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    JOAN KANG SHIN - Biography  
Joan Kang Shin, PhD
Professor of Practice, Education Department
Director, TESOL Professional Training Programs

Office: Sherman Hall A, Room 414
Phone: 410-455-1578


Ph.D., Language, Literacy & Culture, UMBC, 2008
M.A., ISD, Bilingual/ESOL Education, UMBC, 1999
B.A., Economics, Cornell University, 1993

Dr. Joan Kang Shin is the Director of TESOL Professional Training Programs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). In this position she administers numerous online professional development programs for EFL teachers in over 100 countries, including her own courses Teaching English to Young Learners and Teaching English to Teens.

Dr. Shin is Series Editor for a ground breaking 6-level primary English series for National Geographic Learning called Our World.  She has also designed a professional development video series for Our World. Her most recent book co-authored with Jodi Crandall is called Teaching Young Learners English.

In addition, she keeps herself busy as an English Language Specialist for the Office of English Language Programs (OELP) in the U.S. Department of State and has conducted EFL teacher training programs with hundreds of teachers in Brazil, Cambodia, Cuba, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, India, Korea, Laos, Libya, Morocco, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, Vietnam, and U.A.E. She has reached audiences worldwide of up to 2,000 people through online webinars and large-scale digital videoconferences.

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