M’Balia B. Thomas, Assistant Professor of TESOL, joined the KU faculty in the fall of 2014. Dr. Thomas holds a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona. As an Applied Linguist, Dr. Thomas investigates language use by speakers of English as a second/foreign language. Her work adopts a critical and social theoretical approach to topics in these areas, exploring the effect of discourse and language ideologies on the interaction, performance and stylization of language among EFL/ESL speakers.
Dr. Thomas specializes in TESOL.
Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. Major: Language Use, Minor: Linguistic Analysis, University of Arizona
M.A., Advertising, Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid
A.B., Sociology, with Honors, Stanford University
C&T 896 The Internationalized Curriculum
C&T 818 Language, Discourse and Ideology
C&T 817 Contact, Change & American English
C&T 491/825 TESOL Practicum / Advanced TESOL Practicum
C&T 331 Instructional Approaches to TESOL in Middle/Secondary
Critical and social theoretical approaches to topics in SLA and Applied Linguistics
Thomas, M. (2016). A Dialogic Approach to Supervision in the Practicum ATE-K The Advocate. ATE-K, 23(2).
Thomas, M. (2015). Linguist List [Review of the book The Unspeakable: Narratives of Trauma, M.Stroinska, V. Cecchetto, K. Szymanski (eds)]. Linguist List, https://linguistlist.org/issues/26/26-3788.html. https://linguistlist.org/issues/26/26-3788.html
Thomas, M. (2014). A Dialogic Approach to Oral Narrative Storytelling Analysis in English as a Foreign Language Research. Proquest
Waugh, L. Aldemar Alvarez, J. Do, T. Michelson, K. & Thomas, M. (2013). Chapter 27: Meaning in texts and contexts. In . (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of the History of Linguistics.
Thomas, M. (2013). The problematization of racial/ethnic minority student participation in US study abroad. Applied Linguistics Review, 4(2), 365-390.
Thomas, M. (2009). WORDS AS WEAPONS: The metaphorical attack of Michelle Obama in US print headlines (A critical discourse analysis). In Proceedings of the Symposium on Language and Society in Austin (SALSA), (pp. 39-49). Austin, TX.
Thomas, M. . (10/18/2017). "Space, Place, & Race in Antoine Dodson's 'Bed Intruder': A Stylistic Analysis". Wichita State University Language and Linguistics Colloquium Series. Wichita, KS
Thomas, M. . (10/02/2017). "Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL): The 'Pragmatism' of Documenting and Assessing Teaching and Learning". Women in Educational Leadership Conference. Lincoln, NE. Available Here
Thomas, M. & Fox, M. E. (09/29/2017). "Teaching TESOL Methods through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter". MidTESOL Conference. Kansas City, MO
Thomas, M. . (07/31/2017). "Space Invasion: A Text World Appraoch to Exploring Language, Race and Space in 'Bed Intruder'". Special Interest Panel: African and Diasporic Literatures. Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA). West Chester, PA
Thomas, M. . (02/15/2017). Literature and the Advancement of Human Rights in TESOL Education: Capitalizing on student empathy toward the Harry Potter Universe in Pre-service Teacher Education. Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA). Albuquerque, NM
Thomas, M. . (07/29/2016). "Victimization, signification and misrecognition in the deviantly curious case of internet sensation Antoine Dodson" . Poetics & Linguistics Society (PALA). Cagliari, Sardinia, Itlaly
Thomas, M. . (03/03/2016). "Exploring the uses of mobile technology in child language use, play, and the socialization of affect". Child Language Proseminar. Dole 3048
Thomas, M. . (02/19/2016). "Immigration, Migration and Transnational Flows: Intercultural Competence & Internationalization in Higher Education". University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Dept of Teaching, Learning & Teacher Ed. Lincoln, NE
Thomas, M. Darban, B. & Tonnies, K. . (01/29/2016). "100 Questions & the Quest for Citizenship Ethnographic Data Collection in a Citizenship Education Program in Northeast Kansas" . School of Education Research Conference . JRP
, , "The Greater Good: Engaging with K-12 Content-Based TESOL Methods through the Harry Potter Wizarding World"., $5,122, (07/01/2017 - 06/30/2018) . State of Kansas. Status: Funded.
Thomas, M'Balia, (Principal), Internationalizing Higher Education for International Student "Success": A study of Metaphor in Short Story Narratives of International Students at a midwest University, $6,535, Submitted 02/01/2016 (05/15/2016 - 08/31/2017) . Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded.
Thomas, M'Balia, (Principal), Ethnographic Study of Instruction and Assessment within the Citizenship Education Program of a local Religious-based Organization in Kansas City., $7,931, Submitted 07/06/2015 (09/01/2015 - 04/30/2017) . State of Kansas. Status: Funded.
Thomas, M'Balia, (Principal), Transgressive Classroom Talk and the Pursuit of a Dialogic Stance in the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Practicum Observation, School of Education, Submitted 01/01/2015 (05/15/2015 - 12/31/2015) . To complete one manuscript to submit for publication in the early Fall 2015. University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.