking in English at the University of Southern California. He has taught numerous English and writing courses at Santa Monica Community College, UCLA Extension, and Cal State, Long Beach’s American Language Institute, and Santa Monica-Malibu Adult Education Center. Roth, a former journalist and Congressional aide, also directed the CES Adult Education Center from 1996-1999, assisting over 1,000 immigrants and refugees in becoming naturalized U.S. citizens. He attended Wabash College on a Lilly Scholarship that covered all expenses, majored in Philosophy, and received his BA in 1984. Roth later received his MA in Media Studies in 1988 from The New School (for Social Research) in New York City. He has taught writing courses in Spain, France, and Vietnam. Roth belongs to TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), CATESOL (California Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages), IPP (International Professors Project) and ICA (International Communication Association). Roth has led many workshops on teaching techniques, including the 2010 and 2008 State CATESOL conferences and several (2007, 2008, 2010) Southern California Regional CATESOL conferences. AT 2012 international TESOL conference, Roth spoke on a panel on "Promoting Understanding Across Cultures in the EFL Classroom through CALL", and compared teaching hybrid courses in the United States and Vietnam. He co-authored an ESL textbook, Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics  in 2007,  and a sequel Compelling American Conversations: Questions and Quotations for Intermediate American English Language Learners in 2012. Roth has contributed a monthly column on instant conversation activities to the adult education publication "Easy English Times" since 2007, and has advised the USC Conversation Partners Program since 2009. In the fall of 2011, Roth won two teaching with technology grants from the USC Center for Scholarly Technology. His research interests include informational interviews, discourse analysis, conversation patterns, Global English, persuasion methods, teaching English with technology, and effective error correction in second language speakers and writers. An avid global traveler, he looks forward to continually discovering new places, learning more about our ever-changing world, and expanding his collection of vintage postcards.
 

Education

M.A. Media Studies, New School University, 5/1988
B.A. Philosophy, Wabash College, 5/1984
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Teacher, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Adult Education Center, 09/1993-12/2000  
ESL Teacher, Jefferson Adult School, 1993-1994   
English Teacher, Locke High School, LAUSD, Spring 1994   
English/History Teacher , Bed-Stuy Outreach High School, NYC Board of Education, 10/1985-06/1987  
 

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Lecturer, University of Southern California, 08/2003-  
Instructor, Part-time, Santa Monica Community College, 02/2000-05/2003  
 

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Acting Director, Academic and Practical English Program, APU International School, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam , 05/2009-07/2009  
lecturer, Extension American Language Center summer program , University of California, Los Angeles, 07/2007-08/2007  
lecturer, Extension American Language Center summer program , University of California, Los Angeles, 07/2006-08/2006  
Instructor, Part-time, Cal State Uni., Long Beach American Language Institute, 06/2005-08/2005  
Instructor, Cal State Uni., Long Beach American Language Institute, 06/2004-08/2004  
lecturer, Extension American Language Center summer program , University of California, Los Angeles, 07/2003-08/2003  
lecturer, Extension American Language Center summer program , University of California, Los Angeles, 07/2002-08/2002  
lecturer, Extension American Language Center summer program , University of California, Los Angeles, 07/2001-08/2001  
lecturer, Extension American Language Center summer program , University of California, Los Angeles, 07/2000-08/2000  
lecturer, Extension American Language Center summer program , University of California, Los Angeles, 07/1999-08/1999  
lecturer, Extension American Language Center summer program , University of California, Los Angeles, 07/1998-08/1998  
 

Other Employment

freelance reporter, The Jewish Journal, 08/1998-06/2000  
Director, Community Enhancement Services Adult Education Center, 01/1996-10/1999  
Book reviewer, Social Studies School Services, 01/1995-12/1995  
Congressional aide, district representative, U.S. House of Representatives, 06/1994-01/1995  
freelance reporter and book reviewer, The Village View, 01/1990-12/1994  
Congressional aide, district press secretary, U.S. House of Representatives, 02/1987-12/1989  
Guest lecturer, Politics and Media class, New School University, Fall 1988   
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Roth's research interests include informational interviews, hybrid English courses, online English language training, discourse analysis, the emergence of global English and English as an international language, effective techniques of error correction in non-native writers and speakers of English, teaching English with technology, and the evolving language needs of American adult immigrants. Additional research areas include conversation strategies, TED talks and autotelic education systems, global education, concepts of citizenship, standardized language exams in a global era, political rhetoric in American campaigns, WWII propaganda posters, and the framing of public policy debates. Finally, Roth hopes new media technologies will transcend the limits of traditional communication patterns and create more democratic, informed, and transparent societies.
 

