POSITION: Faculty Emeriti
Mike Medley has chaired the Department of Language and Literature since August 2013. Within the department, he coordinates the minor in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and regularly teaches courses TESOL and general education courses in writing and speech. He specializes in language and culture, English grammar, and methods of language teaching. He also serves as adviser for international students in EMU’s Bridge Program.
Prior to returning to teaching full-time in 2009, Medley served for 10 years as director of EMU’s Intensive English Program . He has published recently in TESOL Journal, SPELT Journal, CELEA News, College Teaching, Christian Scholar’s Review, Global Issues in Language Education, and the International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching.
He is co-author and editor of a popular teacher resource manual How to Teach English: A Survival Kit for Teachers of English at the Early Stages, which was published in Pakistan (1994) where he and his family lived and worked from 1983-94.
Current research interests include the second language acquisition experiences of trauma-affected learners and strategies for teaching such learners; teaching culture and intercultural communication as a means of peacebuilding; and scaffolding English language learners’ access to academic language in complex texts. His forthcoming publication (Westbow Press, 2016) is a textbook for high intermediate and advanced learners of English that integrates language instruction with content related to trauma awareness and resilience—_Resilience: Learning English in Tough Times_.
B.A., Geneva College 1976
M.A., Western Kentucky University 1978
M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University 1981, 1983
Certificate, level 1, STAR (Strategies in Trauma Awareness and Resilience), Eastern Mennonite University, June 2008.
Certificate, level 2, STAR (Strategies in Trauma Awareness and Resilience), Eastern Mennonite University, May 2010.
(2016, forthcoming). Resilience: Learning English in tough times. Bloomington, IN: Westbow Press.
(2016). Tension and harmony: Language teaching as a peacebuilding endeavor. In Social Justice in English Language Teaching, eds. C. Hastings & L. Jacobs. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.
(2015, March). Jane Arnold and Tim Murphey (Eds.). Meaningful Action: Earl Stevickâ€™s influence on language teaching. Book review. International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching, 2.
(2014, October). Earl Stevickâ€™s incarnational approach to teacher development: A personal reminiscence. CELEA News, 6.2.
(2014, December). Promoting peace by practicing forgiveness in the classroom. SPELT Journal 29.4.
(2014). Christian Wiman. My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer. New York: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2013. Book review. 45.1 (Fall).
(2012, March). A role for English language teachers in trauma healing, TESOL Journal 3.1.
(2011, July). Caroline Coffin, Jim Donohue, and Sarah North. Exploring English Grammar: From Formal to Functional London: Routledge, 2009. Book review. ATEG Journal.
(2010). Serving trauma-affected learners in Pakistan. SPELT Journal, 25.4, pp. 2-12.
(2010). K. David Harrison When Languages Die: The extinction of languages and the erosion of human knowledge. Oxford University Press (2007) and S. Kramer, D.A. Miller, and J. Newberger (Directors and producers) The Linguists [Film]. Garrison, NY: Ironbound Films, Inc. (2008). Book reviews. Pakistan Journal of Language.
(2010) Lourdes Ortega Understanding Second Language Acquisition. Hodder Education (2009). Book review. Pakistan Journal of Language.
(2009, July). Hope for the English language teachers of Kosovo. Global Issues in Language Education, 72.
(2009). David I. Smith and Terry A. Osborn, Eds., Spirituality, Social Justice, and Language Learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2007. Pp. vi, 174. Book review. Christian Scholar’s Review, 38.3, pp. 397-99.
(2006, Fall). Reframing the argument for intensive English programs. IEP-IS Newsletter.
(2005, Winter). Agents of change working with the grain of the universe. SPELT Journal.
(2005, Spring). Inviting Experts to Class through Computer-Mediated Discussions. College Teaching.
(2003). Machiko Achiba Learning to request in a second language: A study of child interlanguage pragmatics. Buffalo, NY: Multilingual Matters, 2003. Pp. x, 222. Book review. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 26.2.
