Peter G. Parker

Assistant Professor TESOL, English Language Immersion Program Director

BA, University of New Haven; MA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Office:  Mary Lyon Hall, 026A
Phone: (603) 535-2484

Spring office hours:  Tuesday & Thursday  12:30pm – 2:00pm & 5:00pm – 5:30pm or by appointment

About Professor Parker

Peter Parker holds an M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Language and Literacy. Peter has a wide variety of experiences working with second language learners and has been involved in teacher-training programs and curriculum development for various government agencies in Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

Peter’s research focuses on issues related to second language reading and writing, early reading comprehension processes, home and school literacy practices, and program evaluation.

Representative Papers:

UAE National K-12 Curriculum Standards for English: Evaluation Report, Dubai Ministry of Education, 2014.

University Learning Outcomes Matrix: Indicators and Criteria for Language Assessment, Dubai:  Zayed University Report, 2010 (co-authored with Kate O’Neil et al.).

Reading First External Evaluation, Year One Report, Illinois State Board of Education, 2004 (co-authored with Lizanne DeStefano et al.).

Representative Conference Papers:

Family Literacy Practices in the UAE, IAFOR International Conference on Education, Dubai, March 2015 (co-presented with Mary Curry and Khulood Al Falasi).

Understanding Reading Miscues in Arabic and English, TESOL Arabia, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 2014 (co-presented with Mahaba Al Saleh).

Improving pronunciation and Teacher Education: A Gulf perspective, TESOL International, Dallas, March 2013.

Similarities and Differences in the Reading Comprehension Strategies of Chinese and English Readers, International Reading Association, Chicago, May 2012.

Assessing Chinese ESL Students’ Reading Levels: Methodological Considerations When Using Informal Reading Inventories, American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, April 2012.

Young Readers’ Text Edits: A Study of Chinese/English Bilingual and Monolingual Children, American Association of Applied Linguistics, Chicago, March 2011.

Assessing Emirati Graduate Students’ Writing Skills, TESOL Arabia, Dubai, March 2011.

The Multiple Roles
of School Portfolios in Large-Scale Evaluations: Accountability and Improvement, American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, November 2004 (co-presented with Lizanne DeStefano, Victoria Hammer and Leanne Kallemeyn).