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Assistant Professor

Kelley Calvert
McCone Building
(831) 647-4185

Kelley Calvert currently is serving as an English Language Fellow with the U.S. Department of State at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Calvert works directly with local teachers, students, and educational professionals to improve the quality of English language instruction offered at prestigious universities and other academic institutions in Thailand. Through the ELF program, Calvert works to promote English language learning, enhance English teaching capacity, and foster mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through cultural exchange.

Calvert has been teaching English in the Language Studies Department at MIIS for ten years. She is also the director of the Graduate Writing Center at MIIS. Prior to her time at MIIS, she served as a professor of English for Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa, and as an AmeriCorps writing and technology tutor for inner city youths in the Washington, D.C. area. Her teaching experiences include work with undergraduate and graduate students, community college students, and children. Kelley Calvert has worked as a professional writing tutor at California State University Monterey Bay, providing workshops for students in English conversation skills, grammar, and composition. She is also a professional freelance editor and writer.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past four years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

EAPP 8385 is a course open to international students interested in honing their English skills while learning about key intercultural concepts and integrating these tools into their repertoire. Students will study and research cultural issues of race, religion, language, and power in the United States while reflecting on these issues in their native cultures. Students can expect to work on their speaking and listening skills through formal presentations and informal engagements (interviews and discussions) inside and outside the classroom. In addition, reading and writing skills will be developed through weekly reading response journals requiring summary and critical analysis skills. A final project allows an autobiographical, multimedia approach to the topic of identity and culture. This format is designed to increase our exposure to multiple ideas and perspectives.

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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EAPP 8456 Advanced Rhetoric and Genre is a course designed to hone your research and writing skills in order to create fluid and interesting prose appropriate for the graduate level. The course is open to qualified international students. The content of the course will include a series of short essays, a genre presentation, and a final research paper that may be prepared in conjunction with another course.

The primary goals of this course are as follows:

• Developing critical reading skills,

• Learning how to correctly write and research an academic paper,

• Understanding how to blend sources without losing your own voice

• Introducing ways to document sources correctly using APA/Chicago format to avoid plagiarism,

• Understanding and implementing the characteristics of good writing into our own writing,

• Working on pre-writing skills such as brainstorming and outlining,

• Learning how to narrow and choose appropriate topics,

• Interacting with others through in-class discussion and writings on Moodle to
facilitate critical analysis and peer review

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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This course provides students with strategies for improving their reading skills as well as understanding academic and professional rhetoric. Students will critique various texts and speeches, as well as create their own persuasive speeches and debates.

Fall 2016 - MIIS

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Navigating the Process: Advanced Strategies in Rewriting is a course in rewriting, editing and proofreading available to all qualified international students. The course concentrates on giving non-native speakers of English the necessary tools to edit their own writing. We will use short in- class writing and papers from other classes to sharpen our editing skills.

Students can expect to ...

- learn the strengths and weaknesses in their own writing;

- increase knowledge and understanding of academic English usage;

- enrich style and expression; punctuate correctly;

- write more cohesively (and coherently);

- use transitions more effectively;

- reduce redundancy;

- research and teach a grammar point;

- work in small groups;

- and give and receive written feedback.

Fall 2016 - MIIS

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Areas of Interest

Writing, literature, publishing, intercultural communication, digital storytelling, digital learning, English discourse and grammar, second language composition, second language acquisition, writing for publication, writing program administration.

Academic Degrees

  • MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Emerson College

Calvert has been teaching at the Institute since 2006.


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