(2002, Winter)“Welcome to English Class!” English Language Teaching and Pakistani Hospitality, SPELT Journal.
(1999, Winter). Erica Manh, ed. Sharing Fruit: An Anthology of Asian and Australian Writing. Melbourne: Curriculum Corporation and the University of Melbourne, 1998. Book review. Education about Asia 4.3.
(1999). Ilse Depraetere. The Tense System in English Relative Clauses. New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 1996. Book review. Journal of English Linguistics 7: 75-78.
(1999) Channel Effects: Two methods of letter writing in the classroom. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. 42.8: 668-75.
(1998, June). â€œUsing grammar innovatively in the Pakistani context.â€ SPELT Journal, 13 (2) 21-32.
(1994). How to teach English: a survival kit for teachers of English at the early stages. (co-author and editor). Lahore, Pakistan: Teacher Friendly Publications.
(1993) The challenge of the dream: Papers from a seminar on education and human growth. (editor). Lahore, Pakistan: Dar-ul-Hikmat Publications.
(1991, June). Some principles and practical suggestions for teaching writing. SPELT Newsletter, 6 (4).
(1987, October).The use of phonics in the ESL reading program for young children. SPELT Newsletter, 2(4).
Unpublished (or privately published) work:
(1998) Serving by responding. Script for a video modeling the use of peer response in writing. Co-directed by Deborah Menning and Mike Medley. Filmed and produced by Barry Lawrensen. Acted by Medley, Menning and Northwestern College students.
(1992).“Preliminary evaluation of the use of pictures in testing model sentences.” A study undertaken to guide the Missionary Language Board of Pakistan Examination Review Committee in revising its testing procedures.
(1989, revised 1991). We speak English. A collection of adapted and original pairwork exercises compiled for students at Dar-ul-Hikmat, Lahore, Pakistan.
(1989, July) Survey of Marwari and Dhatki dialects in southern Pakistan. 40 pages of text plus 44 pages of graphs, tables, and maps.
(1988, April). â€œLanguage study for missionary/fraternal workers assigned to Pakistan.â€ A critique of the Urdu course used mainly by missionaries coming to Pakistan, including extensive survey and discussion of literature relating to second language acquisition, 52 pages.
(2016, April 9). Just reading or JUST reading: Access to complex texts through grammar-based reading instruction. With Debra L. Medley, a presentation for the Christians in English Language Teaching conference, Baltimore, MD, April 9.
(2016, April 6). Developing empathy for trauma-affected learners. Presentation for the panel Teaching and Learning English in Difficult Circumstances at the 50th annual convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Baltimore, MD, April 5 to 8.
(2016, April 6). The premise behind English language teaching as a peacebuilding endeavor. Presentation for the panel Social Justice and English Language Teaching at the 50th annual convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Baltimore, MD, April 5 to 8.
(2015, March 23). The role of trauma-affected identity in second language acquisition. American Association for Applied Linguistics annual conference, Toronto, Canada, March 21-24.
(2014, March 27). Teacher renewal through research and reflective practice. Organizer and moderator for an academic session at the 49th annual convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Portland, OR, March 26-29.
(2014, March 26). Creating a caring community with class letters. Christians in English Language Teaching (CELT) conference, Multnomah University, March 26.
(2013, March 21). TESOL Peace Forum: Peacebuilding Skills for Teachers and Learners. Co-moderator for a panel of seven presenters at the 48th annual convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Dallas, TX March 20-23.
(2013, March 20). English Instruction for Trauma-affected Adult Learners around the World: Guidelines for Using a Curriculum with Convictions. Christian English Language Teachers (CELT) conference, Dallas Baptist University, March 20.
(2012, March 30). In Othersâ€™ Conflicts We Find Our Own. Poster session at the 47th annual convention for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Philadelphia, PA, March 28-31.
(2010, November 13). Meeting the Needs of Trauma-affected Learners. Washington Area Teachers of English as a Second Language (WATESOL) annual fall conference, University of Maryland, College Park.
