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Joan Kang Shin

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, 1993Dr. 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 a series editor for a groundbreaking 6-level primary English series for National Geographic Learning called Our World as well as a series editor and author of the new 3-level preprimary series Welcome to Our World. She is also the host of a professional development video series that she designed for Our World. Her most recent book called Teaching Young Learners English, co-authored with Jodi Crandall, just received the prestigious Ben Warren International House Trust Prize.

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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