Two Greensboro College Alumni Publish Papers in New Academic Journal


Phillip Keller

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Two graduates of Greensboro College’s master’s-degree program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages have had papers published in a new academic journal.

Phillip Keller ’16 and Paula Wilder ’14 are published in the inaugural issue of Dialogues, an interdisciplinary journal of English-language teaching and research published by North Carolina State University.

Keller’s article, “The Pedagogical Implications of Orality on Refugee ESL Students,” addresses the fact that many refugee students come from traditionally oral cultures and what that means for teaching them English.

Wilder’s article, “Fostering an Environment for ESL Student Success in College and University Writing,” addresses the need for college faculty to be aware of the challenges faced by college students for whom English is a second language. It also suggests ways faculty can help such students write successfully.

Keller received the 2016 Distinguished Graduate Student Award at Greensboro College’s 2016 Commencement.

Wilder is now an adjunct instructor of English at Greensboro College and a faculty member in the college’s TESOL program.


Paula Wilder

Greensboro College’s master’s program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages prepares students for full-time teaching in academies and universities in the U.S. and abroad. For more information on the program, contact Plaisance at 336-272-7102, ext. 5285, or email

Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features an 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities.