My scholarly interests lie in the translation of second language acquisition theory into effective pedagogy and teaching materials. These interests have lead to work in curriculum design, textbook development, feedback effectiveness, teacher training, and program assessment. I’m the Director of English Language Studies, which offers courses in English to multilingual speaking students in all faculties at the University of Waterloo. This position makes me attentive to the position of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs within the Canadian university context, and the evolving institutional response to the presence of international students on campus.
In my first career, I taught French as a second language to secondary school students. I transitioned to teaching English as a second language in secondary schools, colleges, and universities. I teach courses in second language acquisition, second language assessment, and second language teaching methodology, and I co-ordinate the Applied Language Studies minor.
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Williams, J. & Condon, F. (2016). Translingualism in composition studies and second language writing: An uneasy alliance. TESL Canada 33 (2), 1-18.
Williams, J. & Heeney, M. (2016). Developing a culturally mindful curriculum and occupation specific assessment for an optometric bridging program. TESL Contact Research Symposium Special Issue.
Nguyen, T., Williams, J., Trimarchi, A. (2015). Discipline-specific language instruction for international students in introductory economics. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 6 (3), 1-19.
Nguyen, T., Trimarchi, A., Williams, J. (2012). Language diversity and practice in higher education: Can discipline-specific language instruction improve economics learning outcomes? Collected Essays on Teaching and Learning (5), 50-54.
Williams, J. (2013). LEAP Advanced Reading and Writing. Montreal: Pearson.
Williams, J. (2012). LEAP Reading and Writing (2nd ed.). Montreal: Pearson.
Williams, J. (2010). Academic Connections – Book 4. White Plains, New York: Pearson Longman ESL.
Williams, J. & Hill, D. (2010). Academic Connections – Book 3. White Plains, New York: Pearson Longman ESL.
Williams, J. (2005). Learning English for Academic Purposes. Montreal: Pearson Longman ESL.
Mapping the Landscape: Language in the Canadian University Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2016.
Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement Seed Grant
Enhancing Writing and Communication Skills for Earth Sciences Students Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo, 2013-2014.
Learning Initiative Fund Grant
Learning Outcomes of Discipline-Specific Language Instruction: A Proposal to Support International Students in Introductory Economics
Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo, 2009-2011.
Selected Conference Presentations
Williams, J. (June, 2017). Invited Speaker. EAP SWOT. TESL Canada, Niagara Falls.
Williams, J. (April, 2016). Translingualism in Composition Studies and Second Language Writing: A Possible Alliance? American Association of Applied Linguistics, Orlando, FL. U.S.A.
Williams, J. & Heeney, M. (November, 2015). Panelist: ESL in the Workplace Research Symposium. Workplace English Language Proficiency Assessment Outcomes. TESL Ontario, Toronto.
Williams, J. (October, 2015). English Literature and Language: An Uneasy Alliance? TESL Canada, Lake Louise, Alberta.
Williams, J., Huang, L., Ilieva, R., Stille, S., Russell, B. & Missere-Mihas, T. (March, 2015). Panellist: Teaching and Learning English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Across Disciplines: Perspectives from the Canadian University Context. TESOL, Toronto, Ontario.
Williams, J. (May, 2014). A Translingual Approach: Towards a Defined Pedagogy and Methodology. TESL Canada, Regina, Saskatchewan.
Williams, J. (May, 2013) Keynote Address. Trends and Textbooks in EAP. TESL Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.
Williams, J. (November, 2011). Creating Rubrics for Assessment. Webinar for English Tertiary Week. Pearson, U.K.
Williams, J. (November, 2011). Keynote address. Trends and Materials in EAP Over the Last 20 years, and How to Get Published. TESL Nova Scotia, Halifax.
Williams, J., Nguyen, T. & Trimarchi, A. (June, 2011). Learning Outcomes for Discipline-Specific Language Instruction: ESL for International Students in Introductory Economics. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. University of Saskatoon, Saskatoon.
Williams, J. (December, 2010). Blending TOEFL preparation with English for Academic Purposes Instruction – Academic Connections. TESL Ontario, Toronto.
Williams, J. (May, 2008). An English Language Proficiency Assessment for Optometrists. TESL Canada, Moncton.
Williams, J. & Jewinski, J. (April, 2008). A Quantitative Method for Written Error Correction. TESOL, New York.
Williams, J. (February, 2007). A New Look at Error Correction. London TESL Winter Workshop, London, Ontario.
Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL) Ontario Certified Supervisor
Masters of Public Administration, Queen’s University
English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialist, Brock University
Bachelor of Education (Concurrent), Queen’s University
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), English and French, Queen’s University
APPLS 205R: Second Language Acquisition
APPLS 304R: The Foundations of English Language Teaching
APPLS 306R: Second Language Assessment and Testing
EMLS 602R: Scholarly Writing in English
EMLS 129R: Written Academic English
EMLS 102R: Error Correction in Academic Writing