PRESENTATIONS
JOHN M. LEVIS

Refereed Conference Presentations 

2013

“Teaching pronunciation to advanced proficiency older learners: Building confidence and unlocking mysteries.” Second Language Research Forum, Provo, Utah. November 2013. Presented with Stephanie Link and Sinem Sonsaat.

“Students’ beliefs toward native and nonnative pronunciation teachers.” Second Language Research Forum, Provo, Utah. November 2013. Presented with Stephanie Link and Sinem Sonsaat.

“Confidence in teaching pronunciation: How native and nonnative teachers negotiate the pronunciation classroom.” Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching, Ames, IA. September, 2013. Presented with Stephanie Link and Sinem Sonsaat.

“Native and nonnative teachers of pronunciation: Does language background make a difference in learner performance?” Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching, Ames, IA. September, 2013. Presented with Stephanie Link, Sinem Sonsaat and Taylor Anne Barriuso.

“Using introductions to improve initial intelligibility.” Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching, Ames, IA. September, 2013. Presented with Greta Muller Levis.

2012

“Learning to teach pronunciation: Attitudes, images, and identity.” Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching. Vancouver, British Columbia, August, 2012. Presented with Kimberly LeVelle.

“Integrating pronunciation into oral communication classes. Paper presented at California TESOL, Oakland, CA. April, 2012.

 “Acquisition of the production of contrastive focus in advanced learners of English.” America Association of Applied Linguistics, March 2012, Boston, MA. Presented with Greta Muller Levis.

2011

“Acquisition of the production of contrastive focus by advanced learners of English.”  Paper presented at the 3rd Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching conference, Ames, IA, Sept. 2011. Presented with Greta Muller Levis.

“Segmental errors in conversational and read speech: A comparison of ESL learners from four language backgrounds.”  Paper presented at the 3rd Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching conference, Ames, IA, Sept. 2011. Presented with Taylor Anne Barriuso.

"Learning to produce contrastive focus: A study of advanced learners of English.”  Paper presented at the International Conference on EFL Education, National Changhua University, Changhua, Taiwan, May 2011.  Paper presented with Greta Muller Levis.

“Learning linguistics online: How the use of technology influences teaching about language beliefs, linguistic knowledge and reasoning skills.”  American Association of Applied Linguistics, Chicago, IL March 2011.  Presented with Kimberly LeVelle.

2010

“Learning to talk about language in an online linguistics.  Paper presented at Technology in Second Language Learning Conference, September, 2010.  Ames, IA.  Presented with Kimberly LeVelle.

“Learning linguistics online: Technology and linguistic knowledge and reasoning.”  Paper presented at MidTESOL Conference, October, 2010.  Dubuque, IA. Presented with Kimberly LeVelle.

2009

“Issues in using authentic materials to teach sentence focus.”  Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching, September 2009.  Iowa State University.

“Using authentic materials to teach sentence focus.” International TESOL, Denver, CO March 2009.  Presented with Greta Muller Levis.

2008

“Using authentic materials to teach sentence focus: How does new information really work?.”  Paper presented at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada, April 21, 2008.  Presented with Greta Muller Levis.

2007

“Minimal pairs in spoken corpora:  Implications for teaching pronunciation.”  Technology in Second Language Learning Conference, Iowa State University September 2007.  Other presenter:  Viviana Cortes

“Guidelines for promoting intelligibility.”  Paper presented at International TESOL, Seattle, WA March 2007.

 2006

“Linking: Research and Practice.” Presented with Ghinwa Alameen, MIDTESOL Conference, Cedar Falls, IA, November 2006.

2005

“Academic literacy:  Strategies for the oral component.”  Presentations at Our Kids Institute for State of Iowa Science Area Education Associates, August 5-8 2005.  Ames, IA.

2002

"Incorporating pronunciation into the oral communication classroom."  Paper presented with Jessica M. Zerr at MidTESOL, Ames, IA, October 2002.

“Assessing intonation patterns of English learners.”  Paper presented with Lucy Pickering at International TESOL, Salt Lake City, UT, April 2002.

2001

“Intonational research and pedagogical implications.”  Paper presented at International TESOL, St. Louis, MO, March 2001.

2000

"Spoken English and ITA training."  Paper presented with Greta Muller Levis at International TESOL, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 2000.

"A communicative approach to teaching sentence stress."  Paper presented at International TESOL, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 2000.

1999

"New principles for teaching intonation."  Paper presented at International TESOL, New York, NY, March 1999.

"Office hours in an ITA training class."  Discussion Group at International TESOL, New York, NY, March 1999.  Led with Theresa Ferree, Columbia University.

"Teaching focus for conversational use."  Paper presented at IATEFL, Edinburgh, Scotland, March 1999.

1998

"The intonation of yes/no questions in British and American English." Division of English as an International Language, University of Illinois, April 1998.

"The relationship of intonation and grammar."  Carolina TESOL, Winston-Salem, NC, April 1998.

