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ken kelch

Dr. Ken Kelch is a professor and program director of the TESOL programs.  He has worked at Alliant for over 25 years.  At Alliant, Dr. Kelch has been an instructor in and director of the ESL program. He has been a professor in the TESOL program for over 15 years and became the program director in 2014.  Dr. Kelch has published and given presentations on many areas of language teaching and learning, and he is the co-editor of a textbook on computer assisted language learning.  His areas of specialization are curriculum development, research methods, language program administration, and qualitative research.  Dr. Kelch enjoys supervising in-service and pre-service teachers, in particular guiding his doctoral candidates through the dissertation process.  He is fond of traveling and teaching in Asia, which he has done in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand,  Korea, and China.  

Professional Interests
  • TESOL teacher education
  • Curriculum development
  • Research design
  • Qualitative research.
Education and Certifications
  • Alliant International University, Doctor of Education, TESOL.
    • Dissertation title: “Articulating Teacher Belief Systems in an Intensive English Program:  A Case Study”

  • Research in Second Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics
  • Language Program Administration
  • Design, Development, and Evaluation of Second Language Programs
  • TESOL Field Project
  • Qualitative Research Methods
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field
  • “Case Studies for Teacher Education and Professional Development,” Hawaii International Conference on Education, 2022. 
  • Kelch, K., Byun, J.S., Cervantes, S., & Safavi, S., eds. (2021). CALL Theory Applications for Online TESOL Education.  IGI Global.
  • “Teacher Study Groups as Professional Development,” CATESOL conference, 2020.
  • “Teaching in the Linguistically Diverse K-8 Classroom, Part II,” workshop co-presenter for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Catholic Diocese, 2019.
  • “Syllabus Design in English Language Teaching,” invited co-presenter, 21st Century Creative Teaching in English Language Conference, Mingdao University, Taiwan, 2017.
  • Kelch, K. & Malupa-Kim, M. (2014). “Implementing Case Studies in Language Teacher Education and Professional Development,” ORTESOL Journal.