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Judy Snyder

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Associate Professor
Northern Virginia Community College
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Member Type: Faculty
Last Login: Mar 08, 2007
Member Since: Feb 16, 2001



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Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Alexandria Campus, Northern Virginia Community College
3001 N. Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311 US

Skills & Interests

Education History

  • M.A. English:Linguistics (09/1984)
    George Mason University
  • Ph.D. coursework, Spanish and Portuguese (06/1973)
    Indiana University
  • M.A. Spanish (09/1971)
    Indiana University


  • Associate Professor, ESL (09/1982 - Current) Northern Virginia Community College
  • Assistant Dean, ESL (01/2000 - 09/2003) Northern Virginia Community College


  • O'Donnell, Teresa, and Judith L. Paiva (my former name). (1993). Independent Writing, 2nd Ed.. Boston: Heinle and Heinle Publishers.


  • TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)
    Member 01/1980 - Current

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Service to the College Award (09/2002)
    Honored for service to NOVA, especially chairing the College Senate, serving as long-time chair of the Cross Campus ESL Discipline Cluster, serving often as Assistant Division Dean, and helping to implement the college's semester conversion.
  • WATESOL Service Award (09/1997)
    Honored for service to the association, especially my ten years as Job Bank Coordinator.

Teaching Experience

  • ESL 11, 12 and 13: Composition I, II, III ( Current)
    Northern Virginia Community College - ESL
    These are college-prep writing courses. Grammar instruction is included at the lower levels. I have taught these classes for many years.
  • ESL 5 and 6 Reading I and II ( Current)
    Northern Virginia Community College - ESL
    These are level 3 and 4 reading classes. I have taught these off and on for many years.
  • ESL 14 and 7: Oral Communication I and II (Fall 2006)
    Northern Virginia Community College - ESL
    These are level 2 and 3 oral communication classes. 14 focuses on fluency and includes reading. The focus of 7 is on academic listening and speaking activities, including formal presentations that are videotaped. I have taught both for many years.
  • ESL 2: English as a Second Language II (Summer 2004)
    Northern Virginia Community College - ESL
    This is a semi-intensive multi-skills Level II (low-intermediate) ESL class. The focus is on developing fluency and preparing students for academic classes. The students may not take academic classes concurrently with ESL at this level.
  • English and American Literature (Fall 1973)
    Mackenzie University - English
    I taught various language and literature courses at this university in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 1974 - 1976.
  • English language courses (Fall 1973)
    Associacao Alumni - English
    I taught all levels of Enlish language classes at this private institution in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 1973 - 1976.
  • Portuguese 101, 102 (Fall 1972)
    Indiana University - Portuguese
    These are Portuguese language courses that include all skills.
  • Spanish 101, 102 (Fall 1971)
    Indiana University - Spanish
    Spanish language first and second semester language courses.


  • Redesign for an Effective F-1 ESL Program, National Association of International Educators (NAFSA), Washington, D.C., November 10, 2006, 11/10/2006
    Panel presentation.
  • Presentation, College Access Summit, 11/30/2004
    This was a presentation about the college's ESL programs, to a group representing community organizations and training programs.
  • Placement Testing, 05/30/2002
    This was a workshop I led at Old Dominion University on setting up an ESL placement testing program.
  • Using Blackboard to Introduce On-line Research, 11/20/2000
    I offered this workshop to colleagues in ESL about doing teaching students to use Blackboard to do mini-research projects.