Stuart Birkby

Name:Stuart J. Birkby, Assistant Professor

Course: ENG1300 College Composition for English Learners I; ENG1430 College Composition II for English Language Learners; ESL200 English as A Second Language; ESL0503 Pronunciation Workshop; ENG2101 Structure & Origins of the English Language; ESL0405 Academic Written Discourse II; ENG 2403 World Literature

Educational Background: B.A., English, University of Michigan; M.A. English Education, Michigan State University; TESOL certificate (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Youngstown State University; Ph.D., Foreign- and Second-Language Education, The Ohio State University

Contact Me:

Office:GEH C219               Email Address:sbirkby@kean.edu

Stuart J. Birkby, Ph.D., received his doctoral degree in foreign-language education at The Ohio State University in America, with a specialty in the teaching of English to East Asian students and a secondary specialty in Chinese culture. Besides teaching English to international students in the United States, he has taught at Wuhan University in central China, as well as at Pusan National University in South Korea and Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand. He has also lived in Taipei where he carried out his dissertation research, which was based on a historical overview of how English spread to and became an integral part of contemporary Taiwan society. His most recent research has focused on Vygotsky’s concept of scaffolding used to reach adequate foreign-language proficiency and how it can be compromised by cultural elements. Other research interests include the use of well-known, classical English and American literature to enhance the teaching of EFL. He is married and has one daughter, adopted from Hunan Province in 1999, who currently attends Boston University.