Loretta Gray, professor of English at Central Washington University, has three degrees related to her interest in applied linguistics: Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (School for International Training), Master of Arts in Spanish (Middlebury College), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics (Boston University). She has experience teaching ESOL in Mexico, Spain, and the United States; she taught Spanish at Clemson University and applied linguistics at the School for International Training. Dr. Gray has been teaching applied linguistics courses at Central Washington University since 1992. Her research interests are in syntax, composition, and discourse analysis. Her past publications include a series of workbooks, Mastering Idiomatic English, and a trade division text, Idiomatic English-all published by McGraw-Hill. Her most recent publications are The Hodges Harbrace Handbook and The Writers Harbrace Handbook.
Courses Taught at CWU
Interests and Specialties
Linguistic and Intercultural Experience
New England Book Show Award: College Division, 2007
New England Book Show Award: College Division, 2004
NCTE Affiliate Journal Award: Honorable Mention, 1998
Townsend Press Writing Contest (Lesson Plan): Honorable Mention, 1994
Mellon Graduate Fellowship, Literacies Institute, 1991
Boston University Fellowship, 1989-1991
Juan A. Centeno Scholarship, Middlebury College, 1989
Valedictorian, College of St. Catherine, 1982
Sr. Agnes Keenan Award in English, College of St. Catherine, 1982
Dean’s Prize for Poetry, College of St. Thomas, 1982
Kappa Gamma Pi, College of St. Catherine, 1982
Phi Beta Kappa, College of St. Catherine, 1981
Glenn, Cheryl, and Loretta Gray. The Writer's Harbrace Handbook: Brief Edition. 3 ed. Boston : Wadsworth, 2007.
Glenn, Cheryl, and Loretta Gray. The Hodges' Harbrace Handbook. 16 ed. Boston : Wadsworth, 2007.
Gray, Loretta. English Verbs. Chicago : McGraw-Hill, 2004.
Gray, Loretta, and Paula Heuser. "Nonacademic Professionals' Perception of Usage Errors." Journal of Basic Writing 22.1 (2003): 50-70.
Gray, Loretta. Idiomatic English . Lincolnwood: National Textbook Company, 2000.
Gray, Loretta. "Formulaic Expressions: Scaffolding for Fluency." Conf. On Coll. Composition and Communication. Hilton Hotel, New York City, Mar. 2007.
Gray, Loretta. "Linking Given and New Information: The Passive Voice and Sentence Inversions." Conf. on Coll. Composition and Communication. Hilton Hotel, New York City, Mar. 2007.
Johnson, Suzanne, and Loretta Gray. "Distanced Relative Clauses in Academic Prose." ICAME/AAAL Conference. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, May 2005.
Gray, Loretta. "Time Frames and Text Cohesion." ATEG Conference. Seattle University, Seattle, July 2004.
Gray, Loretta. "Metaphors of Teaching: Exploring Assumptions That Shape Teaching Identities." Conf. on Coll. Composition and Communication. Hilton Hotel, New York City, Mar. 2003.
Darwin, Clayton, and Loretta Gray. "A Context-Independent Search Algorithm for Phrasal Verbs. North American Symposium on Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching. Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Mar. 2001.
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