Kerry Lynn Purmensky

Kerry Lynn Purmensky, Ph.D.

Kerry Purmensky is the Coordinator of the TESOL program at the University of Central Florida. Her research is focused on innovative practices in English Learner teacher training, particularly focused on service-learning. In 2016, she was the co-PI recipient of a 2.4 million-dollar Institute of Education Sciences Education Research Grant entitled Micro-credentialing of English Learner Teaching Skills (MELTS).  And in 2017 the same grant team won a $2.7 million-dollar Institute of Education Sciences Education Research Grant called Dual Language Support through Technology Enhanced Programs and Strategies (DL STEPS). She as also the 2016-2017 TESOL consultant for a $2.4 million-dollar U.S. Department of Education Jacob K. Javits collaborative grant. She has published books, articles, and book chapters focused on TESOL teacher training.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Research Interests

CALL, Service Learning, P-12 ESOL, Grammar and Critical Pedagogy, Dual Language, Digital Badging, High Impact Practices, teacher training

Recent Research Activities

Selected Publications

Purmensky, K. L. (Forthcoming December 2019). Service-learning for Diverse Communities:  Critical Pedagogy and Mentoring English Language Learners (2nd  Edition). Information Age Publishing, Inc. 

Mihai, F. & Purmensky, K. (2016). Course design for TESOL:  a guide for integrating curriculum and teaching. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Purmensky, K. (2015). Bridging the gap for English learners: Service-learning digital mentorship for school success. In Perren, J. & Wurr, A. (Eds.) Learning the Language of Global Citizenship: Strengthening Service-learning in TESOL. Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, IL.

Coombe, C & Purmensky, K. (2012, March).  Alternative assessment in language education.  In Coombe, C., Stoynoff, S., O’Sullivan, B., & Davidson, P. (Eds.) The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Assessment.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Purmensky, K. L. (2009). Service-learning for Diverse Communities:  Critical Pedagogy and Mentoring English Language Learners. Information Age Publishing, Inc. 

Peker, H & Purmensky, K. (2016). Self-efficacy of teacher candidates in designing CALL activities for English learners within the framework of technological pedagogical and content knowledge (TPACK).  Glokalde, 2(2), 39-56. Refereed, International.

Brown, A. & Purmensky, K. (2014, Spring). Spanish L2 students’ perceptions of service-learning while studying abroad: A case study from Ecuador. The International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, 2(1), 1-32.

Purmensky, K. L. (2006, November). Service Learning Helps ELLs in Elementary School. CATESOL Journal, 18(1), 81-92.

Purmensky, K. L. (2006, Spring). Weblogs Transform Service-Learning Reflection. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 10(1), 13-17.

 Purmensky, K. L. (2005, March). How educational media can benefit the international student population in the United States university setting.  Journal of Educational Media and Library Sciences, 42(3), 363-368. 

 Purmensky, K. L. (2004, Fall). Sound pedagogy and the Internet. Florida Foreign Language Journal, 2(1), 35-41.

Purmensky, K. L. (2004, January). Inquiry-Based learning through webquests:  Hoping to pass the torch. University of Central Florida Faculty Focus, 3(1).

 Purmensky, K. L. (2003, Fall). Teacher to Teacher Column. Sunshine State TESOL’s The Messenger, 10(1).

Forthcoming

 Schoonmaker, A. & Purmensky, K (submitted 2019).  The Case for Grammar:  What teachers need to know about metalinguistic awareness.  (submitted to Journal of English Learner Education).

 Purmensky, K. L. & Xiong, C. (accepted for 2019 publication). Micro-Credentialing of English Learner Teaching Skills: An Exploratory Study of Digital Badges as an Assessment Tool.  (Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education - Current Practices)

 Purmensky, K. L.  & Ghmire, N. (in progress). Using Coding for Video Quality and Effectiveness using the TESOL Standards.

 Professional Presentations

Purmensky, K.L., Mihai, F., & Monroe, L. (2019, March). Micro-Credentialing of English Learner Teaching Skills through Digital Badges. International TESOL Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.

 Mendes, L., Nutta, J., and Purmensky, K.L. (2018, May). MELTS Digital Badging. Invited presentation at Sunshine State TESOL.

 Purmensky, K.L. (2017, November 7). DOE OELA Dual Language STEPS. Grant-funded poster presented at the DOE OELA Director’s Meeting.

 Purmensky, K.L., Esquivel, B., & Raughbaugh, L. (2017, April 22). English Learner Strategies for Gifted Learners. Grant-funded workshop presented at the Central Florida Gifted Conference.

 Mihai, F., Purmensky, K.L., Nutta, J., & Davis, L. (2017, March). DOE OELA Grant Applicant Winners. Panel at the International TESOL Conference. Portland, Oregon.

