MaryAnn Christison

Mary Ann Christison, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Urban Institute for Teacher Education at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, USA where she teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels for M.A. and Ph.D. students. She is the author of over 85 published and refereed articles and 20 professional books, including A Handbook for Language Program Administrators (2nd Edition) (with Fredricka Stoller); Multiple Intelligences and Language Learning: A Guidebook of Theory, Activities, Inventories, and Resources; Look Who’s Talking and Drawing Out (co-authored with Sharron Bassano); three volumes in a series entitled What English Language Teachers Need to Know and a book on leadership entitled Leadership in English Language Education (all four co-authored with Denise Murray), her most recent co-edited book is Teaching and Learning English Grammar: Research Findings and Future Directions (Routledge/Taylor and Francis). Christison served on the Board of Directors for TESOL the International Association from 1993 – 2000, was TESOL President 1997-98 and chaired, and co-chaired three TESOL conventions—1991, 1995, and 2002. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF). Christison has been a teacher educator for over 35 years and has worked with English language teachers in over 30 different countries.

Selected Book Publications

Christison, M. A. (in press). Learning to teach languages: A basic TESOL methodology. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Christison, M. A., Christian, D., Duff, P., & Spada, N. (Eds.) (2015). Teaching and learning English grammar: Recent research and new directions. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Christison, M. A., & Murray, D. E. (2014). What language teachers need to know volume III: Designing curriculum. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Christison, M. A., & Stoller, F. L. (Eds.) (2012). A Handbook for language program administrators (2nd Edition). Palm Springs, CA: ALTA English Publishers.

Murray, D. E., & Christison, M. A., (2011). What teachers need to know volume II: Facilitating learning. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Murray, D. E., & Christison, M. A. (2011). What teachers need to know volume 1: Understanding learning. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Christison, M. A., & Murray, D. E. (2009) (Eds). Leadership in English language education: Theoretical foundations and practical skills for changing times. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Palmer, A. S., & Christison, M. A. (2007). Seeking the heart of teaching. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Christison, M. A. (2007). Multiple intelligences and language learning: Theory, activities, inventories, and resources. Palm Springs, CA: ALTA English Publishers.

Christison, M. A., & Bassano, S. (1995). Purple Cows and Potato Chips: Language Acquisition Activities for Sensory Learning Styles. Palm Springs, CA: ALTA English Publishers. 

Christison, M. A. & Bassano, S. (1995) Look Who’s Talking!: Strategies for Developing Group Interaction. Palm Springs, CA: ALTA English Publishers.

Bassano, S. & Christison, M. A. (1995) Drawing Out: Creative, Personalized, Whole Language Activities. Palm Springs, CA: ALTA English Publishers.

Selected Articles

Christison, M. A. (in press). Applying principles of Buddhism to English language teaching leadership. In M. S. Wong and A. Mahboob (Eds.) Spirituality and language teaching: Religious explorations of teacher identity, pedagogy, context, and content. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Christison, M. A. (2012). Book Review. Larson-Hall, Jennifer. A guide to doing statistics in second language research using SPSS. New York, NY: Routledge. Modern Language Journal, 96(3), 483-84.

Murray, D. E., & Christison, M. A. (2012). Policy development for innovation and renewal in English language education. In C. Tribble (Ed.) Managing change in ELT: Lessons from experience (pgs. 61-74). London, UK: The British Council.

Christison, M. A. (2010). Learning Styles in the EFL Classroom. Selected Papers from the 2010 FAAPI Conference, Cordoba, Argentina.

Christison, M. A. (2010). Negotiating multiple identities. In D. Nunan & J. Choi (Eds.) Language, culture and identity: A microethnographic approach (pp. 74-81). New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Christison, M. A. (2008). Current views on the application of multiple intelligence theory in ELT. In Selected Papers from the Seventeenth International Symposium on English Teaching (pp. 1-8). English Teachers Association, Republic of China, Taipei, November 14-16, 2008.

Christison, M. A. (2005) Considerations for ELT in the 21st century. In M. Field and J. Fegan (Eds.) Education Across Borders: Philosophy, Policy, Pedagogy—New Paradigms and Challenges, (pp. 215-36). Tokyo, Japan: Waseda University Media.

Teacher Education

MaryAnn has worked as a language teacher educator in many different countries including the following – Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Spain, Syria, Taiwan/ROC, Thailand, Tunisia, the United States, and Venezuela.

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