Foreign Languages, ESL and Humanities
Office Location: AC-3C08C
Degree Institution Field Dates PhD Columbia University Language, Literacy, and Technology 2004 M Ed Columbia University Applied Linguistics 1998 MA Columbia University Applied Linguistics 1996 BA Richmond University International Business Administration 1990
Elizabeth Meddeb is Associate Professor of English as a Second Language (ESL) and Humanities. She also serves as the Coordinator of ESL. She teaches advanced composition courses to non-native speakers of English, as well as several core courses in linguistics and the humanities. Her research interests include the interaction between technology and language use and conversation analysis. She is currently working on a study that investigates how speech recognition technology shapes both spoken and written language use for speakers of non-standard varieties of American English. This study is an outgrowth of her dissertation research at Columbia University and her professional work experience at IBM's T J Watson Research Center.
Areas of Expertise
Gender and language
Articles in Field Of Expertise
Meddeb, E., & Frenz-Belkin, P. "What? I Didn’t Say THAT! : Linguistic Strategies When Speaking to Write." Journal of Pragmatics. 42 (9). 2010: 2415-2429.
Meddeb, E. "The Accuracy of Speech Recognition Dictation." International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society. 4 (6) 2008: 125-138.
Frenz-Belkin, P., & Meddeb, E. "The Differential uses of “Okay” in Computer-Based Task Activities." The International Journal of the Humanities. 5 (11) 2008: 203-212.
Meddeb, E. "Medium Transferability: Managing Speech Disfluencies when Speaking to Write with Speech Recognition Dictation Software." International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society. 4 (2) 2007: 163-179.
Meddeb, E. "Speech Recognition-Mediated Literacy." International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society. 2 (8) 2007: 39-69.
Non Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise
Barnes, A., & Meddeb, E. "E-practice Makes Perfect: Online Portfolios and Writing Improvement in English Language Learners." Discover. 2.1 2009: 44-56.
Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances
" Occupy Wall Street: How a Social Movement is Depicted in Mainstream Media" (with Frenz-Belkin, P.). Paper presented as part of the panel "Sociolinguistics of Revolution in World's Capital Cities. " 2012, August: Sociolinguistics Symposium 19. Freie Universität Berlin. Berlin, Germany.
" Game Over: Sociolinguistics of the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolution" (with Saad, Z.). " 2012, April: International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research Spring 2012 Conference. Atlantic City, NJ.
" Read this, not that and look over here: How gestures highlight talked-about objects in a technologically complex speech-to-text environment" (with Frenz-Belkin, P.). " 2011, July: The 12th International Pragmatics Conference. Manchester, England.
" Listening Around the Computer"(with Frenz-Belkin, P.). Paper presented as part of the panel "Listener Activities and Responses. " 2009, July: The 11th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association. Melbourne, Australia.
" E-practice Makes Perfect: Online Portfolios and Writing Improvement in the ESL Classroom (with Barnes, A.). " 2009, January: The 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities.
" The Use of Deictic References in Information-Rich Environments: Tutorials at the Computer" (with Frenz-Belkin, P.). " 2008, August: The 6th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey.
" How Speech Recognition Dictation Technology Affects Non-Native English Speakers. " 2008, March: Asian American/Asian Research Institute (AAARI). City University of New York, New York, NY.
" The Pragmatics of Speaking to Write for Non-native Speakers of English." Paper presented as part of the panel "The Pragmatics of Human-Computer Interaction. " 2007, July: The 10th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association. Gothenburg, Sweden.
" The Use of "Okay" in Learning-Teaching Interactions around the Computer" (with Frenz-Belkin, P.). " 2007, July: The 5th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. The American University of Paris, Paris, France.
" Medium Transferability: Managing Speech Disfluencies when Speaking to Write with Speech Recognition Dictation Software. " 2007, January: The 3rd International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society. Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
" Strategies for Accommodating Speech Recognition Dictation Technology. " 2006, April: "How People Talk to Computers, Robots, and Other Artificial Communication Partners" Workshop. Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst, Germany.
" The Interaction between Speech Recognition Dictation Technology and Language Use: A Sociolinguistic Study. " 2005, December: The Second International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society.Hyderabad, India.
" The Interaction between Speech and Writing. " 2004, June: The Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities: Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics Annual Conference. Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.
" Speech Recognition talk as a Novel Register." Paper presented as part of the panel "Multimodal Interaction: How New Media Reshape Communicative Practices. " 2003, March: American Association of Applied Linguistics Annual Conference. Arlington, VA.
" The Impact of Speech Recognition Technology on Language Use " 2002, November: Language in Education Division Colloquium. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
" The Impact of Speech Recognition Technology on Spoken and Written Language. " 2002, April: American Association of Applied Linguistics Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
" Speech Recognition-mediated Literacy: Redefining the relationship between language, speech, and writing." Paper presented as part of the panel "Multimodal Interaction and Learning. " 2002, March: Georgetown University Roundtable on Languages and Linguistics. Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships
Fulbright-Hays Study Seminar: Women, Family and Social Change in China. Grant Administered by Fordham University & Rust College: 2006.
Visiting Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. Language in Education Division.: September 2002—August 2003.
Center for Teaching and Learning. Title III Faculty Grant Program, E-Practice Makes Perfect. 2008-2009: .
CUNY-wide Seminar on ePortfolio Research & Practice, An Inquiry into Learning. 2007-2008: .
Out-of-Cycle PSC Research Grant, CUNY Research. 5/05-06/06: .
CUNY Sloan Foundation, CUNY Research. Fall 2005: .
National Center for Restructuring Education, Schooling, and Teaching. Teachers College, Columbia University, Tuition Exemption. Spring 2002: .
Teachers College, Columbia University, Grant-in-Aid. Spring 2000 - Fall 2002: .
Academic Computing Services Teachers College, Columbia University, Tuition Exemption. 1997- 2001: .
Scholarship from the Department of International and Transcultural Studies Teachers College, Columbia University, . 1999-2000 Academic year: .
Scholarship from the Department of Languages, Literature, and Social Studies Teachers College, Columbia University, . Summer term 1997: .
Graduate Assistant, Office of Student Housing Teachers College, Columbia University, Tuition Exemption. 1995-1996: .
Other Professional Activities and Public Service
Book-building: Developing multimedia materials for ESL literacy programs: March, 2002.
Teacher Training on Watch-Me!-Read Technology: October, 2001.
Developing multimedia materials for ESL literacy programs: July, 2001.
Developing multimedia adult literacy materials: May, 2001.
Developing multimedia materials for ESL literacy programs: April, 2001.
Developing multimedia materials for migrant worker literacy programs: March, 2001.
Developing multimedia materials for ESL literacy programs: September, 2000.
Multimedia materials for reading improvement: September, 2000.
Watch-me!-Read training and curriculum development: June, 2000.
Developing multimedia literacy materials for English and Spanish first-language learners: September, 1999.
Watch-me!-Read: Developing curriculum materials for emerging readers: August, 1998.
Developing multimedia literacy materials for Spanish first-language learners: July, 1998.
CALL to the Future/Camden Campus (co-presented with Dr. Hoda Zaki).: 2003.