1997

“Project work in an intensive English program:  An institute newsletter."  1997  International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages TESOL Conference,  Orlando, FL,  March 1997.  Presented with Greta Muller Levis, David Price, Luisa Martin-Price.

"Teaching research writing through language research."  1997  International TESOL Conference,  Orlando, FL,  March1997.

"Working with international teaching assistants to enhance pronunciation."  Discussion group at 1997  International TESOL Conference, Orlando, FL,  March 1997.  With Peggy Wagner, Emory University.

1995

"Intonation in English:  How many patterns?"  1995 International TESOL Conference.  Long Beach, CA.  March 28-April 1.

"Intonation:  What to teach and how to teach it."  Paper presented with Greta Muller Levis at the 1995 International TESOL Conference.  Long Beach, CA.  March 28-April 1.

"Predicting sentence stress:  A meaning-based approach."  Spring Carolina TESOL Conference.  Greenville, NC.  February 24-25, 1995.

1994

"The intonation of well and its functions in discourse."  Eighth Annual International Conference on Pragmatics and Language Learning, Urbana, IL, April 1994.

"Testing an intonational taxonomy."  ELSNET Summer School on Prosody, University College London, London, England, July 1994.

1993

"Should Graduate Students Teach Other Graduate Students:  An Account of One Successful Program."  4th National Conference on the Training and Employment of  Graduate Teaching Assistants, Oak Brook, IL, November 1993.

"Pronunciation Tutorials:  A Framework for Successful Planning."  International TESOL Convention, Atlanta, GA, April 1993.

"Suprasegmentals:  A Framework for Teaching and Evaluation."   International TESOL Convention, Atlanta, GA, April 1993.  Presented with Wayne Dickerson, Lonna Dickerson, Laura Hahn and Greta Muller Levis.

1992

"The Pragmatics of Intonation:  Implications for Teaching."  1992 International TESOL Convention, Vancouver, B.C., March 1992.

1990

"Listening Comprehension:  Approach, Design and Procedure."  A workshop of listening comprehension activities within a framework developed by Jack Richards.  1990 Illinois TESOL/BE Conference, April 1990.  Presented with Laura Hahn.

1988

"A Communicative Writing Unit."  Illinois TESOL/BE Graduate Student Conference, Nov. 1988.

"Phrasal Verb Frequency and Implications for Teaching."  Illinois TESOL/BE Graduate Student Conference, Nov. 1988.

 

Invited Conference Presentations

2013

“Effectively Teaching Pronunciation with Technology: What Teachers Need to Know About Pronunciation, And About Technology.” Presentation at Second Language Resource Center workshop on Pronunciation and Technology. Cornell University, Sept. 28, 2013.

“Things that language teachers need to know about pronunciation.” Invited talk at the University of Northern Iowa Language Teaching Roundtable (Language Teaching: Opportunities and challenges). April 8, 2013. Presented with Elaine Tarone, Judith Liskin-Gasparro and Cheryl Roberts.

2012

“Roundtable on Pronunciation Assessment,” funded by Language Learning (Moderator). Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching, Vancouver, British Columbia, August, 2012. Presented with April Ginther, Luke Harding, Sarita Kennedy, Rebecca Hincks, Beth Zielinski, and Sarah Fleming.

“Written English into spoken: A functional discourse analsyis of American, Chinese and Indian TA presentations.” Paper presented as part of an invited colloquium, "Growing a Research Agenda to Support International Teaching Assistant Programs.” 2012. Paper presented with Tammy Slater and Greta Muller Levis. Other presenters: Catherine Smith, Greta Gorsuch, Elena Cotos,Lucy Pickering, Dale Griffee, Beatrice Dupuy, Heather Willis Allen, Okim Kang.

“Teacher education for pronunciation teaching in Intensive English Programs: What and how.” Invited intersection of the Speech, Pronunciation, and Listening; Intensive English Programs and Teacher Education Interest Sections. International TESOL Convention, Philadelphia, PA, March 2012. Other Presenters: Gary Carkin, Linda Grant, Sue Miller, Carol Romett, and Susan Spezzini.

2011

“Learners’ views of social issues in pronunciation learning.” Paper at Second Language Research Forum (SLRF), Iowa State University. Part of an invited colloquium, Social influences on L2 pronunciation. 2011. Presented with Kimberly LeVelle. Other presenters: Alene Moyer, Stephanie Lindemann.

“Pronunciation and the Room of Requirement.”  Invited Plenary Address.  International Conference on Applied Linguistics, Southern Taiwan University, Tainan, Taiwan.  May 2011.

2010

“Re-imagining Intonation.”  Invited paper presented as part of the Speech, Pronunciation and Listening Interest Section Academic Session, International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention, Boston MA.  March 2010.  Presenters:  John Levis, Xinchun Wang, Debra Hardison.

2009

“Pronunciation Teaching: Possibilities and Perils.”  Paper presented as part of an invited Colloquium, Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics, May 2009.  Carleton University, Ottawa Canada.  Presented with Tracey Derwing, Murray Munro, Talia Isaacs, Norman Segalowitz, Helen Fraser, Pavel Trofimovich and Elizabeth Gatbonton.

