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Grad Student Named Runner-Up in Competition

By Charity Parris

Lee University’s Barbara Quintard was recently awarded runner-up in the Three Minute Thesis competition at this year’s Graduate Conference at Columbus State University. She is a graduate student and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Others Languages) major.

Competing with graduate students in a variety of disciplines from around the region, Quintard’s outline of her thesis, “It’s Not Too Late: A Study of Learning Preferences of Low Literacy Adult Emergent Bilinguals,” earned her second place overall and a cash prize.

She currently works with Dr. Christopher Blake, associate professor of TESOL and linguistics at Lee, and Dr. Gary Riggins, professor of education at Lee, to assess preferences for learning and teaching low literacy adults.

“Barbara's research is addressing an important topic that has received only minimal attention when it comes to teaching English to adults,” said Blake. “I believe both ESL teachers and learners are going to benefit from her work.”

In her presentation, Quintard discussed the development of a survey to determine the individual learning style preferences of low-literate adult English language learners. She highlighted that although these learners may lack in literacy skills, their life experiences and abilities hold high value in the classroom. She hopes to connect the informal learning strategies gathered in life to the formal, classroom setting.

The Three Minute Thesis competition celebrates research conducted by graduate level students, allowing them to exercise their academic, presentation, and research communication skills. This competition challenges participants to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

For more information, visit the Three Minute Thesis competition.

To view Quintard’s presentation, visit "It' Not Too Late."
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