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Dr. Barbara Birch

Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989 M.A. in Applied English Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981 B.A. in Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1973

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures  California State University, Fresno
Office: EE 218 | Phone: 278-4220 | email


Professor, Department of Linguistics, CSU Fresno

Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Chair, Department of Linguistics

Assistant, Associate and Full Professor, Department of Linguistics, California State University Fresno

Invited Visiting Professor, TESOL Summer Institute, St. Michael's College, Burlington, VT July 3-July14

1989 to 1990
Assistant Professor of English, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

Summer, 1989
Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

1988 to 1989
Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

 Teaching Assistant in the Program in English as a Second Language, University of Wisconsin-Madison; 6 month stint as EFL teacher, USAID, Islamabad, Pakistan

Professor of English, Escuela Politecnica del Litoral and Universidad Laica Vicente Rocafuerte, Guayaquil, Ecuador

English as a Foreign Language teacher at the U.S. Binational Center, Madrid, Spain, and in private multinational corporations



2009   The English Language Teacher and Global Civil Society, NY, NY: Routledge.

2006    English L2 Reading: Getting to the Bottom , M ahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Second Edition.

Learning and Teaching English Grammar, Columbus, OH: Merrill Education.

English L2 Reading: Getting to the Bottom, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Selected Refereed Journals & Proceedings

To appear      “Out of my Orthographic Depth” invited chapter for the Handbook on Second Language Teaching and Learning. Ed. Eli Hinkel. NY, NY: Routledge.

‘Teaching Spanish-speakers to read in English’, CATESOL Journal special issue on literacy.

‘Grammar standards: It’s all in your attitude’ Language Arts, The Journal of the Elementary Section of the National Council of Teachers of English, v. 78-6, pp. 535-542.

with M. Toll and A. Voitus, “Building Community Among Personnel in an Intensive English Program, TESOL Matters, 10, 3, p. 17.

‘Ebonics: the debate that never happened’. Ethnic Studies Review, v. 22, pp. 44-55.

‘Nurture the bottom-up reading skills too’ TESOL Journal. v. 7. n. 6, Winter, pp. 18-23.

‘Language ideologies, prejudice, and planning’ Proceedings of the Mid America Linguistics Conference. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. pp, 231-237.

‘Quaker Plain Speech: a policy of linguistic divergence’ International Journal of the Sociology of Language 116: pp 39-59.  Special Issue on Language Politics and Accommodation.

‘Neurological evidence for a functional basis for lexical categories, Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, v. 21. pp. 24-31.

‘Decoding as an expert system’ Proceedings of the 1995 CSU-Bakersfield Conference on Reading, pp 59-76.

‘Prosocial communicative competence in the ESL/EFL classroom.’  TESOL Journal. Winter, 1993-1994. pp. 13-16.

The peaceful ESL classroom.” CATESOL Journal, November, 1993. pp. 7-15.

Another look at Salish nouns and verbs" Papers for the 28th International Conference on Salish and Neighboring Languages. University of Washington, pp. 19-26.

Selected Presentations:

2007  “The Global Civil Society: Language Pedagogy, Curriculum, and Peace," American Association of Applied Linguistics, Costa Mesa, CA, USA.

2005       ‘Vocabulary Acquisition’  Panel on Learning to Read and Reading to Learn, International TESOL Conference, San Antonio TX. March 31, 2005.

2005       ‘Conflict Resolution: a Cultura Franca’ Panel on Peace Education in a World of Conflicts, International TESOL Conference, San Antonio TX. March 30, 2005.

Invited all day workshop for teachers at Millersville University, Millersville, PA. “ESL Reading: From Bottom to Top.”

Two invited presentations at the International Reading Association, Reno, Nevada.

Invited presentation in the Research Symposium at the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other                     Languages Conference in Long Beach, CA. ‘L1 effects on L2 reading: evidence from PET scans’.

Invited Presentation ‘Teaching Spanish-speakers to read in English’, California Teachers of English to  Speakers of Other Languages, Pasadena, CA.

Organizer and Presenter of Reading Colloquium panel presentation, ‘English L2 reading: goodbye to guessing games,’ Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Baltimore, MD.

“Low-level Transfer of Reading Strategies,” at the California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Sacramento, CA. April.

“Ecology, Description, Prescription, and Prejudice” Poster presented at the New Ways of Analyzing Variation Conference, Toronto, Canada, October 14-17

“Language Ideologies, Prejudice, and Planning” Mid-America Linguistics Conference. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, October 24, 1998

"Ebonics: the debate that never happened" at the National Association of Ethnic Studies Conference, California State University, Fresno. Fresno, CA March 25   


Professional Service

Reviewer for TESOL Journal, American Association of Applied Linguistics, Merrill Education. Member of TESOL, CATESOL, IRA (International Reading Association).  

CSUF Service

Academic Senate 1991 to present, Vice Chair (three times), Chair (2003-2004)

Numerous committees and positions, 1990 to present (including the GE Task Force and Co-coordinator, Peace and Conflict Studies).

Courses Taught at CSUF:

Linguistics 10    Introduction to Language

Linguistics 100  Introduction to Linguistics

Linguistics 132  Linguistics and Reading

Linguistics 134  Structure of English

Linguistics 138  History of English

Linguistics 141  Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Linguistics 143  Syntax

Linguistics 146  Practical English Grammar for Teachers

Linguistics 148  Sociolinguistics

Linguistics 237  Teaching Reading and Writing to Speakers of Other Languages

Linguistics 241  Seminar in Teaching English as a Second Language

Linguistics 244  Curriculum Design, Vocabulary, and Assessment

Linguistics 231T Semantics

Linguistics 231T Language Acquisition Theories

Peace and Conflict Studies 100

Peace and Conflict Studies 110 (designed the course and taught it three times)

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