Research Keywords

informational interviews, Global English, Globish, online English language training, discourse analysis, conversation patterns, error correction, TESOL, non-native writers, employment strategies, VESL, WWII propaganda posters, political communication, adult education, citizenship, academic English, global education, new media, online college courses
 

Research Specialties

informational interviews, proverbs and hedging language, global English, academic English, second language writing, adult education ESL, citizenship, conversation patterns, effective error correction, workplace English, speaking skills for English language learners, standardized language exams in a global era, hybrid courses, global education, online English language training, Youtube in the classroom, teaching with TED talks, autotelic education,
 

Funded Research

USC Funding

Course Continuity in Crisis. Teaching Presentation Skills with TED Talks: TED talks present global experts speaking to non-specialist audiences - off campus - on computers. ALI 254 students select, analyze, recommend, and exchange ideas while preparing term definitions., $5,000, Fall 2011   
Learning Environment Incentative Grant. Informational Interviews : ALI 254 students conduct informational interviews, and give a 5-8 minute PPT presentation. Peer feedback instantly provided; recorded videos posted on Blackboard for self and instructor evaluation. , $500, Fall 2011   
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Passion and Persistence: Independent ESOL Authors Tell Their Stories", TESOL 2014, Roundtable/Panel, Portland, Oregon, TESOL, Invited, 2013-2014   
"Flip Your Classroom with Search and Share Fluency Activities", 2013 LA Regional CATESOL Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, University of Southern California , CATESOL , 2012-2013   
"Informational Interviews Help ESOL Students Succeed and Connect to Jobs", 2013 LA Regional CATESOL Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, University of Southern California, CATESOL , 2012-2013   
"Views, Reviews, and Interviews: Deploying TED Talks, This I Believe, and Mock Job Interviews in Class, Online, and Across Borders", 2012 TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) , Roundtable/Panel, Abstract, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , TESOL Intercultural and CALL Sections , Invited, 2011-2012   
"Informational Interviews: Practical Glimpses into Possible Tomorrows for ESL Students", L.A. Regional CATESOL 2010, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, California State University, Fullerton, CATESOL, Invited, 2010-2011   
"Informational Interviews: A Practical, Illuminating Speaking Assignment", CATESOL State Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Santa Clara, California, CATESOL, Invited, 2009-2010   
"Informational Interviews: Adding a Best Practice to More ESL Programs", INTESOL State Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, INTESOL, 2009-2010   
"Panel Discussion: Finding ESL Positions Abroad", INTESOL, Roundtable/Panel, Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), INTESOL, Invited, 2009-2010   
"Panel: Experiences on Self-Published ESL Authors", CATESOL State Conference, Roundtable/Panel, Santa Clara, California, CATESOL, Invited, 2009-2010   
"Making Workplace English Programs Work for Students and Employers", CATESOL, Los Angeles Regional , Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Biola University, CATESOL, 2008-2009   
"Techniques for Creating a More Democratic Classroom", CATESOL, Los Angeles Regional , Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Biola University, CATESOL, 2008-2009   
"Techniques for a More Democratic Classroom: Creating Autotelic English Language Learners", CATESOL State Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Pasadena Convention Center, CATESOL, 2008-2009   
"Creating Compelling Classroom Conversations", CATESOL, Los Angeles Regional , Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Cal State University, Long Beach, CATESOL, 2007-2008   
"Compelling Conversations: Motivating ESL Students to Speak More", CATESOL, Los Angeles Regional, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed USC, CATESOL, Invited, 2005-2006   
 

Other Presentations

"YouTube: A Workhorse in ALI 254", Spring 2013 Faculty Forum Series: Creative Classroom Strategies: Tools from Language Instruction, USC Center for Scholarly Technology, University of Southern California , 2012-2013   
"Creating Compelling Classroom Conversations", Teacher Trainer, CES College, Burbank, CA, 07/13/2011  
"Creating Autotelic Learners in English Classrooms", English Teacher Training, APU International School, Ho Chi Minh City, 06/01/2009  
 

Publications

Book

Roth, E. H., Aberson, T., Bogotch, H. (2012). Compelling American Conversations: Questions and Quotations for Intermediate American English Language Learners. (Toni Aberson, Ed.). Los Angeles, California: Chimayo Press. Amazon
Roth, E. H., Aberson, T. W. (2007). Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics. (Laurie Selik, Ed.). Los Angeles, California: Chimayo Press. Amazon: Compelling Conversations
 

Book Review

Roth, E. H. (2010). Aera English. Aera English/ THE ASAHI SHIMBUN SHA. pp. 1. Amazon Japan Aera Magazine
 

Regular Column in Journal or Newspaper

Roth, E. H., Aberson, T. W. (2008). Easy English Times. Easy English Times. Vol. 13 (8), pp. p.5. PubMed Web Address
 

Advisement

 

Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students

As in several prior years, I have served as the faculty adviser of the ALI Conversation Group program. In coordination with the ALI office manager, native-English speakers have been recruited and trained to help international ALI students improve their conversation skills in small groups. , 2012-2013   
 