(2010, October 29). Contextualize, Create Anticipation, and Ensure Production: Best Practices in Grammar Teaching. Presentation for English language instructors, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, Forman Christian College University, Lahore, Pakistan.
(2010, October 26). Ingredients of Effective Speaking and Writing Assignments. Presentation for faculty across the disciplines, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, Forman Christian College University, Lahore, Pakistan.
(2010, October 15-24). Teaching Trauma-Affected Learners: Exploring Unmapped Territory. Presented at the Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers International Conference, Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad.
(2010, October 15-24). Embracing all Intelligences in Grammar Teaching. Presented at the Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers International Conference, Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad.
(2010, October 25). Grammar Instruction from Planning to Production. Presented at the Post-Conference Institute of the Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers International Conference, Karachi.
(2009, March 28). Nurturing In-Service Language Teachers Affected by Trauma. Presented at the 44th annual convention for Teachers of English to Speakers of Others Languages, Denver, CO, March 26-29.
(2009, March 28). What Can Parachuted Experts Contribute? Presented at the 44th annual convention for Teachers of English to Speakers of Others Languages, Denver, CO, March 26-29.
(2008, May 6-14). Building a Writing Community. Two-hour workshops presented to 255 English teachers in five cities of Kosovo.
(2008, May 10-11). Writing Tasks for Learners with Diverse Talents. An eight-hour workshop presented to 29 English teachers in Prishtina, Kosovo.
(2007, October 11). Interpreting TOEFL Scores. Presented to the Graduate Council of James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
(2007, July 1-4). English language assessment: (1) The place of student assessment in English language program assessment; (2) Improving formal/summative assessments in English; (3) Using alternative assessments for formative purposes in English language teaching; and (4) Ethical dilemmas in English language assessment. Presented to school heads and assistant heads of the Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan, Murree, Pakistan.
(2007, June 16). Grammar instruction and assessment in the context of written communication. An all-day workshop presented to English faculty from several campuses of Comsats University, Lahore Pakistan.
(2007, May 26). Teaching and assessing oral skills. Presented to K-12 English instructors and school heads at Education Centre Dar-ul-Hikmat, Lahore, Pakistan.
(2007, April-May). Language Testing and Teacher Training. Series of four 3-hour lessons presented to M.A. & Ph.D. in applied linguistics class at the University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.
(2007, April 28). English program assessment for K-10 teachers. Presented at Education Centre Dar-ul-Hikmat, Lahore, Pakistan.
(2007, April 21). Grammar tools for writing instruction. Presented for the Forman Christian College Teachers Conference: Innovating Classroom Practices across Disciplines, Lahore, Pakistan.
(2007, April 21).Literature for learning language and intercultural skills. Presented for the Forman Christian College Teachers Conference: Innovating Classroom Practices across Disciplines Lahore, Pakistan.
(2007, March 8). Promoting academic honesty. Presented to the faculty of Forman Christian College, Lahore, Pakistan. Presented a second time to all the MA in English students at F.C. College
(2006, October 12). Literacy achievement of generation 1.5 Spanish-English bilingual college students. Presented at the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
(2006, May 4). LILAC: Face to face intercultural education. Presented at a faculty workshop at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA,
(2006, March 16) Critical incidents from literature. Presented at the 40th annual convention for Teachers of English to Speakers of Others Languages, Tampa, Florida.
(2005, October 22). Making the intensive English program indispensable. Presented at the Washington Area Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Fall Conference, Catholic University, Washington, DC,
(2005, May 18). Implications of the LMD reform proposal for the English program at the University of Nouakchott. Presented at a faculty development workshop for the Department of English at the University of Nouakchott, Nouakchott, Mauritania.
(2005, May 19). Integrative teaching: Synthesizing language, culture, and academic content. Presented at a faculty development workshop for the Department of English at the University of Nouakchott, Nouakchott, Mauritania.
(2005, May 20). Scaffolding for content-based teaching. Presented at a faculty development workshop for the Department of English at the University of Nouakchott, Nouakchott, Mauritania.
