PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Academic Program Coordinator, Teaching Culturally, Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners
Center for International Education
Phone: (703) 993-6214
Fax: (703) 993-5771
George Mason University
Thompson Hall 2604
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030
Joan Kang Shin, PhD is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to English language teachers in over 100 countries around the world. She is also an expert in online TESOL education and conducts research on building international virtual communities of practice for English teachers.
Dr. Shin is a series editor for a groundbreaking 6-level primary English series for National Geographic Learning called Our World, which won the 2014 HRH Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Awards for Winner of Best Entry for Learners. She is also a series editor and author of the new 3-level preprimary series Welcome to Our World as well as the host of a professional development video series that she designed for Our World. Her book Teaching Young Learners English, co-authored with Jodi Crandall, received the prestigious 2013 Ben Warren International House Trust Prize. Most recently she served as series editor for an exciting 4-level English series for young teens called Impact that highlights the work of National Geographic Explorers. She also authored and hosts the Impact professional development videos that focuses on how to teach teenagers effectively in the 21st century.
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, Costa Rica, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Laos, Libya, Morocco, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, Vietnam, and the U.A.E. She has reached audiences of up to 2,000 through online webinars and digital videoconferencing.
- Teaching English to young learners and very young learners; using international children’s songs to teach language and culture.
- EFL/ESL online teacher education and professional development; virtual and collocated communities of practice (CoPs) for EFL teachers.
Shin, J. K. (in press). Literacy programming for young learners. In J. I. Liontas (Ed.), TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Somerset, NJ: Wiley Blackwell and TESOL International Association.
Shin, J. K. (in press). Get up and sing! Get up and move!: Using songs and movement with young learners of English. English Teaching Forum.
Crandall, J. A., & Shin, J. K. (Eds.). (2017). Impact. 4-level series for teaching English to lower secondary students around the world. Boston, MA: National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning.
Savić, V., & Shin, J. K. (2016). Improving quality of primary English language teaching in Serbia through theme-based instruction. In Jelena Teodorovic (Ed.), Improving Quality of Education in Elementary Schools (pp. 328-338). Belgrade: Faculty of Education of University in Kragujevac, Institute for Pedagogical Research, and Institute for Improvement of Education.
Shin, J. K. (2016). Building a sustainable community of inquiry through online TESOL professional development. In J. A. Crandall, & M. A. Christison (Eds.), Global Research on Teacher Education and Professional Development in TESOL. New York: Routledge.
Shin, J. K. (2015). Building a global perspective through songs in English. Children and Teenagers: IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group Publication, 3, 66-77.
Shin, J. K. (2015, June). How should kids learn English: through Old MacDonald's farm or Ali Baba's farm?. The Conversation.
Shin, J. K. (2015, July-September). Literacy instruction for young EFL learners: A balanced approach. TESOL Greece Newsletter, 127, 28-31.
Crandall, J. A., & Shin, J. K. (Eds.). (2015). Explore our world. 6-level series for teaching English to young learners around the world. Boston, MA: National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning. Winner of the 2015 New England Book Show for Best El-Hi Print Series
O’Sullivan, J. K., & Shin, J. K. (2015). Welcome to our world. 3-level series for teaching English to preprimary school students around the world. Boston, MA: National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning.
Shin, J. K., & Crandall, J. A. (Eds.). (2015). Welcome to our world. 3-level series for teaching English to preprimary school students around the world. Boston, MA: National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning.
Shin, J. K. (2014). Teaching young learners in ESL and EFL settings. In M. Celce-Murcia, D. M. Brinton, & M. A. Snow (Eds.), Teaching English as a second or foreign language (4th ed., pp.550-567). Boston, MA: National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning.
Shin, J. K., & Crandall, J. A. (2014). Teaching young learners English: From theory to practice. Boston, MA: National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning.
Winner of the 2013 Ben Warren International House Trust Prize for Outstanding Text in English Language Education
Crandall, J. A., & Shin, J. K. (Eds.). (2014). Our world. 6-level series for teaching English to young learners around the world. Boston, MA: National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning.
Winner of the 2014 HRH Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Awards for Best Entry for Learners
Bickel, B., Shin, J. K., Taylor, J., Faust, H., & Penniston, T. (2013). Learning English internationally while engaging communities locally: Online EFL supporting community learning for young leaders. TESOL Journal, 4(3), 439-462.
Savić, V., & Shin, J. K. (2013). Contextualizing language learning through stories in Serbia. Innovations in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning at Early Ages, 26(1), 62-82.
Shin, J. K., & Bickel, B. (2012). Building an online community of inquiry with participant-moderated discussions. In L. England (Ed.), Online Language Teacher Education: TESOL Perspectives. New York: Routledge (Taylor Francis).
Medina-López-Portillo, A., Strickling, L. R., Shin, J. K., & Izenberg, I. (2012). Learning and teaching across cultures. In E. Christopher (Ed.), Managing Communication Across Culture: Different Voices. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Shin, J. K., Edmonds, L., & Browder, C. (2010). Collaboration is the key to successful professional development: The UMBC STEP T for ELLs Program in Maryland. In C. J. Casteel, & K. G. Ballantyne, (Eds.), Professional Development in Action: Improving Teaching for English Learners (pp. 73-78). Washington, D.C.: National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition.
Shin, J. K. & Bickel, B. (2008). Distributing teaching presence: Engaging teachers of English to young learners in an international virtual community of inquiry. In C. Kimble, P. Hildreth, & I. Bourdon (Eds.), Communities of practice: Creating learning environments for educators (pp. 149-178). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Shin, J. K. (2007). Developing dynamic units for EFL. English Teaching Forum, 45(2), 2-8.
Shin, J. K. (2006). Ten helpful ideas for teaching English to young learners. English Teaching Forum, 44(2), 2-7, 13.
Shin, J. K. (2005). Teaching English to young learners: An online teacher training course. Learning Languages, 10(2), 18-20. National Network of Early Language Learning.
Shin, J. K. (2004). The use of Freirian pedagogy in teaching English as an international language: Raising the critical consciousness of EFL teachers in Korea. LLC Review, 4(1), 63-82.
- Graduate School of Education
- College of Education and Human Development
- Division of Advanced Professional Teacher Development and International Education
- Teaching Culturally, Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners
- Center for International Education