New Courses Developed

ALI 245- Online - High Intermediate Writing Skills, American Language Institute (online), This specialized seven-week online writing course has been designed to give you the academic writing skills needed to succeed in an American university and be prepared for an academic or professional world. Readings and assignments cover major components of academic writing, including genre-specific rhetorical organization and styles, data commentaries, paraphrasing, summarizing, and citation. These units also cover specific language issues (grammar, vocabulary, academic and professional register) that can be difficult for non-native speakers of English. Note: The normal course development process takes 30 weeks, and this course was created in six weeks prior to the summer launch. , 2013-2014   
 

Teaching Innovations and Multimedia Teaching

Added Search Online and Share In Class Exercises, 2011-2012   
Added online mock job interviews, Fall 2011   
Added online student reviews of TED talks, Fall 2011   
Added "universal" peer reviews in ALI 254, 2010-2011   
Added product reviews to writing and speaking courses, 2010-2011   
Added student reviews of pronunciation/stress patterns videos in ALI 254, 2009-2010   
Added student reviews of TED.com video presentations to ALI 254, 2009-2010   
Added Informational Interviews to ALI 254 courses., Fall 2009   
 

Service to the University

Review Panels

Fulbright Program Advisors -USC Fulbright Selection Committee, English Language Teaching Assistantship, Fall 2013   
Center for Scholarly Technology, Learning Environment Grants, Fall 2012   
Fulbright Program Advisers - USC Campus Evaluation Committee, English Language Teaching Assistantship, Fall 2012   
 

Other Service to the University

Advised the ALI Conversation Group program and helped train conversation group leaders. , 08/2009-  
Created, designed, and taught the first ALI writing course online (ALI 245) to off campus, USC students. Also actively participated in the planning and marketing of future ALI online courses. , 2013-2014   
Creating and designing an advanced oral skills course (ALI 254) for future online launch in summer 2014. , 2013-2014   
helped revise and update ALI writing courses, focusing on expansion of hybrid course materials. Also played an active role in the ALI Applied Research Team on Writing and Oral Skills. , 2013-2014   
helped organize and handled publicity and marketing for the Los Angeles Regional 2013 CATESOL at USC. This one day event brought over 500 English teachers and future English teachers to campus. Attendance exceeded the previous regional conference by at least 150 participants due to successful social media marketing campaign., 2012-2013   
Actively participated in the ALI Applied Research Team on Writing and Oral Skills. , 2011-2012   
Helped refine and strengthen ALI placement exam questions and rubric. , 2011-2012   
 

Service to the Profession

Committees

Co-Chair, Served on the Fulbright Campus Evaluation Committee for English Teaching positions. I interviewed applicants, suggested ways to strengthen applications, and later evaluated the applications., 2013-2014   
Member, Served on the Fulbright Campus Evaluation Committee for English Teaching positions. I interviewed applicants, suggested ways to strengthen applications, and later evaluated the applications., Fall 2012   
 

Conferences Organized

Co-chair - Publicity, LA Regional CATESOL Conference, University of Southern California, This annual conference of California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages attracted over 500 English teachers and future teachers. This successful conference increased attendance by 150+ ESOL professionals from 2012. I organized the social media campaign and wrote CATESOL News updates., 2012-2013   
 

Professional Offices

Co-Chair - Publicity , 2013 Los Angeles Regional CATESOL Conference , Fall 2013   
 

Professional Memberships

CUE - Computer Using Educators, 06/2012-  
ISTE - International Society for Technology in Education, 06/2012-  
International Professors Project, 03/2009-  
International Communication Association (ICA), 11/2006-  
TESOL, 01/2004-  
National Association of Scholars (NAS), 10/2003-  
Independent Writers of Southern California, 1999-  
CATESOL, 09/1993-  
Education Writers Association, 1998-2001  
Los Angeles Press Club, 1998-2001  
Comprehensive Assessment of Adult Students (CASAS), 1996-2000  
 

Review Panels

TESOL, TESOL 2014 International Convention - Higher Education proposal reviewer, 2013-2014   
 

Reviewer for Publication

MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) , MERLOT , Reviewer for submitted manuscripts focusing on teaching English language learners online. So far, only two manuscripts have been submitted (and both were rejected) as of October 2013., 2013-2014   
 

Other Service to the Profession

Film Selection Committe - CinePeace Film Festival. I helped select an evening of short films and documentaries for the third Cine-Peace festival. This film event showcases diverse perspectives on the struggles and successes, dreams and realities of the Israeli-Arab conflict and the still elusive search for peace and mutual security. Los Angeles. Summer 2008. Ari Sandel, USC film school graduate and Academy Award winner, received an award for his promotion of peace through film. , 2008-2009   
 
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