 Torres, C., Purmensky, K., & Schoonmaker, A. (2017, March). Using a Tracking Chart as Part of Process Writing Instruction. Presentation at the International TESOL Conference. Portland, Oregon.

 Purmensky, K., Schoonmaker, A, & Torres, C. (2017, March). Bridging the Gap:Digital Mentorship for Middle School Students. Presentation at the International TESOL Conference. Portland, Oregon.

 Mihai, F., Purmensky, K., Perren, J., & Vinall, K. (2016, March). Integrating service-learning into Applied Linguistics: Practices, Challenges, and Results. Panel at the American Association for Applied Linguistics. Orlando, Fl.

 Purmensky, K. L. & Gonzalez, M. (March 13, 2013). Quick Tips for Error Correction for adult ESOL students. Workshop presented to the Adult Literacy League Continuing Tutor Education Workshop.

 Purmensky, K. L. (October 12, 2012). It’s a Matter of Collaboration: How Community Efforts Intersect to serve English Learners in our Communities. Paper presented at Preparing Speech-Language Pathologists to Serve English Language Learners with Communication Disorders Third Annual Colloquium.

 Purmensky, K. L. (September 21, 2012).  It's a Matter of Perception: How ESL and First-Language Writers Navigate the Academic Terrain and What Writing Teachers Can Learn from Their Efforts.Paper presented at the Florida Writing Symposium.

Purmensky, K. L.  (2009). Service Learning and Pre-service Teachers’

Readiness in Relation to English Language Learners.  Paper presented at the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement international conference, Ottawa, Canada.

 Bowdon, M., Purmensky, K., Zeh, A. & Schell, R.  (2008). Strategies for Comprehensive Service-Learning Assessment:  A Dynamic Model.  Paper presented at the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement international conference, New Orleans, Mississippi.

 Bowdon, M., Purmensky, K., Zeh, A. & Schell, R.  (2008). Strategies for Comprehensive Service-Learning Assessment:  A Dynamic Model.  Paper presented at the Florida Compass Compact national conference, Orlando, FL. 

Purmensky, K. L., Mihai, F., & Nutta, J. (2008). Preparing to teach ELLs:  From Methodology to Service Learning. Paper presented at Sunshine State TESOL, Daytona Beach, FL.

Purmensky, K. L., Pollgreen, S., & Strebel-Halpern, C. (2007).  Service Learning
Literacy Strategies: ELLs in Elementary Education
.  Paper presented at the International TESOL Conference, Seattle, Washington.

 Purmensky, K. L. (2006, Fall). Successful ESOL Techniques.  Teacher training seminar for The Language Company, Orlando, Florida.

 Purmensky, K. L. & Pollgreen, S. (2006).  Service Learning Meets the ESOL Standards.  Paper presented at the International TESOL Conference, Tampa, Florida.

 Purmensky, K. L. (2006).  Creating Group Reflections using the WWW:  Weblogs and Discussion Boards for Creating Communities.  Activity presented at the Electronic Village Classics Fair, International TESOL Conference, Tampa, Florida.

 Purmensky, K. L. (2005, August).  Can Blogging Transform Reflective Practices for Teachers of ESOL?  Lessons Learned   Questions Raised.  Paper presented at EuroCALL 2005.  Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland. 

 Purmensky, K. L. (2005, April 8).  Using Technology to Enhance Service-Learning Outcomes.  Paper presented at The Gulf-South Summit, Cocoa Beach, FL. 

 Jankowic, C. & Purmensky, K. L. (2004, October 23).  Webquests:  Bringing the Internet into Your Classroom.  Presentation in conjunction with a student for Central Florida TESOL:  3rd Annual Mini-Conference, Orlando, FL.

 Purmensky, K. L. (2004, March).  Real Listening and Speaking on the WWW. Internet presentation at the International TESOL Conference, Santa Barbara, CA.

 Purmensky, K. L. (2004, March 4,).  UCF Fellow of the Academy representative. Panel member at The National Professional Development Conference, Orlando, FL.

 Purmensky, K. L. (2004, February 28).  From Concept to Creation:  Teaching Grammar That Sticks, a grammar teaching model using the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning modalities.  Workshop conducted at the Central Florida TESOL Spring Speaker Series, Orlando, FL.

Purmensky, K. L. (2003, November).  The Savvy Shopper, a teaching concept infusing real websites from the Internet.  Activity presented at the Central Florida TESOL Mini-Conference, Orlando, FL.

 Purmensky, K. (2001, October).  The effectiveness of web-based materials on international student adjustment to the United States university environment. Paper presented at WebNet 2001:  AACE Conference, Orlando, FL.

