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Laura G. Holland


(MA TESOL, Teachers College, Columbia University, BS Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Wheelock College) has been involved in classrooms in widely diverse settings since 1975, and in ESL/EFL classes since 1985. Her specialties are in teacher training and new faculty mentoring, online professional development courses, and Intensive Language Program teaching. Her special interests are in teaching oral communication skills, incorporating media into ESL classes, and alternative supervision models. She is currently the New Faculty Mentor and GTF Supervisor for the American English Institute. She is an active member of ORTESOL and TESOL.


  • Holland, L. (2014). Top 10 Things to Observe When Observing a Class, The ORTESOL Journal.
  • US Department of State (2013). Shaping the Way We Teach English: From Observation to Action. Video-based professional resource co-authored with C. Heitman, L. Opp-Beckman, and J. Sepulveda.
  • Holland, L. (2012). Posing Questions and Calling on Students. The ORTESOL Journal, Vol. 29, pp. 35-38.
  • Holland, L. (2011). Peer Observation Made Easy. ORTESOL Quarterly Newsletter. Fall, Vol. 24, no. 4.

Recent presentations:

  • “Rip it from the Book! Breathing Life Back into Lessons” PeruTESOL, Trujillo, Peru; Tri-TESOL, Des Moines, WA, 2015
  • “Film clip + Storytelling + Chanting = Engaged Listening” PeruTESOL, Trujillo, Peru; Tri-TESOL, Des Moines, WA, 2015
  • “Proactive Mentoring: Shifting Roles, Many Hats” Tri-TESOL Des Moines, WA, 2015
  • “Posing Questions and Calling on Students: Engaging Everyone!”. Lima, Peru. 2014
  • “Creating Your Language Learning Community: Week One and Beyond”. Lima, Peru. 2014.
  • “Reactive to Proactive: Teacher Mentoring in a Growing ESL Program” with Lara Ravitch, Keli Yerian, and Britt Johnson. TESOL, Portland, OR, 2014.
  • “Innovative Pre-Practicum for N/NN Speakers of English”, with Trish Pashby, TESOL, New Orleans, 2011.
  • “Sticking with Facts: Guidelines for productive observations and post-observation conversations”, ORTESOL, Portland. 2011.
  • “Looking at the facts: do we see the same things?”, ORTESOL, 2009 & 2010.
  • “Project-based Literacy: phrasal verbs”, video presentation at University of Oregon, 2009.
  • “Cooperative language learning communities: teaching critical thinking”, ORTESOL and TESOL, 2008/2009.

LT courses taught:

  • LT 4/537 Teaching Practice