2006

“Researching L2 spoken language:  Key approaches, unresolved issues, and future research needs.”  Colloquium presented at joint American Association for Applied Linguistics/Canadian Association for Applied Linguistics conference, June 2006, Montreal, Quebec.  John Levis (organizer/presenter), Tracey Derwing, Murray Munro, Pavel Trofimovich, Elizabeth Gatbonton, Norman Segalowitz, Wendy Baker.

2005

“CSI DMACC: Pronunciation and the language classroom.” Invited paper given at Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA. November, 2005.

“Research in the teaching of pronunciation.”  Hot Topics colloquium.  International TESOL, San Antonio, TX.  2005. Other Presenters:  Tracey Derwing and Murray Munro.

2002

“Assessing intelligibility: A framework of speakers and listener factors.”  Paper presented as part of the Speech/Pronunciation Interest Section academic session on Intelligibility, International TESOL, Salt Lake City, UT, April 2002.  Other presenters: Tracey Derwing, David Mendelsohn, Jennifer Jenkins, and Joan Morley.

2001

“Speaking of speaking.”  Plenary address given at Alabama/Mississippi TESOL conference, Gadsden, Alabama, January 2001.

“Incorporating pronunciation instruction into the English language classroom.”  Plenary address given at Alabama/Mississippi TESOL conference, Gadsden, Alabama, January 2001.

2000

"Bridging the gap between controlled and spontaneous speech."  Paper presented as part of the Speech/Pronunciation Interest Section Academic Session, International TESOL, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 2000.  Other presenters:  Linda Grant, Janet Goodwin, Bill Acton, Sue Miller, and Elaine Pow.

 

Invited Professional Training Workshops

“Identifying pronunciation needs.” Paper presented as part of Pronunciation Essentials Pre-Convention Institute, International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention, Philadelphia, PA.  March 2012.  Presenters:  John Levis, Donna Brinton, Janet Goodwin, Linda Grant.

“Diagnosing pronunciation errors.”  Paper presented as part of the Pronunciation Essentials Pre-Convention Institute, International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention, Boston MA.  March 2010.  Presenters:  John Levis (organizer), Donna Brinton, Janet Goodwin, Linda Grant.

“What are those errors called?”   Paper presented as part of Preconvention Institute, Essentials of Teaching Pronunciation. International TESOL, Denver, CO March 2009.  Presenters:  Donna Brinton, Judy Gilbert, Linda Grant, John M. Levis, (organizer).

“Assessing pronunciation needs.”  Paper presented as part of Preconvention Institute, Essentials of Teaching Pronunciation. International TESOL, Seattle, WA March 2007.  Presenters:  Donna Brinton, Judy Gilbert, Linda Grant, John M. Levis, (organizer).

“The basics of teaching pronunciation.”  Paper presented as part of Preconvention Institute, Essentials of Teaching Pronunciation. International TESOL, San Antonio, TX 2005.  Presenters:  Donna Brinton, Judy Gilbert, Greta Muller Levis, John M. Levis, (organizer), Marnie Reed.

                        The theory and practice of speaking assessment.”  Session organizer, Speech, Pronunciation and Listening Interest Section Academic session.  International TESOL, Long Beach, CA 2004. Presenters:  Sari Luoma, Brown and Tighe; April Ginther, Purdue University; Dorry Kenyon, Center for Applied Linguistics; Beryl Meiron, University of Cambridge Language Examinations Syndicate; Robert Kantor, Educational Testing Service; John Miles, Educational Testing Service; Jared Bernstein, Ordinate Corporation; Melinda Matice, University of Michigan.

                        “Diagnosing pronunciation: what are those errors called?”  Paper presented as part of Preconvention Institute, Essentials of Teaching Pronunciation. International TESOL, Long Beach, CA 2004.  Other presenters: Judy Gilbert, Lucy Pickering, Donna Brinton, Marnie Reed, Bertha Chela Flores.

“Integrating pronunciation with the teaching of other language skills.”  Paper presented as part of Preconvention Institute, Essentials of Teaching Pronunciation. International TESOL, Baltimore, MD 2003.  Other presenters: Judy Gilbert and Donna Brinton.

“Pronunciation in discourse: Stress, rhythm and intonation.”  Paper presented as part of Preconvention Institute, Essentials of Teaching Pronunciation. International TESOL, Baltimore, MD 2003.  Other presenters: Judy Gilbert and Donna Brinton.

“Integrating pronunciation with the teaching of other language skills.”  Paper presented as part of Preconvention Institute, Essentials of Teaching Pronunciation. International TESOL, Salt Lake City, UT, April 2002.  Other presenters: Lynn Henrichsen and Donna Brinton.

“Toward discourse-level pronunciation: Intonation and focus/prominence.”  Paper presented as part of Preconvention Institute, Essentials of Teaching Pronunciation.  International TESOL, Salt Lake City, UT, April 2002.  Other presenters: Lynn Henrichsen and Donna Brinton.