 Grants (External)

 Institute of Education Sciences: Education Research Grants

Title: Dual Language Support through Technology Enhanced Programs and Strategies (DL STEPS).

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Spring 2017

Amount:  $2.7 million

Institute of Education Sciences:  Education Research Grants

Title:  Micro-credentialing of English Learner Teaching Skills (MELTS)

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Fall 2016

Amount:  $2.4 million

Jacob K. Javits U.S. Department of Education collaborative grant

Title: Project Elevate

Role: TESOL Consultant

2016-2017

Grants (Internal)

UCF College of Arts and Humanities Research Incentive Award

 UCF College of Arts and Humanities Writing Across the Curriculum Starter Grant

Technology Fee Grant Award for the Language Lab

UCF College of Arts and Humanities Applied Research Contract

UCF Service-Learning Mini-Grant

 UCF Toni Jennings Exceptional Institute Special Initiative Award

Educator Workshops

Pena, S. & Purmensky, K.L. (2018, December). Developing a Logic Model in a Dual Language Program. Grant funded workshop presented to Osceola County Public Schools

 Purmensky, K.L. (2018, May). Best Practices in Literacy Development.  Workshop of the Adult Literacy League

 Purmensky, K.L., Esquivel, B., Stedman, K., & Raughbaugh, L. (2017, February 25). English Learner Strategies and WIDA. Grant-funded workshop presented for Seminole County Public Schools.

Purmensky, K. L. & Equivel, B. (2016, October 24). ESL Strategies for Success. Grant-funded workshop presented for Seminole County Public Schools

Purmensky, K. L. (2015, 2014, 2013). Teaching TEFL in the Dominican Republic. Workshop for the UCF Honors College students

Awards

UCF Sabbatical Award Spring 2019

 UCF Research Incentive Award 2019

 UCF Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award 2017

 UCF Service Learning Award 2007

UCF College of Arts and Sciences Fellow of the Academy for Teaching, Learning and Leadership 2004

SIU Dissertation Research Award Recipient 2000-2001

Activities

Editor of the Journal of English Learner Education

https://stars.library.ucf.edu/jele/

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
16889 TSL6142 Critical Approaches to ESOL Face to Face Instruction (P) Th 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Available

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 This course focuses on the application of second language acquisition theories, principles, and current research as they relate to the development of ESOL curricula and instructional design. This kind of graduate class is a combination of seminar and lecture. Much of what is learned in the course comes from what students (many of whom have taught for some time) bring to the group.

 RATIONALE

 With the great diversity of TESOL instructional delivery systems, students must develop knowledge of the various curriculum models and the specifics of instructional implementation to maximize coordination between student needs and instructional design. Additionally, students need to develop expertise in the selection and evaluation of TESOL materials such as textbooks, technology materials, and realia.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
92816 TSL5940 Issues in TEFL World Wide Web (W) Available

This course focuses on issues related to teaching English as a Foreign Language (as opposed to teaching English as a Second Language in an English-speaking environment). Many people go into TESOL for the sole purpose of teaching overseas.  Thus, the primary goal of TSL 5940 is to prepare you to be a competitive candidate for teaching overseas and obtaining a good teaching position there. This course is useful to K-12 and adult ESL teachers to gain information about their students’ educational, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds that may impact English learning here.

81982 TSL6440 Assessment Issues in TESOL World Wide Web (W) Available

This course focuses on understanding the issues and challenges that are involved in assessing the language progress of EL, ESL, and EFL students of all ages.

ESL students come from various cultural and educational backgrounds and are therefore not necessarily accustomed to the styles of testing that are common in US schools. Measuring language proficiency and achievement is a complicated matter because measuring the parts of a language (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, listening) may or may not give an accurate measurement of students’ overall language ability. Because of these issues, all TESOL professionals need to examine how assessment tools are designed, constructed, administered, and scored. Educators should further be able to create appropriate and accurate assessments for any student at any level.

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61815 TSL6526 Interdep of Lang World Wide Web (W) A Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
18295 TSL6142 Critical Approaches to ESOL Face to Face Instruction (P) Th 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91904 TSL6440 Assessment Issues in TESOL World Wide Web (W) Available

PURPOSE: This course focuses on understanding the issues and challenges that are involved in assessing the language progress of EL, ESL, and EFL students from children to adult.

RATIONALE: ESL students come from various cultural and educational backgrounds and are therefore not necessarily accustomed to the styles of testing that are common in US schools. Measuring language proficiency and achievement is a complicated matter because measuring the parts of a language (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, listening) may or may not give an accurate measurement of students’ overall language ability. Because of these issues, all TESOL professionals need to examine how assessment tools are designed, constructed, administered, and scored. Educators should further be able to create appropriate and accurate assessments for any student at any level.

Updated: Sep 3, 2020