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Richard Robison, Ph.D.

Director, On-campus TESOL Programs
Chair and Professor, Department of Global Studies, Sociology, and TESOL
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3416
Email: rrobison@apu.edu
Fax: (626) 815-3871
Richard Robison, Ph.D., chairs a diverse department that embraces two separate graduate programs (Field-Based TESOL and On-Campus TESOL), two distinct undergraduate programs (Sociology and Global Studies) and an undergraduate TESOL minor. But with degrees in linguistics and applied linguistics, he teaches courses only in the graduate programs in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Robison’s passion and calling is to support and encourage both his faculty and his students. He has been engaged in ESL for over 20 years and in teacher preparation at APU since 1991. His research interests have included second language acquisition of verb tense and aspect, self-directed language learning, professional preparation of non-native English speaking teachers, and the ethics of teaching English as a vehicle for Christian mission.

Education

Ph.D. - University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. – University of California, Los Angeles
M.Div. - Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
S.B. – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Global Studies, Sociology, and TESOL

Expertise

  • Phonetics, Phonology, and Teaching Pronunciation
  • Professional Development of Non-Native English Speaking Teachers
  • Professional Ethics in Language Teaching and Christian Mission
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Second Language Assessment
  • Teaching Grammar

Courses Taught

TESL 505 – Second-language Acquisition
TESL 515 – Teaching English Grammar
TESL 525 – Teaching English Pronunciation
TESL 570 – Second-language Assessment
TESL 589 – Research Methods in TESOL

Office Hours

Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m. or by appointment

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