Innovation in Language Learning

Edition 16

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Samuel Dermas

Institution: St. Mary’s University

Address: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia

Samuel Dermas Habtemariam is Head of Student Support Office and Assistant Professor at School of Graduate Studies, St. Mary’s University in Ethiopia. He is an expert in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, with a specific focus on Bilingualism.

Samuel earned his PhD in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Addis Ababa University in 2015, and has been teaching different courses such as English language and English Language Teaching (ELT) at university level since 2003.
Samuel worked as an IELTS examiner and ELT trainer at the British Council in Asmara, Eritrea. Besides, he was a member of the English text book writing committee and wrote English text books for Grades 9-12 for Eritrean students in Eritrea. On top of that he designed an English curriculum for the Ministry of Information in Eritrea, had a teaching assignment at the University of Asmara.
In Ethiopia, he worked as a TOEFL, GRE and IELTS trainer at School of American English and English Zone School Located in Addis Ababa. From 2012 to 2014, he was an English language editor, and translated various books from English into Tigiryna under the auspices of St. Mary’s University Press. In addition, since 2012, he has been teaching a course entitled” Advanced Technical Writing” to computer science students and a course entitled” Research Methods” to MBA students at St. Mary’s University, Ethiopia.

Samuel has presented the following papers at international conferences:
 English- Amharic code switching in face book updates among university students: St. Mary’s University in focus
 English-Amharic Code switching in an EFL Class: Pedagogical Focus and Language Choice
 Functions of teacher Code switching in content classes: The case of St. Mary’s University
 Code switching and its impact on quality of higher education in Ethiopia
 Sustainable Development through Education: The Role of Private Higher Education Institutions in Africa

His MA thesis was on “Functions of teacher Code switching in English Classes with reference to Grade Seven in Zoba Maakel, Eritrea.” And his PhD dissertation focused on “Code switching Practices among Teachers and Students in University EFL classrooms: Addis Ababa University in Focus”

Areas of expertise: Code Switching practices in English Classes, Linguistic anthropology, English Teaching Methodology, Academic writing, Presentation skills, e-learning, Bilingualism,

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