(2005, May 30). Increasing communication in the English as a second language classroom. Presented for teachersâ€™ in-service workshops at the Nouakchott English Center and Oasis Bookstore, Nouakchott, Mauritania.
(2005, May 31). New trends in teaching English as a second language: Teaching intercultural communication. Presented for a teachersâ€™ in-service workshop at the Nouakchott English Center, Nouakchott, Mauritania.
(2005, April 12). Pakistani English language teachers as potential peacebuilders. Presented at an EMU faculty/staff luncheon.
(2004, Oct. 1-12). Agents of change working with the grain of the universe. Keynote and plenary address at the 20th Annual Conference of the Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers, October 1 – 10, 2004, Karachi, Multan, and Islamabad. Also given in modified form to the faculty and graduate students at Punjab University, Lahore, Oct. 12, sponsored by the US Embassy in Pakistan.
(2004, Oct. 1-12). Peacebuilding through teaching intercultural concepts and skills. Workshop at the the 20th Annual Conference of the Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers, October 1 – 10, 2004, Karachi, Multan, Lahore, and Islamabad. Also given in modified form to teachers of Presbyterian Education Board Schools, Lahore, Oct. 4 and to the faculty and graduate students of the English Department at Government College University, Lahore, Oct. 12, sponsored by the US Embassy in Pakistan.
(2004, Oct. 11). Key Aspects of curriculum revision in the English department. Presentation to the Department of English Language and Literature at Forman Christian College, Lahore.
(2004, March 30). Workers unashamed? Standards for agencies using TESOL. Conference of Christians in English Language Teaching, Long Beach, CA.
(2003, March 28). Students face the experts. 37th annual convention for Teachers of English to Speakers of Others Languages, Baltimore, MD.
(2003, March 29). Global climate change and recruiting for IEPs. Panel organized for the 37th annual convention for Teachers of English to Speakers of Others Languages, Baltimore, MD.
(2002, April 18). Encountering American cultural values: adopting, judging, or understanding? Rockingham County Schools Sheltered English Program, Dayton Learning Center, Dayton, VA.
(2002, April 11). Consulting the experts through computer mediated discussions. 36th annual convention for Teachers of English to Speakers of Others Languages, Salt Lake City, UT.
(2001, October 5). Editing grammar in context. A workshop presented for the Rockingham County Schools ESL Teachers In- service Day, Peak View Elementary School.
(2001, March 27). Class participation and international students at EMU. Presented at an EMU faculty/staff luncheon.
(1999, March). Cultural diversity and methods of teaching EFL. Presented as part of the EFL-Interest Section panel at TESOL ’99, March 9-13 in New York City.
(1998, March). Interpreting relative clause tenses. Presented at TESOL ’98, March 17-21 in Seattle, WA.
(1997, October 3). Building community in writing classrooms. Presentation for the Tri-State Association of Christian Teachers International, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA.
(1997, April 18-19). Freshmen can do service writing, too! Presented with Northwestern College student Margo Buell at the Midlands Conference on Language and Literature, sponsored by Creighton University in Omaha, NE.
(1996, Sept. 26-27). A clash over culture war talk: College students’ comprehension of complex argumentative texts. Presented at the 23rd Plains Regional Conference of the International Reading Association, Bismarck, ND. Also presented at a Northwestern College faculty symposium in Nov. 1996.
(1996, Apr. 11-12). Building a community of readers and writers through class letter writing. Presented at the Iowa Reading Association Annual Conference, Des Moines, IA.
(1993, October 14-16). What’s the aim? Finding purpose in an aimless curriculum. Delivered at SPELT’s 9th Annual International Seminar, Lahore, Pakistan.
(1993, September 2). Debunking rote learning. Presented to the Lahore chapter of SPELT.
(1992 October 15-17). Assessing one method of individualized vocabulary instruction. Delivered at SPELT’s 8th Annual International Seminar, Karachi, Pakistan.
(1991, September). Activities for reading authentic texts. Presented to the Lahore chapter of SPELT.